North Carolina and South Carolina were ONE CAROLINA until 1712, when they became two separate and distinct colonies. Before Carolina split, the southern part, now South Carolina served as support for the British West Indies, which resulted in the slave economy of the sugar islands reaching the Carolina shores and cultivating into the rice plantation system. The merchant port Charles Town, which later became Charleston, was at the heart of the colony.
The inhabitants of the northern part, now North Carolina had a large number of displaced former indentured servants from the Chesapeake, Virginia area. Most established small tobacco farms supported by slave labor, but rice also became a profitable crop along the coastal area.
Today, the coastline of Carolinas offers some of the most beautiful and diverse beaches in the world. Experience the coast and rich history during your next visit to the Carolinas.
Outer Banks is 130 miles of barrier islands that include breathtaking beauty and rich history and heritage. Some highlights include the location of the "Lost Colony, " the site of America's first flight at Kitty Hawk and the first all African-American U.S. Lifesaving Service Station.
The Crystal Coast is south of the Outer Banks and includes the quaint town of Beaufort, named "America's Coolest Small Town" by Budget Travel Magazine. Travel the Crystal Coast and experience Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Hawkers Island, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Pine Knolls Shores, and Indian Beach.
Jacksonville Beach, Surf City Beach, Topsail Beach. Travel down Hwy 17 and wind toward the coastline to visit these unspoiled beaches.
Cape Fear Coast. With the Port City of Wilmington close by, visit one of the Cape Fear Beaches. You can enjoy beautiful Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, or Kure Beach while being close to historical sites, museums, and great restaurants and shopping.
Experience Brunswick Islands and Beaches starting with Oak Island and Caswell Beach, and the nearby historic town of Southport. Visit Holden Beach named as one of the best family beaches in America. Enjoy the diversity of Ocean Isle and Sunset Beach and the world famous fishing village of Calabash.
North Myrtle Beach was originally settled by farmers, fisherman and timber harvesters and later became the seaside resorts of Cherry Grove, Ocean Drive, Crescent Beach, and Windy Hill
Atlantic Beach also known as "The Black Pearl" was founded in the 1930s by descendants of slaves who lived for 300 years in the region from Wilmington, NC, down through the Sea Islands to Jacksonville, Florida.
Myrtle Beach is known for its beautiful beaches,entertainment and dining. You can also enjoy nearby Surfside and Garden City Beaches.
The Hammock Coast stretches from Garden City to historic Georgetown. The Hammock Coast also includes the fishing village of Murrells Inlet, Huntington Beach State Park laid, back Litchfield, and picturesque Pawley's Island.
Low County Sea Islands stretch from Georgetown, SC to Daufuskie Island. Experience the rich West African heritage of the Gullah-Geechee culture along the South Carolina coastal region.
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