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.

Fort Fisher/Southport Ferry

Get Away for a Day: At the southernmost tip of historic Fort Fisher, a cost effective $5 ferry-ride to Southport awaits. Take a fifty minute scenic cruise and enjoy the local restaurants and quaint shops that this cozy coastal town has to offer.

Jamie Russell

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.

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