A Naturally, Beautiful Small-Town Beach with
Big-Time Attractions

Kure Beach is a little bit further down the beach, at the southern tip of Pleasure Island.  There's always plenty to do around here - you can cast a line from the 700-foot long fishing pier, or explore nearby Fort Fisher State Historic Site, the last stronghold of the Confederacy and site of the largest land-sea battle of the Civil War. Gaze in awe at the 200,000+ gallon saltwater tank at the award-winning North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, or hike along the six mile stretch of undeveloped beach in the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.

Discover the Ocean Front Park featuring a playground with a pirate ship, Pavilion for special events and story time with the kids, and bench swings offering scenic seaside views.  Even hop a ferry for a breathtaking view on a trip to the mainland.

Neighboring Carolina Beach

Carolina Beach is located nearby on the island. For many visitors, this timeless beach town offers an authentic North Carolina beach experience from the past with a fun, family-friendly spin for today.  Carolina Beach is home to a scenic boardwalk, a state park, miles of pristine beach and one-of-a-kind events.

It's all here in Carolina Beach: the fishing pier with kids and old-timers both angling for the next big one; the Boardwalk - perfect for strolls and ice cream cones; the Carolina Beach Lake Park with gazebo, paddleboats and walking trail; and miniature golf all near the action.

In addition to its nostalgic charm, Carolina Beach boasts an active charter boat basin that is home to offshore fishing excursions and nightly party cruises, fine locally-owned restaurants and shopping for everything from sunglasses to surfboards to souvenirs. Discover nearby Carolina Beach State Park where you can not only hike/bike miles of trails full of coastal vegetation (think Venus Flytrap!), but also enjoy a marina where you can rent canoes and kayaks.