Bald Head Island Travel Guide

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Bald Head Island Things to Do

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    by changeinlatitude Updated Aug 16, 2006

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    If you really want to experience the beauty of the island. Take a bike ride. Everything is up close and personal and so nice. If it is a hot day, take the Federal Road. Most of the way you are shaded with a canapy of trees. If the place you are staying does not have bikes, you can rent them at Island Passage. We had a couple, but rented an extra for the week for only $60.

    If you aren't up for biking, take the golf cart out on the same road and go into middle island. There the island is mostly in it's natural habitat. I believe the road that we went on was Cape Road, but not sure. You get to it off of East Beach and it is off to the left. The road goes way back into the island and turns into a gravel road. They are building out there, but it is still pretty wild.

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    • Cycling
    • Beaches
    • Family Travel

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Bald Head Island Hotels

  • Bald Head Island Resort

    6 Marina Wynd, Bald Head Island, North Carolina, 28461, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Marsh Harbour Inn

    This facility is poorly managed and/or understaffed. They have been unable to close on reservations...

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Bald Head Island Restaurants

  • Great Food

    We just got back from Bald Head on Sunday 08/12/06. Eb & Flo's was wonderful. No matter what you get on the menu you will enjoy it very much. As always, the service was great and the atmosphere nice and casual. A Must when you visit Bald Head.Just a tip, they are closed every Wednesday. Calamari

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  • Buggy

    We couldn't sit outside because we were eaten alive by no-see-ums. Service was poor - slow and the food was cold when we got it. They only gave us one cracker and one non-plastic knife. This restaurant is closed in the winter.The website says: For roll-up-your-sleeves casual dining, an open-air harbourside pavilion called Eb & Flo’s specializes in...

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  • Limited number of restaurants on the...

    I'm not sure if we ate in the Dining Room of the Bald Head Island Club ..offers an elegant atmosphere and extensive menu, which includes char-grilled steaks, an array of pasta presentations, regional seafood specialties, and an excellent selection of premium wines. For a more casual atmosphere, the Club Lounge features a grill menu and a...

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Bald Head Island Nightlife

  • by Roadboy Written Oct 4, 2002

    Your back porch with a drink or whatever as the sun sets. (No really, there is no night life in Bald Head. Southport maybe, but not Bald Head
    Quiet. Lots of it.

    Dress Code: Absolutely anything you want (or don't want) to wear.

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Bald Head Island Transportation

  • Transportation Information

    I have included the website for Bald Head so you can get all of the transportaion information you need for your trip. This site is a great site. You can get all the phone numbers you need to set up your trip, and see a list of amenities and activities and rentals.If you are renting a house on the island, make sure that a golf cart is included. If...

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  • Ferry Boat Access

    I have only been to Bald Head on our own boat. If you don't have a boat, you will have to take the ferry. The website says: "A pleasant 20-minute passenger ferry ride transports you from the ferry terminal at Indigo Plantation and Marina in historic Southport, N.C. to the harbour at Bald Head Island, a distance of two nautical miles." I'm not sure...

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  • It is no small feat to get the...

    It is no small feat to get the logistics of getting to and from the island handled. You fly into Wilmington NC and take a transport bus (which you prearrange) to the ferry crossing (You can take a cab but the cost is quite a bit higher). Then you check in on the mainland side of the ferry, your luggage is loaded onto carts for you (which you also...

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Bald Head Island Local Customs

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    by changeinlatitude Written Aug 16, 2006

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    This is a very nice, quiet, family oriented island and most residents and visitors come here for that reason. While there may be a few roudy ones once in a while, the local police do keep them in check.

    Enjoy the relaxing, quiet atmosphere!!!

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    • Family Travel
    • Beaches
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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Bald Head Island Warnings and Dangers

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    by changeinlatitude Written Aug 16, 2006

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    Oh, you better believe there are active ones on the island. Most can be found in the lagoons on the golf courses, so if you loose a ball in the woods, you might leave if for the crocks to play with. The largest one we have seen was about 4 - 5 feet.

    Don't mess with them and they won't mess with you.

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Family Travel

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Bald Head Island Tourist Traps

  • by Roadboy Written Oct 4, 2002

    The gift shops near the marina aren't great, but thery're no worse than any other anywhere. The one at the other end of the island is better.

    >Don't rent a car. You won't need it and the parking lot cost is outrageous.

    >If you drive, park at the Wal-Mart or somewhere else and get a cab to take you to the ferry.

    >A small cab company can pick you up and drop you off at the ferry almost anytime. That gives you access to The bars, restaurants, and the 10,000,000 square foot brightly lit, brand new 24 hour Super Wal-Mart. (When you're packing, remember that this is available).

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Bald Head Island What to Pack

  • by Roadboy Written Oct 4, 2002

    Luggage and bags: I would take only a few bags and not fine leather ones. This is a place to relax

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Everything is casual except the country club. See www.baldheadisland.com for details. I would bring windbreaker kind of stuff, and some rain gear. I would bring no more than one 'nice' outfit - Blazer/tie for men, equivilant for women. Shorts and long pants, Teva's or something like it for walking on the beach.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Standard stuff, everything is provided.

    Photo Equipment: For almost everone, I would just bring the standard stuff. You can't take pictures of turtles at night with a flash. If you are a real life nature photographer, I would suggest infrared filters and an infrared filter for your flash to take pictures of the little turtles as they whip down to the ocean. If you use a regular flash of white light, over a hundred volunteers will decend on you and beat you with 'save the turtles' brochures and you will pay a huge fine.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bug spray. Of the seven days I only needed it for one afternoon. Most of the time there was a mild breeze which was great, but for a few hours one afternoon the wind died down to nothing and I was surrounded by biting houseflies. After I applied about 1/8 inch thick coating of insect repellent they stopped biting and just swarmed around me. It seemed pretty funny, but I think by that time the Deet in the insect repellent made its way into my bloodstream and I was a little high on it.

    Miscellaneous: Buy beach chairs at the Wal-Mart on the mainland if the house you're renting doesn't have them.

    Also, Just like any house/cabin/condo rental you need to buy food, laundry soap, paper towel, etc. I suggest the Wal-Mart, although there is a grocery on the island.

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Bald Head Island Off The Beaten Path

  • by Roadboy Written Oct 4, 2002

    I was able to walk on the beach for 3 1/2 hours without seeing another person. I never did get to a building either.

    The island is a nature preserve, each year turtles lay their eggs and you can watch the nests hatch and the babies go to the sea (August & September I think). The surf fishing for Bluefish in the fall is excellent and I eventually lost count of how many I caught (14-16 in.). The island is at the confluence of the Atlantic and the Cape Fear river and the waves at the point seem to go vertically out to sea. Shell collecting is also top notch, among those collected intact conch, sand dollars, and a seahorse (yes, I know that's not a shell). Golfers sometimes have to wait for alligators to get off the greens before continuing. More than a few unleashed pets have 'disappeared.'

    There are thousands of birds, reptiles, and yes, insects. Look around.

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Bald Head Island Sports & Outdoors

  • Ecological Golf

    SInce I don't play golf, I did not realize that there was even a golf course on the island, although probably the fact that you go everywhere here by golf cart should have alerted me to the possibility. I'll probably suggest this to my BIL who plays golf when he wants me to suggest another island where he can play golf.There is a review which says:...

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  • MM 308.5 Bald Head Island Marina

    We will probably not return to this marina.Their website says:slips range in size from 30-60’ transient dockage for yachts to 115 feet 8' draft at MLW new bathhouse with restrooms, showers and laundry ice-free basin lighted entrance channel 30 & 50 amp electric hook-ups gas and diesel fuel cable TV access with some slips convenience store, gift...

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Bald Head Island Favorites

  • by Roadboy Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: See and climb to the top of 'Old Baldy' the 1800's lighthouse. The interior is filled with wooden staircases and plaster chipping off brick. It is a small light house, but wrth visiting.

    If you're there in the late summer/early fall, be sure to check out the wildlife on the beaches. The island is a nature preserve, each year turtles lay their eggs and you can watch the nests hatch and the babies go to the sea (August & September I think). The surf fishing for Bluefish in the fall is excellent and I eventually lost count of how many I caught (14-16 in.).

    Also, the island is at the confluence of the Atlantic and the Cape Fear river and the waves at the point seem to go vertically out to sea. Shell collecting is also top notch, among those collected intact conch, sand dollars, and a seahorse (yes, I know that's not a shell). Golfers sometimes have to wait for alligators to get off the greens before continuing. More than a few unleashed pets have 'disappeared.'

    Fondest memory: Sitting on the porch of one of the restaurants with a cool breeze blowing and watching the sunset.

    Also, fishing on a deserted beach as evening came on and the fish seemed to want to get that last bite in before dark...

    Finally, hearing only the sounds of nature at the house I was in. No cars or trucks, no machines, just nature quiet...

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