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Top 10 North Carolina Beach Resorts
Sugar sand beaches. Warm salty air. Fresh seafood. World-class charter fishing. The North Carolina coast has it all. Whether you stay at Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach or one of the barrier island beaches, North Carolina offers impressive resort accommodations and vacation rentals. If the term “beachside luxury” aims your mind to the South, think again. Explore our Top 10 North Carolina Beach Resorts and you’ll see why North Carolina gives even the Florida Keys a run for their money.

The Winds Resort Beach Club

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

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Swaying palms, banana trees, hibiscus blossoms, soft sand beaches. Not what you expect to find at a North Carolina resort. But our No. 1 pick isn’t your average beach resort, which is precisely why it graces the top of our list. The Winds Resort Beach Club gives your vacation a touch of the tropics.

The Winds Resort always keeps you within view of the sparkling ocean. Whether you stay in a convenient guestrooms or a private, six-bedroom cottage, you’ll always feel the island vibe. Each room offers nautical-inspired luxury. Best of all – The Winds Resort isn’t a high rise at its maximum guest capacity; rather, it gives you a personal, intimate beach vacation and lets the natural beauty of Ocean Isle – warm beaches, rolling waves, coastal breeze – take the spotlight. If you’re tired of the ocean, you can choose to swim in any of three pools, including one stunning oceanfront pool with a Tiki Bar. Wander the beautiful, artistic grounds. Sink into a hammock, listening to the rustling palms above you. This resort is an entirely unique experience – a tropical paradise in North Carolina.


The Winds Resort Beach Club 310 East 1st Street Ocean Isle Beach NC 28469


When you stay at The Winds Resort, you'll receive a complimentary hot Southern-style buffet breakfast each morning!

Related Onsite Offerings

The Winds Resort Beach Club offers surf lessons on the stretch of beach right in front of the resort.


Ocean Isle Inn

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

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Our No. 2 pick lets you embrace the island attitude: Lean back in your lounge chair, sink your toes in the sand, let the sun warm your skin, listen to the waves roll onto the shore. Ocean Isle Inn provides hassle-free North Carolina beach vacations.

Wake up to a complimentary breakfast at the inn’s seaside garden. Once the sun warms the sand, it’s merely steps to the seven-mile stretch of beach. Or, relax at the oceanfront swimming pool. Ocean Isle Inn is perfect for families, offering a variety of kid-friendly activities nearby – mini-golf, arcades and more! The accommodations at Ocean Isle add a Polynesian flair to your vacation. Each room features hand-crafted teakwood furniture, Spanish tiled floors and unique artwork. Plus, private balconies give you spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean! Spend the afternoon exploring the historic riverfront town of Wilmington, just a short drive away. Or, if you need new beaches to explore, Myrtle Beach is nearby! For a beach vacation with a South Pacific twist, stay at Ocean Isle Inn!

Related Onsite Offerings

Ocean Isle Inn offers a golf package so that you can take advantage of over 100 courses in the Myrtle Beach area!

Average temperature

Average water temperatures at Ocean Isle are 79-80 degrees, June through August.


Ocean Isle Inn 37 W First St Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469


Williamson Realty Vacations

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

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+1 (866) 928 - 2758

Offering over 20 beach rentals right on Ocean Isle Beach, Williamson Realty is the ideal destination for a North Carolina Beach vacation!

Williamson Realty Vacations offers a variety of different rentals to choose from along the North Carolina coast, many of which are beach front! Ocean Isle is one of three barrier islands in the South Brunswick Island. Staying with Williamson will put you right along all of the best beaches! Take a day to explore Ocean Isle Beach, which was named 2008's Best Restored Beach by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association. The degrees in the area are typically 10 degrees warmer than the outer banks, making it an ideal location for your vacation. Enjoy an ideal beach vacation when you stay with Williamson Realty Vacations!


119 Causeway, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469


The Annual North Caroline Oyster Festival is held the third weekend in October.

Fun facts

Ocean Isle Beach, which was named 2008's Best Restored Beach by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association


Ramada Plaza Nags Head

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

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The Ramada Plaza Nags Head easily grabs the No. 4 spot on our list. Between its central location right on the beach in Kill Devil Hills and its tastefully decorated rooms with breathtaking views- it’s no surprise that this hotel is one of our Outer Banks favorites!

When you arrive at Ramada Plaza Nags Head, you’ll probably wonder what you should do first. The possibilities are endless. You could choose to unpack and spend the rest of your day relaxing in your comfortable beach-style guestroom or on your private balcony. But having such an amazing view will undoubtedly make you want to venture from your room down to the beach so you can stick your toes in the white sand and blue surf. Grab a beach chair and an umbrella and pick a spot to call your own for the rest of the day. After you’ve had your fill of the beach, plan a wonderful day trip to one of the nearby attractions. The Wright Brothers First Flight Monument and Bodie Island lighthouse are just a few of the things in the area. Perhaps the best part about the Ramada Plaza Nags Head is the fact that you don’t have to leave the hotel to enjoy yourself. You can always lounge on the expansive sundeck or in the indoor heated pool and jacuzzi. Looking for some live entertainment? Stop by Peppercorns, the hotel’s full service restaurant. No matter how you decide to spend your vacation to the Outer Banks, the Ramada Plaza Nags Head will provide you with an ideal stay!


1701 South Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948


Take a trip to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to see the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. It’s the tallest in the US and was recently relocated back to the beach!

Related Onsite Offerings

The hotel offers 3,643 square feet of meeting space for those looking to host a meeting, presentation, retreat, or any other corporate event.


Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

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We think you’ll find our No. 5 choice to be a spectacular and awe-inspiring Outer Banks hotel. At the Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk you can walk out the front door and be on the beach, and that's something worth getting excited about.

When you stay at any Hilton hotel, you expect the best– the best rooms, the best amenities, and the best location. Well the Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk gives their guests that and more. Not only is every room spacious and equipped with modern conveniences, but you’ll also discover that each guestroom has a breathtaking ocean view that can be enjoyed on your private balcony. The hotel also provides great amenities for both business travelers and vacationers. Complimentary Wi-Fi and a 24-Hour Business Center will help you fulfill your work obligations. Families will love the onsite restaurant and convenience mart. And what kid doesn’t love splashing around in the pool? The Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk has outdoor and indoor swimming pools plus a seasonal Tiki Bar. With so much to do inside the hotel, you might forget about what lies outside the front door– the beach! Umbrellas and beach chairs are provided, so all you need to do is throw on your bathing suit and apply lots of sunscreen. If you’re in the mood to explore, don’t worry! There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. The Wright Brothers First Flight Monument, Elizabethan Gardens, and Manteo Aquarium are all nearby. The friendly staff at the Concierge Desk will be happy to help you plan the Outer Banks vacation of a lifetime!


5353 N. Virginia DareTrail, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina 27949

Related Onsite Offerings

The hotel offers a golf package which includes one night of lodging and 18 Holes of Golf at Kilmarlic Golf Club.


The Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk is an exceptional wedding destination.


The Sunset Inn

Sunset Beach, North Carolina

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Imagine yourself escaping to a place untouched by the crowds, where the beach is natural and unspoiled the way nature intended it to be. This is what you’ll discover at Sunset Beach, North Carolina- home to our No. 6 choice, The Sunset Inn.

Located on a picturesque island between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC, Sunset Beach is a quaint seaside town where development is limited and the area maintains its quiet, charming coastal allure. And overlooking a saltwater marsh only five minutes from the ocean, you’ll find The Sunset Inn, a place as cozy and charming as the area surrounding it. This unique destination is the ideal cross between a small inn and a large bed and breakfast. The Sunset Inn offers ten standard rooms and four grand rooms, ensuring that you’ll have a comfortable and peaceful stay. Each room offers superb views of the marsh from a private screened in porch, allowing you to enjoy the ocean breeze in any season. Relax in your beautifully appointed guest room, with a style all its own. King beds, private baths, luxurious linens, and a host of modern amenities guarantee your room will become a relaxing respite during your North Carolina vacation. The Sunset Inn has an accommodating staff that will make sure your stay is all you expect it to be and more. Take advantage of the inn’s two outdoor showers, book and video library, and the buffet-style breakfast served each morning. Most importantly, make time to enjoy the white sand beaches of this beloved island. The Sunset Inn will take care of the rest!


9 North Shore Drive, Sunset Beach, NC 28468

Related Onsite Offerings

Ask about The Sunset Inn's discount kayak tours through Summertide Adventure Tours.


Bald Head Island Limited

Bald Head Island, North Carolina

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The beach is always within reach at Bald Head Island Limited! Come soak in the sun at this tropical treasure, which overlooks the aquamarine Atlantic Ocean from its sandy shores. A beach bummer's paradise awaits at this exceptional stay!

Situated on the sandy shores of Southeast North Carolina, the sun-soaked beaches of the Atlantic Ocean are just outside your door! Bald Head Island Limited is your source for more than 100 homes, condos, and cottages in a wide array of settings. Choose a luxurious lodging that showcases oceanfront golf, one located on 14 miles of acclaimed beaches for romantic strolls and a wealth of water sports, or one that featuers Harbour Village right outside your door. You'll also get a temporary membership to the Shoals and Bald Head Island Clubs, with an acclaimed golf course, kid's programs, tennis, pools, and fitness centers. Visit lighthouses, stroll through maritime forests, and kayak through salt marshes. Bald Head Island is accessible by ferry or boat, with only electric carts, bicycles, and pedestrian traffic. Bald Head Island Limited features a beach experience that is an ocean away from ordinary!


6 Marina Wynd, Bald Head Island, North Carolina 28461

Related activities

Teeming with tuna, flounder, red drum, blue fish, mullet, and pompano, you're sure to hook a trophy catch. Stop by the Bald Head Island Conservancy or the Sail Shop for instructions and let them help you find the best spot on the water for your trip!

Fun facts

The island features 10,000 acres of protected salt marsh, tidal creeks and maritime forest, making for almost endless exploration!


Access Realty Group

Surf City, North Carolina

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Head to the beaches of Topsail Island for an incredible oceanfront vacation you won't soon forget! Access Realty Group has an impressive inventory of vacation rental properties, sure to offer an incredible North Carolina beach getaway.

Whether you're looking for a one-bedroom beach bungalow or a lavish multi-bedroom property with wraparound decks, a private swimming pool, and a fireplace, Access Realty Group has a rental for you! Find a rental directly on the shores of the Atlantic and spend your days frolicking in the sun and sand. A number of the condo rentals available through Access offer resort amenities including an outdoor basketball court, boat ramp access, an outdoor playground, and outdoor grills. When you're not relaxing in your comfortable accommodations, head to Surf City and the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Here, you can learn about conservation efforts taking place in the region, as well as gaining additional knowledge about the sea turtle species.


13480 Highway 50 Surf City, NC 28445-6688


You can choose from six different locations when planning your North Carolina beach vacation with Access Realty Group: Oceanfront, Oceanside, Second Row, Waterview, Soundfront, and Interior.

Related Onsite Offerings

Access Realty Group offers a number of pet-friendly accommodations along the shores of the Atlantic, allowing Fido to enjoy a North Carolina beach getaway with the rest of your family!


Topsail Realty

Topsail Beach, North Carolina

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Plan your next North Carolina family vacation right on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean with Topsail Realty! Their selection of more the 150 rental units ensures you'll find an option that fits all of your travel needs and offers a comfortable getaway for you and your family, group, or special someone.

Everything from one-bedroom bungalows to sprawling five- and six-bedroom vacation homes is available during your stay with Topsail Realty. In addition, you'll enjoy great amenities that only add to your stay including full kitchens, flat screen televisions, and spacious living areas. Many of the units feature wraparound private decks, offering 360-degree views of the surrounding natural beauty, and nearly the entire inventory gives you easy access to the beach! Spend your days building sand castles, running in the surf, or just soaking in the sun while you work on your tan. Topsail Island offers an abundance of activities to enjoy during your stay. Head to the seaside shopping area for trinkets to commemorate your stay. Three 18-hole golf courses are conveniently located just a short drive from your accommodations, or schedule a kayak tour with Herring's Outdoor Sports. If you're looking for a thrilling adventure on the water, try a deep sea fishing excursion and reel in your next trophy catch with the help of trained professionals! An unbelievable North Carolina beach getaway is waiting at Topsail Realty.


712 S. Anderson Blvd. Topsail Beach, NC 28445

Fun facts

Topsail Island is a nesting ground for the endangered Loggerhead sea turtle. The nesting for these sea giants takes place from mid-May to mid-August. Head to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center to learn more about these interesting creatures during your stay!

Related Onsite Offerings

For those travelers looking to bring Fido along for the ultimate family beach vacation, Topsail Realty has you covered! They have a selection of pet-friendly units allowing you to keep the entire family together during your next North Carolina getaway. Just make sure to let Topsail know your favorite four-legged friend will be joining you!


The Sea Ranch Resort

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

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Rounding out our list of Top 10 North Carolina Beach Resorts is The Sea Ranch Resort, a historic and luxurious beachfront resort in Kill Devil Hills.

The Sea Ranch Resort is one of the oldest resorts on the Outer Banks and we think this destination has gotten better with age. Sea Ranch overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and you’ll enjoy watching the sun rise and set each day from your oceanfront room. This resort is one of the few in the area with exceptional accommodations and amenities. All rooms come equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, cable TV, and Wi-Fi. There are also 26 two-bedroom condominiums available! But luxurious accommodations aren’t the only thing The Sea Ranch Resort has to offer. Also onsite you’ll find an enclosed heated swimming pool and a brand new restaurant, providing guests with an unforgettable dining experience. If you’re planning a wedding, the Sea Ranch Resort is a beautiful place to say, “I do!” The staff will help you plan every detail of your big day. Whether you’re getting married barefoot on the beach or having a more formal affair, the Sea Ranch Resort’s luxury accommodations are perfect for this special occasion. You’ll find this No. 10 choice to be exceptional in every aspect!

Fun facts

Legend suggests that Kill Devil Hills got its name from a buccaneer sitting on the white sandy beach and drinking moonshine that was “strong enough to kill the devil!”

Related Onsite Offerings

You can book your Outer Banks vacation, business event, wedding reception or family reunion at Sea Ranch Resort!


1731 N. VA Dare Trail MP 7, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948