Pleasure Island Vacation Guide
The ultimate information source for visitors to
Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, North Carolina
The Pleasure Island Vacation Guide will help you plan your vacation in
Carolina Beach, NC and Kure Beach, NC. This vacation planner has all the
information you want about family fun and outdoor activities, fishing, golf,
shopping, restaurants, lodging, entertainent and attractions. Just click on
one of the tabs above to find out more about what interests you. With one
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Pleasure Island, which includes Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher, is a unique little place in the world of beach vacations. It’s close enough
to a metropolitan area (15 miles from Wilmington – population 100,000) to be the home of year-round residents, but also far enough away to be a quiet vacation destination.
The island is only about ten square miles with a permanent population of roughly 9,000 people,
but it has so much to offer. (Click here for local maps.)
It’s bordered on one side by 12 miles of beaches and on the other by the beautiful Cape Fear River. It has a huge state park, two vehicle-accessible beaches, a world class aquarium and literally thousands of acres of river, marsh and wetlands
One of the largest battles of the Civil War was fought here and a portion of historic Fort Fisher remains, along with a great museum. There are three boat launch areas, two marinas and two fishing piers, and a fleet of charter boats. The
island boasts of over 30 restaurants, two grocery stores, numerous shops, an historic Boardwalk area, a seasonal amusement park and two of the best outdoor music venues around.
Pleasure Island is a 20 minute drive from historic downtown Wilmington with its river walk, museums,
restaurants, nightclubs and the famous Battleship North Carolina.
It’s a short ferry ride away from historic Southport,
countless golf courses and the beautiful Orton Plantation.
It’s the perfect combination of civilization and remoteness. If you’re in the mood for quiet beaches and light traffic – it’s the place for you. But if you’re itching for a little bit more – like shopping, dining and attractions – it’s the place for you as well. Pleasure Island is worth visiting.