Summer is finally here! And being only 2.5 hours from the closest beach, it’s hard not to head East to enjoy the all the sun and surf the Tar Heel state has to offer. And if you’re anything like us, you can always use another excuse to get some new beach gear.

Lori + Lulu

Lori + Lulu has the perfect beach outfit. Something fun and simple to throw over your swimsuit while traveling to and from the sand. This Gaya V-Neck Long Poncho by Johnny Was and Florabella cowboy hat are great for helping you look hot and stay cool. Add this Liebeskind pink bag to the mix and you’ve got enough room to carry sunscreen, cellphone, and anything else you might need.

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Palm Avenue

Looking for new footwear? Head over to Palm Avenue and check out the Lilly Pulitzer Pool Flip-Flop. The prints are so fun and so affordable, it’ll be hard to leave with just one pair.

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Uniquities

The beach is like an oven. You don’t want to leave things there longer than you should and risk having burnt buns! Luckily, Uniquities has got your bum covered with Sun Bum sunscreen.

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Looking for a new swimsuit? Try this Pily Q two-piece that combines a sleek black look with a fun pattern. Add Tkees sandals to complete the look.

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Madison

Because you can always use another bag. Grab this fun fringe beach bag from MADISON to bring the bright colors of summer with you wherever you go.

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Great Outdoor Provision Company

And if you need to start from scratch, head over to the Great Outdoor Provision Company. Get a fun and sassy “Beach, Please!” shirt from House of Swank. Keep your drinks cool with a Yeti soft-sided cooler and Rambler mug. And bring the front porch to the beach with a rocking (yes, you read that correctly) fold-up chair from GCI Outdoor.

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And if you love Patagonia hats, they’ve got an incredible selection.

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The Local Squirrel

And of course, how could we have a great-beach-finds post without mentioning awesome eyewear? The Local Squirrel has these gorgeous Quay sunglasses from Australia.

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There it is. Everything you need to hit the beach like a mermaid who doesn’t need to give up her voice to walk on dry land (seriously, what is that, Disney?). H.A.G.S.!

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