Caswell Beach is a charming, family oriented beach with local flavor that really packs a punch. Located in Brunswick County between Wilmington, North Carolina and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, it lies facing east to west off of NC highway 211. This comfortable family atmosphere is what draws many people migrating from all over the nation to live in Brunswick County, one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina.
Caswell Beach is named after the nearby historic Civil War fort, Fort Caswell that was established in 1826. Caswell Beach has the brightest lighthouse in the United States and has a modern Coast Guard Station close to the lighthouse. One side of the beach overlooks the Cape Fear River Shipping Channel as well as historic Southport.
At the very eastern tip of Caswell Beach is the North Carolina Baptist Assembly. The assembly owned and operated Fort Caswell a historic Civil War Fort, until recently when the United States government stepped in and bought them out.
Caswell Beach was incorporated in 1975 and is one of the fastest growing towns in Brunswick County, growing sixty three percent since 1990. Brunswick County beaches offer tranquil locations for people trying to get away from the urban areas to the north and south without sacrificing all the amenities a city provides.
Caswell Beach offers a number of available activities including fishing, golf, educational tours, and fine dining. Historic Southport is only a stone’s throw away from Caswell Beach providing antique shops and an authentic historic city layout complete with a waterfront park. Fort Caswell is a definite recommended day trip opportunity featuring ruins of Fort Caswell damaged in the Civil War and then later added on to after the war had finished. The fort is open most of the year and the admission fee is only three dollars.
Fort Fisher is a short distance away from Caswell Beach, and has a historic fort as well as the North Carolina Aquarium featuring a two hundred thousand plus salt-water tank. Wilmington is also short drive northeast from Caswell Beach and going shopping on the historic downtown boardwalk which runs along the Cape Fear River on Front Street is a must for any shopping enthusiast.
Caswell Beach is the perfect location for a beach home because it is situated close to many activities in Brunswick and New Hanover counties as well as having perfect weather. The average year round temperature for Caswell Beach is seventy degrees Fahrenheit and only averages twenty-nine days of rain a year compared to two hundred and forty days of sunshine.
The town of Caswell Beach has joined the Brunswick Beaches Consortium which is a regional group charged with helping its members work together to solve the challenges of beach erosion and to provide a group approach to the ways and means of beach preservation. This means that along with the other Brunswick County Beaches, Caswell Beach will always have dredged sand that will be pumped onto the beach in an effort to have and maintain the dunes, which help curb natural beach erosion. Just another way to keep Caswell Beach just as beautiful tomorrow as it is today.