Brunswick Islands (North Carolina)

Brunswick Islands (North Carolina)

Brunswick Islands consist of 11 islands located in Brunswick County North Carolina, offering unique and interesting attractions with pristine beaches and interesting town architecture and activities. There are activities for individuals and families, from water sports (e.g. kayaking, sailing, surfing scuba diving etc…) to land activities (e.g. camping, bird watching, cycling etc…). There are also less strenuous activities land such as visiting markets, eating seafood, visiting art galleries, and wine sampling. 

Weather at the Brunswick Islands is relatively good and and they are easy to get to. You can view the  local weather here.

Brunswick Islands

The Brunswick Islands (islands and towns):

1) Bald Head Island
Bald Head Island offers a unique escapade from everyday life secluded from commercialism and touristy distractions. Cars are not allowed on the island and it can only be accessed via ferry. Nature lovers, beach goers and golfers should be right at home on this island with its varied natural landscapes of pristine sand dunes, beaches, maritime forests, and salt marshes. It is also  home to one of the largest sea turtle nesting sites in North Carolina and is listed as one of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s “index beaches.”

2) Calabash
If you love seafood, then Calabash would be the town to visit with its vast variety of seafood restaurants and its very own national famed signature seafood preparation called the Calabash style, where shrimp, clams, fish and oysters are coated in a light batter and quickly fried to lock in their freshness. You also have the option of catching your own meal on a deep-sea fishing adventure, or simply enjoy the scenery at the dock. Shoppaholics, golfers and beach-goers are not left out either, as there are a variety of unique shops, golf courses, and a close proximity to Myrtle Beach

3) Caswell Beach
Beach-goers would be at home at Caswell Beachlocated on Oak Island and is the least populated beaches; Oak Island Golf Country Club is the commercial establishment. Here you can spend a day visiting the lighthouse, do some surf-casting and reel in a fresh catch for dinner, or simply take a relaxing stoll on the beach at low tide for sea shell picking.  

4) Holden Beach
Holden Beach was named one of the best family beaches in the country by National Geographic Traveler magazine and offers a small-town charm with its unspoiled beauty. Here, kayaking or canoeing  along the scenic Intracoastal Waterway is a delight, especially when you may catch a glimpse of the  endangered loggerhead sea turtles as they surface for air, or  spot dolphins.  

5) Leland
Leland has the benefit of the beach and entertainment of nights, and is the fastest-growing area in the Brunswick Islands. It has a wide range of options for shopping and restaurants, including convenient name-brand hotels. Canoeing along the  the scenic Brunswick River will give you the chance to spot cranes, herons and eagles.

6) The Mainland
While Brunswick Islands’ main attraction is the beach, to truly enjoy the experience a visit to the mainland is a must: the mainland has plenty of interesting things to see in its 13 incorporated mainland towns.

7)  Oak Island
Oak Island consists of uncrowded beaches, family-oriented attractions and cozy accommodations, and offers nostalgic activities: ice cream, mini-golf, and bicycles with bells and baskets complete. With more than 60 public beach-access points, two fishing piers, two marinas and three public boat and canoe ramp, water is the main attraction at Oak Island.

8) Ocean Isle Beach
Ocean Isle combines low-key relaxation and family adventures at every turn from sea life to winery, specialty shops, and more.

9) Shallotte
Shallotte is home to dozens of brandname and locally-owned stores, restaurants and services. Golfers can take advantage of Shallotte’s central location as every course in Brunswick is within a 20 mile radius. Shallotte is also the halfway point between the history and charm of Wilmington and the fast-paced action of Myrtle Beach.

10) Southport
Southport has a charm that is steeped in history and picturesque beauty. Take a piece of culture or history home from a gallery or antiques shop, or try golfing, sailing or skydiving in the area.

11) Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach is at the tail end of the Brunswick Island line and has the distinction of being the Southern-most surf in North Carolina. While it may be last in geography, it is a good location for a quiet, old-fashioned, retro, beach vacation: the beach houses give way to one of the most untouched shorelines in Brunswick, where surf and marsh is separated by a wide stretch of beach and dunes.

Bought to you by Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority
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