Fodor's Expert Review Bald Head Island Resort

Bald Head Island, North Carolina, 28461, USA Fodor's Choice

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 Bald Head Island on the half hour. Advance reservations are necessary for the ferry and resort.


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


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




Phones: 877-344–7370 | 910-457–5003-for ferry reservations


63 rooms, 200 units
Rate Includes: $85–$125 for guest members with golf privileges, 18 holes, 6,823 yds, par 72; guest club membership fees for those staying on island start at $65 per week, No meals

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