Pleasure Island Beaches

A barrier island located just south of Wilmington, NC, Pleasure Island features some of the most beautiful beaches in North Carolina. Soft sand, grassy dunes, and gorgeous multi-family oceanfront homes steps from the surf are just a few of the reasons that vacationers return year after year, all year-long but especially between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Please Island is comprised of several quaint and historic beach communities, including Carolina Beach and Kure Beach.


Our namesake! Situated along Cape Fear, Carolina Beach is the epicenter of Pleasure Island and is famous for the Carolina Beach Boardwalk and Freeman Park, aka “The North End.” Carolina Beach State Park is a renowned fishing destination and home to the Flytrap Trail, where you’re likely to spot carnivorous plants. Locals and visitors alike love to frequent the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for its shops, waterfront restaurants, and Old Timey rides and amusements. When their feet aren’t buried in the sand and nose in a good book, history buffs will also find plenty to enjoy at the Federal Point History Center, with exhibits on local Carolina Beach culture. A short ride to Fort Fisher State Historic Site is another great nearby excursion for those who appreciate the past. In addition to the many eateries at the boardwalk, there are many, many more restaurants dotted around Carolina Beach, ranging from local seafood and fine dining to barbeque, Irish pub fare, and Mexican.

Kure Beach NC Pier

Kure Beach is well known for the fishing pier, smaller crowds, and relaxation! If you’re looking for a place to kick back and relax with a short drive to the fun, consider Kure Beach for your next rental. The Kure Beach Fishing Pier is the oldest on the Atlantic Coast and provides incredible waterfront views as well as historic pier fishing, bait and tackle provisions, concessions, and more. While you’re in the area be sure to take a quick drive to the Fort Fisher-based North Carolina Aquarium for a fun day the whole family will remember. In Kure Beach, enjoy annual events such as Boogie in the Park concert series and the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jass Festival.

Kure Beach NC Map