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The East End of Ocean Isle

Posted on 02/26/2013

This Sunday I took advantage of the beautiful weather.  After church, I headed over to my momma’s house to spend the day with her. Dad was off golfing with his buddies at Ocean Ridge Plantation in Sunset Beach, taking advantage of the beautiful weather as well. And so, a much-needed mother-daughter day commenced!

First we headed over to Sharkys OIB Resturant. Sharky’s is a great spot that locals and vacationers alike enjoy. This time of year is a great time to check out Sharky’s, as you avoid the crowds that you will experience in the dead of summer. I love the summer crowds, and the hustle and bustle it brings. But this time of year you can experience a more leisurely, laid back environment. Mom ordered a cheeseburger with fries and I had a grilled Mahi sandwich with fries. So good! Sharky’s is a favorite hang out spot of mine all year round, and I have never once experienced a meal or drink I did not enjoy. Don’t forget a side of ranch with your French fries! Sharky’s ranch is made homemade daily and is the perfect compliment to their cuisine. When in Ocean Isle Beach, do as the locals do!

sharkys-oibAfter our lunch at Sharky’s, we drove down to the east end of Ocean Isle Beach for a walk. There is a foot path that goes through the undeveloped areas of the island, with bridges that cross marshes, and unbelievable views. This is what the Lowcountry is all about! Some of the paths were a little overgrown this time of year, and I didn’t have walking shoes on, so we did not go very far. Instead, we parked at the East Second Street public parking, near the Sand Dwellers Condo Complex, and walked to the East Fourth Street Beach Access. Have you ever been to the east end of Ocean Isle Beach? Sadly our island is eroding on the far east end. During storms, many of the houses and beach accesses have ended up in the water. You will see sand bags protecting the Ocean Front houses on the east end from further destruction. Past the houses, is a portion of un developed beach. If you walk to the end you will see an inlet, and directly across the inlet is the west end of Holden Beach. You will find water pools if the tide is high enough, that is fun for the kids to splash around in (when it is warmer of course!). This is a very peaceful area to walk around any time of year. It is a hidden spot that many don’t know about. This is where I find the best shells and sea glass to use to decorate my condo. I do not recommend swimming in the ocean on the east end of the island, though. Due to the erosion, you can find pieces of concrete, wood, and pavement in the water at times…. I haven’t seen this happen recently, but I have known people to get cut up a little by swimming out there. It’s better to be safe than sorry! And if you’re hot you can always cool off in one of the tide pools!

 

My mom and I really enjoyed our girls day, in the gorgeous pre spring Ocean Isle Beach weather. Why not take a trip down here before the crowds hit, and experience the quiet beauty of the off season?

Happy Travels,

Nicole

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