Oak Island is the largest beach community in North Carolina and features the largest commercial district of all the Brunswick County islands. This island offers more than 50 public beach accesses, several boat ramps, recreational areas and a skate park. The Town of Oak Island has an active Sea Turtle Protection Program and the beaches are a focal point for the protection of sea turtle nesting and habitats. The town’s Recreation Department also features a turtle display in their Ocean Education Center. A barrier island attached to the mainland by a bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway, Oak Island has everything you need for a relaxing vacation. Home to just 525 year-round residents, Oak Island offers a quiet family beach atmosphere with quaint shops and restaurants serving up mouth-watering regional cuisine. You’ll find oceanfront resorts and inns offering a variety of lodging options.