Southport is lovely. It's quaint, small, quiet and very friendly.

Christine, first time visitor

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Southport, North Carolina


Steeped in history and picturesque beauty, there is little wonder why Coastal Living Magazine named Southport "America's Happiest Seaside Town." A visit to this historic maritime town takes you back into a distant past of pirates and privateers, antebellum Southern belles and blockade runners. Seafarers have been frequenting this community since as far back as the early 1500s, and today, Southport is as popular as it has ever been.

Don't miss your chance to stroll through the friendly streets and stop in the boutique shops and local art galleries, or wander around the docks and have a crab-cake sandwich or steamed shrimp at one of several restaurants featuring outdoor dining on the waterfront. There are plenty of things to do in Southport to fill any vacation.


Southport's charm has not only attracted visitors, but the eye of the movie industry as well. Scenes from the picturesque town are featured in several popular films and TV shows such as "Safe Haven," " A Walk To Remember," "The Secret Life of Bees" or "Under The Dome." On your next visit to Southport, you'll want to make some time to tour locations from these and other productions for a fun way to spend the day.

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