Coastal NC

VOL14ISS1 2018

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22 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 14—ISSUE 1 BRUNSWICK COUNTY Brunswick County BY LINDSEY GREY It's no surprise to folks in Brunswick County that Caswell Beach, Bald Head Island and Southport are listed on the "46 Best Beach Towns in America" ranking by Accolades roll in like the tide about the island beaches and its magical lifestyle. Country Living magazine named the Brunswick Islands "One the 21 Most Magical Island Getaways." Ranked at number 10 on the list, the picturesque low- key string of islands promise adventure or tranquility, depending on the mood. Outdoor sports and recreation are aplenty along with quiet walks on the beach, basking in the sun and eating world-famous seafood. Southport, one of the island favorites, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town is ranked by Rand McNally and Kiplinger as one of the most desirable places in the U.S. to retire. The coastal town came into existence in 1792 when the town of Smithville was created, and later renamed Southport. With its dramatic views of the Cape Fear River, ancient live oaks draped with Spanish moss, and grand Victorian homes on shady streets, the town is a favorite with beach and history lovers. Every summer, Southport hosts North Carolina's official 4th of July Festival when more than 60,000 people come together to celebrate. Locals gather to observe a 13-gun military salute to the original 13 states at Fort Johnston, North Carolina's first fort built in 1754. The historic town offers numerous restaurants, locally owned shops and historic sites. The seaside town with a history as a fishing village has successfully reinvented itself into a modern destination while maintaining its old-world appeal. Pedestrian-friendly streets lined with antique stores, beach wear, art galleries, and cafes tease visitors off the beach for a relaxing day on land. After a day downtown eat locally caught seafood at water front restaurants like Provision Company or Fishy Fishy Café. Just a little farther south from Southport are Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach, all offering the perfect North Carolina beach get-away with plenty of ocean, Intracoastal Waterway and island outdoor experiences. Take a ferry to Bald Head Island and spend the day exploring a jewel of the coastal region. The island's rich maritime history, protected forest, and the presence of North Carolina's oldest lighthouse (1817) known as Old Baldy, make the island a favorite one for exploring. Once on the island, travel is on foot, bicycle or golf cart. Of the island's 12,000 acres, 10,000 acres of beaches, salt marsh and maritime forest remain protected and undeveloped. Bald Head is "island time" in the truest sense. Climb to the top of Old Baldy for a panoramic view of the island. Oak Island is "recognized on the list of "Vacation Rental Destinations on the Rise" by TripAdvisor. Oak Island has 10 miles of beaches and more than 60 public beach-access points. The iconic black, white and gray colored Oak Island lighthouse is one of the last lighthouses built in the U.S. The lighthouse is located on Caswell Beach, one of the two incorporated areas on Oak Island. Tee off at Oak Island Par 3 at South Harbour, one of more than 30 Brunswick Island golf courses. Holden Beach is named one of 13 "off the beaten path beaches" to visit by Red Tricycle. Small-town charm and plenty of activities from beach music in the summer to the North Carolina Festival by the Sea entices families to return year after year. Explore the island by foot or by bike to the far eastern tip of the island to Lockwood Folly Inlet. On water take a kayak or canoe excursion along the Intracoastal Waterway. And, there's plenty of wildlife to spot: dolphins swimming offshore and endangered (and protected) loggerhead turtles making their journey from the nest to the ocean. At night take a flashlight to see ghost crabs scurrying in the sand during an evening stroll. Sunset Beach made it onto National Geographic's "21 Best Beaches in the World," and held its own with larger and more exotic locations including beaches in Iceland, Australia, Hawaii and other destination. At the west end of the serene and remote beach stands a simple mailbox inviting visitors to put random thoughts, dreams or wishes, coastal sweet spot for sand, sun and island fun

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