The Town of Oak Island is in the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area in the southeastern section of Brunswick County, North Carolina, and is 30 miles south of Wilmington. It is a family and pet friendly seaside beach community which is bordered on the south by the Atlantic Ocean. It is primarily on the barrier Oak Island and north of the bridge extends onto the mainland. There is a total area of 19.9 square miles with 18.5 square miles land including thousands of undeveloped acres, 1.4 square miles of water, and approximately 12 miles of coastline.
The official 2010 census showed 6,783 residents, but being a tourist destination, it has an average summer population of 30,000 to 50,000.
Zillow's data through July 31, 2017, shows that the median home value was $229,600, having gone up 6.5 percent over the last year and predicting a rise 4.7 percent within the coming year.
Oak Island has one primary and secondary school, and there are several other school districts near Oak Island.
The town boasts of having 65 public beach accesses, fishing piers and docks, boat ramps and many access points to the Davis Canal and the Intracoastal Waterway. It is the ideal location for fishing, crabbing, kayaking, and other water activities.
There is a municipal golf course, eight parks, baseball and football fields, a dog park, a skate park, an oceanfront cabana with an observation deck, and much more. You can see cargo ships going in and out of the Cape Fear River Basin, take a ferry to see an aquarium, and during the summer you may see turtle nests and hatchings.
Make a reservation if you want to climb to the top and see for miles. The climb inside is up challenging ship ladders, but the personable guides are ready to guide you through the seven levels with 17 steps each. You also get a short talk on the workings of the lighthouse. A fee is not charged, and there is free parking, but they do appreciate donations.
If you walk to the beach, you cross wooden bridges and can enjoy the scenery of the salt marshes, spot water birds in their natural habitat and possibly some other wildlife or people launching canoes and kayaks, take beautiful pictures, and watch a beautiful sunset.
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