Corolla, North Carolina
The Outer Banks is a well-known tourist destination (for good reasons), but this town in the northern portion has some similar scenery, complete with lighthouse, with far fewer tourists. This means more untainted sand for you. Surrounded by Currituck National Wildlife Refuge, the area is good for beachside walking and spotting the wild horses. Just remember they’re actually wild and you’re actually not the Lone Ranger. Feel like cooking but... not? Outer Banks Boil Company will bring the seafood to a minimum of 10 of you ( or just say you have 10), set everything up, cook, and then even take away the trash.
What to do: 30mi long, 3.8mi wide Currituck Sound is a popular kayaking spot, adjacent to Church’s Island, part of Coinjock (yup, that’s its real, unfortunate name). The latter is more a peninsula, and if you were still in high school, you’d call it Makeout Point. But you’re not. So don’t.