OCEAN ISLE BEACH NC REAL ESTATE AND HOMES FOR SALE
The small, seaside town of Ocean Isle Beach, NC, often known simply as Ocean Isle, was incorporated in 1959. According to the town’s Mayor in 2016, Ocean Isle’s civic goal is “to provide the perfect place to create those precious vacation memories.” The town is approximately midway between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC, but this island, with a year-round population of less than 600, is a substantial departure from the bright lights and hustle and bustle of either city.
With seven miles of South-facing, sandy coastline, Ocean Isle features 30 public beach accesses, six of which are handicap-accessible. The town also has a beach wheelchair available by reservation for three-day spans free-of-charge.
For the avid golfer, nearly 30 championship golf courses can be found within 15 miles of Ocean Isle Beach. This wide variety of courses provides outstanding options including many award winners and plenty of available tee times.
Shallotte River Swamp Park & Outdoor Center has a number of activities for all ages and interests. Zipline tours allow you to get a birds-eye view from the “longest, fastest, and tallest zipline on the Eastern seaboard.” The Aerial Adventure course features “53 different challenge elements and three levels of difficulty,” and has “something for everyone—from four-year-olds to folks looking for a military-level challenge.” For a more laid-back experience, Swamp Boat Eco-Tours offers a “frog’s-eye view” and lets visitors “get up close and personal with the natural environment” on an educational, ranger-guided boat tour through the swamp.
At the Museum of Coastal Carolina, a natural history museum, children and adults, residents and tourists alike can enjoy exiting and educational exhibits featuring shells and fossils, local wildlife, interactive games, videos, and even a touch tank with live starfish!
Ferry Landing Park is located on the east end of the island. Here you can find picnic tables, a fishing pier, a gazebo, and breathtaking views of the Intracoastal Waterway.
The majority of the town is a barrier island, but on the mainland one can find Ocean Isle Beach Park. The park, officially opened in 2013, features two playgrounds, a five-acre multipurpose sports field, eight tennis courts, restroom facilities and a 300-seat amphitheater.
Like many tourist destinations, Ocean Isle gets extra quiet in the off-season. To provide additional peace of mind to residents as well as owners of vacation property, the OIB Police Department has an Annual House Check Program. According to the Ken Bellamy, Chief of Police in 2016 “it is our priority to keep you safe and your property secure 365 days a year…and the Winter season gives us the opportunity to pay extra attention to monitoring the homes of Property Owners, whether they are in town or away from the island.”
With so many options for entertainment and relaxation, and such a mellow, small town feel, Ocean Isle Beach might be just the getaway, or maybe the forever home you’ve been looking for.
Special thanks to our own Frances Warner for the wonderful photos she provided for this page.