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Leave your car (it is not allowed) and catch the ferry from Southport. This once pirate hideout for Blackbeard has the oldest light house in North Carolina. Salt marshes, maritime forests and beaches are home to many species of birds and other wildlife. Bring your bicycle, or rent a golf cart, enjoy the serenity of exploring this island.


Charming-Relaxing-Comfortable. A small fishing town that prides its self as the Seafood Capital of the world. In 2000, the total population, according to the U.S. census was only 771. Myrtle Beach is close by for a bigger city experience and so are many opportunities to fish the local waters.


Is a quiet, secluded beach lifestyle what you crave? Situated at the eastern end of Oak Island it is one of the least populated beaches in Brunswick County. The town of Southport is just minutes away on the mainland. Caswell is also home to the newest lighthouse in NC. Built in 1958, it is also one of the brightest in the United States, shining its light almost 24 miles out to sea.


Has been named one of the best family beaches in the country for good reason. Try kayaking, bird watching, canoeing or standup paddling on the Intracoastal Waterway. During the Civil War Holden Beach and Lockwood’s Folley Inlet became the resting place of several shipwrecks: the Confederate blockade runners CSS Elizabeth and CSS Bendigo and the Union blockade ship USS Iron Age (1862). The remains of the USS Iron Age can be seen on most eastern end of the island during the periods of low-tide.


Leland is the perfect spot if you like to be in the middle of it all. It is the fastest growing area of Brunswick County and has a bit of everything for everyone. Wilmington is just 5 minutes away if you crave a little night life or taste of history and it’s just a quick drive to the beautiful Brunswick Island beaches. Leland is home to the popular communities Brunswick Forest, Waterford, and Magnolia Greens.


Oak Island offers a simple life on the ocean, canals and the Atlantic Intracoastal water way. Almost ten miles of beaches and endless activities there is something for everyone. Boating is easy to enjoy with two marinas and several public boat and canoe ramps. Of all our islands in Brunswick county Oak Island offers the widest variety of homes and price ranges.


Motto “UNCHANGED”. Known as the “Gem of the Brunswick Islands”, Ocean Isle has a vibrant seasonal vacation population. Right outside the island, is a small airport, The Museum of Coastal Carolina, as well as the Silver Coast Winery. Whether you want to dock your boat, walk the beach, or go shopping in nearby Myrtle Beach, Ocean Isle has it all.


Shallotte is considered the center of activity on the Southern end of the county. It is also the half-way point between the action of Myrtle Beach and the charm and history of Wilmington. Every golf course in Brunswick county is within a 20 mile radius of Shallotte. Shallotte is considered the big city in Brunswick County.

Home to North Carolina’s famous July 4th parade. Southport is situated between the Cape Fear River and the infamous Frying Pan Shoals. The waterfront provides a charming area to stroll and admire the beautiful old houses. Southport has become a favorite of the motion picture industry. Films such as “The Secret Life of Bees”, “A Walk to Remember” and “Safe Haven” were filmed there. Catch a ferry to Bald Head Island or Fort Fisher, walk on the beaches of Oak Island, or take a guided kayak tour down the different waterways. Southport is also home to St. James Plantation, one of the fastest¬†growing golf and waterway communities on the coast.

St. James is an exclusive gated community conveniently situated along Highway 211. Residents enjoy many upscale amenities, including a private marina, restaurant, athletic complex with pool, chapel, and 81 holes of golf with multiple clubhouses. St. James prime location offers easy access to Southport, the beaches, and the rest of Brunswick County.

Adjoining Bird Island coastal reserve this is an old-fashioned family style beach at the southern-most point in North Carolina. Sunset Beach was home to the last working swing bridge on the east coast. This has since been replaced with a modern 65 foot high arc bridge. The old Sunset Beach pontoon swing bridge was saved by the Old Bridge Preservation Society which plans to create a museum celebrating the old bridge and the town’s history.

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We cover the smallest fisherman’s paradise to the grandest homes on the different waterways and the many golf courses. Coastal Brunswick County offers something for everyone so you will be able to say “I am home…and I love living here”.Coastal Brunswick County in NC begins in Leland and ends in Calabash. Between these two places you will find our main attractions of Southport, Oak Island, St. James, Holden Beach, Shallotte, Ocean Isle Beach, and Sunset Beach.