July has come up pretty quickly, but there's still plenty of sunshine left for beach vacations to make this summer one to remember. North Carolina's coastal beaches each have something different to offer, but all have waves to ride and sands to sink your toes into. You can start at the top of the state and make your way down to hit the most amazing sandy shores along the way.\nWhether it be a holiday or just a quick day trip, there's always an excuse to hit the coast. You can even grab a cheap Airbnb on the water for a night if you can't get enough of those scenic views. Even better? Most of these spots are free to visit!\nYou can pretend you're living the actual Outerbanks Pouge life for a weekend if you're trying to really live like John B. and Sarah Cameron.\nKitty Hawk Beach OBX\nPrice: Free\nAddress: 3840 N Va Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC\nWhy You Need To Go: Located in the Outer Banks, this one beach has plenty of restaurants, shops, places to stay, and even a huge maritime forest that you can hike through.\n View this post on Instagram ¿no what? . . . . . . #surf #surfing #obx #beachday #beach #surfergirl A post shared by Tess (@swizzz__) on Jul 8, 2019 at 10:11am PDT\n\nWebsite\nNags Head\nPrice: Free\nAddress: E Hargrove St, Nags Head, NC\nWhy You Need To Go: This is a more well known and populated beach in the OBX because of its long stretch of beaches, upscale restaurants, historical museums, and monuments you can explore. One of their best-known attractions is Jockey's Ridge State Park where you can scale some sand dunes.\n View this post on Instagram Be brave enough to heal yourself even if it hurts . . . #jockeyridgesanddunes #outerbanks #nagshead #fridayvibes #adventure #familytime #sanddunes #blackgirlsrock #blackgirlslay #northcarolinaliving #northcarolinahiddengems A post shared by Maya Horton (@its.envious) on Jul 3, 2020 at 9:18am PDT\n\nWebsite\nCape Hatteras National Seashore\nPrice: Free, with additional activities available for small fees.\nAddress: Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Nags Head, NC\nWhy You Need To Go: This beach is mainly known for its fishing excursions and ideal fishing spots. The other side of the beach has great spots to layout and swim if you're not into catching fish.\n View this post on Instagram 🌾🌙🐚 A post shared by Jaedyn Putnam (@jaefyn) on Jul 5, 2020 at 4:32pm PDT\n\nWebsite\nAtlantic Beach \nPrice: Free\nAddress: 201 W Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, NC\nWhy You Need To Go: This barrier island is known for its beautiful beaches and many parks for those who like to explore the outdoors and go hiking. This beach is only one of many spots you can stop for a day on the sands.\n View this post on Instagram Soooo happy for a change of scenery & some sunshine!! A post shared by Kathryn Ernst (@kathrynkernst) on Jun 29, 2020 at 6:40pm PDT\n\nWebsite\nEmerald Isle\nPrice: Free\nAddress: 302-398 Ocean Dr, Emerald Isle, NC\nWhy You Need To Go: There are plenty of public beach access points and it's known for its huge pier that you can buy daily fishing passes for to reel in some big catches.\n View this post on Instagram just ur annual reminder that every body is a bikini body 🌞 mine’s a lil thicker than it has been in years past, but that’s okay. she’s carried me through a lot of shit in the past several months & i’m trying to give her allll the love. i hope u can do the same for yours A post shared by bekah joy shimer (@bekahshimer) on Jun 9, 2020 at 3:22pm PDT\n\nWebsite\nKure Beach \nPrice: Free\nAddress: Kure Beach, Wilmington, NC\nWhy You Need To Go: This beach is home to the oldest fishing pier on the Atlantic Coast and even has a state aquarium on the island.\n View this post on Instagram Sleepy head 🌴🌞 #sundaymorning #beachlife A post shared by Lena (@og_elena_) on Jul 5, 2020 at 7:24am PDT\n\nWebsite\nBald Head Island \nPrice: $23; parking fees may also apply.\nAddress: 1301 Ferry Rd., Southport, NC\nWhy You Need To Go: This island is accessible by ferry or private boat. When you arrive, you'll be on a secluded beach and it even has the oldest standing lighthouse in the state. \n View this post on Instagram Happy Easter from ur pippi long-stocking seaweed monster driftwood mermaid 🐰 A post shared by Cadence Hooks (@thebushwitch) on Apr 12, 2020 at 4:59pm PDT\n\nWebsite\nThis beachy road trip totals about 348 miles round trip; you might wanna grab all your besties for this one.\nGoogle | Google Maps\nGear up the car, get your playlist ready, and don't forget the sunscreen on your road trip to some of North Carolina's best coastal beaches!\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.