When winter temperatures arrive and people think ‘snow,’ normally a beach getaway isn’t the first thought for a trip. It’s actually a perfect and peaceful time of year to visit Kure Beach as winter temperatures average in the high 50s and offer a multitude of both outdoor and indoor activities for a retreat.

Water Flowing Over Coquina Rocks at Sunset

Start the morning with a sunrise stroll along the beach then warm up with a coffee or signature beverage like Mermaid Magic at Happy Hippies Java Hut. Abundant sunlight and mild temperatures make it easy to drop a line and reel in a catch off the historic Kure Beach Fishing Pier. Grab breakfast or lunch with the locals at Kure Beach Diner and choose from comfort food classics like a western omelet, flaky and filling biscuit, open-faced roast beef sandwich and more.

The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher offers a wide array of both fresh and saltwater exhibits. Winter provides an intimate experience and allows you to enjoy a leisurely day aquarium gazing. Get up close and personal with gliding stingrays, meet Luna, a rare albino alligator and come face-to-face with a loggerhead sea turtle. Take a Behind the Scenes Tour to see the inner workings of the aquarium and explore animal care areas, husbandry, life support and more. Young learners enjoy the Fins and Family Tour where staff share animal facts while little ones create a fin-tastic craft.

Winter is perfect for kicking back and re-learning to relax. Cozy up in the beach house rental with a good book and take in abundant ocean views. If the trip involves kids, for a bit of indoor fun, visit the Hi-Tech Arcade and enjoy games like skeeball, basketball, racing, frog hop and more.

On those warm winter days, get outside and take advantage of secluded ocean views and miles of protected shoreline. Take a four-wheel cruise along Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and find unique, fully intact shells, sea glass, shark teeth and even historic artifacts. While Fort Fisher offers year-round four-wheel cruising, this time of year will feel as if you have the beach all to yourself.

Journey over to Carolina Beach for classic comfort food at Lake Park Steakhouse then unique nightlife at The Fat Pelican. Cross the bridge to experience city life in nearby Wilmington. Find unique provisions to take home from historic shopping centers like The Cotton Exchange and Chandler’s Wharf Warehouse Shops and Galleries. Don’t forget to soak in the abundant water views on the nearly two-mile Riverwalk and learn about Wilmington’s rich history on a horse-drawn carriage tour through the National Register Historic District.

If you’re craving a secluded, intimate vacation with miles of sand and shore, Kure Beach offers just the remedy with a peaceful winter getaway.