Catherine Lane

Weekdays Morning Show Co Host/Middays

This debate has been going on since the colonial days.  Who has the best beaches , North Carolina or South Carolina.  I consider myself somewhat of an armchair expert on the topic and here is what I think.

When I say “armchair expert” it’s because I have been to the Carolina beaches approximately , oh I don’t know, close to three hundred times.  It’s so close, four hours or less, I have even gone for the day.  I’m that girl that can plant my toes in the sand and stay there all day.  And every beach has it’s charms.

Let’s start with Myrtle Beach, in my opinion let’s just call this the Wal Mart of the Carolina beaches and I don’t mean that in a bad way.  There is something for everyone there and in every price range. They have cleaned up Myrtle over the years but it still has its share of the seedy side of entertainment, high rise hotels and people, lot and lots of people.  I used to love it when I was little.  You remember the boardwalk and the pavillion?  There is a lovely area there now but it just isn’t the same.  Go a little further south to Surfside, Garden City or Pawley’s Island for fewer people and in my opinion better beaches.  I love the charm of the Surfside Pier as well.

Recently I have been going to the Brunswick County beaches of North Carolina; Holden, Ocean Isle and Sunset Beach.  As a grown up I LOVE going to the North Carolina beaches.  They are wide and clean and offer lots of natural scenery free of tall buildings and retail on every corner.  If you are ever at Holden beach be sure and go to the very end of the island; you are in spitting distance of neighboring Oak Island.  Be sure and leave your wish in the mailbox there or place a shell and a wish on the shell tree.

There really are too many beaches to name and of course the best one is completely up to you and your family.  You can’t really go wrong.