In the Cape Hatteras National Seashore but just a few miles south of Nags Head, Coquina is considered by locals to be the loveliest beach in the Outer Banks. The wide-beam ribs of the shipwreck Laura Barnes rest in the dunes here. Driven onto the Outer Banks by a nor'easter in 1921, she ran aground north of this location; the entire crew survived. The wreck was moved to Coquina Beach in 1973 and displayed behind ropes, but subsequent hurricanes have scattered the
remains and covered them with sand, making it difficult, if not impossible, to discern. Amenities: parking, showers, toilets. Best for: swimming.
Off Rte. 12, MM 26, 8 miles south of U.S. 158, Nags Head, North Carolina, 27959, United States