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Beaches in North Carolina

When our real estate agents get some precious downtime, they can't resist the stunning scenery and relaxing atmosphere of North Carolina's beaches. Since July 1-7 has been designated as Clean Beaches Week, celebrate with a trip to one of these delightful beaches within easy access of Raleigh homes for sale

  1. Wrightsville Beach - 23 E. Salisbury St., Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
    Wrightsville Beach
    is the closest location to Raleigh, clocking in at a relatively quick two-hour drive. Once you arrive, the crystal blue waters and vast expanses of sand on this four-mile island will make you feel worlds away from everyday life. National Geographic named Wrightsville Beach one of the world's top surfing spots, and stand-up paddleboards are a frequent sight on the water. 

  2. Carolina Beach State Park - 1010 State Park Rd., Carolina Beach, NC 28428
    Spectacular views of Cape Fear River help make Carolina Beach State Park,  about two-and-a-half hours from Raleigh, one of the more popular sites in North Carolina. The park's limesink ponds are home to some unique plant life, including carnivorous forms such as the famous Venus flytrap. More than eight miles of easy hiking trails follow the river and loop through wetlands and forests. The boat ramp and marina are open, along with the wheelchair-accessible fishing pier. Park hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily through September.

  3. Kure Beach - 117 Settlers Lane, Kure Beach, NC 28449
    At a distance of less than three miles away, Kure Beach is something of a "sister" site to Carolina Beach. But the two beaches offer different experiences, making it worth a visit to compare. Family-friendly Kure Beach is smaller, in a tranquil setting marked by stretches of white sand, which many people feel creates a more laid-back vibe. The beach's main attraction is the 711-foot fishing pier, oldest on the Atlantic Coast. If fishing isn't your thing, just enjoy a leisurely stroll with miles of coastline on display. Kure Beach Pier is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

  4. Atlantic Beach - 177 New Bern St., Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
    When you set eyes on Atlantic Beach after the two-and-a-half hour drive from Raleigh, you'll understand why it's part of the "Crystal Coast." Dubbed the "Family Playground of the South," Atlantic Beach is situated on a barrier island between Bogue Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Rent a jet ski, paddleboard or kayak to explore the waters or hike the AB Loop trails that range from one to three miles. Cast a line from the Oceanana, the only fishing pier on the beach, extending 1,000 feet into the Atlantic Ocean. 

  5. Topsail Beach - 820 S. Anderson Blvd., Topsail Beach, NC 28445 
    Legend has it that Topsail Beach was named for the pirate ships that hid behind the island, and to this day the community works to maintain an unspoiled, natural ambiance. High-rise developments are forbidden and the environment is a main priority, with initiatives such as the Topsail Turtle Project. Activities such as a recent craft market give Topsail Beach a pleasant small-town charm. If you head that way, plan on a two-and-a-half hour drive from Raleigh.

With its balance between urban amenities and outdoor activities, Raleigh accommodates nearly every lifestyle. Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston for experienced help with your real estate needs.

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