Welcome to Oak Island, North Carolina! The locals call it “OKI” and it’s our favorite Brunswick County beach town, mainly because it’s home to The Bluffs private beach club, but also because it’s full of charm, fun AND history!
Let’s take a spin around the island, what do you say?
Oak Island Fast Facts
Folks have been vacationing and living on Oak Island since the late 1930’s and we love how tight-knit and friendly the community is. The island, comprised of the Town of Oak Island and the Town of Caswell Beach, is full of year-round
residents with stories to share and hospitality to offer. You’ll notice Oak Island’s coastal landscape is dotted with homes and quaint beach rentals, not high-rise hotels and condos.
Oak Island is 24 miles south of Wilmington, making it a short drive for folks – including our Bluffs on The Cape Fear residents – who are looking for salt air therapy. Stretching 19 square miles with 14 miles of sandy beaches, OKI offers opportunities for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, boating, beach combing, bird watching or just relaxing with sand between your toes!
Bet You Didn’t Know This About Oak Island…
1. The island is south facing: meaning, you can sit along the shoreline and capture a sunrise AND a sunset. Now, that’s a full beach day!
2. We have a lighthouse. Yep, the Oak Island Lighthouse was built in 1957. It’s 153 feet tall and to get to the top, you must take 131 steps via a series of ship’s ladders. A great way to get that cardio!
3. And, we have a Fort. Built in 1938 and named after the Revolutionary War hero and first Governor of North Carolina, Richard Caswell, Fort Caswell has played a vital role in the Civil War as well as both World Wars. It is now a retreat owned and operated by the North Carolina State Baptist Convention.
4. Variety is the spice of life and Oak Island offers three forms of it in areas described as mainland, wooded and beach.
5. Pups love walks on the beach, too! And, they are allowed off their leashes from October 15th to March 15th for plenty of wave-splashing fun!
6. OKI offers 65 public beach accesses, most with parking – making it an easily accessible, beach for the people!
The Bluffs on The Cape Fear Beach Club
One of the perks of life at The Bluffs is our private community Beach Club. Very few communities in our area offer a beach club amenity for residents and guests. At our Beach Club, folks can enjoy a day along the ocean, complete with private parking, showers and changing rooms, a kitchen and direct beach access.
We’re all about life on the water here at The Bluffs and in addition to our private Beach Club, Bluffs residents enjoy easy access to the Cape Fear River, our community lake and ponds, and resort-style pool.
Island Hopping: Hit These Oak Island Hot Spots
OKI takes pride in our local shops, restaurants, businesses and attractions that make you feel right at home! Put these ‘Hot Spots’ on your list when you visit:
1. The Oak Island Pier. Originally built more than 65 years ago, it was rebuilt and reopened in 2019. Fun fact – it’s NC’s highest pier! From fishing to watching
sunrises and sunsets, the Pier is the place to be!
2. Bar-B-Que House. Three beachside locations and one fantastic, award-winning BBQ meal! They hickory smoke their ‘que on site, everyday! You’ll love their
homemade sauces, sides and more. Locals and vacationers love this place, so give it a try!
3. OKI Scoop Shop & Donuts. Homemade ice cream AND cooked-to-order donuts together under one roof?! What else do we need to say here, really?! It’s the hangout spot – go give it a try.
4. Sunset Slush. We love Sunset Slush so much we bring their slushy cart to our Bluffs pool party events! It’s the finest, most flavorful authentic Italian Ice around – great flavors that are perfect to cool you down on a sunny beach day.
5. Turtle Island. A local’s favorite for casual dining in a tropical setting with great, Caribbean-inspired seafood, as well as steaks, chicken, pork, salads and appetizers. You will love the full bar and live entertainment, too!
6. Fish House Restaurant. What a view! Located on the ICW at Blue Water Point Marina on the west end of the Island. Amazing sunsets and outdoor dining is a must! It’s a local’s spot for great seafood, steak, chicken, pasta, homemade desserts! Live entertainment during the summer, too!
7. The Point. The very tip of the west end of the Island is called “The Point.” This park is ideal for beach combing and catching epic sunsets. Grab your chair, a book and the view will definitely take care of itself.
Living The Good Life, Bluffs-style
The Bluffs on the Cape Fear is the ideal private, gated community. Our offering of first-class amenities includes miles of nature and walking trails, a resort-style saltwater pool, tennis and Pickleball courts, a playground, stocked lake with fishing pier with available kayaks for your use, a
lakefront clubhouse, and, of course – our private beach club! We’re golf cart-friendly, too!
Amenities under construction include a two-acre riverfront park with dock and boat launch along The Cape Fear River and a 50-slip marina. In the near future, we’ll welcome a state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center, two more Pickleball/tennis courts and an expanded clubhouse.
New home construction is a ’buzz around the community, so if you are searching for a special community centered around nature AND water — you have found the right place. Our homesites are arguably the best value in northern Brunswick County and prices range from $80k – $350k, with beautiful, new homes from the high $300s.
Schedule a time to explore our model homes and real estate opportunities, learn more about #riverlife at The Bluffs! Call about our Discovery Package or ask questions at 910.383.2820! And, if a drive isn’t in the cards right now, we’re happy to virtually show you any of our available properties, so let us know!