At the end of 2016, I sat down and planned out my travel guides for North Carolina for the year. Bald Head Island was on there, but I had anticipated we’d go in the fall. Fastforward to February when I realized I booked our flights to Nashville the wrong direction, and it was really expensive to try to change. I told DG that I thought we should head to Bald Head and we immediately began looking for places to stay. Our friends kept telling us all the best things about the island, so we were really excited to visit. Here’s a guide of what to do on Bald Head Island, including where to stay, where to eat, and activities to do while there.
For starters, you take the easiest 20 minute ferry from Southport to Bald Head Island. Reserve a tram online here to help get your luggage to and from the ferry. I recommend making sure that your rental comes with a golf cart since the island doesn’t allow cars. I thought this was going to be stressful, but I really enjoyed the change in pace. It made it truly feel like a vacation to not deal with the normal hustle and bustle.
Places to Eat
We ate at Delphina Cantina for lunch and dinner twice. I had the best bacon cheese burger for lunch, but my favorite meal was the pizza we had at dinner. Delphina has an ecletic menu and we also really enjoyed their quesadillas our last night for dinner. And you can’t beat this view from dinner.
We also had drinks and hushpuppies at Mojo’s on the Harbor when we arrived. We’d definitely have dinner there next time.
Things to Do
We went kayaking on Bald Head Creek thanks to The Sail Shop. It was a little chilly, but getting out on the water and getting moving, it was really great. We loved it and we had the best time and some amazing views as well.
We also went bike riding thanks to Riverside Adventure Co. It was the first time I had been on a bike since I was like, I don’t know, 15. I was pretty shaky, but it was a lot of fun.
We took a walk down the Kent Mitchell Nature Trail and really enjoyed looking at the variety of plants in this forest. The marsh views were amazing, too.
One of our favorite things to do was to ride around and just look. I loved riding through the Spanish moss lined streets and checking out the island.
And definitely check out east beach. It was fairly busy at the ramp we came down on, and yet we still managed to not have anyone around us. It was exactly what we hoped for and we can’t rave about it enough.
Old Baldy was closed for renovations, but we will definitely be climbing it once its open again. We still had fun exploring the grounds and reading up on the role the island played in the Civil War.
Where to Stay
We rented the cutest cottage right on the marina. David was so accommodating and helpful with recommendations. We will definitely stay here again because we couldn’t get over the amazing views both from the porch and from the interior. It was the perfect amount of space and y’all know I love natural light.
And I loved this view each morning when I woke up!
We are absolutely smitten with Bald Head Island and are already trying to figure out when we’ll be able to get back. We can’t rave about it enough and we hope you love it as much as we do!