Cities 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
Destin Florida, USA

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

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92 29
Outer Banks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Outer Banks North Carolina, USA

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86 29
Orange Beach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Orange Beach Alabama, USA

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

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65 30
Pensacola Beach is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Pensacola Beach Florida, USA

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

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Wrightsville Beach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Wrightsville Beach North Carolina, USA

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Tybee Island is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Tybee Island Georgia, USA

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63 32
Hilton Head Island is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Hilton Head Island South Carolina, USA

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Myrtle Beach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Myrtle Beach South Carolina, USA

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Isle of Palms is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Isle of Palms South Carolina, USA

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42 21
Folly Beach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Folly Beach South Carolina, USA

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Sanibel Island is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Sanibel Island Florida, USA

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

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Sunset Beach is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Sunset Beach North Carolina, USA

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31 22
Edisto Beach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Edisto Beach South Carolina, USA

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Wilmington is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Wilmington North Carolina, USA

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28 20
South Padre Island is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
South Padre Island Texas, USA

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19 12
Navarre Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Navarre Beach Florida, USA

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

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

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Carolina Beach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Carolina Beach North Carolina, USA

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Seaside is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Seaside Florida, USA

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33 29
Dauphin Island is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Dauphin Island Alabama, USA

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19 15
Rosemary Beach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Rosemary Beach Florida, USA

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Cedar Key, FL is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Cedar Key, FL Florida, USA

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28 25
Biloxi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Biloxi Mississippi, USA

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Chincoteague is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Chincoteague Virginia, USA

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Grayton Beach is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Grayton Beach Florida, USA

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Jekyll Island is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Jekyll Island Georgia, USA

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19 17
Cumberland Island National Sea... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Cumberland Island National Seashore Georgia, USA

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17 15
Watercolor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Watercolor Florida, USA

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23 22
Ship Island is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Ship Island Mississippi, USA

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19 18
Harbor Island is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Harbor Island South Carolina

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13 12
Alys Beach is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Alys Beach Florida, USA

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17 17
Amelia Island is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Amelia Island Florida, USA

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15 15
Sandbridge Beach is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Sandbridge Beach Virginia, USA

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14 15
Fripp Island, South Carolina is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Beaches in the South

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13 14
Sapelo Island is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Sapelo Island Georgia, USA

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21 23
Daytona Beach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Daytona Beach Florida, USA

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Port Aransas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Big shadow23 added Port Aransas Texas, USA

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Port Aransas,Texas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Big shadow23 added Port Aransas,Texas

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Galveston is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Beaches in the South
Galveston Galveston Island, Texas, USA