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Popular amenities for Southport vacation rentals

Stay near Southport's top sights

Bald Head Island Ferry28 locals recommend
Waterfront Park18 locals recommend
Fishy Fishy Cafe116 locals recommend
Provision Company109 locals recommend
Oliver's on the Cape Fear49 locals recommend
Frying Pan27 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Southport

  • Total rentals

    100 properties

  • Rentals with a pool

    30 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    20 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    50 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    4.6K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $70 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Southport

Welcome to Southport

Southport is a sleepy coastal town perched along Cape Fear River, due south of Wilmington. Southport was established in 1792 and was a harbor for pirates in the early 18th century. Today, it’s a popular vacation destination for those looking for less crowded beaches along the North Carolina coast. Flanked by Oak Island to the west and Bald Head Island to the east, Southport’s rugged, marshy environment lends its commercial area a relaxed charm. There you’ll find plenty of fish shacks, dive bars, and open-air restaurants overlooking the water, many of which have attached boat docks. A popular way to explore the flora and fauna in and around Cape Fear River is by kayak and paddleboard. Several outdoor outfitters in Southport offer equipment rentals and guided tours. In Southport’s historic district, live oak trees draped with moss frame the old homes, many of which have stood tall for more than a century — and some since 1800.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Southport

Spring (from March to May) and fall (September to November) bring the best weather to Southport and its neighboring North Carolina beaches. Although summer can also see its fair share of pleasant weather, be prepared to deal with some crowds. When booking your stay, always be mindful of hurricane season, which for the Atlantic Ocean, can start in June and run through November, with the biggest storm months being August and September. Southport’s temperatures are often warm enough to enjoy the beach through late October. October is also a big time for annual festivals such as Riverfest in Wilmington and NC Oyster Festival in Shallotte, 25 miles away.

Top things to do in Southport

Bald Head Island

At just three miles long and less than a mile wide, Bald Head Island — a quick ferry ride from Southport — is bursting with wildlife. Expect to see dolphins, egrets, bald eagles, and even the occasional alligator. History buffs can check out the 90-minute island tour, which covers the island’s former status as a hunting ground for wild pigs and the British fort it housed during the Revolutionary War.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina

Science-based experiences are the name of the game at this Ocean Isle Beach museum, located 33 miles west of Southport. Part natural history exhibit, part dry aquarium, the Museum of Coastal Carolina educates visitors about the rich nature in this area through dioramas and interactive exhibits. The Ingram Planetarium in nearby Sunset Beach, owned by the same organization, schedules a wide array of educational programming, including a classic-rock laser show.

Oak Island Lighthouse

Guarding the entrance to Fort Caswell, the concrete Oak Island Lighthouse was built in 1958. It’s open for self-guided tours for those who want to ascend the 131 steps to the lantern gallery, which offers unobstructed views of the surrounding Brunswick Islands.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Southport?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 30 vacation rentals in Southport featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Southport?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Southport. Choose from more than 20 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • How much does it cost to stay in house rentals in Southport?

    Experience the best of Southport with our house rentals, starting at about $70 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Are there Southport house rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 10 house rentals with pools in Southport, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

  • Do house rentals in Southport have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 house rentals with a bbq area in Southport. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do house rentals in Southport have self check-in?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 house rentals with self check-in in Southport. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there family-friendly house rentals in Southport?

    Southport has more than 40 family-friendly house rentals. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • What are the most popular amenities for House Rentals in Southport?

    Enhance your stay in our House Rentals with the most popular amenities: over 10 homes with a bbq area, over 10 homes with self check-in, and more. Indulge in the ultimate retreat, tailored to your preferences.

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