From old favorites to unexpected sweeps of sand, here are some great places to lounge on Southern shores.
When the hot summer weather arrives, Southerners retreat to the beach. And we’ve combed the shores and picked some of our favorite sandy shores. From the remote and secluded to the adventurous and fun, these beaches have something for everyone. You’ll find a few of these picks on our South’s Best Islands list–Outer Banks, Kiawah Island, and Tybee Island–and they are some of the most traveled on our round-up. If you’re looking for seclusion with a hint of adventure, explore Okracoke, the Virginia Barrier Islands, or Assateague Island.
The best part about these destinations? While you can sit and relax on the sands, you can also take advantage of the many excursions like kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing. Many of these beaches also have great trails to travel. So pack your new swimsuit, grab your summer beach read, put plenty of sunscreen in your bag, and head to the beach.