Ocean Isle Beach has been known as a family destination and has much to offer every member of the family. From its early fish camp days, Ocean Isle Beach has evolved into a special place to visit or live. Just over 7 miles long, it is proud to be known to have the best beaches on the NC coast. Besides the beaches what distinguishes Ocean Isle Beach from other barrier island communities is a system of canals that run throughout the island connecting almost every home to the Intracoastal Waterway. This feature makes the island an ideal home for boat owners, as most homes are equipped with a dock.
Since its incorporation in 1959, the island community has made a concentrated effort to maintain its beach community atmosphere without the glitz and glitter.
Ocean Isle hosts the Museum of Coastal Carolina which features historical artifacts and natural history information about the region. The mainland area of Ocean Isle offers shopping, golf and restaurants for all tastes. Vacation homes on the island abound but the year round population is growing. There are many developments on the mainland offering golf property, condo living or modern quiet neighborhoods within a short distance to the Myrtle Beach area.