Culture The Best Beaches in the South  

Island Hopper Dan
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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Florida, USA

2
197 66
Gulf Shores is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Alabama, USA

3
167 58
Outer Banks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
North Carolina, USA

4
145 49
Orange Beach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Alabama, USA

5
104 38
Sarasota is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Florida, USA

6
108 41
Pensacola Beach is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Florida, USA

7
99 37
Kiawah Island is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Kiawah Island South Carolina, USA

8
104 41
Hilton Head Island is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
South Carolina, USA

9
74 27
Wrightsville Beach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
North Carolina, USA

10
103 48
Tybee Island is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Georgia, USA

11
73 31
Isle of Palms is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Isle of Palms South Carolina, USA

12
72 31
Sanibel Island is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Beaches in the South

13
62 28
Folly Beach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
South Carolina, USA

14
108 67
Myrtle Beach is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
South Carolina, USA

15
56 29
St. Simons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
St. Simons Georgia, USA

16
49 29
Edisto Beach is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Edisto Beach South Carolina, USA

17
58 37
Dauphin Island is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Dauphin Island Alabama, USA

18
54 35
Clearwater Beach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Florida, USA

19
47 29
Carolina Beach is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
North Carolina, USA

20
44 27
Sunset Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
North Carolina, USA

21
37 21
Navarre Beach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Florida, USA

22
43 27
Wilmington is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
North Carolina, USA

23
53 36
Seaside is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Florida, USA

24
36 22
Rosemary Beach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Florida, USA

25
34 21
Cumberland Island National Sea... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Cumberland Island National Seashore Georgia, USA