Beaches in the Southern United States are beloved for their warm waters, soft sands and multitude of activities. Whether you want to enjoy water sports, wildlife watching, shelling, swimming or sunbathing, you can find a beach that matches your preferences.

From Virginia to Texas, there are hundreds of miles of coastline to explore, with beaches ranging from lively and boisterous to secluded national parks. Here are the 10 best beaches in the South, according to readers.