Southport, a quaint fishing village resting at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, shows visitors and residents alike the charm of a small town with a thriving downtown business district and marina.
Charming neighborhood streets are lined with restored historical homes. It's a town close enough to Wilmington to reach the conveniences of a big city and college campuses, yet just out of reach of the interstate traffic. The road from Wilmington passes a southern attraction, Orton Plantation, which is open to the public in the spring and summer months. The two-lane slowly meanders towards the coast, live oaks hang across the highway.
Southport touts a 2,600 year round population that spurts up with the temperatures. Several marinas in the area cater to the dock and dry lift boat enthusiasts and their services spill over to non-boaters. Fosters, a great example of the local flare, is located just behind the Southport Marina, and offers a user-friendly ships' store, grocery, deli, kayak and bike rental.