Destination guide

Peace and tranquility on Bald Head Island

Now quiet and tranquil, Bald Head Island has been at the center of events twice in its history: once in the Revolutionary War and again during the Civil War, when it was a Confederate fort controlling shipping. Thankfully, it’s now a peaceful vacation destination with 14 miles of pristine beaches; perfect for a great family-friendly getaway with quality Bald Head Island vacation rentals. Here, you can leave your car behind on the mainland before taking the 20-minute ferry trip to this exquisite island vacation destination. With no cars on the island, transportation is limited to golf carts, bikes, or your own two feet!

Things to do

Relax and unwind on Bald Head Island

There are so many great attractions on Bald Head Island. Step out of your vacation home into a family-friendly world where you can relax and even learn a new skill. From surfing and paddleboarding to sailing, qualified instructors will help you get started. Or why not bike or hike around the island? Its gentle terrain offers cyclists an easy pedal and is ideal for family walks. Take a trip to historic Old Baldy Lighthouse or the Bald Head Woods Maritime Forest Preserve, which offers tranquil walks through the woods under a canopy of trees.


Outdoor island adventures to be had on Bald Head Island

Bald Head Island vacation rentals are superb bases for accessing the island’s beautiful beaches, which just beg you to build sandcastles, stroll, take a swim, or slowly unwind from the stresses of daily life. Beach equipment, including umbrellas, chairs, and beach games like bocce can be rented. You can also choose to take part in a more physical activity like paddleboarding or kayaking among the many creeks and inlets, or flying high and skimming the waves on a kiteboard. Take the opportunity to experience the joy of sailing during your visit. Whether you’re a new or seasoned sailor, there’s something for you.


Bald Head Island: A year-round vacation destination

Bald Head Island has a subtropical climate, and is the northernmost point in the U.S.A. where sabal palms grow naturally. Influenced by the waters of the nearby Gulf Stream, the weather is generally mild all year round, and each of the four seasons brings its own distinct pleasures. During the summer, temperatures can reach 91°F in July, which is the hottest month. Temperatures are still fairly mild in winter, at around 59°F in January.

Natural features

Bald Head Island—a remarkable natural environment

Bald Head Island is the southernmost of North Carolina’s cape islands. It’s also the northernmost subtropical environment on the East Coast. Bald Head Island vacation rentals will bring you close to nearly 200 species of birds, dolphins, loggerhead turtles, alligators, deer, foxes, and an amazing variety of fish. And with 10,000 of the island’s 12,000 acres set aside as nature preserves, it’ll be a tough choice deciding which to explore first. Explore the ocean beaches on foot, glide in a kayak, or canoe on the tidal creek, or wander in the maritime forest with its enchanting mix of foliage.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Bald Head Island

The nearest airport is in Wilmington, NC (ILM-Wilmington Intl.), located 27.9 mi (44.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR), which is 54.4 mi (87.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Bald Head Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 255 vacation rentals near Bald Head Island. From 191 Houses to 15 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bald Head Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Bald Head 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 Bald Head Island:

  • Cape Fear Station: 45 vacation rentals
  • South Beach: 104 vacation rentals
  • The Hammocks: 132 vacation rentals
  • Middle Island Plantation: 83 vacation rentals
  • West Beach: 114 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 Bald Head Island?

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

  • Bald Head Island Country Club: 3,109 vacation rentals
  • Bald Head Island Conservancy: 2,964 vacation rentals
  • Smith Island Museum of History: 3,094 vacation rentals
  • Bald Head Island Lighthouse: 3,101 vacation rentals
  • Bald Head Island Visitors Center: 3,091 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bald Head 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 Bald Head Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 191 Houses in Bald Head Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bald Head Island include:

  • Cottages: 15 rentals available
  • Villas: 22 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 15 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bald Head Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 156 vacation rentals with pool available in Bald Head Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.