Southport, Oak Island and Bald Head Island are some of the most popular vacation destinations in North Carolina, each luring visitors for different reasons.
Southport is a quaint village and harbor town along the Intracoastal Waterway and the Cape Fear River. The town’s draws are its bed and breakfast inns, shops and galleries, its waterfront park and historic sites, and its annual Fourth of July celebration. Oak Island, including the towns of Oak Island and Caswell Beach, attracts beachgoers who want a variety of family-friendly amenities, from fishing piers to mini golf. Bald Head Island is an exclusive island accessible only by ferry, and it does not allow cars. No matter which location you choose, whether you're retiring or vacationing, everything you need to live or vacation by the water is here.
Background knowledge of an area is important whether you’re making a decision to travel for fun, relocate or start a business. For that reason, this section introduces you to the history and economic climate of the Southport/Oak Island/Bald Head Island areas. Our Getting Around section tells you how to get to these towns and islands, whether by plane, by ferry or boat, or by your own vehicle, and how to get around once you’ve arrived here. We’ve even included a Media section, in hopes that the local radio stations, television stations, magazines and newspapers may aid you in enjoying the area to its fullest potential.