The Oak Island Area

The main attractions in the Oak Island area are the beaches, and public access has always been a priority with the town. There are more an 52 public beach accesses in Oak Island, with ample parking. There are also two public boat ramps, as well as several areas to put in canoes and kayaks. Click here for a map of the beaches and access areas. You can also play a round of golf at the area's only public golf course, the Oak Island Golf Club.


The historic charm of this community will captivate you as you walk under a canopy of 200 year old live oak trees, or walk past majestic Victorian century homes which once belonged to river pilots or maybe even a pirate or two. Southport is one of few cities with a true downtown. Banks, antique & collectible shops, restaurants, and professional offices line about a five block area in the downtown commercial district. A visit to the area is not complete without a day or two of walking through these antique and specialty shops, stopping along the way for a leisurely lunch at an outside pub or restaurant along the waterfront or yacht basin, taking a historic tour of the city, watching transoceanic vessels pass by at Waterfront Park, and visiting the NC Maritime Museum in Southport.

Bald Head Island

A trip to the resort island of Bald Head Island is a great way to spend the day. After a short 20-minute ferry ride, you can stroll the beaches, play a round of golf, enjoy a leisurely lunch, or take an organized Historic Tour.