About The Area
ABOUT BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC
Brunswick County, N.C., draws retirees from around the country. With its magnificent beaches, mild climate and broad range of amenities and activities, Brunswick County is an idyllic place to settle down for retirement. Located along the southeastern tip of the state, Brunswick County appeals to both salty dogs and landlubbers alike.
If spending your retirement years basking in the sun with a cool ocean breeze is your picturesque retirement, then one of Brunswick County’s beachfront communities may have your name written all over it. There are a number of quaint, seaside villages scattered along the eastern edge of Brunswick County that offer retirees the relaxed pace and serene feel of a small town. These beachfront communities include Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach and Bald Head Island.
With sea kayaking, swimming and deep sea fishing available, there is always something to do while living along the Atlantic coast. Take a stroll down Holden Beach in late September to welcome a new nest of protected loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings. Residents also don’t want to miss Southport’s 4th of July Festival that has taken place every year since 1972. If beach-combing for sand dollars isn’t your thing, there are also 30 public and semi-private golf courses peppered throughout Brunswick County.
Brunswick County is more than a beach lovers’ paradise; it offers residents the option of living inland, too. Mainland communities in Brunswick County include Calabash, Carolina Shores, Shallotte, Bolivia, Boiling Spring Lakes, Winnabow and Leland. Retiring amidst the natural beauty of an inland community makes perfect sense if you seek a short beach drive that doesn’t require living directly on the coast.
Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy activities like bird watching, hiking, hunting and fresh water fishing at any of the 50 natural and manmade lakes on the mainland. Residents can also spend an introspective day in nature at the breathtaking butterfly, rose and hummingbird garden of Boiling Spring Lakes. If retiring on the golf course is your plan, look no further because this inland region is home to several gated golf communities in St. James, Shallotte and other parts of the mainland.
Brunswick County Amenities & Healthcare Options
There are plenty of amenities in Brunswick County, including nature conservatories, art galleries, specialty stores and attractions, like the USS North Carolina Battleship and Ingram Planetarium. Foodies delight in the variety of delectable cuisine available in the area, especially seafood. In fact, the riverfront village of Calabash is known as the “Seafood Capital of the World” because it opened the region’s first restaurant in 1935, an oyster roast housed in a shed.
Two modern hospitals, Brunswick Community Hospital and J Arthur Dosher Memorial Hospital, offer general medical services, as well as acute care and cardiac services. In addition, there is a trauma center located in Wilmington, just across the northern end of the county border. Retirees living in Brunswick County are in good hands when healthcare and emergency services are needed.
Still unsure about retiring in Brunswick County? Maybe it’s time to pay this lovely region a visit. That way, you can see for yourself how truly relaxing and inspiring it can be living in our little slice of heaven. However, don’t be surprised if you never want to leave. You’ll feel like you’ve always belonged after spending just a few days experiencing real Southern hospitality in this eastern North Carolina county.