Two local beaches are among the top beaches to visit in the U.S., according to Coastal Living Magazine.
The magazine listed their "21 Best Beaches" in their July/August edition, and that list includes Atlantic Beach and Ocracoke.
Here's what the magazine has to say about Pine Knoll Shores and Atlantic Beach: "North Carolina's best-kept beach secret is the small resort town of Atlantic Beach in the largely uninhabited Bogue Banks barrier islands. The coastal community of Pine Knolls Shores stretches west from the city center, a strip of fine white sand that's home to the North Carolina Aquarium."
Here's what the magazine has to say about Ocracoke: "Combine your sun and sand with arts and crafts on this funky island in the Outer Banks. The 16-mile-long beach stretches east toward Cape Hatteras, accessible via Highway 12 or, for those with a nose for adventure, by kayak along Pamlico Sound. Swimming, shelling, kite-flying, and wild-horse watching count among the beach activities."