Ocean Isle Beach

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Ocean Isle Beach

Ocean Isle Beach is a barrier island town in Brunswick County, North Carolina commonly known as the Brunswick Islands.

It’s roughly 45 miles South of Wilmington and stretches for about 7 miles down the Atlantic coast. If you are looking to avoid the crowds but still enjoy an active community, this is your beach. Not to mention due to its unusual east-west direction, sunrises and sunsets are amazingly dramatic.

The town has a population of about 900 and is a popular tourist destination, known for its white sand beaches, calm surf, and family-friendly atmosphere.

In addition to beach life, there’s also golf, with 26 area courses in a twenty-mile radius. And, amazing fishing opportunities from either a charter service or straight off the pier.

Beautiful stretch of beach at sunset

A little history…

Ocean Isle Beach was founded in the early 1900s by a group of businessmen who saw the potential for a resort town on the barrier islands. The town grew slowly at first, but it began to boom in the 1950s and 1960s as more and more people discovered its charms. Today, it’s a popular vacation destination without the commercialism of other areas which has helped to preserve its beach town charm.

Things to Do

Ocean Isle offers two miles of beautiful white sand beaches perfect for swimming, sunbathing, surfing, and fishing.

If lazy days on the beach isn’t your thing, the Ocean Isle Beach Pier is a 1,200-foot-long pier that offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and is a popular spot for fishing, crabbing, and bird watching.

There are several parks to visit as well: Town Center Park, Sea Turtle Park, and the Ocean Isle Beach Dog Park. The parks offer a variety of amenities, including playgrounds, picnic areas, and walking trails.

Paddle boarder

If you’re looking to have some fun on the water, there are several outfitters in town that offer rentals and lessons. Summertide Adventure Tours offers kayak rentals and tours as well as boat charters!

There is no shortage of fantastic eateries to stop in too. Everything from casual dining to fine dining and of course, there are also several seafood restaurants, perfect for enjoying fresh, local seafood. For a complete list, click here.

For the avid shopper, there are lots of locally owned boutique and souvenir shops as well as a few art galleries to visit.

And, don’t forget the after-dark activities! Ocean Isle Beach has a lively nightlife scene, with several bars and clubs that stay open late.

Best Time to Visit

Although the weather is warm and sunny year-round, the best time to visit is during the spring or fall, when the weather is warm and sunny, but not too hot. The hottest months are July and August and coolest are December and January with an average temperature of 55 degrees.

The summer months are of course the busiest months so if you are looking for a bit more sand for your towel, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons.

Getting to the Island

If you’re planning a road trip, Ocean Isle is located off U.S. Highway 17. From Wilmington, you would take U.S. 17 south for about 10 miles.

Flying? The closest airport is the Wilmington International Airport. But not much further is the Myrtle Beach International Airport which is south of Ocean Isle Beach. Both are about an hour away.

Ocean Isle is a fantastic beach to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. The town offers a variety of activities and amenities for visitors of all ages.

If you’re interested in vacationing with us or are looking for a property management company you can trust to care for your Ocean Isle Beach Vacation Rental home, let us know! We’d love to ‘show’ you around.

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