Southport, North Carolina, United States

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Southport, North Carolina, United States

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Salt-washed Southport and its maritime draws

Poking out from the bottom of North Carolina, Southport is a handsome place of boardwalks, bridges, fishing shacks, and bobbing fishing trawlers. With its timber-faced homes and charming maritime character, it’s easy to see why it's been chosen as the backdrop to so many films and television series. Search for Southport vacation rentals to explore this pretty corner of northern Myrtle Beach yourself, flitting between the bustling marinas and overwater fishing piers, the beautiful sands of Bald Head Island and the wetlands along the Cape Fear River.

It's all about the water in Southport

It's Southport's location on the edge of the Cape Fear River that keeps so many folks returning for wholesome holidays in the North Carolinian sun. Boating trips across to Bald Head Island, Zeke's Island Reserve, and Caswell Beach are all on the menu, while jaunts to local aquariums and waterfront walkways are also a great way to take in the maritime character. There are a couple of great golf clubs located in the NC coastal plains too, along with a clutch of sites on the National Register of Historic Places to explore, some dating all the way back to the colonial era.

Colonial history and oceanside enjoyments in Southport

Hop across the waters of the Cape Fear River to wonder at the wildlife that abounds in this beautiful wetland area on the edge of North Carolina. You could make Fort Fisher your destination, to visit the North Carolina Aquarium, or see military exhibits chronicling famous 1865 sea battles from the Civil War. If you’ve got Southport vacation rentals close to the bustling fishing piers and harbor of the town center, you can also while away your days learning all about the seafaring past of the Cape Fear region in the Southport Maritime Museum, or munching on local seafood delicacies in the chowder kitchens.

Beach weather at the ready in Southport

This coastal section of North Carolina is usually at its best between the end of spring and the start of summer. That's when the warmer daytime temperatures kick in, and before the sultry hurricane season brings storms to bear on the Eastern Seaboard. Look for Southport vacation rentals in late April, May, and June to be in with the top beach weather for lazing on the sands of Caswell, and the finest boating weather, for those long trips across the waterways of the Cape Fear River.

Coastal plains and Atlantic barrier islands in Southport

Southport town hides behind the barrier islands on North Carolina's Cape Fear. To its back, low-lying coastal plains roll out, while the wide channels of the Cape Fear River delineate the city and its marinas to the south and east. The most remarkable natural wonders beckon on the oceanside, popping up in the form of salt-washed Bald Head Island and its yellow-sand beachfronts, or with the boardwalk-topped sands of Caswell to the south. Meanwhile, the protected reserves of Zeke’s Island are your chance to spot rare white ibises and dunlins between the marshes.