Here’s a recap of our family trip to Oak Island, NC with photos of the beach, restaurants we chose and tips for visiting.
Our family beach trips are my favorite week of the year. I love having no agenda other than beach – breakfast – beach – lunch – beach – dinner. Our trips have gotten crazier with 4 kids underfoot (the sand in the house has multiplied by 10), but the relaxed routine is the same. I just love being by the ocean!
Oak Island vs. Bald Head Island
This year we decided to go to Oak Island, which is the neighboring island to Bald Head Island. We had a hard time with the ferry last summer being at reduced capacity and wanted to be able to drive right to our house. We all loved Oak Island, but we aren’t sure yet if we’ll return to BHI next summer.
While Oak Island was a bit more crowded and we missed the BHI club community pools, it sure was nice to have a Publix with Instacart right there, fresh seafood shops, and restaurants we could walk to on the beach.
The house we rented was perfect for us: beachfront, plenty of bedrooms, a pool, and amazing views of the pier and ocean.
I especially loved the brand new spacious kitchen, coastal décor, and way you could perch on the covered top deck and see who was on the beach.
Evening baseball game
The house is named Monkey Pants (see it here), and in this super small world, the owner left a blog comment with the name of the house on a previous BHI post! So we connected over email. Tyler was very nice and helpful answering my questions!
The bunk room
Oak Island Fun!
The weather was a bit rainy when we first arrived, but the majority of the days were perfectly sunny.
I had a blast with my nieces, Emerson and Avery. Grammie and Pea were there too, although Pea escaped my camera the whole time!
Birch really took to his cousins this time and is smack in the middle of their ages (4.5 and 1.5) so he played well with both of them.
We bought the cousins coordinating orange outfits from Tea Collection, which has so many cute patterns for kids to match.
They also each got a squid from our friend Cheryl who makes them!
Pepperoni Grill Pizza Night
We ordered pizza for our first night from the Pepperoni Grill.
Cake By The Ocean
It wouldn’t be a Younger beach trip without a cake! My sister brought this gluten-free cake all the way from Charlotte (plus a key lime pie!). Beach themed, naturally.
Oak Island Pier
After dinner walked to the Oak Island Pier, which was just down the beach. That’s something you won’t find on BHI!
We always bring a dozen Bodos Bagels from Cville for easy breakfasts, so I enjoyed those most days with some fresh fruit.
Around 9 a.m. we lathered everyone in sunscreen and hit the beach until noon.
Lunch: Half Salad, Half Sandwich
Nap + Reading Time
The littles went down for naps for the first half of the afternoon while the big kids had quiet time. I read 28 Summers on the trip and LOVED it. Maybe my favorite Elin Hilderbrand book to date! I just started The Four Winds!
After naps we went back to the beach from 3:30 to 5 or so.
Ponytail friendly hat linked here
On night two we had crabs for dinner! Mom made potato salad to go with them.
BBQ To Go
We ordered in from the BBQ House another night, which was SO good!
I’ll be back tomorrow with a recap of our date night out!