From childhood to adulthood, the water holds my heart. Recently, I took you on a tour of my favorite Charleston beaches. Today, I’m excited to spread the love to the rest of the Carolinas!


North Myrtle Beach, SC

Growing up in Lexington, the majority of my childhood summers were spent in North Myrtle Beach. Cherry Grove, just past the South Carolina border, is home to the greatest putt putt and golf courses in America and some fantastic Calabash seafood.



To start the weekend right, get your pancake fix at Dino’s House of Pancakes (I recommend chocolate chip, of course). Make sure to spend some time in Little River, where you’ll find authentic and incredible seafood. Take a ride down Highway 17 for your pick of putt putt! (And don’t miss Painter’s Ice Cream – without question, the South’s absolute best in homemade goodness).


Topsail Island, NC

Topsail Island sits just north of Wrightsville Beach on the North Carolina coast. If you are searching for relaxation plus ample access to fun, Topsail is the place for you.


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Spend the day learning to ride the waves at Surf Camp. If you’re in the mood to recharge, head on over to Inis Spa in Surf City. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Sugar Island Bakery and finish out the night with the area’s best burger at Island Delights.


Ocracoke Island, NC

Ocracoke Island is a different kind of beach experience. A small island off the coast of North Carolina, Ocracoke is the permanent residence of more than 700 islanders. It’s only means of access? A ferry from Swan Quarter, Cedar Island, or Hatteras.



Ocracoke is an ideal vacation spot for nature lovers and islanders looking for quiet seclusion with access to great restaurants and specialty antique shops. Let the morning begin with some light reading outside of Ocracoke Coffee Company (and do yourself a favor – order the Milky Way!) Spend an afternoon on the water with the crew of The Drum Stick and follow it up with a fried Bluefish sandwich at Smacnally’s.

Whether in search of a quiet hammock with a view or an award winning golf course, the Carolinas offer a wide variety of beach towns for all of your summer adventures. Do you have a favorite beach down south? Share it with us in the comment section below!

Happy travels,



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