Southport Travel Guide

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    Old Baldy from the Cape Fear River
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Southport Things to Do

  • Myrtle beachSC or Wilmington(nothing in...

    There is a thia restraunt on the beach. Thia by the sea. Dont go to the one on the water front. Their food meows if you know what I mean. Long beach NCIts right on the border. So its almost no troble at all to go to SC. Putt putt galore. Mike and Pats Irish pub is great. If your lucky get get a view to the water.Wilmington. Well Alleighs is a great...

  • Southport's pier is surrounded...

    Southport's pier is surrounded by a small grassy area with benches where people can relax and watch the sun rise over the water in the mornings.

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    4 Hotels in Southport

Southport Hotels

  • Hampton Inn Southport

    5181 Southport Supply Road SE, Southport, North Carolina, 28461, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Comfort Suites Southport

    4963 Southport Supply Rd., Southport, North Carolina, 28461, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Wingate by Wyndham Southport

    1511 North Howe Street, Southport, North Carolina, 28461, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

Southport Restaurants

  • Was the FIsh Factory

    We went to this marina, and this was the only restaurant that was open in the complex at the time and there's nothing else around there. We ate upstairs - it was too dark to see much outside though.The website says: "Family fare and waterfront dining is our trademark. Choose from prime rib or fresh shrimp, oysters, or scallops in season. Unmatched...

  • Live Oak Cafe is wondeful local's place

    I am a local for many years & the Live Oak Cafe is excellent. No there is no bar to sit at, but that is due to NC liquer laws - they do serve wine and are working on getting a full service lisence. It is in a small cozy cottage - as is most of southport - there there is not a tremendous amount of rm for a bar. Live Oak wonderful cuisine with a...

  • Awful restarurant

    Horrible service! We never even made it past the door. We met our friends in Southport at their summer home for the first time since we traveled in Europe together. Thought we could get a nice meal together and have drinks at the Live Oak Cafe. When we arrived we were met by a large older fellow who appeared to be a server and was told the kitchen...

  • Formerly Shrimp House

    My husband had lunch here in 2002 and felt it was too expensive. Lunch was over $9.00 for a sandwich for one person.By the time we got back here in 2004, the name had changed. It is listed with $$$ (three dollar signs) in the reviews. We went back to the Provision Company instead. According to a review, grilled and blackened seafood are the...

  • Self Serve drinks

    Really interesting place. Order from the counter - the menu is on a board. Then go get your drinks from a cooler and sit down. There are tables under a roof outside right on the water. The waitress will bring you your food. You pay on the way out - drinks are on the honor system. There are free docks outside if your boat is shallow enough draft to...




Southport Local Customs

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    by acemj Written Oct 4, 2002

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    This photo was taken at the entrance of the Orton Plantation which is only about 12 miles north of Southport.

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Southport What to Pack

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    Packing List

    by acemj Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: I drove to the Airlie Gardens hoping to take some nice photos, but they were closed. This place offer 67 acres of beautiful scenery. There are a number of lakes, statuary and flowers of all kinds, most notably an impressive display of azaleas. For more info, check out

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Southport Off The Beaten Path

  • Lighthouse

    This is the lighthouse on the end of Oak Island that you can see from the pier at Southport and reach the lighthouse by way of the Oak Island Bridge. You can also see the Bald Head Island Lighthouse (Old Baldy) from here, but you'll need to catch a ferry to get to the island which is around $16 round trip.

  • Old Baldy Lighthouse

    The lighthouse is on Bald Head Island, and must be accessed by ferry from the mainland. It is lit at night, but not with a proper lighthouse type light, as it is no longer an active lighthouse. I understand it can be climbed, but I have not done that.It is two nautical miles off North Carolina’s coast at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, Bald Head...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Southport Sports & Outdoors

  • MM 315.0 St. James Plantation Marina

    The rate was 95 cents a foot with a Boat US discount. They have floating docks for up to 8' draft. This marina is sort of strange. They have no problem with taking transients, but they have no services - no showers, and no laundry although they do have ice and fuel. They have internet access and bathrooms in the marina trailer which is only open 8...

  • Sailing Options

    Visitors to the Southport area can have an exciting sail on the Carolina Gale, a 52' sailboat anchored at the Southport Marina. Captain Dave is a kind and competent skipper who will help people of all ages learn more about sailing. Captain Carolyn plied us with soft drinks and snacks. They also give sailing lessons. Their boat is available for...

  • MM 309.3 Southport Marina

    When we came south the first time in 2000, we stayed at Bald Head, because Southport was full. On the way up, we went outside from Little River to Cape Fear and bypassed Southport. Coming south in 2001, we went to South Harbor Village, but Bob was spooked by the large amount of current, so we finally ended up at Southport Marina in the spring of...


Southport General

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    Walking tour

    by grandmaR Written Feb 25, 2003

    Favorite thing: We enjoyed walking through the town. We didn't go and get an actual brochure, but there is actually a self guided walking trail (pamphlet information below by the Southport Historical Society.) Another place we haven't been is Franklin Square Art Gallery - An association of local artisans in varying medians including paintings and pottery in a beautiful historic building. Admission is free. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 pm June, July & August. Location: 130 E. West Street, Southport (behind Franklin Square Park). Phone: 910.457-5450

    Fondest memory: Historic Southport Trail, a Self-Guided Walking Tour - The brochure can be picked up at the Southport Visitor’s Center, 113 W. Moore Street, Southport or the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center, 4841 Long Beach Road. Phone: 800-457-6964 or 910.457-6964.

    Another place to visit is NC Maritime Museum @ Southport - Houses a collection of memorabilia pertaining to the vast nautical history of Southport, the Lower Cape Fear, and southeastern North Carolina. Self-guided tours through 12 designated stations, or ask a guide to lead the way. On-site research library. Films and programs offered year-round. Admission: $2.00 adults (16 yrs. & up), Seniors $1.00, and Children free. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Phone: 910.457-0003. Location: 116 N. Howe Street, Southport.

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    Jul 11, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Your initial visit to Southport will drive you to the water to eat. You will most likely head to the marina where there are a few places to eat. When you arrive, you will see many people looking to get In to some of the places. You get in line and finally get in and find your seat. Depending on which place you have chosen, you look or pickup the menu and go into sticker shock. If you like shrimp, this is the place to order it! If you are looking for other sea food, hang onto your wallet. Fifteen to twenty bucks for a so so meal is high where everything else is so low. The views of the inter costal waterway are great, but the food is typical of a New England picnic table, news paper, and a crab cook,......minus the crabs. After a few days, we yearned for someplace with tablecloths and silverware. What a treat at Ports of Call. The next few days we ate seafood at the local hangouts. Again we looked for an escape and found island way on oak island where we paid some higher prices, but the food was fantastic, service was fantastic, than you Jake. Sitting next to the pier on oak island and close to the new bridge road, it is a no brainer. The others, you just have to do them. None of the food we had was bad, just well out of the price I am accustomed to being from New Jersey.

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