Masonboro Island NC - Surfing Lessons - SUP Lessons
This 8-mile-long island, located between Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach, is accessible only by boat. Masonboro is free of any development and is the last and largest pristine barrier island on the southern NC coast.
The island is approximately 5,000 acres and 4,300 of that are made up of tidal salt marshes and mud flats. On the remaining acres, you can take a long, quiet walk on what feels like your own private beach. The only permanent residents on the island are gray foxes, cotton rats, a large variety of birds, river otters, and other species of marine life. Masonboro is a component of the North Carolina Coastal Reserve and the National Estuarine Research Reserve. If you are adventurous and decide to camp there for the night, you might see endangered Loggerheads nesting on this beautiful beach.
Because there are no bridges or ferries, there are very few visitors on Masonboro. It’s a great place to find seashells or do some bird watching. If you have access to a boator SUP, it’s a great beach to go to for a day trip. Make sure you pack everything you need because there are no snack bars or restrooms. No trashcans or garbage collection services exist on the island either so be sure to bag your trash and take it with you when you leave. Remember, take only photos and leave only footprints.
The activities you can do on the island are limited only by your imagination. With a little advanced planning, you can have an elaborate picnic lunch and an afternoon vollyball game. It’s the perfect beach to fine-tune your sand sculpture skills with the kids. There’s not much competition on the beach with other fisherman, so be sure to take a shore rod.
The sound side of Masonboro is a popular spot for holidays such as the Fourth of July. The water is covered by hundreds of boats tied together and thousands of people. So if you’re heading to Masonboro to enjoy the tranquility of the island, just make sure to avoid Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.
Masonboro Island is just one of the many pristine beaches of Southeastern North Carolina, which is ranked among the top 12 vacation spots in North America. The clear warm water averages in the low 80’s throughout the summer months, making it an ideal location in which to learn the sport of surfing or stand up paddle boarding though our world renown Carolina Surf School!
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