1. Location, Location, Location 
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Welcome to Brunswick County! This beautiful coastal community offers nearly 850 sq. miles of rolling sand dunes adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean. Brunswick County sits between two amazing cities, Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC. The County also includes many smaller cities and towns, such as Southport, Shallotte, Holden Beach, Calabash, and St. James.
 
2. Oh the Islands! 
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Both the inter Coastal Water Way and the Atlantic Ocean are right at your fingertips when living in Brunswick County. Take a boat out for the day and island-hop to the amazing islands that dot the coast line. Stop at Bald Head Island and rent a golf cart or bike on this car-free paradise! Stroll over 14 miles of pristine beaches, golf or enjoy home delicious fresh seafood. Or visit Oak Island and fish off the pie for your own fresh seafood dinner!
 
3. Golf Anyone? 
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Brunswick County is home to some of the most beautiful golf courses in the country. Test your skills at the Carolina National Golf Course, an exquisite 27-hole golf course set along the Banks of the Lockwood Folly River. The course was designed by golf champion, Fred Couples, and incorporates the Augusta “feel” inspired by his 1992 Master’s win. Try the newly-renovated Bald Head Island Golf Course, originally designed by famed golf course architect, George Cobb, and renovated by architect, Tim Cate. The course winds its way over dunes, around lagoons, along the ocean, and through a maritime forest. Just watch out for the alligators!
 
4. Dinnertime! 
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Welcome to the Seafood Capital of the World! Brunswick County is home to a savory blend of seafood, family favorites, and tastes from around the globe. Family eateries right on the water, cozy places to share with that special someone, and southern diners serving up Home-style dishes, add to the experience by providing a unique way to enjoy a meal. Special events and outdoor festivals also add their own special flare and introduce new and exciting tastes.
 
5. Speaking of Festivals… 
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Brunswick County, and the nearby cities, play home to countless festivals and events throughout the entire year. Travel back in time and enjoy a southern party at its finest, with the famous Azalea Festival! Every year since 1948, more than 200,000 people attend the two-day street fair and parade. Attendees enjoy concerts, art shows, street fairs, home and garden tours, a circus, and the famous Garden Party, where southern belles and their escorts promenade through lush gardens. Food more your thing? Visit the world famous Blue Crab Festival, and eat fresh caught blue crabs straight from the ocean, while enjoying live music, and a carnival!
 
6. Historically Sound
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Like to learn something new every day? Don’t worry! Brunswick County is filled with history and culture. Visit Old Baldy, North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse. Old Baldy has maintained its original form and location for over 187 years. Its main purpose was to mark the Cape Fear River entrance for Maritime Sailors and was active from 1817 through 1935. Another historic landmark is the USS North Carolina. This majestic battleship served during World War II and survived with only minor damages, despite the Japanese having believed to have sunk it SIX times. By the war’s end, the ship had only lost ten men in action and had 67 wounded. The USS North Carolina was decommissioned in 1947 and was saved from the scrap heap by the citizens of North Carolina in 1958.
 
7. Fish are friends! But they can be food too! 
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Do you love to fish? Brunswick County reels in fishermen from all over the eastern seaboard. With access to saltwater, freshwater, and surf fishing, Brunswick County is an angler’s dream. There is everything from sea bass and grey trout, to the tuna, marlin, and mahi-mahi that swim their way through the blue waters of the gulf stream, just 45 miles away. Local piers abound are a great place to cast your line and try your chance with flounder, drum, and blue fish. Are you an experienced fisherman? Enter one of the local tournaments and try your hand for an angler prize. No worries if you aren’t experienced, the local fishing guides know these waters like the back of their hand! Don’t want to fish for your dinner? Buy fresh fish and shrimp from the anglers right off the pier!
 
8. Time to go Shopping!! 
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Are you a shopaholic? Then visit Brunswick County! Begin your shopping experience on the picturesque tree lined 200-year-old streets of Southport, where the Nicholas Sparks’ movie, Safe Haven, was filmed. The historic harbor town is a shopper’s paradise, with a backdrop of majestic Victorian homes. Wind your way through the dozen or so antique shops, with an ever changing inventory. Or visit Calabash and shop for any nautical themed gifts that your heart could desire. Looking for more modern stores? Shallotte is home to all of your favorite brands. Don’t for get to stop by the golf courses’ excellent pro shops for a whole new golf wardrobe!
 
9. Nature is natural 
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Brunswick county plays home to a variety of ecosystems. The salt marshes, creeks, and estuaries form a vast ecosystem where salt water meets fresh and a wildlife nursery results. Kayak on the coast, or explore wetlands that teem with crabs and oyster beds, while bird watching. Explore the waters that are full of red-fish, flounder, trout, shrimp, skates, and even dolphins. Try your hand at canoeing, john boating, or even paddle boarding! Visit the inter coastal water way, and enjoy the gorgeous views of the wetlands. Want a unique experience? Participate in the Holden Beach Turtle Watch Program. Starting in May, volunteers begin a dawn patrol of the beach, searching for turtle crawls and possible nests. Once one is found, a team of volunteers assembles at the location to find the eggs. At night time, turtle patrol members will start a nightly watch until the hatch-lings are released and they ensure that all live babies make it to the ocean. The season ends in October when the last nest hatches.

10. It’s a great place to live

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Brunswick County is a great place to live! The picturesque coastal communities surrounding golf courses offer some of the most beautiful landscapes on and off the course. Each portion of the county holds its own distinct characteristics, yet one thing that remains consistent throughout is the collective tranquility and relief from the everyday hustle and bustle. Since 1990, the population has more than doubled and has a growth rate of 47% over the past 12 years. It is currently listed by the US Bureau as the 47th fastest growing county in the nation. The coastal setting, low tax rates, and high quality of life here help to ensure that the area will continue to grow. Countless new businesses, hotels, and restaurants, are in development.

 

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