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I know what you're doing next summer vacation

This picturesque harbor town is such a looker that Hollywood keeps coming back to it, whether for rom-coms like Safe Haven or slashers like I Know What You Did Last Summer. And that's before we get onto Dawson's Creek. Pretty as a postcard, a Southport vacation rental will put you smack bang in the middle of one of North America's most stereotypically wonderful maritime spots. Sail, fish, cruise, or stroll, the seaside life is yours for the taking. Southport's got an arty vibe, all packaged up with small-town charm and a dash of briny seafaring charisma.

Things to do

Brush up on history with a visit to Old Baldy

Get a boatload of maritime heritage at the North Carolina Maritime Museum, or go behind bars (temporarily) at the South Brunswick County Jail Museum. There are plenty of cute little art galleries around, with Franklin Square Gallery one of the best known. If you're looking for an excursion that's a bit out of the ordinary, how about taking the ferry across to Bald Head Island? This quirky little island, where most residents buzz around on electric golf carts, is home to North Carolina's oldest standing lighthouse, "Old Baldy." There's a museum, along with historical tours of the island.

Activities

Sail off into the sunset with a Southport vacation rental

Water activities take center stage in salty Southport, with sailboats sweeping across the waters and fishermen throwing their lines off the pier. Even if you're not a natural sailor, it seems a shame not to try out your sea legs while you're staying at your Southport vacation rental. Why not start with a sunset cruise or a mackerel-fishing expedition? Stroll along the riverwalk, peruse the little independent shops, or just take yourself down to the pier and watch the boats go by. Come summer, Southport's renowned for its epic July 4th celebrations. Book early if you want to catch them.

Weather

Life's a breeze when you're over by the ocean

If a look at Southport's location on the Atlantic coast tells you anything, it's that you might encounter a bit of weather during your Southport vacation rental, but at least it's unlikely to be anything too dramatic. It can get pretty hot in the summer months, and reasonably humid to boot, but fortunately you've usually got that cool Atlantic breeze to take the edge off. Fall is a lot cooler, while winters can be quite cold and windy. And the presence of that big old ocean means there's always a risk of a bit of rain coming in.

Natural features

Teenage turtles out on the idyllic islands

Set on the North Carolina coast, where the Cape Fear river runs into the Atlantic Ocean, the sunsets here are a thing to behold. The area's characterized by a number of islands and beaches, of which gorgeous, sandy Oak Island beach is one of the most popular. Many of the islands are a haven for wildlife, and Bald Head Island in particular is famous for its population of endangered loggerhead sea turtles. In late summer, the tiny hatchlings emerge from their eggs on the beach and make for the water's edge, and the local rangers run (very popular) guided walks.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Southport

Fly into Wilmington, NC (ILM-Wilmington Intl.), the closest airport, located 24.9 mi (40.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR), which is 54.4 mi (87.5 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Southport?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,463 vacation rentals near Southport. From 1,337 Houses to 884 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Southport for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Southport?

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 Southport:

  • Wilmington Beach: 1,262 vacation rentals
  • Long Beach: 1,038 vacation rentals
  • Shell Island: 228 vacation rentals
  • Tranquil Harbour: 642 vacation rentals
  • Historic District: 78 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 Southport?

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

  • Southport Marina: 2,852 vacation rentals
  • North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport: 2,842 vacation rentals
  • Old Brunswick County Jail Museum: 2,810 vacation rentals
  • Franklin Square Gallery: 2,836 vacation rentals
  • Bald Head Island Information Center: 2,892 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Southport 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 Southport?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,337 Houses in Southport. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Southport include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 884 rentals available
  • Cottages: 62 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 62 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 Southport?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,034 vacation rentals with pool available in Southport. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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