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Bracket competition: North Carolina's best beach

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Ask a room full of North Carolinians what their favorite beach is and you'll likely get dozens of different answers β€” and maybe start an argument or two.

Why it matters: The state's beaches β€” famous worldwide thanks to movies and TV shows β€” all offer something different, from the classic boardwalk experience of Carolina Beach to dunes so remote you feel like you're at the edge of the world.