Pine Knolls Shores
Atlantic Beach, North CarolinaNorth Carolina's best-kept beach secret is the small resort town of Atlantic Beach in the largely uninhabited Bogue Banks barrier islands. The coastal community of Pine Knolls Shores stretches west from the city center, a strip of fine white sand that's home to the North Carolina Aquarium.
Hotel Recommendation: Stay at the pet-friendly Atlantis Lodge. Read our review.