Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.


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.


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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Oak Island

Fly into Wilmington, NC (ILM-Wilmington Intl.), the closest airport, located 27.5 mi (44.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into North Myrtle Beach, SC (CRE-Grand Strand), which is 35.4 mi (56.9 km) away.

Where to stay around Oak Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,098 vacation rentals near Oak Island. From 1,524 Houses to 56 Cottages, 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.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Oak Island?

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 in Oak Island:

  • Long Beach: 1,046 vacation rentals
  • Tranquil Harbour: 915 vacation rentals
  • Yaupon Beach: 358 vacation rentals
  • Wilmington Beach: 1,282 vacation rentals
  • Sea Trail: 190 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Oak Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Oak Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ocean Crest Pier: 3,753 vacation rentals
  • Wrightsville Beach: 1,844 vacation rentals
  • Holden Beach: 1,622 vacation rentals
  • Carolina Beach Boardwalk: 3,287 vacation rentals
  • Kure Beach Pier: 3,357 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Oak Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Oak Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,524 Houses in Oak Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Oak Island include:

  • Cottages: 56 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 454 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 56 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 in Oak Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 864 vacation rentals with pool available in Oak Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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