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Welcome to Oak Island, North Carolina! Below are some commonly asked questions and answers about vacationing with Coastal Vacation Resorts at Oak Island. We hope these are helpful but understand that we can't possibly cover every question you may have here on this FAQ page. If you don’t see an answer to your question please call or email us and we'll be happy to help.


Where is Oak Island located?

Neighboring Southport, NC between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC - 27 miles from Wilmington and 60 miles from Myrtle Beach midway between Wilmington, NC, and Myrtle Beach, SC, a 40-minute drive from either city.

How big is Oak Island?

It is a 20 square mile barrier island with over 14 miles of clean, sandy beaches with approximately 3,900 homes.

What is the weather like in Oak Island?

The average high temperature during the summer months is 85°F and the low is 73°F and around 23 days per month are sunny. 

What are popular activities to do while vacationing at Oak Island?

Sunbathing, swimming, shelling, boating, kayaking, surfing, walking, biking, turtle watching, and fishing are popular activities on the island.

Is there golf near Oak Island, North Carolina?

Yes, there are several golf courses in and surrounding the Oak Island area including the Oak Island Golf Club on the island and the Oak Island Par 3 Golf Course immediately across from the bridge to Southport. 

When is turtle hatching season in Oak Island, NC?

Loggerhead turtles have a hatching season from May until August.

How many public beach accesses are there for my family to use?

There are 65 public beach accesses on Oak Island with public restrooms located at 7. The town has 10 beach access locations that provide handicap-reserved parking and rollout Mobi-mats to assist with wheelchair accessibiltiy and 5 additional ways to view the ocean via ramps, gazebos, and viewing platforms. 

Are golf carts allowed in the town of Oak Island?

Yes, low speed vehicles certified as road ready are very popular on the island roadways posted at 35mph or less and rentals are available on the island.

Are lifeguards on duty on the beach on Oak Island?

There are no lifeguards on Oak Island. Please check the Town of Oak Island's BEACH WARNING Status Page and pay attention to water conditions and warnings prior to swimming.

Is Oak Island, NC dog friendly?

Oak Island beaches are very pet friendly and leashed dogs are welcome year-round and there is a period when dogs can run freely from October 15 - March 15. We have dedicated dog parks too! Check out our dog-friendly vacation rentals!

Are fireworks allowed on Oak Island?

No, the use of fireworks is not allowed within the town limits of Oak Island.

Are tents allowed on the Oak Island beach strand?

The town has no restrictions against the use of tents, but all gear must be removed daily and cannot be within 10' of sea turtle nests.

Do I need a fishing license to fish the surf or local piers?

A North Carolina Fishing License is required for everyone ages 16+ and can be acquired locally or online at

Where is the Coastal Vacation Resorts office located?

Coming on the east end of the island, from the G.V. Barbee Bridge, our office is 1.5 miles on the left.

Can I find a Oak Island vacation home with a pool easily for my stay?

Yes, you can select from vacation rentals with a private pool or community pool privileges. Search our homes with pools today!  

What should we bring to vacation in Oak Island?

Your personal items. Vacationers have quick and easy access to groceries, fresh produce & seafood, a pharmacy, fishing gear, and all you will ever need in beach supplies within minutes of their rental home.

What are the most popular things to do when vacationing in Oak Island?

Spend time at the beach! Visit the Oak Island piers, see the Oak Island Lighthouse, tour Fort Caswell and take an afternoon to visit historic Southport, NC and enjoy boutique style shopping, waterfront restaurants, and historic sites.

What should we bring to enjoy our Oak Island beach vacation?

Personal items, all else is here on the island. Vacationers have quick and easy access to groceries, fresh produce & seafood, a pharmacy, fishing gear, beach supplies, restaurants, a library, spas, places of worship, banks, beer, wine, spirits, and more.

How do I book my Oak Island, NC vacation?

Use our website to view all of the available vacation homes and reserve your stay through our easy online booking process or call us at 888-703-5469 today.

(Important Information: We reserve the right to refuse occupancy, if in the agent’s opinion, occupancy is detrimental to the property. Guest who exceed the occupancy limits will face immediate termination of the rental with no refund of rental monies paid. There are things out of our control, examples which DO NOT warrant refunds include: breakdown of air conditioners, TVs, appliances, bad weather, noisy neighbors, etc. Please know the “Guest of Record” will be required to pay for any and all damage which occurs during their occupancy. All damage must reported immediately.)   

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