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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Seafood Restaurant
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“When you tell people you came to Southport, they will ask if you went to Provisions. This place is unique. You order of a blackboard menu, grab your own beer out of the cooler (on the honor system) and find a seat on the deck overlooking the Yacht Basin. They bring your food out yelling your name. Plan to wait during summer months and it is closed in the winter.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“Call them to make an appointment and check their hours. With an appointment, you can climb all the way to the top of the lighthouse and see the amazing views of the area!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Good food, fun atmosphere, overlooks the water, live bands play on weekends. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great Fine dining. Make reservations during peak season as the wait can get up to several hours. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Local fish and catch of the day served here. Very popular place with solid food.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“This is our favorite spot to grab breakfast. You can walk to it by exiting the complex on 57th and crossing the street. It's a tiny place so make sure to get there early or expect a short wait.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“No thrill pizza, but second row on the beach and so convenient with nice outdoor tables.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious Italian dining, great service and seating inside as well as outdoor seating on the waterfront. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great place for a nice dinner out. Steamer nights are Wednesday nights, no reservations and super crowded but worth the wait for local steamed seafood.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Gourmet Tacos that are great to pick up and take with you or sit on their picnic tables to enjoy.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Food
“Great place to get local fresh seafood to cook at home. Bring cash to avoid the credit card processing fee.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This is your dinner spot after a long day of shopping. Everything here is amazing ! ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Pier
“Staff is really helpful - great for novices and fun to even just watch down at the end when the old pros bring in a big one! Small fee to walk the pier, you can buy a day fishing pass to fish off of the pier. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“3-4 minute walk. Great mid-priced seafood restaurant. Staff is friendly - they have daily specials with several fresh catches each day.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“These folks are open even when other places are not. Multiple sports TVs, indoor and outdoor eating, family friendly, full bar and GREAT food! A must visit when you stay at OKI. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Store
“ 2 Fishing Piers on Oak Island- Yaupon Pier at 705 Ocean Dr at Barbee St and Ocean Crest at 1409 E Beach Dr (longest fishing pier on Cape Fear coast)”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“When you tell people you came to Southport, they will ask if you went to Provisions. This place is unique. You order of a blackboard menu, grab your own beer out of the cooler (on the honor system) and find a seat on the deck overlooking the Yacht Basin. They bring your food out yelling your name. Plan to wait during summer months and it is closed in the winter.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Good food, fun atmosphere, overlooks the water, live bands play on weekends. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
“Great Fine dining. Make reservations during peak season as the wait can get up to several hours. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Local fish and catch of the day served here. Very popular place with solid food.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“This is our favorite spot to grab breakfast. You can walk to it by exiting the complex on 57th and crossing the street. It's a tiny place so make sure to get there early or expect a short wait.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“No thrill pizza, but second row on the beach and so convenient with nice outdoor tables.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious Italian dining, great service and seating inside as well as outdoor seating on the waterfront. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great place for a nice dinner out. Steamer nights are Wednesday nights, no reservations and super crowded but worth the wait for local steamed seafood.”
  • 13 locals recommend

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