From Holden Beach to Wilmington to the stretch of barrier islands known as the Outer Banks, the beaches of North Carolina line the eastern coast of the state with more than 3,375 miles of shoreline.
North Carolina is home to more than 40 beaches renowned for their natural beauty, clean sand, warm water and close proximity to a wide variety of area attractions. While water sport equipment rentals vary by beach (scuba diving, snorkeling and wind surfing usually are available), North Carolina beaches are often close to numerous museums, wildlife refuges and nature trails.
North Carolina's beaches are divided into four main sections: the Outer Banks (which include Hatteras, Kitty Hawk and Nags Head), the Crystal Coast (Emerald Isle, Swansboro and Atlantic Beach), New Hanover (Wilmington, Surf City and Topsail) and Brunswick (Holden Beach, Ocean Isle and Calabash).
Some of North Carolina's best golf courses were designed by golf pros such as Arnold Palmer, Fred Couples and Alice Dye.
The area between Wilmington and Calabash is home to more than 35 champion golf courses, earning it the nickname, "North Carolina's Golf Coast."