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Ocean Isle & Sunset Beach – Budget Friendly Things to do on your Family Beach Trip

Free Things To Do At Ocean Isle & Sunset Beach, NC

It’s officially SUMMERTIME and the beaches on Ocean Isle and Sunset Beach are the perfect place with plenty of space for you and your family to visit. But entertainment can be expensive! Luckily with miles and miles of beautiful beaches – there’s plenty of free spots to claim as your own “home away from home” for the day…but when you’ve washed off the sand and sunscreen – what other free activities are out there for your group? Here are some great ideas located both on the island and off the island. Check out these events below and start making plans for your next vacation to Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach.


Ocean Isle Beach Seat Turtle Protection Organization


Summer Market on Ocean Isle

Art in the Park - Crafts for Kids

Calabash Concert Series


Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Young Explorers

Movie in the Park

Sunset Sound Waves Summer Concert Series


Learn to Line Dance

Sunset Beach Old Bridge Preservation Society History Walks

Sunset Summer Market


Peggy Hughes Summer Concert Series

When you’re ready to break away from the beach – enjoy some of these budget friendly ideas. Make memories, have more fun, and fill your trip with new experiences. Book your Vacation Home, Condo, or your Oceanfront Hotel Room stay today and start planning the best vacation ever!

Relax Easier, Travel Insurance Has You Covered

You planned this vacation for months. Your calendar is filled with “X-marks” as you’ve been counting down to this moment. Mentally your mind has been on vacation since you booked that gorgeous island home. You just purchased a new swimsuit – perfect for the pool and the beach! Everything has come to this moment. That is until you check the weather once more just to see a hurricane has been named. Don’t worry, you purchased Travel Insurance.

Travel Insurance Covers You

Travel Insurance Has You Covered

Sloane Vacations offers the option to purchase travel insurance through the Red Sky Travel Insurance Company so you don’t have to worry about losing your money if something out of your hands comes up. With their Trip Preserver Travel Plan you don’t have to have that additional stress before your vacation. Instead of constantly watching the news or weather channel, you can focus on that amazing seafood that you will be experiencing from Jinks Creek Waterfront Grille.

What Does Travel Insurance Actually Cover?

Each policy is different, but most cover the standard situations that every traveler could face. Transportation delay that is out of your hands (flight changes), or if someone in your family becomes sick to the point that a physician is necessary. Travel Insurance could also cover the following:

  • Natural Disasters to your vacation destination or vacation rental
  • Personally illness that requests a physician
  • Travel Plans Disrupted
  • Jury Duty

Vacation Planning Should Be Fun, Not Stressful

Jumping on the Beach

When you are planning your next vacation, don’t allow the events that are out of your hands to be the cause of additional stress. Purchase travel insurance and focus on all the fun you and your family are going to have. Book your Vacation Rental, plan on the adventures, map out the shops, restaurants, and attractions you want to visit, and start packing your bags. Don’t let the unfortunate ruin your vacation dreams.

*For a complete description of coverage and benefits, please contact (866) 889-7409.*

Where to Rent All the Beach Gear You Could Possibly Need

Coastal North Carolina Beach Vacation Rentals
Coastal North Carolina Beach Vacation Rentals

When it comes to packing for a beach vacation sometimes we just can’t bring as much as we’d like; especially when it comes to Beach Gear! While many of the properties at Sloane Vacations include linens, the non-participating properties can have a linen package added.

New in 2018, we have a group of homes that have included beach gear with your stay. We love this program because you receive a credit towards the gear you will actually use and it’s delivered to the property on your day of arrival (in season).

Don’t be lounging on the beach relaxing and have one more thing come to mind that you wish you’d have packed! At Sloane Vacations we know exactly what that’s like — we go on vacation too! So if you’re hoping to use beach gear of any type while you’re here, look at our properties that include it.

When you’re flying, you can’t bring many of the items you wish you had. Even if traveling by car, you can simply run out of room.

There are plenty of things that we know will make your vacation a whole lot more comfortable as well as fun. Things like bikes, lounge chairs, beach umbrellas, coolers, stand-up paddleboards and boogie boards. We can do something about that.

When it comes to Sunset Beach rentals we have plenty of places that can accommodate you whatever beach gear rentals

We have a saying here at Sloane Vacation —Don’t pack what you can rent locally!

Following are local business that have all types of surf and sand beach rentals to make your vacation so much easier!

Where to Rent Beach Gear in Coastal North Carolina

Julie’s Rentals

Located on Sunset Beach since 1993, Julie’s Rentals has bicycles for adults & kids, adult trikes, kid kabs, fun cycles, banana peel bikes, kayaks, umbrellas, chairs, boogie boards, linens, baby gear, car seats, roll away beds and gas grills.

Beachway Rentals & Services LLC

Locally owned and operated in Ocean Isle Beach. Renting golf carts, grilling equipment, bikes, baby equipment, beach equipment, convenieNCe items, games & outdoor equipment, wedding & party supplies. Serving Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach, NC.

Blue Planet Watersports

Watersports rentals include kayaks, jet skis, surfboards, and paddleboards. Canopy rentals, surf school, and tours. Delivery service available.

Salty’s Surf Shop

Beach equipment rentals to include bike rentals, watersports equipment, and beach equipment such as beach chairs and umbrellas.

Sandlappers Beach Supplies

Sandlappers Beach Supplies offers the lowest prices and quickest delivery of Beach Equipment Rentals in Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach, NC! We offer Beach Umbrella Rentals, Sheets & Towel Rentals, Baby Item Rentals, Bike Rentals, Kayak Rentals, Grill Rentals & more. We offer our Premium Daily Setup & Take-Down service for less than anyone in the area.

Surf Unlimited Surf Shop

Surf Unlimited has a full service rental shop offering top quality kayaks, bicycles, surfboards and stand up paddleboards for rent. Only the best equipment is used and serviced each item it is returned assuring you a fun-filled vacation.

And if you’re looking for Golf Cart Rentals in the Ocean Isle Beach area, check out the Top 3 Golf Cart Rentals in Ocean Isle Beach article.

Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Tournaments This Spring & Summer

OIB Fishing Charters
Ocean Isle Beach Fishing

The weather is starting to break and it is the perfect time to get outside. What better place to enjoy this warm temperature than at the beach! Take in the surf, bury your toes in the sand, and just sit back, soaking in the sun. The only thing that could make this better…pulling in that prize winning catch from the Atlantic Ocean.

Here are some upcoming Spring and Summer Fishing Tournaments, so get ready for the oldest battle on earth…man vs fish!

April Fishing Tournaments in Ocean Isle Beach

Far Out Shootout

  • When: April 17th – May 15th, 2021
  • Sponsored by: Freeman Boatworks, OIFC, and Hilton’s

This is a Tuna, Dolphin & Wahoo tournament. Overall winner category is determined by the largest combined weight of one fish from each species.

For more information, check out OIFC’s Tournament page.

May Fishing Tournaments in Ocean Isle Beach

Fisherman’s Post Inshore Challenge

When: May 21st – 22nd, 2021

Welcome Fisherman’s Post Inshore Challenge to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. This tournament is EVENT #1 in their series.

For more information, check out OIFC’s Tournament page.

June Fishing Tournaments in Ocean Isle Beach

Yamaha Jolly Mon King Classic

  • When: June 9th – 13th, 2021
  • Sponsored by: Yamaha, Sportsman Choice Marine, OIFC, Seatow, Coastal Insurance, Bell & Bell, Cy’s World, AmeraTrail, Canady’s Termite & Pest Control, OceanIle Marina & Yacht Club, Ocean Isle Fish Company, Wings & Fish Company, First Bank, and InterCoastal Net Design

For more information, check out OIFC’s Tournament page.

Jolly Mon Rock the Dock

  • When: June 10th, 2021
  • Sponsored by: Calcutta and OIFC

This event is designed to give kids that might be too young or unable to compete in the Jr. Jolly Mon or Jolly Mon tournaments, an opportunity to be involved in a fun, family-oriented fishing tournament.

For more information, check out OIFC’s Tournament page.

OIFC Junior Jolly Mon

  • When: June 11th, 2021
  • Sponsored by: OIFC and Cy’s World

Register at the OIFC by 9pm Thursday, June 10th OR print and mail in the entry form OR enter on-line until 11:59pm, Thursday, June 10th. All registrations must be received before fishing time Friday, June 11th.

Fishing starts at 7am and all fish must be weighed in at the OIFC by 3pm on Friday, June 11th.

For more information, check out OIFC’s Tournament page.

Ocean Isle Beach is Calling

So dust off your rod and reel, grab the family, and head to Ocean Isle Beach this Spring and Summer. Take advantage of the beautiful coastline while pumping yourself up to take on the mighty fish of the Atlantic. Challenge yourself to catch the next big one; whether it’s Wahoo, Mahi, Yellowfin, Blackfin, Tuna, or King Mackerel.

We all know that a great fisherman is only as good as his prep leading up to the day on the water. Instead of a cramped hotel, why not treat the family to a roomy, comfortable, oceanfront or soundfront vacation rental from Sloane Vacations. Sleep well, play hard, and then relax in style on your next fishing trip. Check out all Ocean Isle Beach Vacation Rentals here.

Best of luck and happy fishing!

Make It A Day Trip

Most people hit the beach when they visit Ocean Isle and Sunset Beach. Soaking up the sun and jumping through the Atlantic Ocean waves. Sure, you can spend your vacation listening to the ocean, but did you know that there is so much to do that surrounds your vacation destination? Ocean Isle and Sunset Beach is not only a prime Beach location, but also a great hub to reach some of the major attractions that make the southern east coast the ultimate vacation package.

Catch More Than Waves

Instead of hanging out on the shore, why not spend the day on the water. Take the family or make time for yourself, and book a fishing charter. The battle between person and beast awaits your cast. Head off to the horizon or venture close to shore and catch your prize.

Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Charters

Take this vacation opportunity to bond with the kids as they catch their first fish, or take them dolphin watching. Spend this time creating memories that will last, and photos to brag with during your next watercooler visit.

Adventure into History

Why not travel into the past during your next visit to OIB or SB and visit one of the many historical landmarks. Stroll the paths of Old Baldy, the state’s oldest remaining lighthouse, or go back to colonial times with a day at Brunswick Town. There is always Fort Fisher Civil War Museum or you can take the short drive to Wilmington to tour the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial.

USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial

Not that much into history, but still looking to satisfy that search for extended knowledge? Check out the North Carolina Birding Trail or the Museum of Coastal Carolina. Explore all the opportunities on our Nature, Museum, and Parks page.

Expand Your Vacation Options

A vacation to OIB or SB doesn’t have to be restricted to just this portion of the NC coastline. The best thing about a vacation here is that you are just a short drive to popular shopping, attractions, and dining destinations. Even though the Beaches host some amazing local options, who doesn’t like more?

Just a short distance south is the tourist capital of South Carolina, Myrtle Beach. Take in 18 holes in one of their many famous courses. You can even make it a mini 18 holes with some time on one of the hundreds of mini-golf courses that spread from North Myrtle Beach to Murrells Inlet.

Myrtle Beach Mini Golf

Need to spend time with some retail therapy? How about a trip to one of the several outlets and malls that make up the retail market of Myrtle Beach? From name brand stores to local shops, there is so much to see and purchase.

Retail Therapy

Don’t forget about Wilmington. This historic harbour hub is the home to many local shops and restaurants. Spend the day with a premium coffee as you stroll their boardwalk that sits right on the water.

Wilmington, NC Boardwalk

Start planning your day with the assistance of our Day Trip planner.

Do More During your Vacation

150E1 – Oceanfront House – Ocean Isle Beach

Get excited because when you book a vacation to Ocean Isle Beach or Sunset Beach, you are getting more than just an amazing beach view and a perfect Oceanfront Rental. You have so many options to make your vacation the ultimate vacation. Make room on your phone for all the photos you are about to take, and get ready to make 2021 the Best Vacation Ever!