Get ready to dig your toes in the sand: From white strands to secret coves, we've found the ultimate spots by the shore, plus fabulous lodging so you can stay as long as you like.
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
Combine your sun and sand with arts and crafts on this funky island in the Outer Banks. The 16-mile-long beach stretches east toward Cape Hatteras, accessible via Highway 12 or, for those with a nose for adventure, by kayak along Pamlico Sound. Swimming, shelling, kite-flying, and wild-horse watching count among the beach activities.