Our most recent trip to OIB was a wonderful one, just after the summer rush, but before our school year started. If you have never been to Ocean Isle Beach, it is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Located in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, this picturesque seaside town is renowned for its pristine beaches, tranquil atmosphere, and rich coastal heritage. Let me take you on a virtual tour of Ocean Isle Beach and share why it’s a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a relaxing coastal escape.
Ocean Isle Beach Summer Travel Guide
1. Miles of Unspoiled Beaches: Ocean Isle Beach boasts some of the most beautiful and unspoiled beaches on the East Coast. With its soft, white sand and gentle waves, it’s the perfect place to unwind, soak up the sun, and take leisurely strolls along the shoreline. The wide beaches provide ample space for beach combing, building sandcastles, or simply enjoying the calming sound of the ocean. There was one point in our trip where we built an entire football field for the boys to play and we weren’t in anyones way.
2. Sunrises and Sunsets: One of the most enchanting experiences at Ocean Isle Beach is witnessing the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you’re an early riser or prefer the tranquil evenings, these natural spectacles are sure to leave you in awe. We are very fortunate to be able to experience both from the decks of Anchors Awey.
3. Water Activities: For those who love water activities, Ocean Isle Beach offers a wealth of options. You can go swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking, jet-skiing, or even try your hand at surf fishing. The warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean beckon you to explore and play, while the intracoastal offers calmer waters for those with less adventurous ambition.
4. Family-Friendly Atmosphere: Ocean Isle Beach is known for its family-friendly atmosphere. It’s a safe and welcoming destination for families with children. You can build sandcastles with the little ones, collect seashells, or take a leisurely bike ride along the scenic streets. In the Summertime, there are group workouts as well as the Summer Concert Series in the town center park, drawing crowds from locals and visitors alike.
Exploring Beyond the Beach
1. Ocean Isle Beach Pier: The Ocean Isle Beach Pier is an iconic landmark that extends over the ocean, providing visitors with an excellent spot for fishing, taking in panoramic views, enjoying a wine slushy, or playing with the kids at the arcade. It’s a great place to watch the local fishermen in action.
2. Golfing: If you’re a golfer, you’re in luck. Ocean Isle Beach and the surrounding area feature several championship golf courses. Enjoy a round of golf with stunning coastal views as your backdrop.
3. Local Cuisine: North Carolina is known for its delectable seafood, and Ocean Isle Beach is no exception. Don’t miss the chance to savor fresh catches at local seafood restaurants. From shrimp and oysters to clam chowder and fried fish, the culinary scene here is a treat for the taste buds. Our favorite place to get fresh seafood to cook at home is Dougs Seafood Market, just over the bridge on the mainland. If you’re looking for higher end food, Jinks on the island or Oyster Rock in nearby Calabash are our top picks. For a more casual, family vibe, while still enjoying the local seafood, Ocean Isle Fish Co. is our favorite. Don’t skip the cocktails served in a souvenir coconut head.
This was the first time we have vacationed with friends, outside of family, and it was such a great experience with dear friends from Michigan.
We also rented a golf cart on this trip for the first time, from Beach Bum Rentals, and it made getting around the island so convenient. Also really great to be able to easily show our friends all around the island that has captured our hearts!
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, offers the perfect blend of natural beauty, coastal charm, and a relaxed atmosphere. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a serene escape from the daily grind, this coastal haven has something for everyone. From pristine beaches to local culture and outdoor adventures, Ocean Isle Beach is a destination that will leave you with cherished memories and a longing to return. So, pack your sunscreen, grab your flip-flops, and get ready to experience the allure of Ocean Isle Beach.