The Hidden Beaches Road Trip That Will Show You North Carolina Like Never Before

While there are plenty of easy access beaches throughout the state, sometimes discovering your own slice of paradise is the best way to experience sand and salt. From the northern Outer Banks to the southern tip of the state, this hidden beaches road trip guarantees you’ll discover some of the very best beaches in North Carolina and have an outstanding adventure on the coast. Click here for a customizable interactive map of the route.

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North Carolina is home to some amazing hidden spots and in spite of the popularity of the lovely coastline, there are still many unspoiled spots just waiting to be explored. Ready to hit the road to discover the your favorite among the best beaches in North Carolina? Pack the essentials into the car and let’s get going!

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Best Beaches In North Carolina

June 17, 2019

What are the prettiest beaches in North Carolina?

Without a doubt, the beaches found along North Carolina’s Outer Banks are among the prettiest beaches in North Carolina. From the northern beaches of the Outer Banks all the way south to Cape Hatteras National Seashore and even on through Ocracoke Island and to Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina’s coast is home to astoundingly beautiful beaches – many of them secluded!

What are the best beach towns in North Carolina?

Spend any time in Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and Duck, and you’ll agree, the best beach towns in North Carolina are in this cluster found along the coastal Outer Banks. A variety of outdoor attractions and activities can be found in each locale, as well as numerous restaurants that offer fresh seafood galore.

What beaches have the clearest water in North Carolina?

North Carolina’s Crystal Coast has the whitest sand and the clearest water. The alluring turquoise water found along the Cape Lookout National Seashore is among the clearest of waters found along the coast. To discover even more information about the gorgeous turquoise waters found along the crystal coast, keep reading here.