Known as the “Gem of the Brunswick Islands”, Ocean Isle Beach has a current year-round population of 426 and a vibrant seasonal vacation population. Located along the popular coastal corridor between Wilmington, North Carolina and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Ocean Isle Beach is connected to the mainland by a modern bridge spanning marsh savannas. The beach runs east to west, offers a fishing pier, public boat launch facility, direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway, and beach paths every 500 feet (150 m).
Established with a long history of traditional family vacations, seasonal festivals, sports fishing, quaint eateries and stories, and friendly residents, Ocean Isle Beach is lined with charming family cottages. Ingram Planetarium offers an 85-seat domed theater with learning experiences on astronomy, energy, navigation, and space exploration. The Museum of Coastal Carolina offers family oriented activities with dioramas on coastal life, touch tank, and a science hall. Inland neighborhoods and communities offer planned cottage style living with on-site amenities and private beach clubs. There are over 110 local golf courses from Wilmington to Myrtle Beach, along with boutique shopping, malls, medical facilities, international airports, interstate highways.