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Guide to Bald Head Island & Southport

Two historic, vibrant coastal towns with a peaceful, laid-back lifestyle on the Atlantic Ocean.

Bald Head Island and Southport are two communities at the southern tip of North Carolina in Brunswick County. Southport is located on the mainland and is anchored by the historic downtown which lies along the waterfront and is rich in maritime history. And, exclusive Bald Head Island is just off the mainland, only accessible via passenger ferry or private boat.  No passenger cars are allowed on the island, the standard mode of transportation is golf cart, bicycle or tram.

Bald Head Island is a small barrier island just off the east coast of southern North Carolina, surrounded by the Cape Fear River and Atlantic Ocean. BHI boasts 10,000 untouched acres of beach, marsh and maritime forest preserves.  The 14 miles of pristine beaches make it an ideal vacation and residential destination, and a prime spot for surfing, paddle boarding, fishing, kayaking and canoeing.

Southport, is one of the more unique, historic and quaint towns in southeastern North Carolina.  Given the town’s location at the confluence of the Cape Fear River, Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean, Southport’s rich maritime history makes it an ideal spot for water sports like jet-skiing, boating, sailing and fishing.   Recently named by Coastal Living as”America’s Happiest Seaside Town,” Southport has become a well-known destination for filming TV and movies.

Nearby to Southport, you’ll find the beautiful beaches of Caswell and Oak Island.


  • Laid-back beach life and water activities
  • Beach views and waterfront homes
  • Friendly locals and community support
  • A rich history and tropical buildings


These lovely beach towns on the North Carolina coast are known primarily for pristine beaches, bright blue water, and exciting sandy strands dotted with many secluded coves. Bald Head Island and Southport are friendly communities with a refreshing, laid-back atmosphere. They are great places for families, retirees, professionals, and business owners who want to be a part of a supportive community but are also looking for more of a resort experience than a typical beach town.

The towns have a rich maritime history. In addition to its being filled with boutiques, antique shops and restaurants, the communities offer several quality schools and private institutions. The core of the area is its location half a mile from the Atlantic Coast and a short drive from Wilmington, and this allows residents to enjoy the beach without a long commute and at the same time enjoy the area’s natural beauty and wildlife.


Provision Company is a quaint shop with a casual environment with water views that serves seafood and American classics like hot dogs and hamburgers. For a dog-friendly waterfront bar, visit American Fish Company and enjoy their live music, craft cocktails, beer, and seafood. Jules Salty Grub and Island Pub is a waterfront dining option located on Bald Head Island that serves seafood, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals. Also on Bald Head Island is The Shoals Club, a private beach club that features a crystal-clear saltwater pool, direct beach access, fitness room, activities, and four dining options.


Howl at the Moon is a monthly island tradition when there is a full moon. It is a time when locals gather to enjoy homemade dishes, sit around a bonfire, and listen to music. Turtle Trot 5K is a race on Bald Head Island to support the Bald Head Island Conservancy and raise awareness for island preservation. Community events are common in Bald Head Island and Southport as residents enjoy gathering and supporting local businesses. The communities have celebrations throughout the year, including a North Carolina’s official 4th of July celebration, featuring an Independence Day parade, fireworks, and special events.


Brunswick County Schools serves more than 12,000 students in Southport and surrounding communities.

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