Coastal NC

VOL12ISS2 2016

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25 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 12—ISSUE 2 lifestyle and beach music when the sun goes down. At the tail end of the Brunswick Island chain, Sunset Beach has the distinction of being the "Southern-most surf" in North Carolina. It may be last geographically but many put it on the top-of-the-list as the perfect retro beach vacation. Stop by Old Bridge Preservation Society Museum and Interpretive Center to see the history of the old pontoon Swing Bridge that brought over visitors to the beach for more than 50 years. Bird Island's calling card is its pristine sandy white beaches, high natural dunes and more than 1,200 acres of beautiful salt marsh and tidal creeks. This natural area is one of 10 sites that make up the North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve. Ocean Isle is a family beach with the best of all worlds — fewer crowds, gentler waves and warmer water than other beaches and a 45-minute drive from Wilmington. See the Museum of Coastal Carolina or visit the Shallotte River Swamp Park, home to challenging ropes courses, zipline tours and swamp boat eco-tours. The tiny town of Calabash bills itself as "The Seafood Capital of the World." It might seem that the ratio of popcorn shrimp to people puts seafood in the driver's seat in the town of 800 residents, but no one minds, least of all the nearly two dozen seafood restaurants and happy diners. From small beach town to island getaways, water is our elixir and what keeps the coast, its people and wildlife moving along at the slow, steady pace in this part of North Carolina's coast.[] BRUNSWICK COUNTY

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