The nine main beaches in North Carolina start with Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Bald Head Island, Emerald Isle, Wrightsville Beach and the Outer Banks. The other four include the Crystal Coast, Topsail, Wilmington Beach and Carolina Beach.
These nine main beaches are further divided into smaller, separate beaches. The Outer Banks has more than a dozen beaches that include Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head on the northern end. The Roanoke Island beaches in the central Outer Banks area are Manteo and Wanchese. The beaches located on the southern Hatteras Island start with Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo on the northern tip of the island and move down to Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras at the southern tip.
The Crystal Coast region, located midway down the North Carolina coast, includes Atlantic Beach, Indian Beach, Harkers Island and Pine Knoll Shores. Cape Lookout, Beaufort and Western Crystal Coast are also in this region, and Emerald Isle is at the southern end of the Crystal Coast.
South of the Crystal Coast is the Topsail Beach region that includes Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington Beach, Carolina Beach and ends along the southernmost part of the North Carolina coast at the Brunswick region. This region is made up of a group of barrier islands containing Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Oak Island Beach, Holden Beach and Bald Head Island Beach.