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Welcome to The Brunswick Islands Visitor Center

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The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce welcomes you


The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce invites you to explore our community and its unique treasures. You’ll discover that our county is steeped in history and hospitality. Enjoy the wide sandy beaches, championship golf courses and a relaxed pace of life that awaits.


Brunswick County offers the perfect setting for family gatherings, special occasions with friends or a romantic getaway for two. The area’s natural beauty and laid back lifestyle will entice you to return year after year; in fact you might decide to become a new resident as many of our visitors have done!

The friendly staff of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce will assist you as you discover our community. We’ll provide guides, area maps, newcomer and relocation information, referrals, and other helpful information. Our goal is for you to enjoy your experience in beautiful Brunswick County.

The Brunswick County Chamber is host to numerous events throughout the year including the annual North Carolina Oyster Festival, held the third weekend in October. Make plans to attend this two day event and enjoy a variety of arts, crafts, live entertainment and of course delicious oysters!

Visit us online at or call us at (800) 426-6644 for more information.

The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce...Creating a premier place to live, work and play for over 30 years!

See you soon!

Cathy Altman



Welcome to the Southern Cape Fear Coast --Southport-Oak Island area!


The Southern Cape Fear Coast has been in the hospitality industry since long ago when pirates such as Stede Bonnet and Blackbeard visited the area and made it their hideaway.


Today, visitors still use our beautiful coastal area as a way to escape their hectic lives and decelerate to a leisurely more relaxed pace.


The Southern Cape Fear Coast is in the southeastern tip of North Carolina some 20 miles off the beaten track of Highway 17. Nestled between cities of Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC the area enjoys a proximity to the amenities of the larger metropolitan cities without the crowds and traffic.


The Southern Cape Fear Coast includes five municipalities all with their own charm and assets.


The City of Boiling Spring Lakes is located on Highway 87 South, 8 miles off Highway 17.  Boiling Spring Lakes has 50+ spring fed fresh water lakes, endangered floral and fauna (like the Venus Flytrap or fuzzy fox squirrel), and the Lakes Golf & Country Club.


Continuing south on Highway 87 to Highway 211 you will encounter the historic waterfront community of Southport. The city was incorporated 1792 but traces of Native Americans use of the area dates back even further. The most visible evidence is an 800 year-old oak tree that was bent over by Native Americans when it was a sapling, so it could be used as a trail marker. Not all the oak trees in Southport are this old, but these mighty trees that line its streets are just as magnificent.


There are many activities and attractions in Southport. There is the N.C. Maritime

Museum @ Southport, where you can browse through a collection of memorabilia pertaining to the vast nautical history of the Lower Cape Fear area. River Walk and Waterfront Park where one can sit, relax and watch large transoceanic vessels, commercial fishing boats, pleasure craft and sail boats pass on their way up Cape Fear River to the port of Wilmington or traveling the Intracoastal Waterway.


A large selection of antiques, collectibles and boutiques within a four block walking area will delight anyone looking to browse the day away.   Each Wednesday from Memorial Day to just before Thanksgiving, the shopping selections increase with the Waterfront Market, held on the Garrison Lawn overlooking the Cape Fear River in Southport


Bald Head Island can be reached from Southport by leaving your vehicle behind and boarding a passenger ferry located at the Deep Point Marina, just North of Southport. Bald Head Island is a unique resort community offering a championship golf course, croquet greenswards, tennis courts, swimming pools, a church, restaurants and shops.


Activities on Bald Head Island include fishing, crabbing, clamming, cycling, sunbathing and swimming on the 14 miles of beachfront and nature in a very preserved state while you enjoy all the modern conveniences.   Two upcoming events the Beach Music Festival and the North Carolina Wine & Food Weekend are worth looking into.


Just seven miles southwest of Southport following Highway 211 & Highway 133 South across the high-rise bridge you will find Oak Island. Oak Island is a quiet, 14-mile long island with two separate municipalities --Caswell Beach & Oak Island (formerly the Towns of Long Beach & Yaupon Beach).


Caswell Beach is the least commercial area on Oak Island. It offers a variety of breathtaking views including colonies of waterfowl nesting and foraging for food in its marshlands.   Caswell Beach shares the Oak Island Golf & Country Club with its neighbor Oak Island.


The Town of Oak Island has over 60 public beach accesses with parking, two boat ramps, two fishing piers including the tallest piers in North Carolina, a library, a scenic walkway, crab dock, canoe ramp, three picnic areas, tennis courts, playground facilities and much more.


Year round the Southern Cape Fear Coast has much to offer the family, the senior, the couple, the history and outdoors enthusiast and the nature lover in all of us.


For more information on this coastal hideaway the activities, accommodations and festivals please contact the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-457-6964 US or 1-910-457-6964 or write to 4841 Long Beach Road, SE, Southport, NC 28461


Karen Sphar

Executive Vice President

Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce






Welcome to North Carolina’s
Brunswick Islands

The Brunswick Islands offer an uncomplicated lifestyle that is hard to find today. You’ll discover a vacation that feels so far away, but is truly right around the corner. The warm, soft sand and gentle waves provide just the right setting to relax away all your worries and outdoor activities like  golf, boating, hiking and fishing provide ample opportunities to rejuvenate the mind and soul. Visitors enjoy our southern hospitality and the freshest seafood around when in the area, which leaves them coming back for more year after year.
 Often long time vacationers decide to move their family and their business to the area. Being one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, Brunswick County offers diverse business opportunities. Despite the growth, Brunswick County remains home to quiet communities, perfect to retire or raise a family.
The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of services for visitors, businesses and residents. While in the area, stop by our office to receive our Visitors and Business Guide, a relocation guide, as well as information from a number of our members or contact us.

Be Sure to Visit the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce


Dear Friends,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome the Brunswick Islands Visitor Center (North Carolina Visitor Center) to beautiful Southeastern North Carolina.

Please accept my sincere appreciation for your commitment and dedication to encouraging visitors to our area to enjoy the unique opportunities, cultural sights and visual beauty that shape this special place on North Carolina's Coast.

North Carolinians have long appreciated the splendor of the Brunswick Islands.  With the creation of the Brunswick Islands Visitor Center, even more will learn of this extraordinary treasure. 

Congratulations to all and may God continue to bless this community. 




Mike McIntyre

Member of Congress









Representative Bonner L. Stiller

North Carolina General Assembly

House of Representatives

17th District



May 5, 2009


My name is Bonner Stiller and I have the privilege of serving Brunswick County in the North Carolina State House. I want to extend a warm welcome to you on behalf of the citizens of this wonderful county.  As a lifelong resident, I take pride in the many amazing amenities and attractions in our area.  From our beautiful beaches and world class recreational fishing to our unique museums and historical sites, Brunswick County has much to offer.   As one of the fastest growing counties in the country, I’m sure you will see why so many of our visitors fall in love with the area due to the friendly folks, vast cultural resources and hometown charm.   


I expect that you will enjoy your visit and take home fond memories of your time spent here in Brunswick County.  I hope that you will make plans to include this part of the country as a family vacation destination, retirement location or permanent home.


Best Regards,


Bonner Stiller

North Carolina House of   Representatives




Visiting Our Area

Whether you are visiting the Brunswick Islands for a family vacation, romantic retreat, golf getaway or for any other reason, you will find yourself engulfed in the peaceful serenity of the islands. Unlike many beach communities, Brunswick County has managed to maintain a small town charm that separates us from everywhere else.

Our heritage and culture stream through the county with world famous seafood in Calabash and the quaint historic fishing town of Southport. The sub-tropical climate allows outdoor activities to be enjoyable year round.

Next time you feel yourself yearning for relaxation, find your way to the Brunswick Islands.




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