Recently I had a friend to ask me what is my “go-to” beach for a quick get-away. Immediately my first response was Hilton Head. Hilton Head offers the island feel with peaceful and serene surroundings. Just watch out for the alligators. There are other nice get-away beaches that are in close proximity to Charlotte being less than 4 hours away. Here is a list of five beaches that I think you will find will satisfy your vacation goals!
Hilton Head is a historic resort city in South Carolina featuring 12 scenic miles of shoreline from the Atlantic Ocean. It has an island vibe despite its several tourist areas. Hilton Head offers everyone memorable beach activities involving the sea and the trees — from boating and crabbing to fishing, sailing, cruising, dolphin watching, and hiking.
Kure Beach is a hidden gem tucked away at Pleasure Island, with Carolina Beach as its northern border and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and Historic Site to its south. Its expansive shoreline continually makes a perfect setting for family vacations, island tours, and outdoor concerts. Kure Beach is about a 3.5 hour drive from Charlotte.
Ocean Isle Beach is one of the southernmost barrier islands in North Carolina and is home to only 525 residents, making the island the best beach retreat for wanderers looking for solitude. Ocean Isle Beach is about a 3.5 hour drive from Charlotte. This small seaside town can make the perfect vacation, with its museum, seafood restaurants, golf course, and boutiques.
Sullivan’s Island is an island town in Charleston that’s home to one of the best beaches near Charlotte, NC and perhaps one of the best in South Carolina. Enjoy long stretches of tranquil shores free from beachfront developments but replete with beach activities. Go kayaking, sailing, fishing, kiteboarding, and swimming in peace as you take in excellent views of stark white sand and calm waters. Expect the drive to Sullivan’s Island to take a little more than 3 hours.
Myrtle Beach is the tourist hub of the Grand Strand, a 60-mile string of nice beaches facing South Carolina’s Atlantic coast. Myrtle Beach is an iconic beach destination that can satisfy all generations. With a gorgeous shoreline home to water parks and amusement parks, Myrtle Beach offers nonstop family fun. Its beachfront boardwalk is a lovely sight too, offering arcades, and souvenir stands. Drive just a little over three hours and you’ll be rewarded by one of the best beach vacations from Charlotte!