Bald Head Island Limited

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Bald Head Island Vacation Rental
Type Apartment
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Baths 2
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If you're the kind of person who'd rather paddle a canoe than careen about on a jet ski, there's a vacation destination designed with you in mind. And even though you don't have to travel halfway around the world to get there, it is an extraordinary departure.

Barely two nautical miles off the southeastern tip of North Carolina is a semitropical island with a lifestyle as refreshingly novel as its name, Bald Head Island. But the distance is measured in more than miles. Steeped in history, flavored with legends, and brimming with natural beauty, it's about as far removed as you can get without a passport.

With views that stretch from sunrise to sunset, over dunes and beach, river and ocean, maritime forest and a vast salt marsh, it's a setting that blurs the distinction between fact and fantasy. As a matter of fact, Hollywood has discovered this ready-made movie set over the past few years, and it isn't uncommon to see the occasional celebrity tooling about the island on a bicycle or an electric cart.

And that's just one of the many charms of this idyllic place. Since no bridge connects Bald Head Island to the mainland, residents and visitors leave their cars at the island's mainland embarkation point in Southport, 30 miles south of Wilmington, NC, then board a passenger ferry for a 20-minute cruise across the historic Cape Fear River. The ferry ride provides a delightful transition to the leisurely pace of electric vehicles that are used to travel the island's winding lanes and seaside drives.

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