Everything You Need to Know About Flying to Your Next Vacation
We've had some questions recently about flying to Ocean Isle Beach, NC. The reality is that airfares are at record low rates which makes this the perfect time to start planning your Ocean Isle Beach vacation. While many of our visitors come from the local area, getting here from anywhere in the United States is easy and affordable. Here are a few things you might like to know about flying to Ocean Isle Beach for your next vacation.
When planning a vacation it is important to book early. We've talked about this in previous posts. There are so many benefits when you book early, including an increased likelihood of finding the perfect rental home on the dates you want. It is also true that booking your flights early can give you maximum flexibility.
Airlines plan out routes and schedules months in advance, so booking a flight early is possible, even up to a year before your trip. The other great thing is that when you book early you save on the costs of the flight. Airlines know all too well that if you are booking a few days before your trip, they have the advantage (and that means higher prices).
There are two main options for flying commercially to Ocean Isle Beach. You can fly either to Wilmington, NC (which is about an hour and half drive away) or there is the Myrtle Beach, SC airport (which is about fifty minutes away). Both airports offer loads of flight options on all the major carriers. Each of the airports has rental cars available, and since these airports are on the smaller side, they are easy to get in and out of. For more information see below.
Wilmington International Airport (ILM)Wilmington International Airport is located at 1740 Airport Blvd., Wilmington, NC 28405. For more information about Wilmington International Airport and Flight Information call 910-341-4125 or Click here.
The Myrtle Beach airport is located at 1100 Jetport Rd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. For more information about the Myrtle Beach International Airport call 843-448-1589 or Click here.
Odell Williamson Municipal Airport
This is a small municipal airport. A perfect place for those who are private pilots and looking for a place very close to Ocean Isle Beach. They do have a limited FBO, but it does have fuel and a rental car. Before heading here you should definitely call and get some details regarding tie down, hangar space and rental car availability. The airport is located at 6080 Beach Dr SW, Shallotte, NC 28470 and can be reached at 910-579-6152.
Cape Fear Regional Jetport
Located in Oak Island, NC (about a 30-minute drive) you will find the Cape Fear Regional Jetport. This airport is significantly larger than Odell Williamson Municipal Airport with more services and a longer runway. For those with private jets who are looking for a larger airport to fly into, this is a great option. Getting to Ocean Isle Beach is a breeze from Southport. The airport is located at 4015 Airport Road, Oak Island, NC and can be reached at 910-457-6483. To visit their website Click here.
Packing like a pro
Flying does present certain challenges. However, with a little careful planning you can get the most out of your space. Need some pointers on how to pack like a pro? Check out our previous post: How to Pack the Perfect Carry On for Your Beach Vacation.
Don't worry about bringing everything. Many items, like umbrellas, coolers, bikes and kayaks, can be rented locally for reasonable prices.
Getting used to the new normal
It is safe to say that a lot of things have changed in the travel industry. Of course, Covid has made many simple things a lot more frustrating. But oddly, flying is easier, safer and cheaper than ever. Here are a few things to consider when flying.
Masks are mandatory- Masks are mandatory on all US flights and as of this writing those traveling here internationally will need to present a negative Covid test.
No test required- Passengers on domestic flights are not required to show a negative test.
Temperature- You might have your temperature taken prior to boarding, but this is up to each municipality and carrier.
No snacks- On a diet? No problem – most flights will offer no or a very limited amount of refreshments.
Prices- Prices for tickets are at an all-time low so lock in now for summer.
Wait times- Since not as many people are flying, typical TSA security checkpoint wait times are much lower in most areas.
Cleaning- You will notice that most flights will give you an antiseptic wipe when you board and all carriers are taking extra precautions to ensure their planes are held to the highest standards. I spoke with a commercial pilot who noted: "The planes are the cleanest I have ever seen them."
All that's left to do is to start planning your 2021 summer beach vacation to Ocean Isle Beach. We have a wonderful selection of well maintained homes packed with all the best amenities in all the best locations. Just give us a call today at 800-727-9222 to begin planning your vacation today. Of course, you can always click the button below to use our safe and secure website to book your trip. See you soon.