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Bald Head Island marks where the coastline swings from a north-south orientation to run east to west. The island got its name from a bare sand dune that pokes out of the surrounding forests—it looked like a bald head from the sea.
In the late 40s and early 50s, Calabash became known for its seafood and was named the "Seafood Capital of the World". Today's Calabash is no longer the fishing village it once was, but it still has the feel of a fishing village.
Holden Beach is a sub-tropical, barrier island located on the coast of North Carolina, midway between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC. Holden Beach boasts the perfect family seaside getaway with secluded white sandy beaches alongside the Atlantic Ocean.
Sunset Beach sits near the North Carolina state line and is one of the area's smallest beach towns. The locals take pride in the fact that it's one of the last old-fashioned beach resorts and has managed to avoid any major building and growth spurts.
Located at the mouth of the Cape Fear River with long sandy beaches and mild weather, Caswell Beach is the ideal setting for rest and relaxation. The lack of commercial district only emphasizes the serene surroundings.
Oak Island is over 12 miles long and averages about one mile across, making it Brunswick County's largest island.
The eight-mile-long stretch of Ocean Isle Beach is located on the southern coastline of North Carolina. Ocean Isle Beach is where Brunswick County's first high-rise buildings were constructed, and this coastal barrier island was incorporated as the Town of Ocean Isle Beach in 1959.
Southport, renamed in 1887 but established in the 1700s as Smithville, is a half-hour drive from Wilmington, a short ferry ride from Fort Fisher, and the gateway to two true beach resorts: Oak Island and Bald Head Island.