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A Guide to Bald Head Island, North Carolina

Have you been searching for a destination where you can relax, refresh and renew? A vacation spot that offers serenity and quiet? Look no further than Bald Head Island, NC.

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North Carolina is full of family friendly destinations but none as relaxing as Bald Head Island.

Bald Head Island is a village of sorts in North Carolina. It is located East of the Cape Fear River. This island is only accessible by ferry. Cars are not allowed on the island. Only electric golf carts are allowed.

This village is quite a popular destination for those who are retired, but is also a great spot for the family.

Bald Head Island is a two-mile journey across the Cape Fear River from Southport, North Carolina and the site of Old Baldy, the state’s oldest standing lighthouse, circa 1817.

Since you can only reach this island by passenger ferry or private vessel you leave your car behind, along with the stress of the mainland world. Amid the island’s 12,000 acres, you’ll find 10,000 untouched acres of beach, marsh and maritime forest preserves and intimate vacation rentalneighborhoods that respect the natural beauty of the surroundings.

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Photo via Bald Head Island Ferry

Everyone loves to get away from it all once in a while. When you board the ferry to Bald Head Island, you can almost feel your worries fade away. The rut of your everyday life can wear you out so taking a nice trip out of town can be just what you need. Bald Head Island is a peaceful island without cars and miles of gorgeous scenery. It’s the perfect place to unwind and reset. 

Bald Head Island in History

Bald Head Island is known for it natural beauty. It is home to one of the oldest lighthouses that was built in 1817. It is a small island that has played a part in two American wars. The American Revolution and the Civil war were the two wars this island was involved in. 

Native Americans once used the island as a seasonal retreat. The beautiful island has an abundance of creek estuaries. It attracts many fishermen today. Disease and war is what killed the Native American population on the island.

Spanish sailors visited the island during the early 1800s. The construction of the lighthouse was in 1789. In 1813, the lighthouse was declared inoperable.

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The island covers an area of 5.8 square miles. This island was struck by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Since that time, the island has not been recognized as a distinct island. The north side of the island is a marsh. The other sides of the island consists of beach areas. Seasonally, large sand bars emerge from the sea and can be seen from the island.

Where to Stay when visiting Bald Head Island

There are so many rentals to choose from, you just might have a difficult time picking one! The Inn at Bald Head Island is a popular spot. You can choose from ocean front, ocean view, creek view, golf course villas, forest views or Marina Village location rentals.

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Photo via The Inn at Bald Head Island

Activities and Attractions

This island is the perfect summertime getaway for families. The island is an absolute paradise and an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. From golfing to sailing to kayaking and more, you can choose from a wide array of outdoor activities sure to satisfy every member of the family.  If you’re thinking about taking your family on a fun-filled vacation this summer, nothing beats Bald Head Island.

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Dining on Bald Head Island

Whether you are sampling fresh seafood on the waterfront or looking for delicious local fresh produce to prepare a home cooked meal from the comfort of your vacation rental, you’re covered on the island. There are several restaurants for you to enjoy on the island.

Bald Head Island

Photo via Mojo’s on the Harbor

The climate on the island can be called humid subtropical. The summers are very hot and humid and the winters are cool. People still gather with family and friends to visit this beautiful place. The lighthouse still atttracts many vacationers and so does the natural beauty of the island. It is still a great place for fishing and swimming.

Quite a few nature lovers visit the island as well. There are quite a few miles of untouched acres of beach. This is quite a lovely place for a romantic vacation. It is considered one of the best places to retire. The island can be reached in about twenty minutes after leaving North Carolina’s coastline. 

Although the island welcomes guests that arrive by the passenger ferry, you may also enjoy traveling to the island by private boat as well. The island has no crowds and is pretty much quiet, peaceful and serene. Maps and directions around the island can be provided by hotels in the area or your travel agent. Many people who visit the island often return over and over again!

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