CAROLINA BEACH, NC
Carolina Beach is located at the northern tip of Pleasure Island. Those who appreciate small-town living in a beach atmosphere with the convenience of a major city nearby will adore Carolina Beach. A drive through Carolina Beach reveals a pleasant 1950's style beach town of modest cottages with increasingly upscale single-family homes, condominiums and beachfront motels. Carolina Beach boasts a beautiful beach strand that can be appreciated by anglers, sun worshippers, surfers, swimmers and boaters. Water transients are able to anchor down in the beautiful Myrtle Grove Harbor. Carolina Beach has many amenities for all to enjoy such as a fishing pier, a yacht basin containing numerous charter boats and a party boat, rental shops offering kayaks, surfboards, jet skis, parasails, sailboats and power boats, a state park with camping facilities and marina, and a public boat ramp with parking. Golfers can enjoy one of the many nearby golf courses. Other conveniences of the island include grocery stores, doctor offices, a movie theater, beach shops and boutiques, variety shops, many delectable restaurants, drugstores, hair salons, hardware stores, and bait and tackle shops. At the north end of the island the beach is open to four-wheel drive vehicles. Carolina Beach is a cozy community of about 5,300 year round residents, and is located only 20 minutes from historic downtown Wilmington.
KURE BEACH, NC
Kure Beach is located to the south of Carolina Beach. Kure Beach is mostly residential with modest beach cottages, many new homes, a number of beach motels and several condominiums. A fishing pier, several restaurants, an arcade and a boardwalk are located in the center of town. Year round residents total around 2,000.
Fort Fisher is located to the south of Kure Beach where you will find a State Historic Site and State Recreation Area. There is a Visitor's Center and guided tours are available. The Recreation Area has about 4 miles of wide, unspoiled beach, a bathhouse with restrooms and a Visitor's Center. The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is North Carolina's largest aquarium and was reopened during the spring of 2002. At the southern end of Fort Fisher is the Fort Fisher-Southport Ferry and a public boat launch area that is popular for windsurfing, parasailing, kayaking and fishing.