Where are the best beaches in Florida? The best beaches in North Carolina? From Texas to Maryland, the South has some of the most glorious sand and saltwater you’ll find anywhere. Our best beaches offer that wonderful sense of escape that only comes with the wind in your hair, the sun on your face, and the sound of waves breaking against the shore. There are popular favorites like Dauphin Island and Orange Beach in Alabama; Padre Island, Texas; and Seaside, Grayton Beach, and others in South Walton County, Florida. But we also have the stunning waters of Bahia Honda Key; Assateague Island, Maryland, where wild horses have roamed for centuries; and Bald Head Island, North Carolina, where you’ll arrive by ferry and cruise around in a golf cart (no cars allowed). Whether you love the Gulf or the Atlantic, a secluded beach or a family-friendly vacation, we’ve got the best beaches and beach towns on both.
From Maryland down to Florida and west to Texas, the South is graced with more than 2,000 miles of coastline. We’ve combed the region for the very best beaches so you can get a head start on your vacation planning for the year.