North Carolina features several serene communities in scenic beach and
island settings. Residents and visitors experience a mild, subtropical climate,
with ideal weather year-round. The high temperature in Brunswick County
averages 73 degrees and the lows average 51 degrees Fahrenheit.
The towns and villages in the
area offer an outstanding quality of life, with a low rate of crime, a healthy
economy and fine educational institutions such as
Brunswick Community College. According to the
2000 Census, Brunswick County residents numbered more than 73,000; however,
the most recent population estimates, in 2005, indicate the total as closer to
Bolivia, the seat of Brunswick County, accounts for just 148 of the
population, while the cities of
Boiling Spring Lakes and
Southport are among the area’s larger cities.
Several beach and island resort
communities also contribute to Brunswick County’s population. These include
Bald Head Island,
Ocean Isle Beach and
Sunset Beach. Accessible only via a private ferry departing from
Bald Head Island features a natural habitat home to such beautiful creatures
loggerhead turtles. Islanders and visitors travel the fourteen miles of
pristine coastland by bicycle, foot and golf cart. This remote community,
population 143, is also home to “Old
Baldy”, the state’s oldest standing lighthouse.
Caswell Beach, located at the mouth of the majestic
Cape Fear River, is home to
Oak Island Lighthouse, the nation’s brightest lighthouse. Named for
Fort Caswell, this lovely village affords visitor access to a four-mile
stretch of warm sandy beaches. Caswell’s year round population is 370.
Holden Beach, population 787, holds true to its rustic fishing village roots
of the 1920’s. Today, Holden Beach maintains a reputation as a popular tourist
destination, with community celebrations, unique shops and an eleven-mile
stretch of beaches to keep residents and visitors occupied.
Oak Island, called home by 6,571 citizens, remains the most heavily
populated town of the
Brunswick Islands. Like the neighboring islands, this family-friendly
community abounds with recreational activities and sites to see.
Ocean Isle Beach has a year round population of 425 and a seasonal
population of 25,000 individuals. This coastal barrier island claims seven
miles of NC’s southern coastline. Recreational choices include boating,
deep-sea fishing, golfing and shopping. The
Museum of Coastal Carolina draws its own share of visitors, while
opportunities unique to the area, such as watching the sun rise and set over the
water at certain times of year, remains a local favorite pastime.
Sunset Beach, population 1,824, is the smallest of the Brunswick Islands in
area. This aptly named village community features vibrant sunsets that
exemplify the natural beauty of the white sand beaches. Access to Sunset Beach
is via the last remaining pontoon bridge on the Atlantic Coast.
North Carolina teems with recreational opportunities that range from
tranquil walks through beautiful parks to exciting nighttime scenes at a
tropical beach resort. The delightful towns and beach communities that comprise
Brunswick County embody the spirit of the renowned Brunswick Islands.