Retire in Southport, NC

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** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
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1. Fat Andy's Burger

Absolutely the BEST burger !!! I stopped here based on other reviews and was not disappointed This is definitely a come back spot. Will try the fries...

2. Live Oak Cafe

Absolutely loved this place. Was able to get a reservation for 4 at 5 and had the whole place to ourselves. It is in a house with completely mismatched...

3. Terry's North Carolina Bar-B-Que & Ribs

On rare occasions, you find a place where you can almost taste the passion and love a restaurant owner puts into their food. Terry's is exactly that kind of...

4. Haag & Sons Seafood

This place was incredible. The employees were awesome and truly want you to have a great experience. Prices were great and the catch was exceptional.

5. Southport Smoke House

I'm always skeptical of "touristy" barbecue places, especially ones that do multiple styles of 'cue. It's hard to make bad barbecue, but those places still...

1. Gauntlet At St James Plantation

Very challenging course in great shape. One of the best courses we ever played.

2. Players Club

Course is in great shape. Play is slow.

3. Tommy Thompson's Grille

The St. James community has a good amount of internal services offered to its residents and guests, Tommy Thompson's being one of them. Great location too,...

1. Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

Worth the drive from Carolina Beach to get away from the crowds. Wide open beach area with trash/recycling bins scattered throughout for the public use. If...

2. Barrier Island Excursions

Paddle boarding in the evening was such a fun and beautiful experience! John was a great guide! There were four of us, and we hadn't been paddle boarding...

3. Lighthouse Watersports

We did a private boat tour of the ICW! Had an awesome time and really enjoyed the history and personal references the captain made. Our guide really...

4. Bald Head Island Conservancy

At first I thought $40 pp for an "OFF-island" nature tour was expensive. They don't tell you that the ferry fee is $20 of that! They meet you at Deep Marina...

5. Town of Oak Island

Great beach, nice people!

1. Nc Maritime Museum At Southport

This place is nuts. It's tiny and intimate and hilariously curated. It turns out, I am a complete disaster at tying knots. Thank goodness my roommate who...

2. Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room

Lovely place, nice art, great wines (locally made at that) and service with a smile! I sure am glad to have had the pleasure of meeting the owner while...

3. Bald Head Island Country Club

When vacationing on Bald Head, you can get a temporary membership to the club for the duration of your stay with many of the rentals. If you have the...

4. Dead End Saloon & Fish Factory

A little off the path so many tourists haven't discovered it yet, which is nice when you don't like waiting. I've always had good, standard food here. The...

5. Playhouse 211

Owner Piet really cares about the folks that come to see shows at his venue. It is a converted office space that Piet personally built a theatre in and...

1. Blue Sea Coffee Shop

Super cute coffee shop. Owner is very friendly. Wonderful coffee and homemade bagels. The selection of bagels is limited but guaranteed fresh so try...

2. The Christmas House

The Christmas House is an awesome place to purchase holiday-themed items. This store offers a huge selection of Christmas ornaments, a good amount of which...

3. Galloway Sands Pharmacy

I hate needing pharmaceuticals, but I love Galloway-Sands! Having trust in my pharmacists (and techs) is very important - I know that I'm not just a profit,...

4. Wild by Nature

Robyn, the owner is so creative and helpful. She takes the more unusual or ordinary things and turns them into arrangements or containers for arrangements....

5. Angelwing Needleworks

As hubby and I were traveling from Charleston SC to Myrtle Beach, SC, hubby said to check Yelp for knitting stores along the way. I searched and found 1...

1. The Transporter

Had two different going to ILM and one on our return. Both were courteous, excellent drivers. Vehicles very comfortable. Look no further!

2. Channel For Healing

Pat is a gifted healer. Besides helping me so much through her practice, she exudes love, positive energy, and happiness. I am grateful to her and recommend...

3. Southport Dental Care

I'm a new patient to the office. I had a dental emergency and the staff were prompt to get me in ASAP. I was seen by Dr. Williams & very pleased with him...

4. Hemby Larry DDS

Dr. Hemby has been our family dentist for over 20 years. Always stays current with technology changes, great talented & friendly staff. Dr. Hemby is very...

5. John A Azzato, MD, PC

Had terrible pain in my elbow. New to area, didn't know who to go to. Called two other orthopaedic doc's (one was a group) one couldn't get me in until Dec....