Oak Island wasn't really developed much until the 1930's and in 1954 all but 5 buildings were wiped out by Hurricane Hazel. Until as recently as 2011, the only access to the island by car was a lone bridge near the town of Southport. Because of all of this, it has remained a very quiet, non-commercial community and a great place to go for a quiet vacation.
One of the first things we decided to do was see if we could find Uncle Bill's house--didn't take us long at all, it really doesn't look all that different from when we were there in 1985. I need to dig out my old pictures and compare, but really all that we thought was different was the trees were bigger.
The beach areas on Oak Island are really nice, and even in the busy summer months aren't overly crowded.
These condos were just being built when we were here in 1985--now there are a ton of them, and they are old enough that they are being remodeled--where did the time go?
This is where we stayed, on the Long Beach end of the island.
We got a laugh out of this sign at the restaurant we ate at--???
Some very typical houses in the beach area:
"One of these things just doesn't belong"
If you go to Oak Island, you have to go to dinner at Island Way restaurant, it is on the ocean and not only do you get a nice view, the food is terrific! When you are done with that, go to Bubba's and get some fudge, mmmmmmmmmmmm!