Destination guide

Ocean Isle Beach: The gem of the Brunswick Islands

This small seaside town between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington along the Atlantic Ocean, really packs a punch. As a random fact, Ocean Isle Beach is known as the Gem of the Brunswick Islands, and it’s true, as this jewel offers so much for your entire family to enjoy. Besides seemingly endless water activities and their famous North Carolina Oyster Festival, it’s no wonder Ocean Isle Beach vacation rentals tend to book up early. You can go stargazing, shopping, and visit museums, or simply enjoy that beautiful 7-mile white sand beach. You can even take a haunted tour, if you dare.

Things to do

Ocean Isle Beach may be small, but it's big on fun!

What it may lack in size, Ocean Isle Beach makes up for with tons of things to see. Besides it’s gorgeous, award-winning 7-mile stretch of sandy white beach, you can hang (and fish) with the locals along Ocean Isle Beach Pier. Check out the dioramas and the touch tank at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, or let your little ones burn off some energy at Ocean Isle Beach Park. Visit a winery, or take a ghost walk around the area’s haunted past, but only if you're brave. The state's oldest lighthouse on Bald Head Island is 41 miles east.


Catch the relaxed seaside vibe in Ocean Isle Beach

Fishermen, unite! Catch your fill along the Intracoastal Waterway, the pier at Ferry Landing Park, or head out onto the Atlantic for some deep sea adventure. And speaking of seafood, be sure not to miss the popular North Carolina Oyster Festival held annually every October. Rent a bike and meander along the quaint shops and restaurants of Ocean Isle Beach, or stop and enjoy live music during their free summer concert series. Plus, Ingram Planetarium offers stargazing, or you can seek out the somewhat quirky Kindred Spirit Mailbox, where you can send off your hopes and dreams!


Ocean Isle Beach forecast: 100% chance of fun!

Everyone loves to visit Ocean Isle Beach during the quintessential summer season when temperatures range from the mid to upper 80s. But spring and fall are the best times to visit as the weather is cooler, and you’ll find lower prices when booking Ocean Isle Beach vacation rentals. Spring is also a popular time for wildlife viewing, and the same with fishing in the fall. During winter, temperatures can dip down into the upper 40s, but there’s generally just an inch of snow during the season, so pack your jacket and you'll be good to go.

Natural features

Adopt a Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nest in Ocean Isle Beach!

Ocean Isle Beach vacation rentals are popular in this small town of nearly 600 residents, as you’re only 41 miles from Myrtle Beach, SC, and 44 miles from Wilmington, NC. It’s a great location from which to explore the entire coastal area. You can follow along the marshland trail at Shallotte River Swamp Park, or experience the amazing feats of Loggerhead turtles during their annual nesting season from May until September. And for a great vacation memory, you can even Adopt a Nest through the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization. How cool is that?

Can I find a vacation rental around Ocean Isle Beach?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,013 vacation rentals near Ocean Isle Beach. From 597 Houses to 363 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ocean Isle Beach are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay near Ocean Isle Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend near Ocean Isle Beach:

  • Cherry Grove Beach: 924 vacation rentals
  • Crescent Beach: 3,742 vacation rentals
  • Windy Hill: 4,059 vacation rentals
  • Ocean Drive Beach: 2,214 vacation rentals
  • Long Beach: 751 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I rent Houses near Ocean Isle Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 597 Houses near Ocean Isle Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals near Ocean Isle Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 363 rentals available
  • Cottages: 28 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 28 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool near Ocean Isle Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 622 rentals with pool available near Ocean Isle Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

    Can I book a vacation rental directly online or instantly near Ocean Isle Beach?

    Yes, HomeAway offers a selection of 1,009 vacation rentals to book directly online and 559 with instant booking available near Ocean Isle Beach. Don't wait, have a look at our vacation rentals via our search bar and be ready for your next trip near Ocean Isle Beach! 

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