Beyond the Beach: Discover Marsh Madness in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands

as March Madness draws near and things heat up on the basketball court, North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands invites families looking for an off-court experience to take a glimpse beyond the basic beach vacation and discover Marsh Madness for an inspiring spring and summer coastal adventure.

Those in search of new things to do on the North Carolina coast will find that one of the most undiscovered and under-appreciated environments along the shore is also one of the most surprising and fascinating – the salt marsh. The marshes and waterways are exploding with warmth, life and color, attracting migrating birds and spawning new marine life. The waterways and wetlands are the perfect setting for spring and summer vacation activities, including kayaking, birding, wildlife watching, boating, fishing and crabbing.

The vast amoIMG_7045 blog smallunt of marshland and waterways make North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands home to some of the best kayaking in North Carolina. Take a twilight marsh kayak tour behind Sunset Beach and watch the pink light from the setting sun illuminate the Spartina grass. Or take a daytime outing around Oak Island, Holden Beach, or Ocean Isle Beach and explore diverse coastal ecosystems for a chance to catch a glimpse of otters, deer and even stingrays swimming underneath.

Often called the “nursery of the sea,” the salt marsh is home to dolphins, fish, turtles, crabs and birds who find food and shelter here. A great area for birding; herons, egrets, ibis, terns, pelicans and one of the largest of North Carolina’s water birds, the Federally-endangered wood stork, are among the prized sightings for birders.

North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands is one of the best fishing areas on the East Coast. Cast a line from one of its iconic fishing piers, or rent a boat to reel in Redfish, Flounder and Trout from the Intracoastal waterways. Or, drop a crab trapIMG_6623 blog to catch one of the sweetest delicacies of the sea – a basket full of blue crabs. For those who prefer that others do the catching and cooking, enjoy your meal at one of a number of restaurants that offer a view of the Intracoastal Waterway or ocean.

The five pristine barrier islands and miles of unspoiled beaches that comprise North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands hide one of the best coastal adventures on the Intracoastal side, the majestic salt marshes. Plan your vacation today to North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands and see what adventures are in store for you.

Spend More Time at the Beach to Carry Out Your 2015 New Year’s Resolutions

on almost every New Year’s resolution list, individuals make the firm decision to become more active and get in shape. North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands offers plenty of ways you can start becoming more active and shed those pesky holiday pounds. Most people flock to the coast for rest and relaxation, but there’s also a contingency that loves to move while they’re on vacation, and there’s no better place to “get your move on” than here. This New Year, take the challenge and add these active beach activities to your bucket list:

Sail – Learn to hoist the mast with sailing lessons.

Surf – Mount a board to ride the waves.Bicycles-2 women.alt HR

Paddle – Tour the waterways via canoes, kayaks and paddle boards.

Putt – Drive your way through more than 30 championship golf courses.

Bike – Cruise the beaches.

Climb – Master the 134 steps to the top of a working lighthouse.

Hike – Lace up for an adventure through one of many nature preserves.

Skate – Strut your moves on skateboards and in-line skates at Oak Island’s skate park.

Volley – Play a match at one of a dozen area parks with tennis facilities.

Bark – Stretch your legs and Fido’s on Brunswick’s dog-friendly beaches.

Birding – View nearly 335 species of birds on birding trail sites, some of which are threatened or endangered.

Reel – Cast a line in the waters of an angler’s dream for saltwater, freshwater, and surf fishing.

DCIM277GOPROAll these activities and more can be found on your next vacation to North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. The memories and rewards of a vacation can last a long time after the suitcase is put away. So no matter what you choose to do, the number one resolution should be to spend more time at the beach with family and friends!