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CHARLESTON, SC - SEPTEMBER 13: Surfers work the waves on Folly Beach on September 13, 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Coastal cities in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under evacuation orders as the Category 2 hurricane approaches the United States. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

Now that restrictions are being lifted, many people are planning their first vacations in a a year. One of the best parts about living in the Carolinas are all the beaches that are close by.

My family always grew up going to Oak Island,  so I find myself usually going back to that beach when I have the time for a vacation, but there are so many amazing beaches to choose from, I started wondering… what is the highest rated Carolina beach?

US News and Travel just ranked the best North Carolina beaches by considered scenic beauty, nearby amenities and the opinions of experts and travelers to decide the best North Carolina beaches and this is what they found!

  1. Emerald Isle
  2. Balk Head Island
  3. Cape Hatteras
  4. Corolla/ Currituck Beach
  5. Ocracoke Island
  6. Topsail Island
  7. Oak Island
  8. Wrightsville Beach
  9. Atlantic Beach
  10. Duck

As for South Carolina beaches, these were the highest rated:

  1. Myrtle Beach
  2. Hilton Head Island
  3. Kiawah Beachwalker Park
  4. Folly Beach
  5. Edisto Beach
  6. Front Beach, Isle of Palms
  7. Surfside
  8. Sullivan’s Island Beach
  9. Seabrook Island
  10. Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort