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Beyond the Beach: Brunswick Islands

Chances are, one of our southern barrier islands — Bald Head, Oak, Holden, Ocean Isle, or Sunset — has been your beach for years. Look beyond the sand and surf, and you’ll find charming villages, acres of nature, and signature fried seafood, generations in the making.

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Cool Sold Here

In the 1980s, three Atlantic Beach surf shops — Bert’s, AB, and Marsh’s — gave teenagers a social network as connected as Facebook and as immediate as Twitter. Before long, surfer fads turned into fashion, gossip became news, and young people found their community.

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Downtown: Swansboro

In this quaint, laid-back town in Onslow County, every turn leads you back to the water.

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Downtown: Wilson

In a town once defined by trains and tobacco, the community honors both through colorful public spaces downtown.

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