Kure Beach

Welcome to Kure Beach

Coastal waters that soothe the soul

Tranquil ocean waters and soft sandy beaches greet you at Kure Beach, with a great reputation for its relaxing and restful environment.

Part of Kure Beach’s history lies in the earthen fort used during the Civil War. You can still see remnants of the fort along with outdoor exhibits displaying artifacts from the period. For a unique look into the past of a different variety, visit the coquina rock formation near Fort Fisher. The rare mossy rock is made of seashells and coral and is estimated to be at least 12,000 years old. This wonder is only detectable during low tide but is just one of many wondrous sights you can witness at Kure Beach.

What to Love

  • Relaxed pace
  • Natural splendor
  • Shopping and restaurants
  • Close to the city

Local Lifestyle

Colorful houses dot the coastline of Kure Beach. The sleepy little town of about 2,300 residents has a small downtown area with only one traffic light. The community is close and friendly, and the neighborhood has an easygoing vibe. When you step into Kure, your cares melt away.

Golf carts are rare on this side of the island, as residents prefer to walk and bike around town. Locals participate in town events throughout the year, fostering strong community bonds. While some locals work in nearby Wilmington and some are retired, they all get to come home to the serenity of the shore and a slower pace of life.

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

Freddie’s Restaurant is a local favorite and known for making tasty pork chops, but the seafood portabella and Italian gumbo are standouts as well. 

A short drive to Wilmington is all it takes to discover fine dining and high-end boutiques. People rave about Granny’s Country Kitchen. This family-run eatery features homestyle Southern breakfast and lunch favorites. Uncle Vinny’s with tasty Italian options like hot meat sandwiches and freshly baked pizza. They serve gluten-free options as well. 

New York City’s Baldini for Men has made its way to Wilmington. They offer stylish men’s clothing and tailoring for that perfect fit. For women, there is Ziabird, a high-end clothing and accessories boutique with trendy pieces from around the globe. 

Things to Do

Kure Beach may have a laid-back lifestyle, but there is always something to do. Have a relaxing swim in the ocean, or go scuba diving to investigate the remains of the shipwrecks off the coast. From the south end of Kure Beach, you can even take a ferry from Ft Fisher over to Southport. Ocean Front Park and Pavilion hosts the Kure Beach Street Festival, the Park Concert Series, and other annual events. Stroll along the beach and gaze at the blue water, or grab a fishing pole and head to the Kure Beach Fishing Pier. The 711-foot wooden planked pier is the oldest fishing pier on the east coast. It is a family-friendly area with a concession stand and arcade.

Locals like hiking the basin trail on the undeveloped beach acreage of Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. The scenic, unspoiled land is home to several endangered bird species, including hawks and peregrine falcons. The park allows four-wheel drive automobiles to drive on the beach with a permit. Many locals come to the area to fish year-round.

Another fun way to spend the day is at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Considered one of the top aquariums in the country, the North Carolina Aquarium offers camps, programs, and adventure experiences. While you are there, visit the nearby Fort Fisher State Historic Site. The fort was a vital port during the Civil War and now displays museum exhibits detailing its history.


Kure Beach is part of the New Hanover County School District. The local elementary school is located on the other side of the island in Carolina Beach. Older students attend schools in or around the Wilmington area. 

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Overview for Kure Beach, NC

2,474 people live in Kure Beach, where the median age is 53.7 and the average individual income is $55,817. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Kure Beach, NC

Kure Beach has 1,046 households, with an average household size of 2.37. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Kure Beach do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 2,474 people call Kure Beach home. The population density is 2,812.3 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Kure Beach, NC

There's plenty to do around Kure Beach, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including The Tiny Terrace, Island Beverage, and Nancy Jo's Homemade of Carolina Beach.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 3.1 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 3.36 miles 40 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.47 miles 21 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.08 miles 7 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining 2.54 miles 13 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining · $$ 3.28 miles 107 reviews 4.8/5 stars

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