Bald Head Island Resort

Bald Head Island, North Carolina, 28461, USA

Reached by ferry from Southport, this entire 12,000-acre island bills itself as a resort though it's actually a self-contained, car-free community, complete with a grocery store, restaurants, marina, a 50-room hotel, a 13-room B&B, two "country clubs," and the gorgeous 18-hole George Cobb golf course. There are scores of rental properties from shingled cottages to luxury homes. You can explore the semitropical island and its 12 miles of beaches 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 $22 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. Advance reservations are necessary for the ferry and resort.

PROS

  • friendly small-town feel
  • secluded and quiet
  • lots of natural areas and 12 miles of beaches
  • no cars allowed on island

CONS

  • island is accessible only by ferry
  • very expensive
  • activities at the island's recreation clubs are not available to all accommodations

Location

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Views, Family
Casual
Remote
Luxurious Retreat

HOTEL INFO

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

HOTEL DETAILS

63 rooms, 200 units
Rate Includes: 18 holes, 6,823 yards, par 72; $85–$125 for 18 holes including cart for guest members with golf privileges; guest club membership fees for those staying on island start at $65 per week; pro shop, lessons, restaurant, bar, putting green, driving range, No meals

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