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Oak Island Beaches

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Discover the beauty of Oak Island, NC, with its expansive 10-mile stretch of pristine beaches along the 12-mile island! Although the shoreline is one continuous expanse of sand, locals often categorize it into three distinct sections: Caswell Beach, East Beach, and West Beach. Thanks to its distinctive southward-facing shoreline, visitors enjoy stunning views of both sunrise and sunset over the ocean, all from the same sandy stretch!

Oak Island Beach Access

Accessing the beach is very convenient from 65 public beach access points. Check out the beach locations on the Oak Island Government site.

Oak Island Parking

Paid parking is in effect from April 1 – September 30 between the hours of 9AM and 5PM. All other days and times are not charged. For a complete list of all parking information, visit the Oak Island Parking Information page.

Property Location Descriptions


Oceanfront homes put you right on the beach. These beachfront homes feature either direct private or semi-private access walkways, allowing convenient entry to the beach. Please note that the distance to the beach may vary, with some access points requiring a longer walk than others.

Second Row

These homes are located only one row back from the ocean. Many offer incredible views and all have easy, convenient beach access. The beach is just a short walk away and accessed by a community access point. Distance to the water, beach access and views vary per location.

Beach Walk

Vacation rentals with this location classification are anything located between the third row and Oak Island Drive. Many of these homes are located on quiet residential streets. Views of the oean will vary by location.


These vacation rentals are situated just a brief drive from the nearest beach access and are located in the wooded interior section of Oak Island. They serve as an excellent choice for vacationers seeking proximity to a public boat ramp, ensuring swift access to nearby fishing and kayaking opportunities.


When hunting for the perfect vacation rental for your group, remember that there are homes with waterfront settings beyond those on the beach strand. Explore options along the Intracoastal Waterway, where rentals may offer private docks, ideal for fishing or docking a boat.


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