Carolina Beach/Kure Beach

At the southern tip of Wilmington lies Pleasure Island, which encompasses the close-knit communities of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Drawing vacationers and year-round residents alike, this area offers affordable prices and activities for the whole family.

Key Features

Freeman Park: Long enjoyed by residents and vacationers alike, the undeveloped north end of Carolina Beach offers a rustic beach option for those wanting to drive their car up to the shore. You can even bring your dog, have a campfire, and spend the night.

Fort Fisher: Rich in history with breathtaking views, Fort Fisher draws those seeking to spend a day at the beach, take in a litte history, or catch the ferry at the southern tip for a day in Southport.

Put it in 4-Low

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is a great place to take your 4x4 vehicle and explore miles of undeveloped beach and Buzzard's Bay. The surf fishing here is second only to Cape Hatteras.

Eric Knight

Nest Picks

Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off

Each spring, Carolina Beach hosts the area's only chowder cook-off at the lake. This is a daylong event also featuring live music and activities for the whole family.

Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar

The only one of its kind in the area, the tiki bar is a popular hangout on the pier for those seeking a fun island-like experience.

Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Festival

Bringing together sports, health and wellness, and the arts, the dragon boat festival is a new addition to the island that has been such a hit, it's sure to be around for years to come.

Join our Newsletter

×