Ocean Isle Beach
Looking for a laid back beach vacation? On North Carolina’s Atlantic Ocean lies Ocean Isle Beach, seven miles of warm ocean waters and sugar sand beaches. Known as the “Gem of the Brunswick Islands”, Ocean Isle is a vacation destination of dolphins, turtles and colorful marine life. Beach days are spent watching the dolphins and turtles, swimming in the warm ocean and building sandcastles. Explore the waterways by kayak in search of the beautiful birdlife that make the surrounding wetlands their home.
The streets of this oceanfront town are lined with quaint boutique stores and waterfront restaurants. Ocean Isle is full of family fun activities with miniature golf for the kids, local museums and many nearby lighthouses to explore. Cast your line on the Ocean Isle Fishing Pier, one of North Carolina’s oldest fishing piers and for a close up look at the spectacular marine life, visit the Museum of Coastal Carolina with a fun touch tank. October brings the North Carolina Oyster Festival with exciting entertainment and Oyster cook-offs.
Explore the surrounding areas
Venture to the nearby towns of Calabash and Sunset Beach to explore further. Nearby Myrtle Beach is a tourist destination with many attractions, amusement parks and water parks. Have great family fun at Barefoot Landing, a shopping complex with a reptile zoo and home to the House of Blues. Explore the Cape Fear Peninsula, Bald Head Island and Fort Fisher from the small boating town of Southport and take a trip to the historic sea port home of Wilmington to see the USS North Carolina Battleship.
A trip to North Carolina’s Barrier Islands is not complete without a visit to Bird Island, home to the famous Kindred Spirit Mailbox. A 1000 acre sanctuary of sandy dunes and tidal creeks visited by many who pen their deepest secrets in the journals of this unique mailbox, a storied and rich tradition that restores your faith in humanity.
Ocean Isle Beach, a gem of a town.