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This North Carolina Destination Is Known As The ‘Seafood Capital Of The World’

Image Credit: Visit NC

Image Credit: Visit NC

The northern coast is well-known for the Outer Banks, but there are plenty more amazing seaside destinations as you make your way south, including the Crystal Coast, Topsail Beach, Wilmington, and, finally, the Brunswick Islands. Located in the southeastern part of the state, the latter is made up of five barrier islands, several coastal towns, and a number of wide, sandy beaches.

In its entirety, the Brunswick Islands encompasses Oak Island, Sunset Beach, Bald Head Island, Ocean Isle Beach, and Holden Beach, as well as the towns of Southport, Calabash, Shallotte, and Leland. While each is unique in its own right, there is a shared sense of equanimity throughout the region. “Be prepared to take a deep breath, try to forget your daily routines, and be open to a different vibe,” says Ann Bokelman, a Sunset Beach resident and one of the founders of the Old Bridge Historical Society. “Life here goes at a slower pace, allowing you to focus on enjoying your visit.”

Leisure and relaxation are paramount, but that doesn’t mean you’ll grow bored. Debra Allen, who serves as the island coordinator for the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization, confirms this idea, describing the Brunswick Islands as having the “charm of a small town,” but with “bigger town events … and beautiful beaches where you can enjoy coastal wildlife, sunbathe, visit a museum, surf, fish, swim, and [dine at] some of the best restaurants around.”

BY LYDIA MANSEL | Published on Jan 12, 2024, 03:00 PM IST