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Plan The Perfect Pleasure Island Beach Day! You’ve waited all year to play along our shores. You counted the days to picturesque beaches, breathtaking sunrises, and unforgettable sunsets. With our help, you can plan the ultimate beach day with these four proven methods. We promise it’ll make your next Carolina Beach or Kure beach experience unforgettable.

1. Check Weather & Plan Ahead 

You’ve spent hours planning the perfect Pleasure Island Beach vacation only to find it’s quickly not going to go as you planned. Be the vacation hero and plan the perfect day with the help of our new blog. Family beach day activities vary per family. My family enjoys staying on shore. We share stories and memories as we bury our toes in the sand as our beach chairs slowly sink in the surf. Some spend their days splashing about. Some even prefer to spend their time fishing with good friends. They’re all hoping to land the day’s biggest catch.

Educating your group on the importance of beach safety and Rip Currents will keep everyone safe. Swimming near a designated lifeguard stand is recommended. Our beaches are conveniently manned and stands are evenly spread out along our shores from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

Make beach time easy and accessible for everyone in your group. It is a breeze with over 44 public accesses to choose from. Are you looking for on-site or nearby parking, handicapped parking, bathhouses, showers, and more? No problem! You can find a complete list here

2. Don’t Forget Your Favorite Beach Gear 

After a long, cold, and wind-battered winter, the bright warm sun can feel fantastic! Nursing a sunburn or recovering from sun poisoning is not a great way to spend your vacation. Make sure you’re prepared and have the best beach gear for your perfect beach day, and pack that sunscreen. Protect yourself from the UV rays and the heat as summer warms up. A sun canopy or beach tent is a must-have accessory for your beach day. It’s an excellent way for the family to enjoy a fantastic spot to refuel and partake in beachside fun together. Don’t forget your favorite waterproof speaker! A day on the beach is always better with your favorite tunes. 

Nothing is quite as frustrating as arriving ready to hit the beach only to realize you left some items behind! No worries, we’ve got you covered! Check out Pleasure Island Rentals. With the most extensive inventory in the area, whatever you may need, you can find it here. Better yet, have it delivered to your door! 

3. Stay Hydrated & Refuel

All that fun in the sun makes one hungry! A family picnic on the beach filled with your favorite beach snacks and foods is a great way to refuel. With lunch already packed, there’s no need to cut your beach time short! More fun in the sun, who doesn’t love that? Those wishing to partake in our delectable selection of local restaurants will find an abundance of deliciousness to pick from! Below are some of our favorite options we’re sure everyone in your group will enjoy. 

A day at the beach is hard work! After a long day, soaking up the sun and playing beachside, who wants to head back to the house to prepare a big meal for everyone? Freddie’s Restaurant has you covered. Serving authentic Italian and American favorites. This award-winning local gem is open seven days a week and offers a selection of vegetarian options. 

If you and your pup need a quick pick-me-up, check out Happy Hippies Java Hut. Grab a delicious hot or cold cup of coffee or frappe and take a quiet stroll along the Pier. We recommend The Mermaid Magic! This popular cold brew is what cold brew dreams are made of! Allergies? No problem, they have dedicated equipment for customers with allergies. 

Britts Donuts is Pleasure Islands’ favorite donut shop! A popular shop is conveniently located on the boardwalk, making it easily accessible. This award-winning spot is loved by many and is often featured in state and national publications. Their delicious glazed donuts make it easy to see why! From your first bite, you’re hooked! It’s like a little piece of heaven! 

Dine With A View

Don’t want to cut your beach time too short? No worries! Located next to the Kure Beach Fishing Pier lies Beach House Burgers. This family-friendly restaurant is locally owned and operated, serving the best in quick, and yummy beach eats—best known for their juicy, thick, made-to-order burgers. Beat the heat with some soft-serve ice cream and other sweet treats. 

The High Tide Lounge and Tiki Bar is a local favorite all enjoy! They’re located at the end of Carolina Beach Pier, making it an easy and convenient option. It is open for breakfast, lunch, or dinner seven days a week. Enjoy their excellent service, grab a quick bite, and head back to the beach! 

Enjoy a fantastic Atlantic ocean view as you dine at The Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar. The panoramic views from the upstairs dining room are the perfect backdrop for any occasion. The Pier was destroyed in 2011 by Hurricane Irene; the Tiki Bar sits in the center of the rebuilt pier for all to continue to enjoy. At the tiki bar, you can enjoy cocktails, cold beer, and a limited menu. While they serve a limited lunch and dinner menu, we think you can still find a great selection of refreshments here.

4. Plan Some Fun Beach Activities 

Early mornings are a great time to start your beach day—the first to hit the beach gets the best seat for a fantastic sunrise! Take in a picturesque view as you set up to begin your beach day. Take a stroll along the shore, admiring the morning birds scavenging for breakfast or the pod of dolphins swimming in the distance. 

Looking for fun beach games and activities for your group to enjoy throughout the day? Check out Polar Bear Beach Game. They make playing in the sand fun for all ages! They do all the heavy lifting; you call and order—how easy is that?! Choose from games like corn hole, bocce ball, spike ball, and more. Make your beach day more fun with a bit of fun in the sun. 

Need Assistance Planning Your Vacation?

We’re experts at helping our guests find the most amazing vacation rentals! Book your perfect beach vacation with Carolina Beach Realty and choose one of our homes along Kure Beach and Carolina Beach. We offer a variety of accommodations, including pet-friendly rentals, homes with a private pool, and oceanfront rentals.


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