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Tijuca Tower on the Beach: a Bald Head Island Icon

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Tijuca Tower is a landmark on Bald Head Island, one of two towers that mark a beach access in the Harbour Village. The award-winning towers, designed by two of the most prominent architects on the island, have been featured in books on southern coastal architecture and in such magazines as Metropolitan Home and Fine Homebuilding.

Tijuca is conveniently located, a short walk to the restaurants, ferry terminal, marina and other conveniences of the Harbour Village. It has spectacular views out to the ocean and down the South Carolina coast. By day, you can watch ships make their way up the Cape Fear River, toward the port of Wilmington, the same shipping lane Union warships enclosed by blockade during the Civil War. At night, you can see a long line of twinkling lights on the distant coast. You can also see the beacons of two lighthouses. The sound of lapping surf is distinct in both bedrooms when the windows are open.

The top floor of the tower provides 360-degree views across the island and ocean. With windows on every side, there are many varied and beautiful and changing water views, of the ocean, river, harbor and the extensive marshes of Bald Head, not to mention magical sunrises and sunsets. The tower bedroom, with its walls of windows, is about the highest habitable spot in the village. The master bedroom has a queen sized bed and private 2-compartment bathroom with grooming table and jetted tub with shower.

On the second floor, there is a living and dining area with large French doors that open out onto a spacious deck with views across the dunes and up and down the beach - a great spot for morning coffee or cocktails watching the sun set over the water. There are two porch rockers and a 41" round dining table with seating for four or five on the deck. There is a separate small but complete U-shaped kitchen in the southeast corner of the second floor. The window above the sink looks out over the marina and Old Baldy lighthouse. Cooks will appreciate the well-equipped kitchen with professional utensils such as tri-ply stainless steel cookware and amenities such as filtered insta-hot and cold water. Appliances include toaster oven, mixer, blender, hand blender, food processor, electric griddle, electric drip coffee pot, microwave, refrigerator with separate freezer with ice-maker, electric range, and custom-paneled, quiet stainless steel dishwasher. The kitchen and dining area are separated by a specially-designed mahogany base cabinet and upper glass-doored hanging cabinets, all of which can be accessed from both the kitchen and dining room sides.

The first floor is comprised of a bathroom with tiled shower and stacked full-size washer/dryer, a large bedroom, and a separate screened porch, which leads to an outside patio surrounded by a rosemary hedge. The porch is rustically furnished with two wicker chairs and two adirondack chairs, and there are hammock hooks for the sleeping hammock that lives on a hook in the corner of the bedroom. The bedroom has a comfortable king-sized bed that can be made into extra long singles. The bed is typically set up as a king; request should be made ahead of time if the twin set-up is desired.

The entire house has antique pine oiled floors and the walls are made of tongue and groove bead board. The furnishings are a combination of wicker, antiques and custom designed pieces. Natural-fiber high-count sheets and bed coverings are used on the beds.

There is a 4-person golf cart with garage storage and charging station. There are 2 adult bicycles, 4 beach chairs, a beach umbrella and various beach toys in the garage.

Swimming is right at hand, down an adjacent wooden boardwalk to the beach. The house also has its own private outdoor shower, with water views and hot and cold water.

Even wider ocean beaches with high surf, some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast, are a short golf cart ride away. Tijuca Tower is certainly the best perch from which to view and experience the beauty of Bald Head Island. One recent guest described a stay in the tower this way in a guest book entry: 'Words cannot describe how absolutely perfect our long weekend was here on Bald Head Island. What a fantastic cottage for such a beautiful, peaceful, amazing place. We enjoyed every moment and cannot wait to return.'

Technology in the house includes:

• Unlimited long distance calls to USA and Canada

• High speed WIFI throughout home

• Flat screen TV with extended basic cable in the living room and upstairs bedroom

• Both TVs have an HDMI outlet for streaming from your computer, so bring an HDMI cable - also available at hardware store on the island.

The house is available for rent all year, and visitors from colder northern states often remark on the mild and temperate conditions that prevail early in the spring and very late into fall, when rates are discounted.

All guests are offered the option to purchase temporary memberships to the Shoals Club (a beach club with pool, bar, and dining located at Cape Fear, the southeastern tip of the island) and/or the BHI Country Club (for golf, tennis, croquet, fitness center, pool, snack bar, playground, bar and dining).

Saturday to Saturday rental during peak seasons. Sorry, no pets.

Keywords: A three-story oceanfront tower


During the peak summer season, the ferry/tram reservations fill up before the season begins. It is CRITICAL that you book and confirm your ferry and tram reservations for your check-in and check-out days as soon as you book your stay.

Call (910) 457-5003 (mainland ferry reservations) and provide the home address when making the reservations: 3 Row Boat Row in the Harbour Village. (FYI, Island ferry office phone is (910) 457-5006). When you make your reservation, you should receive a confirmation number. The ferry ticket covers the ferry ride and tram service to and from your place on the island. It is best to confirm your reservation just prior to arrival and departure days just to make sure everything is in order. Please note that there are baggage limits on the ferry.

The ferry to Bald Head Island leaves from Deep Point Marina in Southport, located at 1301 Ferry Rd., Southport, NC.

For information about the ferry schedules, baggage limits, parking and other island information, check out or other web sites about the island.

Tijuca Tower

Check-in time: 4:00 PM day of arrival

Check-out time: 10:00 AM day of departure

More Details

Dan Costa and Margot Costa
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, Portuguese and some French and Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2017

About Dan Costa and Margot Costa

Tijuca Tower is owned by Dan Costa, a Boston architect, and his sister, Margot Costa. The two fell in love with the island and began building a home there after Dan became involved in Bald Head residential developments. Among his many projects is the design of the prominent Shoals Club at Cape Fear.

The owners lived in Brazil for many years as children. Their family made weekly excursions to Barra da Tijuca - a beautiful beach near Rio de Janeiro. The house is named after this beach. Dan designed the coffee table in the living room to hold

sand that Margot collected from Tijuca Beach as the home was being built; all but one of the shells in the coffee table were found on Bald Head's very own East Beach.

Dan Costa and Margot Costa purchased this house in 1996


Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Wilmington, NC (ILM)
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Mojo's - on the marina
Nearest Ferry
0.4 Miles
On the other side of the marina
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Bald Head Island Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Mojo's - on the marina
Nearest Beach
You're there

Fishing from the beachfront is excellent; long beach walks are possible, starting from the beach in front of the house; beautiful sunset views from 2nd floor deck; across the street from the NW corner of the marina; walking distance to ferry, bars and restaurants, ice cream shop, surf/canoe/bicycle/cart rentals, Village Chapel, Old Baldy lighthouse and museum, post office, town hall and association center.


Bald Head Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Washer and dryer located in this bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , 2-compartment master bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , Enclosed outdoor shower with H/C water and views
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , top floor master bedroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 1 king bed convertible to 2 extra-long twins on first floor
  • King size beds (1)( convertible to extra-long twins), Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
House is ON THE BEACH with access via an adjacent wooden boardwalk and has magnificent 360 degree views.


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Tijuca Tower on the Beach: a Bald Head Island Icon
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 19 reviews
Wake Forest, NC

A little slice of heaven with breathtaking views

  • 5 of 5

We cannot say enough great things about our first stay here on Bald Head Island.

The owner was so patient and gracious to answer my endless questions and provide tips for this first stay.

The Tijuca Tower was everything we could have wanted. Cottage style. Chefs kitchen and amazing views of the sunset.

Our favorite memories were just as much in this slice of heaven as it was experience all of the amazing things Bald Head has to offer.

We loved walking the beach in the morning with our daughters. Coming back to sit on the deck for coffee and breakfast. Play board games at the table. Before jumping in the golf cart and exploring the island and beaches.

Coming back for the sunsets on the deck was key. We rarely ate dinner out because we loved the tower so much!!!!

Thank you for a wonderful stay.

We will definitely be returning!

Hopefully for two weeks next time!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Views!

  • 5 of 5

We had another amazing stay at Tijuca Tower. The views are just stunning and the home is well equipped with everything you may need on vacation!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greensboro, NC

As advertised....Best view on the island and the house is perfect for a small family

  • 5 of 5

Here is what we loved:

- Host are very accommodating, value customer service and went above and beyond to help us on our first trip to Bald Head Island. They know the ins and outs and are transparent in sharing information.

- Very few houses on this side of the island.... You basically share a half mile of each with just a few families

- House is well stocked with beach chairs, umbrellas, boards, grill, golf cart, bikes, kitchen utensils....very little you have to bring

- Great golf cart.... We spent much of the time just riding around

- Best porch view... You can just sit and watch boats and cargo ships all day

- Beds are firm but sleep well

- Nice privacy in the house... 1 bedroom on 1st floor and master on 3rd floor

- You can walk easily to the marina, kayaking, restaurants, shops, etc

- Shoals club membership was fantastic and you can get there quickly on a golf cart(10 min on fast golf cart)... Sign up was simple

- If you love old movies and reading they have a library of options

- Favorite part of house - listening to rain hit the tin roof at night

- Loved the hammock

Thanks for a great time.... The island will be our new permanent summer vacation spot.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Saint Louis, MO

Tijuca Tower: A Very Special Place

  • 5 of 5

Great things come in small packages, and Tijuca Tower is a perfect example. It is a great place for a small family or two couples. Every room has a spectacular view of either the marina or the Cape Fear River. We loved sitting on the rocking chairs on the deck, wine in hand, watching the sunsets over the water, and catching all the boat action ... from the Bald Head Island ferry to sail boats to giant container ships. At night, the Oak Island lighthouse beacon shines from across the water. In the morning, pelicans would fly over the deck so close you could almost touch them.

The furnishings were extremely comfortable and reminded us of something you would find on Nantucket Island. The kitchen was extremely well organized and better stocked than our much larger one at home. We found ourselves cooking dinner more than we might typically on vacation, because the kitchen was so well equipped and we didn't want to miss a single sunset! We have stayed at many places on the island, and Tijuca is one of our favorites! It is truly a very special place and we hope to return soon!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charlottesville, VA

Beautiful home with Wonderful Views!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent home for a family of 4 with a prime location on the West Beach with close proximity to all of the restaurants, market and ferry. Tram reservations are really not necessary with this home being so close to the ferry. This makes getting on and off the island so much easier and faster.

The house is well designed, decorated and has everything that you will need on your vacation.

Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Little slice of heaven...

  • 5 of 5

We have been staying at Bald head island for years..this was the first time staying at tijuca tower..cannot say enough good things across the board on this home..quintessential architect built home..amazing views and ease of location..owners/agency couldn't be more accommodating to our requests..planning on renting again and again!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

reservation fee $75
cleaning/linens $205
Tax Rate 12.75%

Check-in time: 4:00 pm.
Check-out time: 10 am.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

A reservation deposit of 50% of the rental rate is required to confirm a reservation. The balance of the entire rental amount including fees and taxes must be received at least 30 days prior to check-in date. Payments are not refundable but may be refunded if the house is re-rented for the time period reserved. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.