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April 22, 2020

Oak Island Beachfront

The best way to describe Oak Island is that it's a community at the beach. Ernest Felder Middleton, a timber exporter from Charleston, SC, bought land on Oak Island in 1938. Middleton, along with his partners in Carolina Lands, Inc. began development. They sectioned off the land in affordable sized lots and sold oceanfront lots for $350. The Town of Oak Island was formed in 1999 when the towns of Long Beach and Yaupon Beach consolidated. This consolidation gave it the distinction of the most populated incorporated town in Brunswick County. But that designation is deceiving because a small town atmosphere is enjoyed by its residents and visitors. The unique characteristics to Oak Island:  variety, public beach access and South facing beaches. Oak Island’s variety comes in the form of three distinct areas:  mainland, wooded and beach. The 2014 year-round population was 7,345. Click for more Census Quick Facts

MAINLAND OAK ISLAND: It is fitting that the Town of Oak Island expanded off the island onto the mainland because Oak Island wasn’t always an island. It became an island when the U.S. Government created the Intracoastal Waterway, a 3,000  mile waterway along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States. In this area you will find the Cape Fear Regional Jetport, a marina, par 3 golf course, restaurants, medical plaza, shopping, service businesses and  two recreational parks: the Dutchman Creek Park with playground equipment and picnic area and Bill Smith Park with its disc golf course, Salty Dog Park, ball fields (Volleyball, soft/baseball, football), and picnic area. 

Davis CanalWOODED OAK ISLAND: The section of Oak Island from the Intracoastal Waterway to Oak Island Drive is referred to as the wooded section. Just as that designation suggests, this area is rich with trees and shrubs, a testament to the Town’s ordinances against clear cutting building lots and the advantages of having a municipal sewer system, which has replaced individual drain fields that required more tree clearing.  In the Town of Oak Island you will also see a distinguishing characteristic - a beach community that provides plenty of public access and green areas for residents and visitors.  There are 65 public beach accesses (most with parking some accessible handicap areas), three public boat ramps, two marinas, fitness room, several areas to launch canoes and kayaks, an extensive sidewalk system for bikes and pedestrians to enjoy, recreation trails, numerous parks and playgrounds, a full service parks and recreation department, and youth friendly facilities such as skate board park and community center.  There are programs and activities aimed toward senior citizens at the Parks & Recreation Department and the Oak Island Senior Citizens Center. The wooded section also houses the business district including convenience stores, banks, coffee houses, art galleries, ice cream parlors, bakeries, retail shops, restaurants, pubs, motels, service businesses, real estate & professional offices and medical facilities.

Refreshing Drink at BeachBEACHSIDE OAK ISLAND:  Walk outside your Oak Island oceanfront home and have access to 14 miles of beach. Don’t want to be on the oceanfront; no worries, with all the beach access you will not have to worry about where to get onto the beach.  Day trippers will enjoy the area around the Beach Cabana (46th Street) with restrooms and an outdoor shower to clean off before you stop in at one of our local businesses before your ride home.  Oak Island has a southern exposure which means the wave action will be slight unless we have a North wind and then it will become flat like a pond. Where else can you see a sunrise & sunset over the beach? Oak Island is ideal for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, boating, beach combing, bird watching or just relaxing with a cool refreshing drink. Oak Island is a great place for family reunions & weddings. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash. The business district on the beachside of the island includes motels, rental cottages & condos, restaurants, piers, a few retail shops, pubs and marina.

The Oak Island Lighthouse Run is an annual Chamber Organized event held in April.  Click to visit the Town of Oak Island website. 


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