Whether your goal is catching sun or catching waves, Wilmington, NC, has it all! Take an Oceanside Tour of Wilmington’s Best Beaches and discover the charm of North Carolina’s paradise shores.
Play and Explore at Kure Beach
Kure Beach is the perfect playground for families of all ages! This beach is located just a 23 minute drive from Wilmington. Take a stroll down the historic Kure Beach Pier and step back in time with a visit to the retro arcade. Ready to take in some more sun and surf? Nothing beats Kure’s pier for ocean front fishing, dining, and relaxing. The adventurous nomad will enjoy hiking Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. A number of trails from difficult to kid-friendly run the length of the shoreline. Visitors will enjoy discovering historic routes along the way, such as an intact WWII bunker. Four wheelers welcome!
Seize the Night at Carolina Beach
Just 19 minutes from Wilmington, experience the magic, music, and quirky intrigue of Carolina Beach’s nightlife. For a taste of nostalgia reminiscent of Elvis’ Hawaiian Christmas, ride the waves over to Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar. Named one of America’s Best Beach Bars, the grill serves up classic tunes and great seafood cuisine. Signature drinks include a classic Mai Tai and the ever popular Dark N’ Stormy. Visit North Carolina’s #1 Dive Bar, The Fat Pelican, and step inside the legendary walk-in cooler. Boasting a surfing cow rooftop mascot, bikini contests, and seasonal events, The Fat Pelican is a haven for both locals and visitors alike. End the night with a trip down Carolina Beach’s famous boardwalk. Summertime visitors will enjoy sunset views from atop a colossal Ferris wheel, rides, seaside treats, and — if you’re very lucky — fireworks on the ocean.
Live the Adventure at Wrightsville Beach in Wilmington
The birthplace of surfing in North Carolina, Wrightsville Beach is the base camp for ocean adventures. Just a quick 11 minute drive from the city of Wilmington to the beach. Ride the waves all year long and enjoy Wrightsville’s surf bum hospitality. More of a spectator? The beach is home to The Carolina Cup, one of the world’s largest stand up paddle board races. Kick back in the sand and enjoy the show or rent get out on the water give stand up paddle boarding a try with the pros! Other activities include kayaking, sailing, wakeboarding, and even scuba diving in Wrightsville’s crystal blue waters.
Spending a bit more time in beautiful North Carolina? Take a trip down to Topsail Beachand keep the good times rolling!
For more great information about this awesome beach town read our blog about planning a Wilmington, North Carolina Beach Vacation.