What’s In A Name

beach rentals come in a variety of sizes and styles in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. From cozy, one-bedroom condos to lavish, eight-bedroom homes with multiple beds and bunks, you’re sure to find the perfect rental to accommodate your family, small or large.

One of the main perks to renting a beach house is the fact that you are already on the beach, or within walking distance to a beach access. Grab the umbrella, chairs, cooler and sunscreen and build sandcastles with the family on Oak Island. Or enjoy a sunset walk on the beach on Sunset Beach, a paddle boarding lesson on Ocean Isle Beach , a competitive game of voll1517583_10152016368893155_740315276_neyball on Holden Beach, or climb a lighthouse on Caswell Beach or Bald Head Island.

A fun aspect to renting a vacation property is checking out all the unique house names.  Property owners, like boat owners, often bless their homes with quirky and creative names. These names are often displayed on the house on colorful signs. Here are just a few examples of quirky beach house names. Can you name a few?

  • Isle Be Chillin!
  • 10313957_10152097778308155_1238037711504446404_nA Shore Thing
  • Mullet Over
  • Sea S#arp
  • It’s 5 o’clock Here
  • The Legal Pad
  • Parrot-dise Found
  • You-N-Sea
  • What’s Up Dock
  • Seas The Day
  • Reel Therapy
  • Tipsy Turtle
  • Dune Our Thing
  • Conch Out
  • Cardiac Rest   
  • Just Chill Inn

Next time you’re in the Brunswick Islands be sure to notice the names of the vacation rental homes.

 

Fall in Love with the Sunrises and Sunsets in NC’s Brunswick Islands

in our southernmost corner of North Carolina, one of the South’s most intriguing natural phenomena occurs every fall through winter.

Named one of “10 Incredible Phenomena You Have to See in Fall” by Weather.com, the beaches of North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands have the rare distinction of running east-west as they parallel the shore. Beginning in late fall, this orientation means that you can sit on Oak Island, Caswell Beach, Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach or Holden Beach and watch IMG_4655both the sunrise and sunset without having to move your beach chair.

What’s the reason for the natural phenomenon and why does it only occur late fall through early spring?  To find the answer, we went to the experts – the folks who are on a first-name basis with the stars at the Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

The short answer, according to Ingram Planetarium manager Edward Ovsenik, is that, “Because our beaches are generally oriented to face south and since the sun is far enough south in the late fall through early spring, the sun appears to both rise and set over the ocean off our shoreline.”

But, why can’t you see the same thing in the summer, you ask?

“We say the sun rises in the East and sets in the West but this only occurs exactly in the East and exactly in the West at the Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes, said Edward, who added, “When you think of the Earth revolving around the sun, the axis is tilted. As the Earth moves around the sun, the sun appears to move north and south of the equator by quite a number of degrees. At the Equinoxes the Sun is positioned over the Equator.  At the summer solstice, the sun is as far north as possible. However, in fall, winter and early spring, the sun is so far south of the equator that it rises not in the east, but southeast, and sets not in the west, but southwest.”

Ingram PlanetDSC_9509_Sunset Beach_Planitarium_LRarium in Sunset Beach strives to stimulate interest in and a broader understanding of our earth, our solar system and our universe. The Planetarium even hosts star shows, laser music shows and programs about astronomy, science and space exploration throughout the year.

When you visit this fall aIMG_0100 cnd winter, take the sunrise/sunset challenge at North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. Wake up early in the morning and experience the vibrant colors of the expanding sun as it climbs higher and higher, awakening the sky with every inch of radiance. Or, capture the last glimpses of daylight as the last effervescent tones of the sun expand over the vast horizon – all in the same day.

We are confident you won’t want to miss this bucket-list activity for it is one of the most scenic fall-nomena this season.

Special visitors – From nest to sea

there is no greater feeling or moment than viewing a 250 pound sea turtle glide through the crashing ocean waves. Even better is watching a baby sea turtle make its way toward the huge abyss of the sea. At North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, you can experience both of these magnificent happenings of the loggerhead sea turtle on Bald Head Island, Holden Beach, Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Caswell Beach and Oak Island.

From nest to sea, the loggerhead is an extraordinary and monolithic creature that travels great distances to lay its eggs on our many shores from May to August. The hatchings of these creatures will begin in July and continue into October. However, some of the biggest threats to sea turtles are habitat loss, fishing, poaching, and pollution. Therefore, it is our duty to ensure that these turtles fulfill their long lifespan of up to 100 years by educating the community.

Turtle Talks

With conservation practices in full-effect, you will find that our beaches are home to a multitude of protected nests managed by sea turtle protection organizations. These organizations seek to educate locals and visitors about the importance of keeping these charming sea creatures safe.

Many groups offer free seminars, tours and information about protecting the loggerhead turtles. In fact, several of our beaches offer free ‘Turtle Talks’ in order to educate on turtles and provide insight into ways we can help protect this endangered species.

Turtle Talks – Holden Beach
Jun 4, 2014 – Aug 27, 2014, 7:00 PM
Sea Turtle Talk – Sunset Beach
May 28, 2014 – Sep 1, 2014, 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Turtle Talks – Ocean Isle Beach
May 25, 2014 – Aug 26, 2014, 7:00PM

Many of our islands offer the opportunity to sponsor turtle nests. On Ocean Isle Beach, nests are monitored and updated continuously with information regarding the status of each nest. The Turtle Watch Program on Holden Beach even has statistics on the number of current nests, known eggs and the total baby turtles that have made it to the ocean. All the turtle watch or sea turtle protection organizations in the Brunswick Islands maintain websites.  Visit the Sunset Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach, or Bald Head Island sea turtle programs for more information.

Plan your last summer beach vacation around this miraculous turtle celebration as you watch, learn and have fun with your family, friends and of course, the loggerhead sea turtle.

Top reasons to visit North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands right now

The math is a no-brainer!


Five barrier islands + four charming coastal towns + six separate beach communities = 45 miles of wide, stunning beaches! This southernmost corner of North Carolina is one of the South’s best kept secrets! Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach and Bald Head Island rank among North Carolina’s best beaches with uncrowded sand, surf and fun, and the picturesque Southern towns of Southport, Calabash, Shallotte and Leland draw visitors with family-owned, one-of-a-kind restaurants, galleries and shops.

Full-Moon Fever

The beach vacation isn’t just for daytime anymore!  North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands is also the place to explore by the light of the moon for a new perspective on this pristiIMG_6444 b_edited-1ne coastal getaway. August 10, 2014 and September 8, 2014 are the last two full moons of the summer vacation season and the perfect times to join one of our outdoor adventure outfitters for a moonlight kayak trip to take to the marsh under the twinkling stars. Twilight kayak tours are also available for those that prefer to paddle during the last light of the day.

Purple Feet

For those who need one last blast of summer (and, don’t we all?!), North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands offers fun and quirky summer festivals and events  for a last great beach vacation including the Purple Feet Festival at Silver Coast Winery where, you guessed it, a grape stomp is part of the festivities!

Phlock to the Beach “A Buffett Style Beach Bash”

  • Aug 22, 2014 – Aug 23, 2014
  • Oak Island

25th Annual Oak Island Art Guild Arts & Craft Festival

  • Aug 30, 2014 – Aug 30, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Oak Island

Purple Feet Festival

  • Sep 6, 2014 – Sep 6, 2014, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Silver Coast Winery; Ocean Isle Beach

Back to school – NOT!

When kids head to school, that’s your signal to head to any of our five barrier islands as the already secluded beaches of Brunswick Islands will become even more serene. For a peaceful back to nature experience, visit Sunset Beach where all that separates you from the surf and marsh is a wide stretch of beach and dunes. Connect with nature on Bird Island and take a quiet stroll to the Kindred Spirit Mailbox and get in touch with and share your innermost thoughts.

Tomatoes, blackberries and peaches, oh my!

The flavors of summer are calling from North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. Where ever you are staying for your beach vacation, be sure to get your hands on fresh, locally-sourced produce from the Shallotte, Oak Island, and Southport farmer’s markets. For great coastal dining, spruce up a family cookout with the fresh corn, green beans, tomatoes, watermelon, peaches and more. Oak Island Farmer’s Market even has honey, while Shallotte has handcrafted items such as pottery, jewelry, glassware and homemade bread, cakes and cookies. For a truly unique farmer’s market experience, stop by Southport Waterfront Market for local produce, baked goods, handcrafted items spread under ancient live oak trees and even live music. See the below dates and times for the markets as many close mid-September.

Oak Island FaIMG_0110rmer’s Market, Saturdays through Sep 8, 2014, 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Shallotte Farmer’s Market, Mondays through- Sep 13, 2014, 8 a.m. -12 p.m.

Southport Waterfront Market, Wednesdays through Sep 25, 2014, 8 a.m. 1 p.m.

Of course, if you want a night off from the kitchen, our restaurants offer great coastal and waterfront dining!

Turtle Tracks

Turtle alert – the loggerhead turtle nests that have been laid on our North Carolina beaches will begin to hatch in July and go through October! There is probably no experience more powerful than watching baby sea turtles boiling out of the nest and racing to the water line. Sea turtle conservation is conducted across North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands beaches, and, if you see folks camped out on the beach around sundown, stop by for a look. Chances are they are a group of volunteers on “turtle watch” waiting for the hatchlings to emerge and make their way to the ocean. View a video here to see what all the fuss is about!