Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area

Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area

Military members in need of a beach vacation will find the Air Force Recreation Area in Carolina Beach a welcome home base. A unique mix of cottages, mobile homes, and RV and tent sites, this veritable waterfront resort...

Fort Fisher Ferry

Fort Fisher Ferry

Visitors to historic Southport who want to make a beach escape, or Carolina Beach travelers who need an easy yet scenic route to head south will find the Southport / Fort Fisher ferry a convenient yet completely unique...

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

The fascinating galleries throughout this extensive complex encourage visitors of all ages to meet and mingle with their aquatic neighbors, from interactive exhibits to "touch tanks" where patrons can have personal...

Kure Beach Oceanfront Park

Kure Beach Oceanfront Park

Kure Beaches' newest local hotspot is the Kure Beach Ocean Front Park & Pavilion, a small but welcoming local venue that beacons fans of summer farmer's markets, live concerts, and special, private events in a...

Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher

Clean and uncluttered beaches and a remarkable local history combine to make the Fort Fisher State Historic Site one of coastal North Carolina's most treasured barrier island attractions. This incredible locale, just...

Carolina Beach Boardwalk

The Carolina Beach Boardwalk is the place to go for family-oriented or even late-night fun after a sunny day on the beach. Noted as one of the top 10 boardwalks in America by Food & Wine magazine, this classic...

Carolina Beach Fishing Pier

The Carolina Beach Fishing Pier, technically known as the "Carolina Beach Fishing Pier Northern Extension" is a fantastic destination for sightseers and anglers alike at the northern edge of Carolina Beach. Bordering...

Carolina Beach Inshore Adventures

Water lovers can enjoy a full host of adventures, from fishing trips to romantic sunset cruises, with a visit to Carolina Beach Inshore Adventures. This all-encompassing fishing charter and boat tour company offers a...

Carolina Beach Lake Park

Enjoy a freshwater environment just a block or so away from the beach with a visit to Carolina Beach Lake Park. This public park is centered on the 11-acre freshwater lake, which was noted in the Guinness Book of World...

Carolina Beach Pontoon Rental

Visitors who want to explore the cool and calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway can embark on their own self-guided adventure via Carolina Beach Pontoon Rental. Located close to the Cape Fear River / Intracoastal...

Carolina Beach State Park

Visitors who want to take a break from Carolina Beaches' busy surfside scene, and instead enjoy its acres of wild, undeveloped territory, can pay a visit to the sprawling Carolina Beach State Park.

Carolina Diving Adventures

Visitors who want to take the plunge and learn how to scuba dive, or who want to discover the famed fossil ledges and wrecks that are abundant off the Cape Fear coastline, can start their explorations with the help of...

Carolina Explorer

Anglers can embark on an inshore or coastal fishing trip of the Cape Fear region with a guided expedition provided by Carolina Explorer Fishing Charter. This local fishing charter business that’s based out of...

CB Golf & Games

Carolina Beach visitors who want to enjoy the sunshine or a warm summer evening, but would like a little break from the beach, can head over to CB Golf & Games for a little family fun. Featuring an 18-hole mini golf...

Fort Fisher State Historic Site

Take a step back in time and discover the remnants of one of North Carolina’s most famed Civil War forts with a visit to the Fort Fisher State Historic Site. This former Civil War site was instrumental in...

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

Enjoy miles of pristine beaches, salt marshes, and scenic views in every direction with a visit to Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Located just south of Kure Beach, and renowned for its 6 miles of undeveloped...

Hoplite Pub and Beer Garden

“Pleasure Island” is all about having fun, and the Hoplite Pub & Beer Garden, a true pub or “public house” lives up to this reputation with a full menu of brews and pub grub, and a relaxed...

Hurricane Alleys

Summertime visitors who want to hop off the beach and enjoy a cold drink, an easy-going bite to eat, and a fine oceanfront view can stroll along the boardwalk to reach Hurricane Alleys. Located just off the dunes, this...

Jack Mackerel’s Island Grill

Jack Mackerel’s Island Grill is a fun destination for a Happy Hour drink and round of appetizers, an easy-going lunch or dinner, or a late-night snack right before the party begins. Located next to the Kure Beach...

Joe Eakes Park

Kure Beach visitors who want to take a break from the sandy beaches can keep the outdoor entertainment and activities going at Joe Eakes Park. Located just a few blocks away from the oceanfront, and easy to reach for...

Kayak Carolina

For nearly 20 years, Kayak Carolina has been the Carolina Beach go-to for fun adventures within the miles of open waters that surround the Cape Fear area. Located close to a number of cool sites, including Zeke's...

Kure Beach Ocean Front Park & Pavilion

One of Kure Beach’s newest pubic parks is already becoming one of its most popular, thanks to a prime location along the oceanfront, and a host of concerts, shows, and special events that have all been held within...

Kure Beach Pier

Visitors can cast off for some exceptional fishing, while enjoying a bit of local history, with a visit to the Kure Beach Fishing Pier. Family owned and operated since it was first built, this unmistakable beach...

Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill

Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill is a fun spot for beach fans and night owls alike, with a wealth of entertainment that’s just steps away from the wide outdoor patio and bar. Known for ice cold drinks, casual beach...

North Carolina Military History Museum

Military history buffs can explore decades of local and national artifacts that range from medals to actual tanks and helicopters with a visit to the North Carolina Military History Museum. Equipped with both indoor and...

North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Center

Visitors to the Fort Fisher Museum and State Recreation Area can further their education about the region’s rich maritime and military history with a visit to the North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Center...

Odysea Surf and Kiteboard School

The Odysea Surf and Kiteboard School allows Carolina Beach and Wilmington visitors to experience a wealth of on-the-water adventures that range from riding the waves to paddling through the quieter creeks and channels...

Paddle NC

Visitors who are camping or exploring the expansive Carolina Beach State Park don’t have to venture too far to enjoy a stellar tour of the Cape Fear River, Snow’s Cut, and all the scenic marshes in between...

Saint’s Cove Beach Bar and Grill

Every beach town deserves a good, friendly beach bar, and Carolina Beach certainly has more than its fair share. Visitors who are looking for a cool setting, great food, and a casual but fairly family-friendly...

Saltwater Surf Art Gallery

Visitors who are strolling along the Carolina Beach Boardwalk can enjoy a colorful break from the sun and sand by stepping into the vibrantly inviting Saltwater Surf Art Gallery. Featuring a wealth of distinctively...

SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar

The SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar is a casual little spot that has a definitive coastal vibe and a hearty menu that’s seemingly designed to appeal to salty appetites. Found just a block away from the oceanfront...

Shelby Jeans Restaurant

Shelby Jeans Restaurant is a prime example of Carolina Beach’s love of late-night destinations and good southern restaurants, and this centrally located establishment that’s a minute’s walk away from...

Silver Dollar

Silver Dollar is a fine representation of what makes “Pleasure Island” a popular destination for the after-hours crowd. Located along the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, and sandwiched in between a couple of cool...

Southern Sport Fishing

Cape Fear beach vacationers will be just minutes away from exceptional fishing, or from learning how to find and tackle the big catches, with a fishing trip provided by Southern Sport Fishing. Under the guidance of...

Sunfun Rentals

From Jeeps that can tackle the soft shorelines of Carolina Beach’s Freeman Park to Searay boat rentals that allow visitors to explore the coastline in style, there’s a lot of adventure to launch from Sunfun...

Tasting History Tours

Imagine a Pleasure Island exploration that uses all of your senses to soak up the local beach scene. This is exactly what’s in store with a fantastically tempting exploration provided by Tasting History Tours...

The Dive Food & Spirits

The Dive is an ultra-casual little spot that’s a fun destination for the after-hours beach crowd. Located just off of US 421, and bordered by a collection of beach bars, motels and restaurants, this little...

Tony Silvagni Surf School

Learn to ride the waves under the guidance of Pro Surfer Tony Silvagni with a camp or lesson that’s provided by the Tony Silvagni Surf School. Located in the heart of Carolina Beach, a Mecca for southern North...

Wheel Fun Rentals

Visitors don’t have to travel too far from the oceanfront to have a new kind of on-the-water adventure, thanks to Carolina Beach Lake and the on-site Wheel Fun Rentals. Located in the heart of the community, and...

Wilmington Jet Ski Rentals

Visitors who are staying at the Carolina Beach State Park will be just a shell’s throw from thrilling on-the-water explorations, thanks to Wilmington Jet Ski Rentals. Located on the edge of the park and bordering...

Zeke's Island Estuarine Reserve

Zeke's Island Estuarine Reserve is found just south of the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, and is one of the three original 1985 National Estuarine Research Reserve components dedicated by NOAA and the Division of...

Carolina Beach Surfing Guide

Carolina Beach Surfing Guide

Like a number of hotspots along the Cape Fear Coastline, Carolina Beach is a favorite destination for East Coast surfers. Only rivaling only its neighbor to the north, Wrightsville Beach, in terms of local popularity for southern North Carolina surfers, this beach town features a wide range of beaches to choose from, as well as traditionally gentler waves in the summer months that are great for beginners. As a result, visitors who’ve always dreamed about the surfing lifestyle – or who just wanted to see what all the fuss is about - will feel right at home at this vacation destination where daily life revolves around the beach.

Carolina Beach Fishing Guide

Carolina Beach Fishing Guide

Carolina Beach is well-known as one of the best Cape Fear destinations to drop a line, and with good reason. With a host of charter fishing businesses, ample inshore fishing grounds, and miles of Atlantic Ocean facing beaches, there’s arguably a fishing spot everywhere you turn in this small island community. Make the most out of the exceptional waterfront scene, and try your hand at the many ways to go fishing in Carolina Beach. From oceanfront piers to open river waters, the fishing is unforgettable and unbeatable in this corner of the North Carolina coastline.