Oak Island, NC, USA

Oak Island, NC, USA

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Where to stay near Oak Island, NC?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 1,836 vacation rentals near Oak Island. From 1,369 houses to 330 condos, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Oak Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Dig your toes in the sand—it's time for the beach!

Located on a barrier island, and separated from North Carolina's mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway, Oak Island offers a laid-back vibe in a charming setting. Your Oak Island vacation rental never puts you far from the town's numerous Atlantic Coast beaches, where you can spend the day lounging in the sand or frolicking in the water. You can also soak up the great outdoors throughout the region's parks and golf courses. Make sure you explore the area away from the beaches as well, as the sleepy little town offers everything from pockets of unspoiled wetlands, to romantic waterfront restaurants.

From land, to water, to sky—let the adventure begin

Miles and miles of sandy beaches dot the landscape of Oak Island, giving you the perfect spot to work on your tan. If you prefer to get in the water, take a quick swim in the ocean or spend the afternoon kayaking down the Intracoastal Waterway. You can charter larger vessels for a guided tour down the nearby Cape Fear River. You might have to jockey for position at the popular Ocean Crest Pier, a hot spot for fisherman casting their line. For a unique perspective of the island, take to the skies in a helicopter tour.

Nature calls! Get lost in the island wilderness

Exit your Oak Island vacation rental and inhale fresh ocean air before you begin your journey in the great outdoors. Kids and adults of all ages will enjoy the Oak Island Nature Center, a park perched along the Intracoastal Waterway and outfitted with trails, fishing piers, and floating docks. The center also provides educational material on local wildlife and flora. It might not be untamed wilderness, but many area golf courses offer 18 holes and breathtaking scenery. If you want to view the landscape from an unusual perspective, climb the steps inside the 150-foot-tall Oak Island Lighthouse for sweeping panoramas.

Beat the heat and head to the beach—sizzling island summers

While summer is a busy time on the island, the season is also hot and humid with temperatures frequently exceeding 90 degrees, although ocean breezes do provide some comfort. Heavy rains also fall year round, but never more so than in August and September, the town's wettest months. Late spring and early fall are a good time for booking an Oak Island vacation rental as temperatures hover in the 70s and humidity is low. Winters feature moderate conditions with temperatures averaging in the high 50s and low 60s, although the occasional cold snap can occur.

Wet and wild—winding waterways around the island

Nestled between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, Oak Island features a landscape filled with the wet stuff, such as creeks, rivers, lakes, ponds, and canals. You can spend the day fishing in this watery region in the hopes of landing some flounder, mackerel, or seatrout. Of course, the waterways also play host to a variety of shorebirds, such as heron, wrens, and ibis. If you're more interested in exploring wildlife in the ocean, sign up for 1 of the area's popular whale- or dolphin-watching boat tours.