Ten miles of uncrowded beaches, family-oriented attractions and cozy accommodations make Oak Island just the North Carolina beach you’ve pictured. Ice cream, mini-golf, and bicycles with bells and baskets complete the nostalgic feeling you’ll find here. On Oak Island, the water is always the center of attention with more than 60 public beach-access points, two fishing piers, two marinas and three public boat and canoe ramps. Cross the bridge to the mainland and enjoy strolling through a butterfly garden, or testing your game on several championship golf courses. Bring or rent a boat and visit the western tip of Oak Island where at low tide, you can walk across the tidal flats—almost to Holden Beach, and climb a small bluff for sweeping views of ocean and green marsh.