THE BRUNSWICK ISLANDS AND SOUTHPORT
The Brunswick County coast hosts six beautiful beaches stretching across five barrier islands with several charming coastal towns and neighborhoods along the way. Join me as I explore communities on the islands and mainland that someday you're going to be excited to call home.
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Whether you are on vacation, getting away to your second home, or live here full time, that hometown sense of nostalgia is present along each of the 20 square miles of Oak Island. The Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway run parallel to each other and stretch across the 12 mile-long island.
Find your stretch of sand and enjoy a sunrise or sunset from any of the 10 miles of beachfront. Getting there is never a problem with over 100 free public accesses to the beach and Intracoastal Waterway. Your accessibility to all of Oak Island’s natural beauty is more than any of the other coastal towns in North Carolina. From the public boat launches, two fishing piers, waterway parks, kayak launch, scenic walkways, to the golf, fine and casual dining, established retail and small local shopping, boutique hotels, and more, it's no wonder the year round population of 8,500 residents continues to grow exponentially each year. Even with the nearly 50,000 visitors bustling around during the summer, this charming southern beach town keeps its traditional, quiet charm throughout the entire year.
The 8-mile long barrier island of Holden Beach is bound by the Intracoastal Waterway, Shallotte Inlet, and Lockwood Folly Inlet. With a population of just under 700 people the small town charm of this sea goers island continues to earn the distinction earned by National Geographic Traveler as one of the “best family beaches in the country” year after year. Grab your bike, board, or boat and hit the beach or waterway for a full day of fun in the sun.
Lovely coastal neighborhoods sit among the 12,000 acres of subtropical beauty on the island of Bald Head. 10,000 of those acres have been left untouched and host the beach, marsh and maritime forest preserves. A two mile long journey or 20 minute passenger ride on the ferry across the Cape Fear River from the Deep Point Marina in Southport leads you to the many adventures that Bald Head Island has to offer.
Coastal Living Magazine had it right. Southport is indeed American’s happiest seaside town. With the friendly streets, boutiques, local art galleries, and the most delicious waterfront dining you’ll find anywhere, Southport is steeped in not only history, but also memories of fun times and excellent bites.