5 Best Beach Destinations in the Carolinas

With miles of white sand beaches, barrier islands, and unspoiled natural beauty, there’s nowhere like the Carolina coast for an amazing beach vacation. Whether you prefer the popular spots like Myrtle Beach or the secluded getaways like the Outer Banks, you’re sure to find a spot for every beachgoer.

Our top picks for Carolina beaches are below, but we want to know your favorites as well. Tell us what we missed using #hiltonaththebeach on social media.

1. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
The beach lies just beyond the oceanfront pool at The Ocean Oak Resort by Hilton Grand Vacations
The beach lies just beyond the oceanfront pool at The Ocean Oak Resort by Hilton Grand Vacations

This lowcountry vacation spot is known for more than just its pristine beaches – its golf courses are equally famous. Whether you’re hitting the sand or hitting the links, a great place to stay at the end of the day is a must.

Where to Stay: Ocean Oak Resort by Hilton Grand Vacations

2. Folly Beach, Charleston, South Carolina
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District is located in a restored former Citadel Military College
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District is located in a restored former Citadel Military College

Just outside the city of Charleston you’ve got one of the nicest stretches of white sand anywhere on the East Coast. Pack a picnic lunch with foodie delights from the City, and you’ll be sure to have a great day.

Where to Stay: Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District

3. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Sunset at the beach at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront
Sunset at the beach at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

Popular with both spring breakers and families, Myrtle Beach is a quintessential Atlantic beach town complete with a boardwalk, great seafood, and plenty of seaside shopping.

Where to Stay: DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

4. Outer Banks, North Carolina

A beachview balcony room at the Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk

If you’d rather avoid the big crowds and reconnect with nature on your beach vacation, head out to North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The gentle dunes and swaying seagrass will easily melt stress away.

Where to Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk

5. Carolina Beach, North Carolina

A balcony overlooking the boardwalk at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Carolina Beach Oceanfront

With the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Cape Fear River on the other, Carolina Beach is the perfect spot for fishermen to test  their lures and their nerves in an effort to catch “the big one.”

Where to Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Carolina Beach Oceanfront

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This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Whitney M. Are you interested in traveling to Outer Banks? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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