For a vacation of a lifetime or a lifetime of vacation the Southport-Oak Island area beckons visitors families and retirees to its shores. A stroll beneath the over 100 year old gnarled Live Oak trees in the historic maritime village of Southport and you will fall in love with this picturesque city along the shores of the Cape Fear River. Historic homes, art and maritime museums, galleries, specialty shops and restaurants abound in Southport. A favorite attraction is Waterfront Park featuring a fishing pier, picnic area and swings where visitors and residents enjoy conversation as the salubrious breezes ward off the summer heat.
A short ferry ride from Southport will take you to another world - Bald Head Island where you will slow down - considerably - as no cars are allowed. On the island you can enjoy pristine beaches, maritime forests, Old Baldy Lighthouse and the Smith Island Museum on your own by renting golf cart or bicycle or on a guided tour.
Oak Island accessible by a high rise bridge is not your typical beach community but best described as a "community at the beach". The Town of Oak Island, Town of Caswell Beach and the N.C. Baptist Assembly @ Fort Caswell share the island whose 14 miles of beach was renourished this year. The original developers of Oak Island were keenly aware of creating and preserving public access to the water. The beachfront alone has over 50 beachfront walk-through accesses most with parking. There are two boat ramps, three ocean fishing piers, two Intracoastal Waterway piers, three marinas plus numerous areas to launch kayaks. Attractions include a golf course, Oak Island Lighthouse, 20+ parks, a skate park, a Nature Center and Environmental Education Center.
Additional treasures of the Southport-Oak Island Area include the Town of St. James, rich in golf and boasts a full service marina with a boataminium and the City of Boiling Spring Lakes with its golf course, spring fed lakes and nature preserve.