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NC Brunswick Islands Series: Oak Island

Leave your family’s hectic schedule behind, come on down to Oak Island, and discover a place where a slower pace is the norm. Settle in a large beach house, a cozy cottage or a convenient condo, whatever is best for your family. Oak Island is a family-friendly destination with miles of beaches, ample fishing, mini golf, restaurants, and ice cream shops. It’s close in proximity to Southport, Wilmington, and the historic Battleship USS North Carolina.

Oak Island is the longest island within the Brunswick Islands. It is home to the coastal beach town, Caswell Beach. The most year-round residents reside on Oak Island than on any other Brunswick Islands. The town of Oak Island was formed in 1999 by the consolidation of the towns of Long Beach and Yaupon Beach.

Caswell Beach

Caswell Beach stretches across a peninsula with only one main road spanning this sleepy beach town. Southport lies on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Climbing a towering lighthouse, getting in a round on a beautiful golf course, and enjoying tons of beach serenity are top daytime attractions on Caswell Beach.

Oak Island Lighthouse

You’ll need to scale 131 steps to an outside observation balcony for a stunning view of the beautiful surrounding coastal vistas. A climb to the top requires a sense of adventure and a good pair of sneakers. All climbers have to be 9 year old and older. Tours are given by a group of volunteers, Friends of Oak Island Lighthouse. There are no set hours for tours, but available on an appointment basis. Check out their website ( and send an email to set up an appointment.

Yaupon Beach Fishing Pier

Yaupon Beach has become a coastal neighborhood on the east end of the island and is home to the fishing pier. In 1955, Yaupon Beach Fishing Pier was built, then rebuilt in 1972 and 1992. It stands 27 feet above the surf, making it the tallest pier in North Carolina. If you forget anything, a tackle shop is located here for all of your fishing needs. If fishing is not your thing, but you want to walk on the pier, there is a .50¢ charge. Kids under 10 are free.

Brunswick Catch

Brunswick County is known for its abundant seafood. The local fishing industry created the Brunswick Catch to ensure the public knows when seafood comes from a local source. Look for the Brunswick Catch label in seafood markets and on restaurant menus. Buying an item from Brunswick Catch guarantees you are getting high quality local seafood from local fishermen. Your purchases will help support this important livelihood on North Carolina’s coast.

Perfect Ending to Your Beach Day

No matter how you spend you day, as the sun takes its daily dip below the horizon, find your way down to the ocean. It’s a most spectacular way to end your day on this beautiful island.

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