Top 18 Beautiful Beaches in America

11. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, Outer Banks of North Carolina


Leatherman notes that Okracoke was the home of the pirate Blackbeard, and it’s still home to “some of the wildest beaches in the country” with “big surf” in late summer and pursuits like “swimming, shelling and enjoying a walk through the old cemetery on a foggy night.”