The beaches of the Carolines immediately make me think of a film set. I hear the lively conversations of the passers-by, I feel the iodized air that caresses my skin, I observe a couple walking along the sand hand in hand, with the backdrop of the great wheel that turns to the rhythm of the Music and shag dancers on the boardwalk. I imagine a family enjoying a sweet tea under a sheltered porch in front of a field of sea-kissing marshes, listening to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore, with a lighthouse in the distance. It is a magical scene in my mind.
What makes the charm of a beach? It is a very personal perception. We all go to the beach for various reasons: to spend a day with family, to find calm and serenity, Observe a sunrise or sunset, surf or swim. Each of the Carolina beaches has a distinct style.
The coast of the Carolinas offers beaches covered with umbrellas as well as magnificent wild islets, to my delight.
You will find below some of the best beaches in South Carolina and North.
CAROLINE FROM THE SOUTH
With many golf courses to test during your stay, its seafood restaurants on every street corner, its shag dancers and family-friendly golden beaches, Myrtle Beach is a popular summer destination.It is a place where families meet every year and live moments they will remember for a long time. The Grand Strand is a seaside resort made up of apartments and hotels. This place is certainly not very isolated, but it is popular because it is at the heart of the action. You will enjoy many activities, from concerts and beach boutiques to water sports, an extravagant waterfront water park,
Huntington Beach State Park
25 miles south of Myrtle Beach is the Huntington Beach State Park, a pristine, pristine 4-kilometer beach, ideal for swimming or surfing. This 1,000-hectare park, open all year round, is dotted with walks, salt marshes and hiking trails where dogs can romp. There is also a campground with over 100 sites with free Wi-Fi, a convenience store and a gift shop. You will not miss visiting Atalaya, a national historic landmark and former home of the renowned sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington and her husband, philanthropist Archer Huntington. Built in the early 1930s in the style of Moorish architecture on the Spanish Mediterranean coast, it can be visited freely or with a guide. The park is also popular with ornithologists with more than 300 species.
High-end golfing with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean is one of Hilton Head’s main attractions. With its 19 kilometers of wild beaches and an average temperature of 16 ° C, one approaches the maximum of perfection. The beach season officially begins on 1 April and ends on 30 September. Nature is at its peak; You can regularly observe dolphins from the jetty in summer, as well as 180-kilogram sea turtles bury their eggs in the sand after dark.
Just 15 miles south of Wilmington is Wrightsville Beach. Considered a pioneer in surfing on the East Coast, the beach regularly hosts regional and national competitions. Do not know how to surf? No problem. A host of surf shops offer courses and you can also participate in a surf camp. You will master the art of the board in no time! Wrightsville Beach is the eldorado of water sports: boat, kayak, kitesurf, stand up paddle, sport fishing and scuba diving. Wrightsville Beach is the ideal vacation spot for sports enthusiasts. Tip: Try to find the “Kindred Spirit” mailbox on the dunes at the north end of the beach. Thousands of visitors have put their most intimate thoughts on the pages of the notebooks in the mailbox. The heart and soul of humanity unveil themselves in a unique way.
The Outer Banks are barrier islands that separate the continent from the Atlantic Ocean. From Currituck to Ocracoke, a natural beauty and untouched and pristine beaches will open to your eyes.
This remote beach is dominated by the Currituck Beach Lighthouse built with a million red bricks. Lighting for the first time in 1875, it is one of the nine lighthouses still in service. You can climb the 220 steps up to the summit to admire a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, Currituck Sound and the Outer Banks.
Splendid wild Spanish colonial mustangs have wandered on these beaches for nearly 500 years. Today, the territory of these magnificent unmanufactured horses is limited to a 17-kilometer stretch of beach on the northern beach, with about 3,000 hectares reserved for them at the point where North Carolina Highway 12 ends in Corolla . To go further, you will have to walk or board an all-terrain vehicle. Different tour companies will offer you a unique adventure to discover these mustangs, with an experienced guide.
If you are looking for solitude, Duck is for you. You will not find hotels, beach resorts or campgrounds, only a small hostel and a few holiday rentals, allowing you to access the beach and enjoy a peaceful getaway. The 11-kilometer beach, which welcomes families and pets, is supervised by lifeguards from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm between May 1 and October 31.
If you are looking for a secluded beach, the island of Ocracoke will make you happy. Accessible only by boat or plane, the 25 kilometers of natural beaches of Ocracoke are owned by the National Park Service and are part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Three ferry routes are available to get you there with your car and pets. No restaurant chain or shops are established there, but you can enjoy the fish, clams, crabs and shrimps fished daily by the locals.