Melynda Dovel Wilcox said it best in a 1992 Kiplinger Personal Finance Magazine article entitled "Retirement Spots That Feel Like Home." About the Southport-Oak Island Area she wrote: "an authentic community with school buses, college students, working families - instead of planned communities of look-alike houses. Quiet streets instead of congested mall parking lots, changing seasons rather than endless summers and a chance to stand out and be different rather than blend in with the other retirees...also a low-to-moderate cost of living." That’s why we call it Home.
The historic charm of Southport will captivate you as you walk under a canopy of 200 year old live oak trees, or walk past majestic Victorian century homes which once belonged to river pilots or maybe even a pirate or two. Southport is one of few Cities with a true downtown. Banks, antique & collectible shops, restaurants, and professional offices line about a five block area in the downtown commercial district. A visit to our area is not complete without a day or two of walking through these antique and specialty shops, stopping along the way for a leisurely lunch at an outside pub or restaurant along the waterfront or yacht basin, taking a pedicab historic tour of the City, watching transoceanic vessels pass by at Waterfront Park and visiting the NC Maritime Museum in Southport. The City of Southport also offers sailors, anglers and boaters a safe haven through the Southport Marina, Old Yacht Basin and City Pier.