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Coastal people know they’ve got it good.

There’s sand in their shoes and salt in their hearts, and they know a plop of cocktail sauce on a saltine cracker makes one delicious "Lowcountry hors d’oeuvre."

They also know that this part of the world is hallowed ground ~ much too precious to be taken for granted. If you’re a water baby, you know you belong here.

Enjoy visiting our 500 miles of shoreline to discover the perfect sandy spot to kick off your shoes and settle down! Start with our Best Beaches. You’ve got the windswept Outer Banks with added appeal of Kitty Hawk, pirate tales and wild horses. And the Grand Strand with its miles of gentle sloping wide, sandy beaches. And near the southern tip, there’s Hilton Head Island, with its laid-back, upscale vibe, endless trails and iconic harbor.

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Step inland just a bit and there’s more to love about the Carolina coast.  Historic small towns are charming and welcoming.  Georgetown has its waterfront and live oak trees, and Beaufort, SC makes everyone’s favorite list for walking, shopping, dining and living. Pawleys Island has seen generations of families spend summer (and now year round) vacations.

In North Carolina, Wilmington is a perennial favorite with its many festivals and endless waterfront.  Further north, New Bern adds a strong historic feel that enchants visitors.

Whether you’re staying for a week or digging your toes in the sand permanently, we can help. These pages are growing daily with information on even more endlessly appealing Carolina coastal towns and communities.