Our real estate agents are often asked what they love most about life in Southport, North Carolina. And with a new year upon us, now feels like a good time to take stock of just why we think Southport is such a special place.
From the beaches and piers to the shops and restaurants, it's almost impossible to list all the great features that make Southport special. But that's not going to stop us from giving it our best shot!
- The Southport Waterfront
Southport is home to a beautiful stretch of water frontage near the mouth of the Cafe Pear River as it meets the Intracoastal waterway. Southport Waterfront Park is a great place to experience it. Spanning 9 acres, the park includes a boardwalk, fishing pier and picnic area with spectacular views across the water. Some of the most beautiful Southport homes for sale are just minutes away from the waterfront.
- Bald Head Island
Just a short ferry ride away from Southport lies Bald Head Island, a beautiful and largely undeveloped coastal island that includes the tiny Bald Head Island Village. With fewer than 300 full-time residents and not one single automobile, the island offers a chance to truly unplug. Rent a bike or golf cart to explore Bald Head Island, and give yourself ample time to enjoy the beaches, hit the golf course, and experience the wild 173-acre Maritime Forest Preserve.
- Downtown Southport Shopping & Dining
It's easy to spend hours strolling along Howe Street, which serves as Southport's main drag, while popping in and out of all the charming shops and eateries. You'll find plenty of antiques and gift shops, along with some excellent clothing shops and boutiques. If you're hungry, grab a quick bite at Trolly Stop Hot Dogs, or try the outstanding seafood at Oliver's on the Cape Fear River.
- Historic Lighthouses
The Southport area is home to two of the most unique and beautiful historic lighthouses on the North Carolina Coast. The Oak Island Lighthouse is just a few minutes' drive down the coast, and visitors can tour the lighthouse all the way to the top. Out on Bald Head Island, the Old Baldy Lighthouse, the oldest still-standing lighthouse in North Carolina, is also open to guided tours, and has an on-site museum with some fascinating history exhibits.
- Amazing Beaches
It's impossible to talk about Southport without talking about the beaches. Caswell Beach is the Closest, followed by Oak Island Beach. Both offer miles of white sand with ample parking and easy access. Beaches along this stretch of coast are unique in that they are southeast-facing, so you can watch both the sunrise and the sunset.
- Great Fishing
You never know what you'll catch off the piers and beaches of the Southport area, but with dozens of Atlantic sport fish species migrating up and down the coast throughout the year, there's always something biting. The 900-foot Sunset Beach Fishing Pier is one of the best spots around to wet a line. There are also several excellent local guides and charter services that can take anglers out to fertile offshore spots like Frying Pan Shoals.
- History & Museums
History buffs will find a lot to love about Southport. The NC Maritime Museum preserves the region's unique seagoing culture and history, while the Old Brunswick County Jail Museum includes a restored brick jail from 1904, complete with the original cells and jailer's quarters.
Contact us today to learn more about life on the North Carolina coast! Our real estate agents have helped countless families find their dream homes in Southport and the surrounding areas.