The barrier islands of Brunswick County, NC are each unique in their own way and Oak Island certainly is no exception. It’s by far the largest of the 4 islands and in a way, the least ‘touristy’ since the permanent, year-round population is so large. There are no hotels and only a handful of motels on island giving it a very family oriented atmosphere. With about 17 miles of beach, it’ll be difficult not to find your perfect spot in the sand!
One more reason that OKI is one of the best vacation spots is its proximity to so much more to see and do. It’s easy to spend a day wandering through Southport, one of the most fascinating Southern towns by the sea. The best $5 cruise on the planet will take you from Southport to Kure Beach where you‘ll marvel at the beauty of the shoreline, the magnificence of the NC Aquarium and the history of the Ft Fisher battlefield and museum. If that’s not enough, take the ferry and spend a day out on Bald Head Island where the only noise you’ll hear is the crashing of the waves or the chirping of the birds….and you’ll immediately notice the smell of NO exhaust with the lack of gas vehicles on island.
There is a captivating network of inlets, creeks and marshes inland on the island as well. That creates a great opportunity for hiking, kayaking, bird and wildlife watching and so much more. I don’t get out to OKI as much as I’d like to but I had a reason to visit a couple weeks ago and was hoping for warm sun and sure signs of Spring. I got neither!…but the autumn gold in the marshes still made for some stunning views. Nevertheless, I wandered around most of the island and captured a bunch of photos.
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