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This picturesque harbor town is such a looker that Hollywood keeps coming back to it, whether for rom-coms like Safe Haven or slashers like I Know What You Did Last Summer. And that's before we get onto Dawson's Creek. Pretty as a postcard, a Southport vacation rental will put you smack bang in the middle of one of North America's most stereotypically wonderful maritime spots. Sail, fish, cruise, or stroll, the seaside life is yours for the taking. Southport's got an arty vibe, all packaged up with small-town charm and a dash of briny seafaring charisma.

Things to do

Brush up on history with a visit to Old Baldy

Get a boatload of maritime heritage at the North Carolina Maritime Museum, or go behind bars (temporarily) at the South Brunswick County Jail Museum. There are plenty of cute little art galleries around, with Franklin Square Gallery one of the best known. If you're looking for an excursion that's a bit out of the ordinary, how about taking the ferry across to Bald Head Island? This quirky little island, where most residents buzz around on electric golf carts, is home to North Carolina's oldest standing lighthouse, "Old Baldy." There's a museum, along with historical tours of the island.


Sail off into the sunset with a Southport vacation rental

Water activities take center stage in salty Southport, with sailboats sweeping across the waters and fishermen throwing their lines off the pier. Even if you're not a natural sailor, it seems a shame not to try out your sea legs while you're staying at your Southport vacation rental. Why not start with a sunset cruise or a mackerel-fishing expedition? Stroll along the riverwalk, peruse the little independent shops, or just take yourself down to the pier and watch the boats go by. Come summer, Southport's renowned for its epic July 4th celebrations. Book early if you want to catch them.


Life's a breeze when you're over by the ocean

If a look at Southport's location on the Atlantic coast tells you anything, it's that you might encounter a bit of weather during your Southport vacation rental, but at least it's unlikely to be anything too dramatic. It can get pretty hot in the summer months, and reasonably humid to boot, but fortunately you've usually got that cool Atlantic breeze to take the edge off. Fall is a lot cooler, while winters can be quite cold and windy. And the presence of that big old ocean means there's always a risk of a bit of rain coming in.

Natural features

Teenage turtles out on the idyllic islands

Set on the North Carolina coast, where the Cape Fear river runs into the Atlantic Ocean, the sunsets here are a thing to behold. The area's characterized by a number of islands and beaches, of which gorgeous, sandy Oak Island beach is one of the most popular. Many of the islands are a haven for wildlife, and Bald Head Island in particular is famous for its population of endangered loggerhead sea turtles. In late summer, the tiny hatchlings emerge from their eggs on the beach and make for the water's edge, and the local rangers run (very popular) guided walks.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Southport

The nearest airport is in Myrtle Beach Intl. Airport (MYR), located 54.4 mi (87.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Wilmington Intl. Airport (ILM), which is 24.7 mi (39.7 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Southport?

From lavish houses to intimate cabins, Vrbo has properties to match all tastes and budgets. Here are some of the top vacation rentals in Southport:

  • "Southport Waterfront": If you're searching for a comfy living space in Brunswick County, this escape won't disappoint. It offers 2 bedrooms and quality amenities including nearby museums and a TV.
  • "Sis’s Cottage - Southport, Nc": Located in Mediterranean Sea, this home away from home has 3 bedrooms and plenty of handy amenities. A washing machine and a fenced pool are just a couple you'll find here.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Southport vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in or near Southport?

Punching far above its weight when it comes to character and charm, a tiny house vacation rental in Southport promises big adventure. Unplug your tech and switch your focus to outdoor fun at one of these pocket-sized escapes:

  • Take a few days off to get back to basics at "Upscale 1926 C And O Train Caboose Tiny House Minutes To Waynesville And Asheville". Located in Waynesville, nearby birdwatching activities and spa and beauty services are just a couple of the amenities included here.
  • "Tiny House Downtown New Bern" comes with a range of comforts, such as cable/satellite TV services and a microwave oven. Located in New Bern, you'll be able to live big in this small but well-designed property.

Can I find log cabins to rent in or near Southport?

Choose a gorgeous log cabin from the many scattered in or around Southport and you'll soon be inside your wooden sanctuary, drink in hand, sitting in front of a roaring fire. But adventure is right outside your door too. These cabins promise the perfect blend of comfort and fun:

  • "Cozy Lakefront Log Cabin Retreat With Pier And Kayaks": Enjoy a week unwinding at this awesome escape in nature. Once you feel refreshed, enjoy tennis or cycling, which are among the best activities in this area.
  • "Island Drive 4458 | Log Cabin At The Beach | Jacuzzi | Pet Friendly": Spend some time taking advantage of all the creature comforts at this hideaway. When it's time to get active, golf and fishing will get your blood flowing.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Southport?

Put aside those household chores, because weekends were made for fun. Get cozy at one of these weekend getaways in and near Southport and experience all the awesome things to do nearby:

  • Located 25 miles to the west of central Southport, "Beautiful Ocean Front Home With Stunning Views" is a hit with adventurous types and nature lovers. Get out and discover nearby outdoor attractions, including Smith Island Museum of History and Farmstead Golf Links. If it's activities you're interested in, try golf or sailing.
  • Alternatively, find your home away from home at "Gorgeous Top Floor - Oceanfront Luxury Condo With Garage And Elevator". Use it as a base to relax, or get active and try snorkeling and windsurfing. When you're ready to explore more of the area, visit Bald Head Island Conservancy and Olde Point Golf & Country Club. This charming vacation rental is around 25 miles northeast of Southport.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Southport?

Enjoy the vibe and culture of Southport from the comfort and privacy of a studio apartment. Whether you're planning to take a break on your own or have fun with a few pals, you'll find the perfect studio apartment for rent in or near Southport:

  • Put your bags down and your feet up at "Feel The Heartbeat Of The Ocean". Amenities including a fenced pool and air conditioning will help you feel at home here.
  • "Private Garden Cottage In The Heart Of Historic Southport" is another good choice. Make yourself comfy and take advantage of high-speed internet services, air conditioning and more.

There are loads of sights around Southport you won't want to miss. Feed your inner culture vulture and visit African American Dance Ensemble and North Carolina Theatre.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Southport?

Short-term rentals are easy to find in and around Southport. Stay for a night or two in a luxury cabin, a cozy cottage or a house that fits the whole family. Whatever sort of vacation rental you're looking for, you'll find the right place with Vrbo. Here are some of our favorites:

  • "Highest Reviews Backyard Pool" is near the heart of Southport, which means you'll have plenty of things to see and do. Explore well-known sights like Jordan Lake State Recreation Area and The Preserve at Jordan Lake when you're not kicking back in your cozy rental.
  • Hop out of bed, make a coffee and then start planning what to explore around "Gorgeous Top Floor - Oceanfront Luxury Condo With Garage And Elevator". Cloer Family Vineyards and McIntyre's Fine Books and Bookends are must-do's if you stay at this short-term rental.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Southport?

Nothing says "I love you" quite like a romantic weekend rendezvous. If you want to spend a couple of nights away with your beloved, we've got some romantic getaways in and around Southport that will set your heart aflutter:

  • Sneak off on Friday afternoon for a couple of nights of passion at "Island Dreamin': Amazing Oceanfront Home Awaits Your Escape". Located approximately 20 miles from Southport, this place comes with plenty of nice touches, like air conditioning and a balcony.
  • Otherwise, spend your mini break sipping on bubbly and canoodling at "Beautifully Restored Home In Wilmington Historic District With Pool", around 20 miles from Southport. A fireplace and outdoor furniture will help set the mood for romance.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Southport?

Browse these large group vacation rentals in or near Southport and don't worry about leaving anyone off your guest list:

  • There's plenty of room to spread out at "Island Dreamin': Amazing Oceanfront Home Awaits Your Escape". Around 20 miles northeast of Southport, this grand property has 7 bedrooms sleeping up to 19 guests. Amenities include a beach view and a nearby waterfront.
  • Nothing takes priority over spending time with the people you love, and "Beautiful Ocean Front Home With Stunning Views" makes it easy to do that. Located around 25 miles to the west of Southport, as many as 18 people can stay in this vacation rental which has 6 bedrooms. A swimming pool and a kitchen are among the various amenities on offer here.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Southport?

Nothing screams good times like a pool. Pump up your inflatable doughnut and browse these rental houses in or near Southport that feature this vacation must-have:

  • Round up your gang and enjoy a memorable stay at "Amazing Beach House - Amazing Reviews 3 Min Walk To The Beach And Pier". There's plenty to love about this getaway apart from its pool, such as a stereo and outdoor furniture.
  • "4 Bed Island Park House On Water" is the sort of place you go to leave it all behind and appreciate your surroundings, starting with its inviting pool. A garden and beach sun loungers are also on hand to make your visit as comfy as possible.

Curious what the weather's like in Southport? It has a humid subtropical climate, with average temperatures in summer ranging from 75 ºF to 85 ºF. If you're chasing a little more inspiration on places to stay in this epic destination, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to check out our entire range of Southport vacation rentals.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Southport?

Every family catch-up should be memorable. Whether you're planning some time away with the kids or a celebration with relatives, Vrbo's large family vacation rentals in or near Southport offer a home away from home with ample space for everyone:

  • Get everyone under the same roof at "Island Dreamin': Amazing Oceanfront Home Awaits Your Escape", which has 7 bedrooms sleeping up to 19 guests. This getaway is located 20 miles to the northeast of Southport and comes with amenities such as a stereo and towels.
  • Another great option is "Beautiful Ocean Front Home With Stunning Views". This property is 25 miles west of Southport and features coffee and tea making facilities, a kitchen and more. With 6 bedrooms accommodating up to 18 people, don't worry about leaving anyone off your guest list.

If you're eager to visit some family-friendly attractions around the area, you won't have to look far. North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Frankie's Fun Park and Triangle Town Center promise lots of fun for young and old.