Beach Accessibility

North Carolina's Brunswick Islands is proud to provide numerous beach access points throughout our five islands as well as handicap accessibility.

BEACH WHEELCHAIRS

Many of our beach communities have sand-friendly wheelchairs to lend or rent to visitors. Here is how to obtain one depending on which beach you are visiting:

GOLF CARTS ON THE BEACH

Golf carts are not typically allowed on the beaches, as to not disturb the fellow visitors or wildlife such as sea turtles or their nests. Some of our towns allow for those who need them to drive golf carts on the beach under the following circumstances:

  • Caswell Beach – Golf carts may be allowed on the beach with a permit. Contact for more information (910-278-5471). The form can be found online at http://caswellbeach.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Golf-Cart-Registration-Form.pdf
  • Sunset Beach – Golf carts may be allowed on the beach, but please first inform the Police department (910-579-2151). They are only allowed directly from the beach access point to the destination spot on the sand.  Riding up or down the beach strand is prohibited.

HANDICAP PARKING AND BEACH ACCESS POINT

Each beach has its own rules regarding parking, public beach access points, and special accessibility. It would be a good idea to check with the appropriate town hall or town website to find specific information before your trip.

Caswell Beach

  • Handicap Accessible Beach Access:
    • Near 701 Caswell Beach Road
  • Public Beach Access:
  • There are many public access points.

Oak Island

  • Handicap Accessible Beach Access:
    • Commissioner’s Park – McGlamery at Ocean Dr.
    • Beach Viewing Area – Mercer and Ocean Dr.
    • May Moore Park – Barbee Blvd. at Elizabeth Dr.
    • Cabana – SE 46th Street
    • 57th West Place
    • SE 25th Street
    • SE 40th Street
    • The Point – West end of Beach Drive
    • Malcolm Register Park/Dot Kelly Butterfly Garden- NE 52nd St.
    • 7th West Beach
    • 10th West Place
    • 23rd West Place
    • 33rd West Place
    • All handicap accessible beach access points may be found online at https://www.oakislandnc.com/residents-visitors/beach-information/beach-accesses 
  • Public Beach Access:
  • There are 65 public beach access points on Oak Island.

Holden Beach

  • Handicap Accessible Beach Access:
    • East end of McCray Street with parking
    • Quinton Street with parking and ramp/gazebo/shower
    • Jordan Blvd. and bridge access ramp with ramp and shower
    • 567 Ocean Blvd. W with parking
  • Public Beach Access:
  • There are 23 public beach access points on Holden Beach.
  • All public beach access points, handicap accesses points, parking, handicap parking, restrooms, showers, and more may be found online here

Ocean Isle Beach

  • Handicap Accessible Beach Access:
    • Charlotte Street with parking
    • Raeford Street with parking
    • Monroe Street with parking
    • Beaufort Street with parking
    • Driftwood Drive
  • Public Beach Access:
  • There are 31 public beach access points on Ocean Isle Beach.
  • All public beach access points may be found online at http://www.oibgov.com/pview.aspx?id=20698&catid=565

Sunset Beach

  • Handicap Accessible Beach Access:
    • 1st St.
    • The Gazebo (with parking)
    • 3rd St.
  • Public Beach Access
  • There are 33 public beach access points on Sunset Beach.

Bald Head Island

  • Handicap Accessible Beach Access:
    • There is one handicap accessible beach access point: #15 (the new handicap beach access is under construction and will be 3 blocks over from this one)
    • There are four emergency vehicular access points: #11, #24b, #35, #42.
  • Public Beach Access:
  • There are 27 public beach access points on Bald Head Island.
  • All public beach access points may be found online at  https://villagebhi.org/visitors/public-beach-accesses/

PIERS

Each of the ocean fishing piers is ADA accessible, offering wonderful views of the beach, ocean, and fishing.