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The North Carolina Coast Sights

Coquina Beach

  • Beach–Sight

Updated 11/07/2012

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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.

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Sight Information

Address:

Off Rte. 12, MM 26, 8 miles south of U.S. 158, Nags Head, North Carolina, 27959, United States

Website: www.nps.gov/caha

Updated 11/07/2012

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