Explore our travel journal to learn more about the visitor experience in NC’s Brunswick Islands.

Escape to Oak Island, N.C.

Aug 1, 2016 - Southern Living

With 10 miles of south-facing beaches; two fishing piers; plenty of kayaking, boating, and swimming options; and easy access to Bald Head Island and Southport on the mainland, this barrier island is a great spot for a trip that can be as active or as laid-back as you like.  Read More

Brunswick Islands, N.C., is a perfect family vacation spot

Jul 1, 2016 - Upstate Parent by Karen Gamble

What makes this area special — and a great vacation spot? I heard the same sentiment over and over: Family memories are built here. People return for a reason. The leisurely pace is just right.  Read More

Bird Island's Mailbox Holds Letters to the Sea

May 17, 2016 - Our State by Philip Gerard

The letter writers come to give thanks, to grieve, and to confess. To leave their most private thoughts, and to read what others have written, in this most public of places: a mailbox, a mile and a half down the beach from the town of Sunset Beach, flanked by two benches and tucked away in a sandy alcove. The address on the mailbox is spelled out in black-and-silver stick-on letters: KINDRED SPIRIT.  Read More

Getting to Know: Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest

May 10, 2016 - by Brian Weis

Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest is the newest golf course in the Brunswick Islands area. We offer 18-holes of premium public golf in a setting of unmatched beauty.  Read More

Our State Great Eight: Our New(ish) Lighthouse

Apr 27, 2016 - Our State by Jeremy Markovich

Even though it’s decades old, the Oak Island Lighthouse is coastal nostalgia at its youngest.  Read More

Thousands of People Are Leaving Their Innermost Thoughts in This 'Mailbox to Nowhere'

Apr 26, 2016 - by Maria Carter

Walk a mile-and-a-half from Sunset Beach pier on Bird Island, North Carolina, and you'll see a mailbox you might mistake for a mirage. It's nowhere near a house or any path a postal truck can travel. In fact, the mailbox was a mirage of sorts more than 40 years ago, when a woman known as Claudia began daydreaming of it.  Read More

Inspiration and Adventure Await Families in Coastal Brunswick County

Mar 25, 2016 - by Micki Bare

From central NC, the coast’s Brunswick County offers conveniently located, family-friendly venues sans the overly commercialized congestion of the bigger tourist spots up and down the Atlantic Seaboard.  Read More

7 Coastal Adventures for the Whole Family

Feb 12, 2016 - by Sara Kendall

North Carolina's Brunswick Islands is the perfect playground for families. Oak Island, Caswell Beach, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, and Bald Head Island offer ideal outdoor activities for quality family time, each with their own unique fun.  Read More

Beach Housin' in the Brunswick Islands North Carolina

Jan 24, 2016 - by Liz

The Brunswick Islands in North Carolina are like a secret you want to tell because it’s sooooo good, but you’re afraid to tell too many people for fear of spoiling the magic. Lucky for you, I can’t keep secrets very well.. and this one deserves to be shared.  Read More

An Adventurer's Guide to the Brunswick Islands of North Carolina

Oct 12, 2015 - by Rob Glover

Luckily, fall comes late to North Carolina's Brunswick Islands. Warm days tempered by ocean breezes continue long after the first frost on Grandfather Mountain. These five narrow barrier islands, tucked between Wilmington, NC, and North Myrtle Beach, SC, are filled with enough dramatic sunsets and seaside charm for a dozen Nicholas Sparks novels.  Read More

Life's just a laid-back beach in Brunswick County, NC

Aug 12, 2015 - Recreation News

When the Provision Company restaurant opened in Holden Beach, NC, in 2002, the manager stuck a few old license plates up on the walls as impromptu decorations. Thirteen years later, tags from every state but Rhode Island adorn the walls of this laid-back bar and restaurant.  Read More

Kindred Spirit Mailbox Serves as Symbol of Hope on Bird Island

Jun 1, 2015 - by Katie Quine

Over the span of decades, thousands have made pilgrimage to the Kindred Spirit. All different walks of life have penned heartfelt notes in the mailbox’s journals, but one message rings clearest above all else: Love endures.  Read More

America's Happiest Seaside Towns 2015

Jun 1, 2015 - by Tracey Minkin

Meet the winners of our annual search for the best coastal places to call home—for a weekend or a lifetime.  Read More

Peace for the soul: The Brunswick Islands welcome generations of travelers

Apr 1, 2015 - by Renee C. Gannon

Situated in Bird Island, a 1,200-acre state coastal preserve at the end of Sunset Beach, the Kindred Spirit Mystery Mailbox has offered pen and paper to anyone willing to venture a stretch down the beach.  Read More

Craving the Coast

Feb 20, 2015 - Go Magazine by Debbie Selinsky

Spring and summer are just around the corner, and for thousands of North and South Carolinians, it’s time to head for the water. Some say, “We’re off to the beach!” while others say they’re going to the “coast.”  Read More

Coastal Golf

Sep 1, 2014 - Soar Halifax Magazine by Tom Peters

In North Carolina’s Brunswick County and Brunswick Islands you can play 18 holes during a multi-activity vacation. Or the region fills the bill for golfers who only have one thing in mind–and that’s golf!  Read More

Southport, NC - Historic Seaport Emerges as Hip Dining Hotspot

Jul 7, 2014 - Go Magazine

There’s a reason more than 40 movies and television productions have chosen the charming coastal town of Southport, NC as their backdrop. With its dramatic views of the Cape Fear River, ancient live oaks draped with Spanish moss, grand Victorian homes...  Read More

Sunset Beach

Apr 17, 2014 - Go Magazine by Sheree Nielsen

Sensory overload from the fresh sea air and the fragrant smell of magnolia beckoned my Australian Shepherd and me to cross the road lined with rental properties, to the Fifth Street Beach Access.  Read More

Weekend in Southport, North Carolina

Feb 1, 2013 - by Jennifer Brunnemer Slaton

Sprawling oak trees and three bodies of water make this humble, Southern town feel like home—even to the Hollywood stars who often film here.  Read More

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