Learn more about Brunswick County and Our Brunswick Islands
Calabash is known as the seafood capital of the world and has more than 30 restaurants. It’s biggest industry is tourism. Beaches are close by and offer lots of activities. There are numerous boutiques and art galleries. This is another golfers’ paradise. Lots of lovely home communities featuring some of our top builders in the area.
Carolina Shores is a coastal community adjacent to Calabash with rich with seafood restaurants and close to the beach. There is always something to do from special events, the arts or just learning about local history. It’s a short drive to Little River, SC known for it’s Shrimp Festival and Casino Boats.
Holden Beach is the largest island but one of the quietest. Here you will find beach cottages, homes and condos and not much more. There are a few commercial businesses but most of the island is residential with public beaches at one end only. This is a year-round community, very quiet with about 900 residents. The beach swells to over 10,000 visitors in the summer. This is a great beach for shell collecting or just spreading out a towel.
Bolivia is the County Seat for Brunswick County and part of the Myrtle Beach Metro Area. Here you will find the county offices and the Brunswick County Community College. The college has special events. Bolivia is located half way between popular Myrtle Beach and Wilmington. There is a lot of new construction occurring in this area with affordable housing and low taxes. You are a short drive to the beaches and to historic Southport.
Bald Head Island
When visiting this BHI you don’t want to miss Bald head Island. This will be an adventure you will cherish and want to keep returning to year after year…or whenever you want a getaway, a family reunion or just celebrate you. The adventure begins by taking a 20 minute passenger ferry ride from Southport’s Deep Point Marina to the Island. You must visit Old Baldy when you get there. This is North Carolina’s oldest lighthouse. There is a gift shop and museum there as well. Be prepared to climb!! It’s a work out but the 360 degree view will be worth it. Learn about the seafaring history. While you are there check out the Chapel. Such a beautiful setting, You’ll see!
Life is great in Leland. This community is located between the big city of Wilmington and it’s historic riverfront and the Brunswick Island Beaches. Here you will find many shopping and restaurant opportunities. You can enjoy live concert series at the Municipal Park or in Brunswick Forest, one of our most popular communities. You will find lovely golf courses in Leland and Communities with a host of amenities, water canals, beach clubs and more. The Riverwalk is great to clear your head with a walk along the Brunswick River. Many enjoy the fishing pier, the nature walk under the trees and kids love the playground. Definitely not to be missed.
Oak Island is a favorite destination. Here you find more than 50 public beaches, stores, a marina and plenty of canoe and kayak launches. Homes on the island include condos, single family homes, waterfront, water view or homes a few blocks back from the beach.
Here you find live oaks, inlets and many recreational opportunities. One of the most popular tourist spots is the Oak Island Lighthouse which was built in 1858. You can make a reservation to tour the grounds and climb the lighthouse, or just stop on your tour for a photo opportunity. If you plan to stay on the island during your visit you will find some condos and hotels, but mostly you will find rental cottages.
Ocean Isle is one of the smaller islands in Brunswick County. It has a laidback atmosphere and is very serene. There are 8 miles of beach along with fishing piers and marshes for those who like to kayak. You will find jet ski rentals, boating and mini golf. Most families and visitors come here and rarely leave the island. One of the spots to visit is the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium
This is a small charismatic village. There are so many shops and restaurants. The town takes pride in its flower lined streets and decorated bridge over the river. Shallotte Crossing has over 30 shops and an upscale department store. This location is about 5 miles to Ocean Isle Beach. Be sure to visit the Memory Cottage for all your coastal gifts and memories to take home .
Southport is a charming seaside retreat and so picturesque in the downtown area. Here you will find old oak trees lining the streets, coastal cottages, B&Bs and historic buildings and homes, as well as waterfront communities. Lots of shops and eateries line the streets. Southport has a fascinating history. You can take a self-guided walking tour on a 1 mile route that has over 20 landmarks. Relax at Waterfront Park where you can see Oak Island or just watch the world go by in this coastal maritime village. The Riverwalk is a great place for a stroll and you may even catch the fisherman unloading the day’s catch.
St James is a premier gated community which became it’s own township. Here you find beautiful fairways, a marina, private beach club and 36 miles of trails. There are dining clubs and 81 holes of golf. Owners participate in tennis, use the fitness center or just enjoy nature. Here you will find new construction as well as resales. Oak Island Beach is a short drive or minutes away depending on which gate you use.
Sunset Beach is the smallest island. One thing about the Brunswick Beaches is they are south facing beaches. Sunset is peaceful with just a few shops, supplies and rentals. Oh, yes…..there are ice cream shops and a lovely park before you head over to Sunset Beach. The beach is about 3 miles long with dunes and pathways connecting the rows of beach cottages lining the surf and sand. Close by you will find numerous golf courses and seafood restaurants. Bird Island can be reached by walking along the seashore toward the South Carolina border.
Supply is a small unincorporated community in Brunswick County Located along Highway 17 and 211. The Lockwood Folly River was a trade route to get to the Brunswick Beaches, but now with the growth of the area, that travel ceased many years ago. The area is a short drive to the many beaches available, has it’s own post office and fire department. The endangered carnivorous plant known as the Venus Flytrap is found within this area in the Green Swamp Preserve.