What to do during your Carolina Beach Vacation
The entire island is called "Pleasure Island," but locals and tourists alike know it as "Carolina and Kure Beaches." Situated between Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean, mild temperatures and warms waters make it the perfect place for a great beach vacation. Carolina Beach is just a few minutes north of Kure Beach, both perfect spots for your
Carolina Beach, NC Vacation
Many North Carolinians will argue that when The Drifters were singing about the happy sounds of a carousel and the tastes and sites of the boardwalk down by the sea, they were singing about Carolina Beach, NC.
Long gone are the days when every beach town had a boardwalk and you could just eat junk food and play games after a long day in the sun. Carolina Beach is one of the few boardwalk beach destinations left on the East Coast. It reminds you what an old fashioned beach vacation was meant to be, with simple seaside pleasures like arcades, amusement parks and the perfect ocean view from the top of a Ferris Wheel.
The Carolina Beach Boardwalk provides a number of dining experiences from the casual to the re-fined. The Boardwalk features delicious homemade fudge, ice cream and salt-water taffy, but no Carolina Beach vacation is complete without your fill of Britt's world-famous donuts, an institution at Carolina Beach since 1939.
Carolina Beach State Park is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast who is looking to experience distinct coastal habitats. The park features scenic trails that wind through woods and along the Cape Fear river where you can find unique flora like the Venus Fly Trap and coastal wildlife like crabs, lizards and jumping fish. There is also a sanctuary for the Painted Bunting that has been enjoyed by many aspiring bird-watchers.
Vacation rental opportunities abound in Carolina Beach. Vacation homes are available in a wide-range of sizes and price ranges. Our site features every thing from beach-front vacation homes, waterway vacation rentals, duplex vacation rentals and beach condo rentals.
Basic information about Pleasure Island (Carolina and Kure Beaches)
- Beach Accesses - Ocean front homes have direct access to the beach. Several public accesses are strategically located throughout the island with adjacent pay parking.
- Dining - Carolina and Kure Beaches have great restaurants on the island - for both land lubbers and seafarer alike. Monkey Junction (20 minutes north on 421) offers additional restaurants. (Don't forget about Carolina Beach's Britt's - arguably the best donuts on the face of the earth.)
- Shopping, General - Locally owned gift stores are primarily located in the central business district of Carolina Beach. Monkey Junction (20 minutes north on 421) has everything from pharmacies to superstores.
- Shopping, Grocery - The island has two grocery stores and several convenience stores. Monkey Junction (20 minutes north on 421) has more and larger grocery stores.
- Towns - Pleasure Island has two municipalities Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is located at the extreme south end of Pleasure Island.
Attractions to visit while you're vacationing in Carolina & Kure Beach include:
- Carolina Beach State Park- - The State Park has approximately 700 acres with a visitor center, fishing pier, picnic and camping (Area 2 campsites are wheelchair accessible), marina, trails, and water activities.
- Carolina Beach Lake Park - Once touted as the closest freshwater late to salt water, Carolina Beach Lake (11 acres) is a great place for a picnic and the site of Pleasure Island's "Light Up The Lake" celebration during the holiday season.
- Fishing - Pleasure Island is one of the premier bottom, pier and surf fishing sites on the east coast. For deep-sea fishing, the Carolina Beach Yacht Basin is the center of boating activities and boasts one of the largest recreational fishing fleets north of Florida. Charter boats and head boats leave the municipal marina each day.
- Fort Fisher State Recreation Area - Fort Fisher (Confederacy), built in 1861, served to protect the Wilmington/Cape Fear valuable port of entry from Union ships. The battle of Fort Fisher was the largest naval bombardment and land-sea battle fought in any war up to that time. The outcome of the six-hour battle contributed significantly to the end of the long and bitter struggle of the Civil War.
- North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher - offers a variety of hands-on programs while visitors marvel at sharks, eels, sea turtles and other fascinating forms of marine life. Popular exhibits include the touch pool and the state-of-the-art ocean habitat.