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Bald-Head-Island is a unique barrier island situated on North Carolina's Atlantic seacoast - a land of pristine beauty, sand dunes, marsh, tidal creek, forest and 14 miles of spectacular beaches. From the village of Southport, visitors take a ferry to reach Bald Head Island. Once there, transportation is by bicycle, golf cart, walking or rollerblading. This is a place where the passage of time seems unimportant - no phone calls to take, no meetings to attend. Instead, you can choose to go for days and not do anything except sit on a beach with a good book or daydream while you listen to the waves. However, if a little more action is what you're looking for, try walking on the beach, kayaking in the marshes, biking through the forest, swimming, skating, fishing, picnicking, tennis or golf. Other seaside pastimes such as crabbing, clamming, windsurfing and sailing are also available on Bald Head Island. You will also find a 10-acre harbor and full-service marina with boat and fishing equipment rentals, fishing charters, canoe and kayak excursions. Narrated tours of the island are also available. This round-trip ferry passage includes lunch and an entrance to the Smith Island Museum of History and the Old Baldy Lighthouse. Restaurants on Bald Head Island are excellent and as you would expect, specialize in steam pots full of crab legs, shrimp, mussels, clams, potatoes and corn. Bald Head Island is a way of life - a place that encourages rest and reflection - and an unforgettable vacation destination.

Surrounding areas: Southport, North Carolina (4.6 mi), Oak Island, North Carolina (6.2 mi), Kure Beach, North Carolina (10.6 mi), Carolina Beach, North Carolina (13.3 mi), Holden Beach, North Carolina (18.4 mi), Wilmington, North Carolina (25.4 mi), Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina (25.8 mi)

Bald Head Island Vacation Rentals

Bald Head Island Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Cape Fear Inn308 W Bay StSouthport, NC4.3 mi.(910) 457-5989
Comfort Suites4955 Southport Supply RdSouthport, NC4.6 mi.(910) 450-8111
Hampton Inn Southport5181 Southport Supply Road SESouthport, NC4.6 mi.(910) 454-0016
Island Resort500 Ocean DrOak Island, NC6.0 mi.(910) 278-5644
Blue Water Point5710 57TH PL WOak Island, NC7.8 mi.(910) 278-1230
Captains Cove Motel6401 E Oak Is DrLong Beach, NC8.2 mi.(910) 278-6026
Docksider Inn Oceanfront202 N NC Rt 421Kure Beach, NC10.6 mi.(910) 458-4200
Tradewinds Motel309 FT Fisher BlvdKure Beach, NC10.6 mi.(910) 458-8742
Courtyard By Marriott Carolina Beach100 Charlotte AveCarolina Beach, NC13.1 mi.(910) 458-2030
Shipwreck Lodge412 Carolina BCH Ave NCarolina Beach, NC13.3 mi.(910) 458-5557
Microtel Inn & Suites907 N Lake Park BlvdCarolina Beach, NC13.6 mi.(910) 458-1300
Gray Gull Motel3263 Holden BCH Rd SWSupply, NC19.3 mi.(910) 842-6775
Amerihost Inn & Suites-Wilmington5600 Carolina Beach RdWilmington, NC19.6 mi.(910) 796-0770
The Keys @ 17th Street4129 Hearthside DrWilmington, NC22.2 mi.(910) 350-1133
Twilight Motel4520 N Main StShallotte, NC23.5 mi.(910) 754-6801
Hampton Inn Medical Park2320 South 17th StWilmington, NC23.9 mi.(910) 796-8881
Holiday Inn Express Shallotte491 N Mulberry Rd NWShallotte, NC24.9 mi.(910) 754-3300
Comfort Inn-shallatte360 Whiteville RdShallattee, NC25.1 mi.(910) 754-3044
Microtel Inn & Suites4646 East Coast LnShallotte, NC25.1 mi.(910) 755-6444
Causeway Motel12 Cswy Dr SWOcean Isle Beach, NC25.2 mi.(910) 579-9001
Courtyard By Marriott Wilmington151 Van Campen BlvdWilmington, NC25.4 mi.(800) 321-2211
Extended Stay America4929 New Ctr DrWilmington, NC25.4 mi.(910) 793-4508
Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington At Mayfaire Town Center6745 Rock Spring RdWilmington, NC25.4 mi.(910) 509-4046
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites160 Van Campen BlvdWilmington, NC25.4 mi.(910) 392-3227
Jameson Inn - Wlimington5102 Dunlea CourtWilmington, NC25.4 mi.(910) 452-5660
Anderson Guest House520 Orange StWilmington, NC25.9 mi.(910) 343-8128
Inn At ST Thomas Court101 S Second StWilmington, NC26.0 mi.(910) 343-1800
Mill Creek Apartments414 Mill Creek CourtWilmington, NC26.2 mi.(910) 799-7655
Wilmington Hilton301 N Water StWilmington, NC26.3 mi.(910) 763-5900
Coast Line Inn503 Nutt StWilmington, NC26.4 mi.(910) 763-2800
Motel 62828 Market StWilmington, NC26.6 mi.(910) 762-0120
Best Western Carolinian2916 Market StWilmington, NC26.7 mi.(910) 763-4653
Econolodge2929 Market StWilmington, NC26.7 mi.(910) 763-3318
Super 8 Motel-wilmington3604 Market StWilmington, NC26.8 mi.(910) 343-9778
Waterway Lodge7246 Wrightsville AveWilmington, NC26.8 mi.(800) 677-3771
Hampton Inn & Suites-landfall Park1989 Eastwood RdWilmington, NC26.9 mi.(910) 256-9600
Ho Jo Express Inn3901 Market StWilmington, NC26.9 mi.(910) 343-1727
Fairfield Inn By Marriott306 S College RdWilmington, NC27.0 mi.(910) 392-6767
Comfort Suites Of Wilmington4721 Market StWilmington, NC27.1 mi.(910) 793-9300
El-berta Motor Inn4505 Market StWilmington, NC27.1 mi.(910) 799-1214

Bald Head Island Weather & Climate

Both air and water temperatures are generally mild on the barrier islands. Summer air temperatures along the immediate coastline are considerably lower than those even just a few miles inland. In the winter months, coastal fronts are common and can push inland, bringing warmer than normal temperatures. However, at times, the cold Labrador Current passes between the Gulf Stream and the North Carolina coast, offsetting most of the general warming effect the Gulf Stream might otherwise have on coastal temperatures. Opposite the ocean, across the narrow barrier islands behind most beaches, are the "Sounds". These protected inland waters, calm, quiet and sheltered even from the sea breezes, are bordered on both sides by cool forests and productive swamps with unique vegetation and wildlife. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to North Carolina to influence the weather about twice in an average year

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 56°F 33°F 5.28 in. 48°F
February 58°F 35°F 4.18 in. 48°F
March 64°F 41°F 4.47 in. 53°F
April 71°F 48°F 3.08 in. 64°F
May 78°F 57°F 4.15 in. 73°F
June 84°F 65°F 5.04 in. 74°F
July 88°F 70°F 6.69 in. 79°F
August 87°F 68°F 7.66 in. 82°F
September 83°F 62°F 8.93 in. 79°F
October 75°F 50°F 3.87 in. 71°F
November 68°F 43°F 3.45 in. 59°F
December 59°F 35°F 4.19 in. 54°F

Bald Head Island Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Wilmington International airport (ILM) located about 28 miles north of Bald Head Island in Wilmington, North Carolina, the Grand Strand airport (CRE) located approximately 42 miles west of Bald Head Island in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Columbus County Municipal airport (CPC) located roughly 50 miles northwest of Bald Head Island in Whiteville, North Carolina, the Myrtle Beach International airport (MYR) located around 55 miles west of Bald Head Island in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and finally the Albert J Ellis airport (OAJ) located about 70 miles northeast of Bald Head Island in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Bald Head Island Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Jubilee ParkCarolina BeachNC13.3 mi.
Myrtle Beach Grand PrixNorth Myrtle BeachSC39.8 mi.
Windy Hill Watterboggan ParkNorth Myrtle BeachSC39.8 mi.
Family Kingdom Amusement ParkMyrtle BeachSC52.9 mi.
Gay Dolphin ParkMyrtle BeachSC52.9 mi.
Myrtle Beach PavilionMyrtle BeachSC52.9 mi.
Pedroland ParkDillonSC87.9 mi.
Water Parks
Myrtle Waves Water ParkMyrtle BeachSC52.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Oak Island Golf ClubCaswell BeachNC4.0 mi.
Bald Head Island Country ClubSouthportNC4.8 mi.
Founders Club at St JamesSouthportNC4.8 mi.
Members Club at St James PlantationSouthportNC4.8 mi.
Players Club at St James PlantationSouthportNC4.8 mi.
Lakes Country ClubBoiling Spring LakesNC12.4 mi.
Carolina National Golf ClubBoliviaNC16.3 mi.
Lockwood Folly Country ClubHolden BeachNC17.4 mi.
Olde Fort Golf CourseWinnabowNC20.2 mi.
Brick Landing PlantationOcean Isle BeachNC23.3 mi.
Briarwood Golf ClubShallotteNC23.6 mi.
Beau Rivage Resort & Golf ClubWilmingtonNC25.5 mi.
Cape Golf & Racquet ClubWilmingtonNC25.5 mi.
Duck Haven Golf ClubWilmingtonNC25.5 mi.
Echo Farms Golf & Country ClubWilmingtonNC25.5 mi.
Inland Greens Golf CourseWilmingtonNC25.5 mi.
Porters Neck Plantation & Country ClubWilmingtonNC25.5 mi.
Porters Neck Plantation & Country ClubWilmingtonNC25.5 mi.
Wilmington Municipal Golf CourseWilmingtonNC25.5 mi.
Ocean Isle Beach Golf CourseOcean Isle BeachNC25.9 mi.
Magnolia Greens Golf PlantationLelandNC27.1 mi.
Oyster Bay Golf LinksSunset BeachNC29.8 mi.
Pearl Golf LinksSunset BeachNC29.8 mi.
Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country ClubSunset BeachNC29.8 mi.
Thistle Golf ClubSunset BeachNC29.8 mi.
State Parks
Lake Waccamaw State ParkNC38.1 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort FisherKure BeachNC10.6 mi.
Brookgreen GardensPawleys IslandSC71.5 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresAtlantic BeachNC91.9 mi.

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