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Destination guide

Seaside splendor at Bald Head Island vacation home rentals

Now quiet and tranquil, Bald Head Island has been at the center of events twice in its history: once in the Revolutionary War and again during the Civil War, when it was a Confederate fort controlling shipping. Thankfully, it’s now a peaceful vacation destination with 14 miles of pristine beaches; perfect for a great family-friendly getaway with quality Bald Head Island vacation rentals. Here, you can leave your car behind on the mainland before taking the 20-minute ferry trip to this exquisite island vacation destination. With no cars on the island, transportation is limited to golf carts, bikes, or your own two feet!

History

Historic sites near Bald Head Island vacation homes

Bald Head Island boasts numerous historic sites to delight the history buff. Vacation rentals are available near fascinating locations like the Oak Island Lighthouse, a concrete lighthouse with tours up to the balcony, and the Smith Island Museum of History, a local maritime history museum with a recreated lighthouse-keeper’s cottage. You'll also like Fort Caswell, a brick gun battery ruin site with period buildings of a coastal fortress.

Things to do

Places to visit near your Bald Head Island summer rental

There are so many great attractions on Bald Head Island. Step out of your vacation home into a family-friendly world where you can relax and even learn a new skill. From surfing and paddleboarding to sailing, qualified instructors will help you get started. Or why not bike or hike around the island? Its gentle terrain offers cyclists an easy pedal and is ideal for family walks. Take a trip to historic Old Baldy Lighthouse or the Bald Head Woods Maritime Forest Preserve, which offers tranquil walks through the woods under a canopy of trees.

Activities

Activities near Bald Head Island vacation homes

Bald Head Island vacation rentals are superb bases for accessing the island’s beautiful beaches, which just beg you to build sandcastles, stroll, take a swim, or slowly unwind from the stresses of daily life. Beach equipment, including umbrellas, chairs, and beach games like bocce can be rented. You can also choose to take part in a more physical activity like paddleboarding or kayaking among the many creeks and inlets, or flying high and skimming the waves on a kiteboard. Take the opportunity to experience the joy of sailing during your visit. Whether you're a new or seasoned sailor, there’s something for you.

Weather

Climate for your stay in Bald Head Island vacation homes

Bald Head Island has a subtropical climate, and is the northernmost point in the U.S.A. where sabal palms grow naturally. Influenced by the waters of the nearby Gulf Stream, the weather is generally mild all year round, and each of the four seasons brings its own distinct pleasures. During the summer, temperatures can reach 91°F in July, which is the hottest month. Temperatures are still fairly mild in winter, at around 59°F in January.

Natural features

Bald Head Island—a remarkable natural environment

Bald Head Island is the southernmost of North Carolina’s cape islands. It’s also the northernmost subtropical environment on the East Coast. Bald Head Island vacation rentals will bring you close to nearly 200 species of birds, dolphins, loggerhead turtles, alligators, deer, foxes, and an amazing variety of fish. And with 10,000 of the island’s 12,000 acres set aside as nature preserves, it’ll be a tough choice deciding which to explore first. Explore the ocean beaches on foot, glide in a kayak, or canoe on the tidal creek, or wander in the maritime forest with its enchanting mix of foliage.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Bald Head Island

The nearest airport is in Wilmington, NC (ILM-Wilmington Intl.), located 27.9 mi (44.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR), which is 54.4 mi (87.5 km) away.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation rentals in Bald Head Island

Bald Head Island is the ideal destination for a couple’s retreat. Vacation homes are close to places like Cape Fear, a prominent headland with a historic lighthouse and sandy beaches, and Zeke’s Island Reserve, a coastal nature preserve in a secluded setting with fishing, boating, and beach activities. You'll also like Dutchman Creek Park, a recreation area with piers for fishing and boat access.

How many vacation rentals are available around Bald Head Island, NC?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 270 vacation rentals around Bald Head Island. From 208 house rentals to 20 villa rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Bald Head Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bald Head Island:

  • South Beach: 80 vacation rentals
  • Cape Fear Station: 37 vacation rentals
  • West Beach: 105 vacation rentals
  • Middle Island Plantation: 76 vacation rentals
  • Sabal Palm Cottages: 121 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Bald Head Island?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Bald Head Island. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bald Head Island Conservancy: 2,475 vacation rentals
  • Bald Head Island Country Club: 2,617 vacation rentals
  • Smith Island Museum of History: 2,610 vacation rentals
  • Bald Head Island Lighthouse: 2,610 vacation rentals
  • Kent Mitchell Nature Trail: 2,538 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bald Head Island listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Bald Head Island?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 208 Houses in Bald Head Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bald Head Island include:

  • Villas: 20 rentals available
  • Cottages: 11 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 18 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bald Head Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 124 vacation rentals with pool available in Bald Head Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.