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The Best Beaches in the South 

Island Hopper Dan
Updated November 19, 2019 5k votes 1.3k voters 71.4k views 45 items

What are the best beaches in the South? Southern beaches are among the most gorgeous beaches in the U.S. Whether it's the fine, powdery white sands of beaches along the Gulf of Mexico in the Deep South or the gorgeous, tan sands of North Carolina's Outer Banks and the Atlantic Coast, the beaches are plentiful, the water sports are fantastic and, well, these places listed here are just first-rate. Vote for your favorite southern beaches and vote down any you don't like. Feel free, also, to add any beaches that are missing.

While there's absolutely no doubt that Florida's beautiful beaches are among the best in the world, the state doesn't have a monopoly on the greatest beach vacation spots and towns. From the flat, sandy beaches of Texas to the breathtaking natural beaches of Georgia and South Carolina, it's not difficult at all to drive to the coast and wind up at one of the best looking beaches you've ever seen.

If you've got a family vacation in mind, some of the best Southern beaches offer plenty of fun in the sun for all ages Massive resorts are plentiful, offering kids (big and small) access to huge swimming pools, water parks, aquariums and yes, of course, mini-golf courses (a beach tradition in our house). There is no doubt that these are some of the best U.S. cities for vacations.

The quaint beach towns of the South are hospitable, sometimes quirky and always interesting. They also feature excellent, memorable restaurants that serve up some of the best seafood in the country! If fresh shrimp and crab, along with all types of fish is your thing, you really can't go wrong with any of the beaches and beach towns listed here.
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Destin
Destin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Photo:  Phanatic/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

Located In: Florida, USA

Area (km sq.): 21.24

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Gulf Shores is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Photo:  Mandyerin/Flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0

Located In: Alabama, USA

Area (km sq.): 59.57

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Outer Banks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Photo: Paul Schultz/Flickr

Located In: North Carolina, USA

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Orange Beach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Photo:  Michael.Portraying.Life/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Located In: Alabama, USA

Area (km sq.): 29.53

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