Oak Island offers a fourteen-mile stretch of south-facing beaches with quiet surf and moderate tides. This family-oriented beach community has over 52 public beach accesses (most with parking), an extensive sidewalk system for pedestrians to enjoy, quiet streets for cycling, recreation trails, and numerous parks and playgrounds. The island is categorized by two sections – East Beach and West Beach.
EAST BEACH | OAK ISLAND
The East Beach area was once known as Yaupon Beach and parts of Long Beach, but they were consolidated in 1999 as the Town of Oak Island. The area spans from Middleton Road east to Caswell Beach and is the island’s primary business district.
East Beach has so much to offer – family entertainment, a conveniently located grocery store and a number of restaurants and shopping along Oak Island Drive. You’ll never have to venture to far to find what you need.
For everyone that loves to wet a hook, the East Beach boasts two fishing piers. The Ocean Crest Pier is the longest fishing pier along the southern Cape Fear coast, and the Oak Island Pier (formerly the Yaupon Pier) is the site of the world record tiger shark catch.
You’ll find East Beach is a wonderful place for a family vacation with just enough to do and miles of family friendly beaches. Our waves are just big enough to boogie board and body surf, the perfect way to wear the kids out for the day! Click here to view East Beach vacation rentals.
WEST BEACH | OAK ISLAND
The serene West Beach area of Oak Island extends from Middleton down to the far western point of the island, and offers some of the best sunset views on the island. The views and the scenery from “the point” have been the backdrop of many Oak Island beach weddings and family vacations through the years.
Not only does the West Beach offer wide, sandy beaches; the Blue Water Point Marina and homes along Kings Lynn Drive offer access to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Davis Canal.
Surf fishing is extremely popular in the West Beach area because of the Lockwood Folly inlet and the wide beaches. The area of “the point” also offers the fun of the beach on one side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other. At low tide, you can walk across the tidal flats and go clamming for the nights dinner.
Considered to be the quiet end of the island, it is still just a few miles drive to shopping, entertainment, dining and grocery stores. In 2009, when the new Swain’s Cut Bridge opened, it made the West Beach all the more accessible! View great West Beach vacation rentals!
Margaret Rudd and Associates has a variety of vacation rentals to suit your needs along Oak Island’s East Beach and West Beach areas. From oceanfront homes and condominiums to quiet third row cottages or peaceful sound front rentals, you will be sure to find the perfect place for you and your family. Visit our photo gallery for more pictures of the area.