With the dog days of summer soon behind us, Kure Beach is gearing up as the perfect fall escape for families looking for a new classroom for at-home learning, couples needing a retreat or quarantine pals searching for a getaway. You can still enjoy many of your favorite summer activities well into the autumn months, with the added benefits of mild weather, fewer crowds and off-season rates, making fall the new summer in Kure Beach. 

Home away from home 

Kure Beach offers accommodation options to fit every family size and budget. Check out lodging partner websites directly to discover off-season rates, and book weeknight stays (Sunday to Thursday) for the best savings. In response to COVID-19, many local lodging options, restaurants and other tourism businesses are participating in Count on Me NC, a public health initiative created to ensure visitor and resident safety, as well as implementing increased safety protocols.  

The Sand Dune Motel offers ultimate privacy and relaxation with oceanfront rooms and private balconies. Located in the center of town, you can conveniently discover nearby restaurants, a state park and three miles of sandy shoreline. For amenities like an oceanfront pool and full kitchens, the Seven Seas Inn offers plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy. A classic hotel with a retro vibe, check in to the Admiral’s Quarters to lounge by the oceanfront pool or take in gorgeous views from your private balcony.  

From a family-friendly beach cottage to a home with modern amenities, opt for a stay at one of our vacation rentals to live like a Kure Beach local.  

 

More room for your favorite adventures 

From watersports to a state park, historic site and more, it’s easy to stay active during a Kure Beach vacation. Head out on a guided kayaking adventure to Shark Tooth Island with Kayak Carolina to search for a handful of highly coveted sharks teeth. Or, paddle out to Zeke’s Island Reserve, an important shorebird habitat that protects coastal wildlife for research, education and stewardship. Only accessible by kayak, canoe, boat or paddleboard, available for rent through Kayak Carolina or nearby Paddle NC, the reserve is home to a dynamic landscape of tidal flats, salt marshes, dunes and ocean beaches.  

 

At Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, you’ll discover six miles of protected shoreline where loggerhead sea turtles and other rare species nest. With more than 288 acres of seashore and the Basin Trail to explore, meander through a maritime forest and salt marsh to discover an authentic WWII Bunker and take in expansive views from the observation deck. History buffs and hikers alike will enjoy a visit to Fort Fisher State Historic Site, home of the Civil War’s largest amphibious battle, where you can stroll along the scenic trail shaded by gnarled live oaks to find the South’s largest earthen fort.  

 

Coastal fare 

Whether you’re looking for alfresco dining or a casual bite, dining in Kure Beach means fresh local seafood in a small-town setting. Head to an island grill to enjoy the catch of the day and choose between indoor and outdoor dining options. Jack Mackerel’s Island Grill is the go-to spot for locally sourced and fresh ingredients, with lunch and dinner menus inspired by flavorful and colorful Caribbean dishes. Indulge in a hearty meal at Freddie’s Restaurant, famous for its braised pork chops and classic Italian favorites like fried calamari. 

 

Enjoy views and brews on a fall evening at Kure Beach. Sit on the patio and sip on a cocktail at Big Daddy’s Restaurant, a Kure Beach tradition since the 1970s, offering fresh seafood, steak, burgers and other local favorites. Or, explore a “History in a Glass” drink tour with Tasting History Tours to learn the island’s history, see historical landmarks and taste local flavors all while feeling the ocean breeze. 

Escape to the coast this fall for a Kure Beach getaway with plenty of flavors to savor and adventures to explore.  

For a getaway that takes advantage of the great outdoors, explore more of Kure Beach's Parks, Recreation and Nature.