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Southport is a historic seaport city located just below Wilmington at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Originally incorporated in 1792 as Smithville, the name was changed to Southport in 1887 in hopes of attracting a port. It didn't work and the port went further upstream to the city of Wilmington, but the historic charm of Southport lives on today with its canopy of 200 year old live oak trees (some of the largest in the South) and stately Victorian mansions. The town offers a true "downtown" area with banks and other businesses, antique and specialty shops, restaurants and pubs. Southport has been rated as one of the "Best Places to Retire" in the U.S. by Rand McNally and the Carolina coast was ranked as one of the "Best Vacations" by Money Magazine in 2001. The Visitor's Center in Southport has maps and brochures for a self-guided tour of the town. Points of interest include the Southport Maritime Museum, the Southport Riverwalk and the shops and restaurants at the Yacht Basin and Marina. Movie buffs may recognize parts of Southport, which has been used in several films, including "Crimes of the Heart," starring Diane Keaton, Jessica Lang and Sissy Spacek. Southport is conveniently located near Wilmington, yet off the beaten path of the interstate traffic and noise.

Surrounding areas: Oak Island, North Carolina (3.8 mi), Bald Head Island, North Carolina (4.6 mi), Kure Beach, North Carolina (8.3 mi), Carolina Beach, North Carolina (10.7 mi), Holden Beach, North Carolina (16.3 mi), Wilmington, North Carolina (21.5 mi), Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina (23.6 mi)

Southport Vacation Rentals

Southport Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Cape Fear Inn308 W Bay StSouthport, NC (910) 457-5989
Comfort Suites4955 Southport Supply RdSouthport, NC (910) 450-8111
Hampton Inn Southport5181 Southport Supply Road SESouthport, NC (910) 454-0016
Island Resort500 Ocean DrOak Island, NC3.6 mi.(910) 278-5644
Blue Water Point5710 57TH PL WOak Island, NC4.9 mi.(910) 278-1230
Captains Cove Motel6401 E Oak Is DrLong Beach, NC5.6 mi.(910) 278-6026
Docksider Inn Oceanfront202 N NC Rt 421Kure Beach, NC8.3 mi.(910) 458-4200
Tradewinds Motel309 FT Fisher BlvdKure Beach, NC8.3 mi.(910) 458-8742
Courtyard By Marriott Carolina Beach100 Charlotte AveCarolina Beach, NC10.5 mi.(910) 458-2030
Shipwreck Lodge412 Carolina BCH Ave NCarolina Beach, NC10.7 mi.(910) 458-5557
Microtel Inn & Suites907 N Lake Park BlvdCarolina Beach, NC10.9 mi.(910) 458-1300
Gray Gull Motel3263 Holden BCH Rd SWSupply, NC15.7 mi.(910) 842-6775
Amerihost Inn & Suites-Wilmington5600 Carolina Beach RdWilmington, NC16.3 mi.(910) 796-0770
The Keys @ 17th Street4129 Hearthside DrWilmington, NC18.6 mi.(910) 350-1133
Hampton Inn Medical Park2320 South 17th StWilmington, NC20.1 mi.(910) 796-8881
Twilight Motel4520 N Main StShallotte, NC20.6 mi.(910) 754-6801
Courtyard By Marriott Wilmington151 Van Campen BlvdWilmington, NC21.5 mi.(800) 321-2211
Extended Stay America4929 New Ctr DrWilmington, NC21.5 mi.(910) 793-4508
Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington At Mayfaire Town Center6745 Rock Spring RdWilmington, NC21.5 mi.(910) 509-4046
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites160 Van Campen BlvdWilmington, NC21.5 mi.(910) 392-3227
Jameson Inn - Wlimington5102 Dunlea CourtWilmington, NC21.5 mi.(910) 452-5660
Holiday Inn Express Shallotte491 N Mulberry Rd NWShallotte, NC21.9 mi.(910) 754-3300
Anderson Guest House520 Orange StWilmington, NC22.0 mi.(910) 343-8128
Inn At ST Thomas Court101 S Second StWilmington, NC22.0 mi.(910) 343-1800
Comfort Inn-shallatte360 Whiteville RdShallattee, NC22.3 mi.(910) 754-3044
Wilmington Hilton301 N Water StWilmington, NC22.3 mi.(910) 763-5900
Coast Line Inn503 Nutt StWilmington, NC22.4 mi.(910) 763-2800
Microtel Inn & Suites4646 East Coast LnShallotte, NC22.5 mi.(910) 755-6444
Mill Creek Apartments414 Mill Creek CourtWilmington, NC22.6 mi.(910) 799-7655
Best Western Carolinian2916 Market StWilmington, NC22.9 mi.(910) 763-4653
Econolodge2929 Market StWilmington, NC22.9 mi.(910) 763-3318
Motel 62828 Market StWilmington, NC22.9 mi.(910) 762-0120
Super 8 Motel-wilmington3604 Market StWilmington, NC23.1 mi.(910) 343-9778
Ho Jo Express Inn3901 Market StWilmington, NC23.2 mi.(910) 343-1727
Causeway Motel12 Cswy Dr SWOcean Isle Beach, NC23.4 mi.(910) 579-9001
El-berta Motor Inn4505 Market StWilmington, NC23.4 mi.(910) 799-1214
Comfort Suites Of Wilmington4721 Market StWilmington, NC23.5 mi.(910) 793-9300
Fairfield Inn By Marriott306 S College RdWilmington, NC23.5 mi.(910) 392-6767
Holiday Inn-wilmington4903 Market StWilmington, NC23.6 mi.(910) 799-1440
Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel5032 Market StWilmington, NC23.6 mi.(910) 392-1101

Southport Weather & Climate

Both air and water temperatures are generally mild on the barrier islands. Summer air temperatures along the immediate coastline are considerably lower than those even just a few miles inland. In the winter months, coastal fronts are common and can push inland, bringing warmer than normal temperatures. However, at times, the cold Labrador Current passes between the Gulf Stream and the North Carolina coast, offsetting most of the general warming effect the Gulf Stream might otherwise have on coastal temperatures. Opposite the ocean, across the narrow barrier islands behind most beaches, are the "Sounds". These protected inland waters, calm, quiet and sheltered even from the sea breezes, are bordered on both sides by cool forests and productive swamps with unique vegetation and wildlife. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to North Carolina to influence the weather about twice in an average year

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 56°F 33°F 5.28 in. 48°F
February 58°F 35°F 4.18 in. 48°F
March 64°F 41°F 4.47 in. 53°F
April 71°F 48°F 3.08 in. 64°F
May 78°F 57°F 4.15 in. 73°F
June 84°F 65°F 5.04 in. 74°F
July 88°F 70°F 6.69 in. 79°F
August 87°F 68°F 7.66 in. 82°F
September 83°F 62°F 8.93 in. 79°F
October 75°F 50°F 3.87 in. 71°F
November 68°F 43°F 3.45 in. 59°F
December 59°F 35°F 4.19 in. 54°F

Southport Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Wilmington International airport (ILM) located about 25 miles northeast of Southport in Wilmington, North Carolina, the Myrtle Beach International airport (MYR) located approximately 54 miles west of Southport in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Albert J Ellis airport (OAJ) located roughly 66 miles northeast of Southport in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and finally the Duplin County airport (DPL) located around 74 miles north of Southport in Kenansville, North Carolina.

Southport Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Jubilee ParkCarolina BeachNC10.7 mi.
Myrtle Beach Grand PrixNorth Myrtle BeachSC38.5 mi.
Windy Hill Watterboggan ParkNorth Myrtle BeachSC38.5 mi.
Family Kingdom Amusement ParkMyrtle BeachSC52.3 mi.
Gay Dolphin ParkMyrtle BeachSC52.3 mi.
Myrtle Beach PavilionMyrtle BeachSC52.3 mi.
Pedroland ParkDillonSC84.5 mi.
Water Parks
Myrtle Waves Water ParkMyrtle BeachSC52.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Bald Head Island Country ClubSouthportNC 
Founders Club at St JamesSouthportNC 
Members Club at St James PlantationSouthportNC 
Players Club at St James PlantationSouthportNC 
Oak Island Golf ClubCaswell BeachNC2.8 mi.
Lakes Country ClubBoiling Spring LakesNC7.8 mi.
Carolina National Golf ClubBoliviaNC11.8 mi.
Lockwood Folly Country ClubHolden BeachNC15.3 mi.
Olde Fort Golf CourseWinnabowNC15.6 mi.
Briarwood Golf ClubShallotteNC20.9 mi.
Brick Landing PlantationOcean Isle BeachNC21.3 mi.
Beau Rivage Resort & Golf ClubWilmingtonNC21.8 mi.
Cape Golf & Racquet ClubWilmingtonNC21.8 mi.
Duck Haven Golf ClubWilmingtonNC21.8 mi.
Echo Farms Golf & Country ClubWilmingtonNC21.8 mi.
Inland Greens Golf CourseWilmingtonNC21.8 mi.
Porters Neck Plantation & Country ClubWilmingtonNC21.8 mi.
Porters Neck Plantation & Country ClubWilmingtonNC21.8 mi.
Wilmington Municipal Golf CourseWilmingtonNC21.8 mi.
Magnolia Greens Golf PlantationLelandNC22.7 mi.
Ocean Isle Beach Golf CourseOcean Isle BeachNC24.1 mi.
Oyster Bay Golf LinksSunset BeachNC28.0 mi.
Pearl Golf LinksSunset BeachNC28.0 mi.
Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country ClubSunset BeachNC28.0 mi.
Thistle Golf ClubSunset BeachNC28.0 mi.
State Parks
Lake Waccamaw State ParkNC33.9 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort FisherKure BeachNC8.3 mi.
Brookgreen GardensPawleys IslandSC71.8 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresAtlantic BeachNC90.7 mi.

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