A trip to the beach is more than a vacation, it’s a necessity. For New Yorkers, Coney Island and the Rockaways don't always cut it. Sometimes you need a real beach. I’m talking about the type of beach a doctor would have prescribed for tuberculosis or leprosy. That's exactly the kind of beach you'll find on the Crystal Coast in North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks. The moment you hear waves without car horns blaring behind you or stroll down the beach without Maroon 5 blasting out of a cell phone, your blood pressure begins to drop. This little slice of heaven is an amazing 85-mile stretch of coastline surrounded by quaint little towns like Beaufort, which was recently named one of Travel and Leisure’s Favorite Small Towns. It has nationally recognized chefs, a booming craft-beer scene, and spectacular, timeless beaches. So, slow your roll and enjoy the view.

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