*Updated for accuracy February 2022
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 orClick 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.
It’s always best to check with your airline for their latest flying requirements and policies before you arrive at the airport. Just remember to pack an extra dose of patience, you just might need it. Traveling by air may not be how you remember them to be in years past, but take a deep breath and remember you’ll have your toes in the sand soon enough. Happy travels!
All that’s left to do is to start planning your 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.