Around 16 miles south of Wilmington, Kure Beach edges the Atlantic side of the town sharing its name (pronounced cure-ey). Its sands run in a near-straight line for roughly 4 miles, before meeting with Wilmington Beach to the north and the seawalls of Fort Fisher to the south.
Kure Beach’s width maxes out at nearly half a mile, although most areas are much narrower. Averaging around 100 yards wide, some of this width is occupied by a dune system covered in marine grasses. The best way to reach the beach itself is therefore via the provided boardwalks.
The 200 yard Kure Beach Pier stands midway along the beach, and provides a popular meeting point for anglers. It also lays claim to being one of the US’s oldest Atlantic coast piers. That said, the original 1923 structure has been rebuilt and rejuvenated more than once since that date owing to the action of the waves.
More adventurous activities include the chance to surf, kayak, and try stand-up paddleboarding, although Kure Beach is equally suitable for families with younger children. Not only is the beach close to several accommodation options and places to eat, but North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher too. Attractions here include alligators, turtles, otters and an outdoor play area.
- Good fishing
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