OAK ISLAND, N.C. -- We round out our “Beaches on the Cheap” series with a beach you suggested to us on Facebook: Oak Island.
With 65 public beach accesses, parks and water sports, it’s no wonder USA Today called it a “top” beach destination in the country.
With no high-rises, you’ll have perfect unobstructed views of the ocean. Hotels are reasonable with 3-stars averaging about $100 of your $150 budget.
When you’re not enjoying the pristine beaches less than 20 minutes away is the Southport Waterfront Market. Every Wednesday, you can enjoy live music and indulge in local foods under ancient oaks.
While you’re in Southport, how about this for unique and educational: the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plan Visitors Center. Here, you can see interactive exhibits about electricity and nuclear power.
For good eats, a top rated BBQ on Yelp: Barbecue House, where a pint of ‘cue, coleslaw, beans, four buns, two orders of hush puppies and a gallon of iced tea is just $23.99!
Russell’s Restaurant is a good option for good, old fashioned breakfast and comfort foods. A complete dinner of meat loaf, mac n’ cheese, collards, dessert and drink costs just $7.29-- a delicious way to end your cheap vacation to the beach!
Southport/Oak Island Chamber:
Nuclear Power Exhibits:
Southport Waterfront Market:
Russell’s Place Restaurant: