Best Beach Runs: New York to North Carolina

Running on the beach or alongside the ocean is one of the great summer pleasures. Great Runs has compiled a comprehensive guide to the best places to run in top coastal vacation destinations in the northeast U.S., including more than 15 distinct destinations, from Maine to the Outer Banks. This is our list of the best beaches for running from New York to North Carolina, either a runnable beach (wide, with firm sand), boardwalk, or good adjacent running road. This includes the New York boroughs, the Hamptons, Jersey Shore, Ocean City/Rehoboth Beach, Virginia Beach, and the Outer Banks.

Jersey Shore Boardwalks

Jersey Shore, NJ

The Jersey Shore is famous for its boardwalks, and the longer ones are great for running. Great ocean views, people watching, and entertainment. Our favorites: Atlantic City, Wildwood, Avalon to Belmar, and Seaside. Might have to dodge the crowds in summer.

Southern Shores Options

Outer Banks, NC

One of the widest sections of the Outer Banks, with several good running options: pretty residential off Rt. 12 features the area's nicest homes; the 3-mile Dogwood Trail, passing along a golf course; bike path alongside Highway 12; and beautiful beach.