Picturesque, appealing, quaint, historic, and colorful, are a few of the adjectives that come to mind when describing
this 1792 maritime village. With careful preservation of its colorful history, Southport presents a unique historic
district, quaint antique and gift shops, excellent restaurants, art galleries, two marinas…and much,
grand architecture! Take a leisurely bike ride down oak-lined streets where stately historic homes, romantic coastal cottages, and historic churches provide an atmosphere befitting
the seafaring heritage of the area. Strolling
is still in vogue in Southport, and you can tour antique shops, or view the works
of local artisans in galleries and museums. After working up an appetite, you
can satisfy your senses in any of a variety of excellent restaurants.
waterfront has long been a center of activity. Feel free to join
the fishermen, gulls and pelicans, as they flock regularly to the pier to coax
dinner from beneath the rolling surf or simply amble along the scenic river walk
to the marina and yacht basin. Relax on a wooden swing in Waterfront Park and
take in the views of beautiful Bald
and Oak Islands.
Watch the local ferries, giant freighters, barges, luxury
yachts, sleek sailboats and perhaps a playful school of dolphins, all sharing
the Intra-coastal waters of the Cape Fear River. This maritime haven is a place
to put most modern-day cares aside.
It is no surprise that Southport is
as one of the nation’s best places to retire and
an “All-American City Top 30” choice.