Oak Island North Carolina

nc towns
and beaches

alphabetical listing


ATLANTIC BEACH

 

AVON BEACH

 

BALDHEAD ISLAND

 

BEAUFORT

 

BUXTON

 

CALABASH

 

CAROLINA BEACH

 

CAROVA

 

CASWELL BEACH

 

CEDAR ISLAND

 

COROLLA BEACH

 

DUCK

 

EMERALD ISLE

 

FORT FISHER

 

FRISCO

 

HAMMOCKS BEACH

 

HATTERAS

 

HOLDEN BEACH

 

INDIAN BEACH

 

KILL DEVIL HILLS

 

KITTY HAWK

 

KURE BEACH

 

NAGS HEAD

 

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH

 

OAK ISLAND

 

OCEAN ISLE BEACH

 

OCRACOKE

 

PEA ISLAND

 

PINE KNOLL SHORES

 

ROANOKE ISLAND

 

RODANTHE

 

SALVO

 

SANDERLING

 

SHALLOTTE

 

SOUTHERN SHORES

 

SOUTHPORT

 

SUNSET BEACH

 

SURF CITY

 

TOPSAIL BEACH

 

TOPSAIL ISLAND

 

WAVES

 

WILMINGTON

 

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH

 

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Oak Island picOak Island North Carolina consists of the Town of Oak Island and the Town of Caswell Beach. Include are the Carolina Beaches of Long Beach, Yaupon Beach, and
Caswell Beach . Oak Island is a Brunswick NC Barrier Island situated between
Bald Head Island and Holden Beach. Oak Island is the most populated and largest of the Brunswick County Barrier Islands beaches and home to more than 5,000 Oak Island residents.

 

Oak Island is 12.6 miles long and averages about one mile across. Family activities are present in great abundance. With 50 public beach accesses public boat ramps, canoe and kayak-friendly areas, as well as parks, playgrounds, island oak, extensive sidewalks, and pedestrian and recreation trails, by Long Beach parks and recreation. Oak Island an ideal haven for the active nature lover.

 

Considered by some to be the best beach in North Carolina, activities include golf, fishing, boating, crabbing, claming, shelling, walking on nature trails or just plain relaxing on the beach. You’ll also find a variety of dining options, shops and accommodations, including motels and private vacation rentals.

 

With areas of salt marsh, freshwater wetlands, maritime forests and miles of beach strand, the complex ecosystem, is home to a wide variety of plant and animal life. Loggerhead, Green and Kemp Ridley sea turtles, considered to be some of the island’s most important residents, return annually to lay their eggs. Wind-swept live oaks and yaupon trees, beautiful beaches and nature trails make this a nature lover’s paradise. The southward orientation of these beaches means you can experience both spectacular sunrises and sunsets, right over the ocean.

The history of Oak Island stretches back to 1826 when construction first began on Fort Caswell on what is now Caswell Beach. The Oak Island Lifesaving Station opened and the Oak Island Lighthouse was completed in 1889. Serving to protect and guide sailors around the turbulent waters of the nearby Cape Fear River, the station became home to the first residents of Oak Island.

 

Throughout the 1800’s Oak Island remained mostly undeveloped and played host to fox hunters, a sport important to the Island’s early development. In 1936 the Inter-coastal Waterway was completed, deepening the Elizabeth River and creating a true “island.” Then in 1936, Earnest D. Middleton purchased land on Oak Island. A timber exporter from Charleston, SC, Middleton began development in an area known as Long Beach and by 1939, Long Beach was open to the public. Oceanfront lots were offered for $350 each and the island hosted about 40 small cottages, a pavilion, dining room and 20 bath houses. On Saturday nights, the town came alive with orchestras and dancing. But the building boom was short-lived as shortages during World War II halted construction. After the restrictions were raised,
Long Beach grew to about 300 homes.

 

Unfortunately, in 1954, disaster struck in the form of Hurricane Hazel, wiping out all but five homes on the island. Residents were forced to take shelter in nearby Southport, but rebuilding began soon thereafter and in 1955 the town was incorporated. E. F. Middleton and developer G.V. Barbee continued development, discovering a safe haven in the woods-side Davis Creek area. Laid out with major roadways running perpendicular to the ocean rather than parallel, the town was considered more of a permanent resident rather than a resort community.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 Carolina Coastal Living 2014