Planning a Trip to Bald Head Island NC

Bald Head Island NC is a unique vacation destination. After all, with no cars allowed and no hotels on the island, one might think the island is trying to keep visitors away. But, that’s not the case at all. Its distinct nature is part of its appeal and just one of the reasons why a summer vacation on BHI is so memorable.

If you want to enjoy Bald Head Island in its prime, then now is the time to start planning for a summer trip to BHI. Here are some tips that will help you plan more effectively.

How to Get to Bald Head Island

Bald Head Island is not connected to the mainland by a road, so there’s only one way to get there – the ferry. The BHI ferry departs out of Deep Point Marina in Southport NC every hour. Since no cars are allowed on the island, you will have to park your car at the ferry port. Parking will cost you about $8 a day and a round-trip ticket for the ferry costs $23 per person. As long as your luggage is closed you’ll face no restrictions on how much you can bring and checking is free of charge.

Make a Tram Reservation

Once on the island, a complimentary tram will take you from the ferry port to your accommodations. But, you need to make a reservation for the tram if you want to secure a seat. This is especially important during the island’s busy season. You can make a tram reservation by calling Bald Head Island Transportation at 910-457-5003 at least a day before you arrive.

Accommodation Options on BHI

Since there are no hotels on Bald Head Island, your best bet for an overnight stay or longer will be to reserve a beach house rental. There are several options to choose from, so if you have something particular in mind, such as more privacy, greater convenience, or beachfront access, then you can make the request to your rental agency. You should also confirm that your rental comes with a golf cart so you can get around the island quicker and easier.

Considerations to Keep in Mind

If you want to enjoy the beauty of BHI but you aren’t interested in going into the water, then you should plan a visit before Memorial Day as the rates will be less expensive and the selection of accommodations greater. If you do want to enjoy the beaches, then post-Memorial Day is when the water finally warms up.

If you want to golf while on the island, then consider reserving a rental home that comes with a temporary membership to the Bald Head Island Club. If your rental home doesn’t come with a membership, then you will have to purchase a temporary membership from the Club in order to use its facilities.

There are no liquor stores on the island. So, if you want mixed drinks, you’ll either have to order one at the restaurant you’re dining in or bring your own liquor over on the ferry. Just keep in mind that you can still be charged with a DUI on Bald Head Island even though you’re driving a golf cart and not an auto, so drink responsibly.

Now is the Time to Plan Your Bald Head Island NC Escape

Bald Head Island welcomes thousands of visitors every year, so accommodations can be in extremely short supply once the busy season gets into full swing. That’s why you should start looking at rentals now so you can secure your summer vacation accommodations.  

If you would like more information about Bald Head Island NC, just fill out this contact form for the Bald Head Island Chamber of Commerce. We will send you a welcome packet with everything you need to know about visiting our beautiful island.  

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