5 of the Closest Beaches to Charlotte

Closest beaches to Charlotte
Closest beaches to Charlotte - Folly Beach

Finding the closest beaches to Charlotte this summer is essential to keeping the whole troop happy on the drive over. Temperatures are rising and the beach is calling; so, we’ve compiled a list of the closest beaches to Charlotte that you should visit this summer.

Isle of Palms

Neighboring Sullivans Island, Isle of Palms is home to two well-known golf courses, the Links Course, and the Harbour Course. Isle of Palms is the perfect beach getaway because it offers premiere golf for those who’d rather work on their game than their tan lines, luxurious spas and boutique shopping, and it’s only a 20 minute drive into downtown Charleston for the best dining and shopping on the historic King Street. and beautiful golf courses for those who’d rather work on their game than their tan lines.

Best place to stay: Wild Dunes Resort

Distance from Charlotte: 3 hours, 33 minutes

Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is known for their year-round beautiful weather, and of course, the lighthouse. Hilton Head is home to a beautiful beach as well as world-class golf courses. This home away from home is a luxurious beach getaway perfect for the family.

Best place to stay: The Inn & Club at Harbour Town or Sonesta Resort

Distance from Charlotte: 3 hours, 52 minutes

Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach, a short drive from Wilmington, is known as “one of the best beaches in the south” for its crystal blue water, great surf, and not to mention it being home to the filming of Dawson’s Creek. This 4 mile stretch of beach is the closest beach to Charlotte with the best watersport activity potential. Take a surfing lesson, learn how to windsurf, or take the paddleboard out for a swim, this lively beach is the spot for the watersport enthusiast.

Best place to stay: Vacation rental— although there are hotels in Wrightsville Beach, there are beautiful beach condos and homes available for vacation rental which embody the laid back, yet vibrant character of this beach town that appeals to locals and tourists alike.

Distance from Charlotte: 3 hours, 35 minutes

Closest beaches to Charlotte

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach belongs to the Brunswick Islands, some of the most beautiful beaches in the Carolinas. Sunset Beach got its name for its beautiful views and serenity; it is also known for its wildlife and seafood (we recommend trying The Boat Landing)!

Best place to stay: The Sunset Inn Bed & Breakfast

Distance from Charlotte: 3 hours, 29 minutes

Ocean Isle

Ocean Isle, a part of Brunswick county, is a little beach town off the coast of North Carolina. This smaller barrier island is famous for its beautiful 4.5 mile beach. This small island is the perfect quaint spot to take the family with great dining options and private rental stays. It also happens to be the closest beach to Charlotte on our list, so be sure to add it to yours!

Best place to stay: Vacation Rental— the lack of commercial properties combined with the abundance of beautiful oceanfront properties makes this the perfect vacation rental spot.

Distance from Charlotte: 3 hours, 21 minutes