5 Best Beaches in North Carolina

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Every so often, I like to write a bit about the place I live. My home base is the capital of the state, Raleigh and it’s a pretty great, affordable place to live and play. The State of North Carolina, though we may have a backwards legislature, is a pretty phenomenal place to visit having different topographies varying from the Appalachian Mountains in the west to the best beaches in the East.

In fact, the Tar Heel State has 301 miles of coastline and most of it is accessible beaches. That means a lot of relaxing amid the sound of crashing waves, complaining seagulls, and windswept dunes. Each beach you might go to in North Carolina is pretty unique in it’s atmosphere, topographical features, history, and more.

Now, as a North Carolinian, here are my top 5 picks for beaches in North Carolina. Head out on your own Carolina beach adventure and, by all means, let me know if you are ever in the area! You’re sure to find a beach that you’ll love!

5 Best NC Beaches, My Normal Gay Life BlogTopsail Island

Located near Camp Lejeune (a military base), this area offers both the warm, wild waters of the Atlantic or the calm inlet waters for you to enjoy. You can spend half the day fishing one side of this thin stretch of land and half the day swimming on the other.

Carolina Beach

One of the most popular beaches in North Carolina, Carolina beach offers just about everything you might want or need out of a beach trip. A boardwalk offering ice cream, hot dogs, and other foods as well as carnival rides is perfect for an escape from the sand of the beach. But if you are all about the beach, this area offers tame waters and a large area of white sand running right up to sea grass swept dunes. If the beach isn’t your thing 100% of the time, you can explore the nearby Cape Fear River and State Park.

Kill Devil Hills5 Best NC Beaches, My Normal Gay Life Blog

This place bears some historic importance which is why it makes it onto my top 5 list.  This place is actually the location of the Wright Brothers flight in 1903 and, thus, the birth place of American aviation. Most people believe it happened at Kitty Hawk but that’s not true. The area didn’t really exist at the time as a town or anything so Kitty Hawk was given the glory. There’s a beautiful beach here as well as colorful homes that make for great Instagram  shots. Take a walk and enjoy the views!

5 Best NC Beaches, My Normal Gay Life BlogOcracoke Island

Ocracoke Island is home to the the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina having been built about 193 years ago, in 1823. It stands at 75 feet tall and it’s diameter goes from 75 feet at its base to 12 feet at its peak. The island makes a great day trip if you include a visit to the lighthouse and a picnic on the beach. Just remember…you can only access this island by ferry.

Bald Head Island

Bald Head Island is accessible by ferry and once you are on the island there are no cars allowed except by some law enforcement and other emergency services. The only way to get around is to walk, golf cart, or bike. As a result, the island boasts a more relaxed pace. Stroll along a 14 mile expanse of beaches which also happens to be the home of sea turtles and wild grasses. Hang out in your cottage or play a few rounds of golf. This place is definitely a relaxing area.

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J Harvey is a travel writer based in North Carolina. With two masters degrees, he decided to forget working a normal 9-5 job and instead create a travel blog focusing on travel for a more inclusive community. He hopes to increase LGBT representation within the travel industry while inspiring others to travel in whatever capacity.

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2 thoughts on “5 Best Beaches in North Carolina

  • June 4, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    So I think my job will be relocating me to Wilmington and I was thinking of buying something on or near the beach. I’m not too familiar with NC beaches & culture but I’m still interested in finding something even if its like 30mins driving from Wilmington to call home. Any suggestions for a gay couple?

    • June 8, 2020 at 6:47 pm

      I hope that you enjoy NC when you move here! There is so much to do and explore here. As for suggestions, I don’t have much to add to your research when it comes to real estate. I do have a few gay friends in Wilmington and they seem to enjoy living there. The gay community is much larger in the Raleigh-Durham area. But I think you will enjoy living on the coast.


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