Bald Head Island Resort

Bald Head Island, North Carolina, 28461, United States

Reached by ferry from Southport, this entire island bills itself as a resort though it's actually a self-contained, car-free community, complete with a grocery store, restaurants, an inn, and ample rental properties from shingled cottages to luxury homes. You can explore the semitropical island on foot, by bicycle, or in a golf cart. Climb to the top of the quaint "Old Baldy" lighthouse, visit the neighboring Smith Island Museum of History to learn about Bald Head's history, watch the loggerhead turtles, or take a guided ghost walk. The 20-minute ferry ride costs $23.50 per person round-trip; for most of the year, it leaves Southport's Deep Point Marina on the hour and BHI on the half hour. Discounted tickets are available for same-day trips originating on the island. Advance reservations are necessary for the ferry and resort.


  • friendly small-town feel
  • secluded and quiet
  • lots of natural areas
  • children's programs


  • island is accessible only by ferry
  • no cars allowed on the island
  • activities at the island's recreation clubs are not available to all accommodations


Phones: 910-457–5000 | 800-432–7368 | 910-457–5003-for ferry reservations


16 rooms, 195 condos, villas, and cottages
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted No meals