If you’re searching for a barrier island to escape to there are three such islands nestled in the southernmost part of North Carolina.  Where you say? Only on Sunset, Holden and Ocean Isle Beaches that’s where.   It’s here you’ll find miles and miles of powder white sand, sun danced waves and windswept marshlands that make these communities one of the loveliest places on earth.  Each island is attached to the mainland by a bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway. You don’t get much barrier than that.  There are also some very interesting things to do on these islands.   Such as the Bird Island Coastal Reserve - located across Mad Inlet from Sunset Beach; this uninhabited barrier island is a popular destination for vacationers and residents alike. When you finish there, take a walk around the Ingram Planetarium.  This is a state of the art facility located on the mainland in Sunset Beach. It includes a theater for rotating shows about the sky and a science and education center.  Then head over the Museum of Coastal Carolina - located at Ocean Isle. Standing exhibits on the beach tides, local animals and fish. Lastly, don’t miss out on the Silver Coast Winery - this vineyard and winery is located on 40 acres about 15 minutes from Sunset Beach.

What about buying real estate on these beaches?  With little inventory on these beaches, real estate prices are surprisingly good right now. You would think with little room for development the prices would be steep.  But according to Truilia the average price per square foot for Holden Beach was $209, a decrease of 7.1% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes for Jul 10 to Sep 10 was $377,000 based on 1 home sale. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price decreased 0.2%, or $608, and the number of home sales decreased 50%.  In Sunset Beach the average price per square foot was $101, a decrease of 41.3% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in Sunset Beach for Mar 11 to May 11 was $78,200 based on 2 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price decreased 54.8%, or $94,800.  On Ocean Isle the average price per square foot was $241, an increase of 37.7% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes for Mar 11 to May 11 was $328,000 based on 2 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price increased 87.4%, or $153,000, and the number of home sales decreased 94.4.  The average listing price for homes for sale in Ocean Isle Beach was $434,991 for the week ending Jun 08, which represents a decrease of 11.8%, or $58,185, compared to the prior week.

So if you’re looking for a place where you can spend an entire day enjoying the sun, sea, and salt air that a beautiful coastline provides look no further than these three beaches.  Its here you can find nature at its finest with more than a few species of dolphins, pelicans, and turtles that can keep you entertained.  Or enjoy the outdoors with over 35 beautifully maintained golf courses, where you can play golf in the middle of winter.  For boaters the access to the Intracoastal Waterways leads to inlets that give you direct ocean access for both boating and fishing. So whether you spend time strolling through a quaint fishing village or check out some of the very unique shops, you are sure to find something different to do every day.  So plan on taking off your shoes and get out the flip flops for a walk down these beautiful beaches and then you’ll know why these three beaches are true escapes from all the hustle and bustle of daily life.  Take advantage of today’s market and buy your on piece of a barrier island today!