Not surprisingly for an island town, life here revolves around the water. Fourteen miles of pristine beaches are the star of the show, but it doesn’t stop there. Bordering the island to the north, tidal creeks and lush marshes span 10,000 acres. Along the shore, an ancient dune ridge soars above sea level, providing sweeping ocean views and protection for a thriving maritime forest. While Bald Head experiences four beautifully distinct seasons, temperatures are moderated by the nearby Gulf Stream, so much so that we’re recognized as the northernmost subtropical locale in the U.S.