Restaurants: Morgan Creek Grill on the Marina serves local fare, namely crab cakes with stone-ground grits. At Long Island Café, a hearty salmon B.L.T. and she crab soup is the star at lunch, along with fresh spinach salads with seared tuna and housemade dressing.
Beach: Front Beach is a wide stretch of shore that residents frequent with dogs (on a leash). The island has six continuous miles of beach, which is unrestricted and free to the public. (And the water is Caribbean warm throughout most of the year.)
Activities: At beachside County Park, where many gather for picnics, you can tap in to a beach volleyball match. A Saltwater Tour with Nature Adventures takes kayakers through the Intracoastal near playful dolphins and manatees.