Ocean Isle is a quieter location, housing about 700 residents. It’s located 42 miles north of Myrtle Beach and offers a unique beach community suitable for families and retirees alike. You won’t find a lot of traffic or overwhelming light here. The water is usually around 10 degrees warmer than that of the Outer Banks area, inviting you in with open arms.

For those looking to enjoy the outdoors, Ocean Isle offers the Brunswick County Trail, which is a county-wide trail project looking to link communities throughout Brunswick County. There’s easily accessible kayaking, biking, walking, and wildlife observation throughout Ocean Isle, as well as ziplining and swamp adventures in Shallotte River Swamp Park. 

Along its seven miles of pristine beach, you can enjoy watching the sea turtles nesting and hatching from May through October. There are volunteer opportunities to be a “nest parent,” by observing the nests at night during hatching times to assist the hatchlings into the water by protecting them from predators.

Other attractions include many waterfront restaurants, quaint boutique shopping, premium offshore fishing and charters, the Ocean Isle Pier, a Community Center, museums, beautiful parks with soccer and football fields, and Old Baldy -- South Carolina’s oldest remaining lighthouse, still available to tour.

Communities in Ocean Isle, NC

chatham-glenn-logo-color-450x185Surrounded by world class golf courses and beautiful parks, Chatham Glenn is minutes to the pristine South Brunswick beaches while convenient to historic Wilmington, NC and exciting Myrtle Beach. Visit the Chatham Glenn Community

WaterbrookWoods_logo_bwSingle-Family Homes in beautiful Ocean Isle, NC. Easy access to the pristine S. Brunswick beaches. Visit the Waterbrook Woods Community

cameron-woods@0.5xSurrounded by world class golf courses and beautiful parks, Cameron Woods is minutes to the pristine South Brunswick beaches while convenient to historic Wilmington, NC and exciting Myrtle Beach. Visit Cameron Woods or Cameron Woods Gardens


Area Information for Ocean Isle, NC

Barefoot Landing


  • North Myrtle Beach formed in 1968 with the goal of providing unrivaled services, recreation and vacation facilities all within a safe community
  • Now home to over 12,000 permanent residents
  • Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach is the birthplace of the “Shag,” the official South Carolina state dance, and hosts yearly events and festivals
  • Cherry Grove section of North Myrtle Beach offers some of the best surf fishing on the Grand Strand
  • Slow paced village of Little River, the oldest town on the Grand Strand, is known for fresh seafood, annual blue crab festival, fishing and beautiful, historic live oak trees
  • Mild, sub-tropical climate perfect for year round outdoor activities
  • Brunswick Islands are composed of five barrier islands, 10 communities and six beautiful beaches
  • Located along the southernmost coast of North Carolina
  • Eclectic mix of styles
  • Seafood capital of the world


  • Hundreds of restaurants offer fresh seafood, fine steak, traditional southern cooking and casual local eats
  • World-famous Calabash style seafood
  • Water-side restaurants and family eateries
  • Cozy southern diners
  • Global cuisine
  • Yearly outdoor food festivals

Things To Do

  • Marinas offering tours, charter boats & deep sea fishing
  • Amusement parks
  • Family friendly dance clubs
  • Live theater
  • Beach activities including swimming, sunbathing, surf fishing and more
  • Award-winning winery tastings and tours
  • Beach activities including swimming, sunbathing, fishing and more
  • Unique shops
  • Turtle sanctuaries
  • Lighthouses
  • Plantation gardens
  • Hands-on produce farms

Arts And Culture

  • Wineries and vineyards including tastings and tours
  • Live productions including music, dancing and comedy
  • Shopping including outlets, malls, specialty boutiques and quaint shops
  • Brunswick Town historic Colonial ruins
  • Art galleries
  • Museum of Coastal Carolina
  • North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

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