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Your Kind of Town: Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
Are you an urban adventurer or a small-town dreamer? Do you crave culture or live for the beach? Find your spot in these 31 action-packed locales. 
Text by Dan Grushkin

 Beach Towns:

Pismo Beach, CA  |  Atlantic Beach, NC |  Cordova, AK 

Jacksonville, FL  |  Kahului, HI  | 
Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Atlantic Beach, North Carolina:

Population: 1,781

Median Home Price: $185,000

Average July Water Temperature: 78°F (26°C)

The Scene: Sea lovers idle on this fast-developing stretch of barrier-island strand south of Cape Hatteras. An 18th-century hideout for Blackbeard the pirate, the area now lures divers to hundreds of offshore wrecks—including a German U-boat.

OPTIONS: Pitch tent among the wild ponies of Shackleford Banks, whose forebears shipwrecked on the island with early British explorers. Surf the break before one of the coast's notoriously frequent hurricanes.

OUTFITTER: Olympus Diving ( offers half- and multi-day trips to dive the graveyard of WWII wrecks off the beach's shores. You'll discover not only torpedoed tankers, but sand tiger sharks and an influx of alien tropical lionfish.

GOOD EATS: Try the Channel Marker (+1 252 247 2344) for a cool beer and the morning's catch of triggerfish.

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