Island Hopping in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands

Island Hopping

With five unique barrier islands, it’s no wonder that North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands has been a family favorite beach destination for generations. When you are looking to plan your next beach vacation, are you partial to the resort style of Ocean Isle Beach? Do memories of hanging out at the Oak Island Pier draw you back? Is it the family vibe of Holden Beach that has you visiting year after year? Or perhaps it’s the secrets that Sunset Beach holds? Whichever island is your favorite home-base, we encourage you to go island hopping on your next Brunswick Islands visit and discover the unique activities, cuisine and events that await on each of our barrier islands. Who knows, you may just end up with a new favorite beach to stake your umbrella!

Holden Beach
Geographically located in the middle of our string of barrier islands, Holden Beach is easily accessible from anywhere in the Brunswick Islands. Head here for a spectacular shrimp burger at Provision Company! Each nationally-acclaimed shrimp patty is made from fresh-off-the-docks shrimp, lightly fried and topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and a tasty special sauce, all served on a perfectly toasted bun or enjoyed atop a bed of crisp lettuce, cucumbers, crunchy croutons and garden-ripe tomatoes. Even better, your view overlooks the waterway and the many shrimp boats that call Holden Beach home. The reason this shrimp burger is extra good? Many of the area’s shrimp boats dock at Holden Beach and unload their catch directly to the restaurants and seafood purveyors here. Take a walk along the docks to see the shrimp boats and visit Old Ferry Seafood to pick up the latest fresh catch or a made-to-order Low Country Boil.

holden beach

Oak Island
Next, hop on over to Oak Island which features 14 miles of beautiful uncrowded beaches and is home to the towns of Oak Island and Caswell Beach. While there be sure to check out the newly rebuilt Oak Island Pier, the tallest pier in North Carolina! It is complete with a tackle shop, restaurant and plenty of space for pedestrians and anglers.

For a change of perspective head over to the east end of the island to explore Caswell Beach, home of the Oak Island Lighthouse. Get a bird’s eye view of the area with a free tour to the top of the lighthouse, offered on Tuesday, Thursday and some Sunday mornings throughout the summer by reservation only. General, no reservation required, second level tours are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

caswell beach

Ocean Isle Beach
For a hair-raising adventure, visit The Swamp Park at Ocean Isle Beach! This unique attraction will have you soaring through the sky on a zipline course, exploring the lands by ATV tour, spotting marine life on the swamp boat eco-tour, or swinging through the trees on the aerial adventure park.

Be sure to visit this island on Wednesdays to check out the “All hands-on Deck” program at the largest dry aquarium in the southeast at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. This interactive program gives guests an opportunity to learn about the creatures that live in the diverse ecosystem found in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands.

ocean isle beach

Sunset Beach
Located on the southwestern end of the Brunswick Islands, Sunset Beach is one of the most unique beach experiences that can be found on the east coast because the western end of the island is a completely undeveloped nature reserve. Just a mile’s walk from the last public beach access, is the Bird Island Reserve which is home to a variety of birds, wildlife and beautiful sand dunes. Here you can rejuvenate your soul at the Kindred Spirit Mailbox, where visitors find comfort in divulging their wishes, prayers and dreams among the breathtaking beauty of the ocean. Once back from the beach, finish your Sunset Beach hop with a tour of the Old Sunset Bridge Museum, home to the last pontoon swing bridge on the East Coast!

If visiting Sunset Beach on a Thursday, you can explore the Sunset Beach Waterfront Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. where fresh produce and local goods are sold. Stay for some Thursday night fun and check out the laser light and music show at the Ingram Planetarium.

Kindred Spirit Mailbox

Bald Head Island
Accessible only by boat, jump on board the ferry that leaves from Southport and take the 20 minute ride over to Bald Head Island. There you can tour North Carolina’s oldest lighthouse, Old Baldy. Rising above the trees, looking out over the sea, marsh and harbor, the lighthouse is only a short walk from the ferry landing. Admission to the Smith Island Museum of History allows you to climb Old Baldy’s 108 steps for an incomparable view of the island and tour the museum to learn about Bald Head Island’s seafaring history.

bald head island

Be sure to make North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands your next island hopping getaway this summer! For more information on the Brunswick Islands and other special offers, please visit www.ncbrunswick.com.

#NCBIPierContest – And the winners are …

@nsqr Instagram

North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands (@NCBrunswickIslands) is excited to announce the winners of the #NCBIPierContest Instagram photo contest! We invited you to share your best Brunswick Islands pier photos on Instagram using #NCBIPierContest from July 6 through August 1, and we were amazed at the beautiful entries we received! We would like to thank everyone who participated in the contest. It was wonderful to see folks loving the Brunswick Islands and the historic piers as much as we do!

It wasn’t easy, but we have chosen our favorite photos from the submissions for a first, second and third prize, along with two randomly chosen winners. These lucky winners will receive a variety of North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands rolling coolers, beach towels and hats!

Our first place winner is @nsqr with this stunning photo of the Ocean Crest Pier on Oak Island. Be sure to visit #NCBIPierContest to see all of @nsqr’s incredible pier photos.

NCBI Instagram Contest Winner - First Place

Our second place winner is @indigo0ocean for this amazing photo of the Sunset Beach pier in winter.

NCBI Instagram Contest Winner - Second Place

Our third place winner is @oibmickey for this great photo of the Ocean Isle Beach pier.

NCBI Instagram Contest Winner - Third Place

Our random drawing prize winners are

@trehog  Ocean Crest Pier

NCBI Instagram Contest Winner - Random 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

and @emilysabanegh  Holden Beach Pier

NCBI Instagram Contest Winner - Random 2

 

 

 

 

 

We also wanted to show off a few of the other stunning photos submitted. Some photos deserving an honorable mention are below. Thank you again to everyone who submitted their #NCBIPierContest photos!

@mdh1125  Sunset Beach Pier

NCBI Instagram Contest Winner - Honorable Mention 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

@whitelakejlc  Ocean Crest Pier

NCBI Instagram Contest Winner - Honorable Mention 2

 

 

 

 

 

@gpmarshburn  Ocean Isle Beach Pier

NCBI Instagram Contest Winner - Honorable Mention 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

@indi_raw  Oak Island Pier

NCBI Instagram Contest Winner - Honorable Mention 4

 

#NCBIPierContest: Share Your Best Brunswick Islands Pier Photos on Instagram

North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands (@NCBrunswickIslands) is excited to announce its summer Instagram contest, #NCBIPierContest! We invite you to share your best Brunswick Islands pier photos on Instagram using #NCBIPierContest from July 6 through August 1, 2016. North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands will be choosing its favorite photos from the submissions with a first, second and third prize, along with a randomly chosen winner. Prizes include North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands rolling coolers, beach towels and hats! The official contest rules are listed below.

North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands is home to five ocean piers boasting spectacular views and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Casual fishing and tournaments for all levels are common along the piers, as well as casual beach dining, and benches for watching a spectacular sunrise or sunset.

Fun Facts About Brunswick Islands’ Piers:
– The Holden Beach Pier features a campground with 60 beachfront, full hook-up sites.
– The Oak Island Pier is the tallest ocean fishing pier in North Carolina at 27 feet above sea level.
– The Ocean Crest Pier has an onsite weather station measuring wind speed, water temperature and more.
– The Ocean Isle Beach Pier features an arcade and a beach grill that serves a traditional Thanksgiving dinner every November.
– The Sunset Beach Pier is the southernmost fishing pier in North Carolina.

CONTEST RULES: The following rules will be required for entry.

1. ENTRY:

a. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

b. Fans may enter using the hashtag #NCBIPierContest on Instagram.

c. Entrant’s Instagram account settings must be made public to be considered for entry.

d. By submitting entries via hashtag on Instagram, entrant is agreeing to all contest terms and conditions.

e. By entering the contest, the entrant attests and warrants as follows: (a) I have the right to post the Content; (b) neither the Content nor the use of the Content by the Permitted Parties will infringe upon or violate the intellectual property rights or other rights, including, without limitation, any right of publicity and/or copyright, of any other person or entity or any applicable laws; and (c) the photo was taken in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands.

f. Entries must be submitted within WEDNESDAY, 7/6/2016 at 7 a.m. EST and MONDAY, 8/1/2016 at 7 p.m. EST to be considered for entry.

2. ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open only to legal U.S. residents. Employees of Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority (along with its contractors, affiliates and subsidiaries) and their families are not eligible to win. Void where prohibited by law. Contestants residing in those areas where the contest is void may participate in the contest but may not win any prizes.

3. WINNER SELECTION: Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority will judge the contest. Submissions will be judged on their creativity and originality. All decisions of the judges are final.

4. PRIZES:
First Place Grand Prize: North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands Rolling Cooler and Beach Towel
Second Place Prize: North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands Beach Towel and Hat
Third Place Prize: North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands Beach Towel
Random Prize Winners: 1 winner North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands Rolling Cooler and 1 winner North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands Beach Towel
Terms and conditions may apply. Incidental expenses and all other costs and expenses which are not specifically listed as part of a prize in these Official Rules and which may be associated with the award, acceptance, receipt and use of all or any portion of the awarded prize are solely the responsibility of the respective prize winner.

5. WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winners will be notified through Instagram within 10 days after the determination date. It is the winners’ responsibility to monitor their Instagram accounts for notifications. Inability to contact a winner may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.

6. GENERAL CONDITIONS: Participants hereby grant Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority a non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide license to broadcast, publish, store, reproduce, distribute, syndicate, and otherwise use and exhibit the Submission (along with their names, voices, performance and/or likenesses) in all media now known and later come into being for purposes of trade or advertising without further compensation or recognition. Participants represent and warrant that they have full legal right, power and authority to grant Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority the foregoing license and if applicable, have secured all necessary rights from any participants in, and contributors to, their Submission in order to grant such a license.

7. NOT ENDORSED BY INSTAGRAM: By participating in this contest, you acknowledge that this contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram and release Instagram from any and all liability arising from or related to this contest. The information you are providing for this contest is being provided to Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority and not to Instagram, and will be used to notify you if you have won.

8. CONDUCT: All contest participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules. Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person it finds to be tampering with the entry process, the operation of its web site or is otherwise in violation of these rules.

9. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority is not responsible for late, lost or misdirected email or for any computer, online, telephone or technical malfunctions that may occur. If for any reason, the contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort, Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority may cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest. Entrants further agree to release Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority from any liability resulting from, or related to participation in the contest.

Sponsor’s Address: Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority is located at 712 Village Road SW, Shallotte, NC 28470.