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The Most Popular Beaches in North Carolina


The Raleigh area is central to recreational activities.  Both the nearby mountains and ocean are popular destinations year-round, both for day trips and for weekend getaways.   Here are just a few of Raleigh's favorite beaches to visit, all roughly 3 hours or less away.   Grab the towels and the sunscreen, and let's hit the road this Saturday! 

Beaches near Raleigh | Most Popular Beaches in North Carlina


  • Wrightsville Beach130 miles, 2hrs 8min
  • Wilmington - 131 miles, 2hrs 9min
  • Carolina Beach - 140 miles, 2hrs 22min
  • Kure Beach - 143 miles, 2hrs 25min
  • Atlantic Beach - 148 miles, 2hrs 42min
  • Emerald Isle - 150 miles, 2hrs 43min
  • Holden Beach - 168 miles, 2hrs 55min
  • Sunset Beach - 154 miles, 2hrs 58min
  • Ocean Isle Beach - 172 miles, 3hrs
  • Nags Head - 196 miles, 3hrs 17min 


*time/distance estimates courtesy of 

Carolina Beach is one of my personal favorites - it's easy to get to!  We'll talk about the Outer Banks soon too - this is another great weekend destination for Raleigh area residents.   

Click on the map above for detailed directions to each of these beaches from Raleigh.


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David Popoff
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I never been to a beach that I didn't like, the great thing about the Carolina's is that there are so many of them!

Mar 22, 2011 11:10 AM #1
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David - Raleigh is in an ideal location to take advantage of all North Carolina has to offer.   Couple of hours to the ocean, couple of hours to the mountains....and more weekend trip possibilities than there are weekends!

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