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Kure-Beach is a small, family-friendly community at the southern tip of Pleasure Island, along US Highway 421 near Carolina Beach and the Intracoastal Waterway. From the town of Kure Beach, you can see both the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. The white sand beaches here are generally uncrowded, restaurants are informal and the Kure Beach fishing pier is a magnet for anglers. Other activities near Kure Beach include scuba diving and snorkeling, parasailing, windsurfing, golf, tennis, hiking and picnicking. It's conveniently located right between the historic towns of Wilmington and Southport, where you can visit the U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship and stroll the waterfront shops and restaurants. At Kure Beach, you can wander through the remains of Fort Fisher, one of the Confederacy's largest and most technically advanced forts. Fort Fisher was the last stronghold of the Confederate Army. The North Carolina Aquarium is also located on 24 acres within the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. It has aquariums ranging from 100 gallons to 17,000 gallons, a touch tank, interactive exhibits and a gift shop. Just across the highway at the fort is The Cove, an oak-lined area overlooking the ocean. Swimming is prohibited here due to strong currents, but it's a beautiful place for a relaxing walk or to sit and watch the ever-changing ocean scenery.

Surrounding areas: Carolina Beach, North Carolina (2.8 mi), Southport, North Carolina (8.3 mi), Bald Head Island, North Carolina (10.6 mi), Oak Island, North Carolina (11.9 mi), Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina (15.9 mi), Wilmington, North Carolina (16.0 mi), Figure Eight Island, North Carolina (21.1 mi)

Kure Beach Vacation Rentals

Kure Beach Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Docksider Inn Oceanfront202 N NC Rt 421Kure Beach, NC (910) 458-4200
Tradewinds Motel309 FT Fisher BlvdKure Beach, NC (910) 458-8742
Courtyard By Marriott Carolina Beach100 Charlotte AveCarolina Beach, NC2.6 mi.(910) 458-2030
Shipwreck Lodge412 Carolina BCH Ave NCarolina Beach, NC2.8 mi.(910) 458-5557
Microtel Inn & Suites907 N Lake Park BlvdCarolina Beach, NC3.1 mi.(910) 458-1300
Comfort Suites4955 Southport Supply RdSouthport, NC8.3 mi.(910) 450-8111
Hampton Inn Southport5181 Southport Supply Road SESouthport, NC8.3 mi.(910) 454-0016
Cape Fear Inn308 W Bay StSouthport, NC8.6 mi.(910) 457-5989
Amerihost Inn & Suites-Wilmington5600 Carolina Beach RdWilmington, NC9.4 mi.(910) 796-0770
Island Resort500 Ocean DrOak Island, NC11.7 mi.(910) 278-5644
The Keys @ 17th Street4129 Hearthside DrWilmington, NC12.2 mi.(910) 350-1133
Blue Water Point5710 57TH PL WOak Island, NC12.7 mi.(910) 278-1230
Captains Cove Motel6401 E Oak Is DrLong Beach, NC13.5 mi.(910) 278-6026
Hampton Inn Medical Park2320 South 17th StWilmington, NC14.1 mi.(910) 796-8881
Courtyard By Marriott Wilmington151 Van Campen BlvdWilmington, NC16.0 mi.(800) 321-2211
Extended Stay America4929 New Ctr DrWilmington, NC16.0 mi.(910) 793-4508
Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington At Mayfaire Town Center6745 Rock Spring RdWilmington, NC16.0 mi.(910) 509-4046
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites160 Van Campen BlvdWilmington, NC16.0 mi.(910) 392-3227
Jameson Inn - Wlimington5102 Dunlea CourtWilmington, NC16.0 mi.(910) 452-5660
Mill Creek Apartments414 Mill Creek CourtWilmington, NC16.1 mi.(910) 799-7655
Waterway Lodge7246 Wrightsville AveWilmington, NC16.3 mi.(800) 677-3771
Hampton Inn & Suites-landfall Park1989 Eastwood RdWilmington, NC16.4 mi.(910) 256-9600
Anderson Guest House520 Orange StWilmington, NC16.5 mi.(910) 343-8128
Inn At ST Thomas Court101 S Second StWilmington, NC16.6 mi.(910) 343-1800
Best Western Carolinian2916 Market StWilmington, NC16.8 mi.(910) 763-4653
Econolodge2929 Market StWilmington, NC16.8 mi.(910) 763-3318
Fairfield Inn By Marriott306 S College RdWilmington, NC16.8 mi.(910) 392-6767
Motel 62828 Market StWilmington, NC16.8 mi.(910) 762-0120
Ho Jo Express Inn3901 Market StWilmington, NC16.9 mi.(910) 343-1727
Super 8 Motel-wilmington3604 Market StWilmington, NC16.9 mi.(910) 343-9778
Wilmington Hilton301 N Water StWilmington, NC16.9 mi.(910) 763-5900
Holiday Inn Sun Spree Resort1706 N Lumina AveWrightsville Beach, NC16.9 mi.(910) 256-2231
El-berta Motor Inn4505 Market StWilmington, NC17.0 mi.(910) 799-1214
Residence Inn By Marriott Landfall1200 Culbreth DrWilmington, NC17.0 mi.(800) 331-3131
Coast Line Inn503 Nutt StWilmington, NC17.1 mi.(910) 763-2800
Comfort Suites Of Wilmington4721 Market StWilmington, NC17.1 mi.(910) 793-9300
Days Inn-market ST5040 Market StWilmington, NC17.1 mi.(910) 799-6300
Holiday Inn-wilmington4903 Market StWilmington, NC17.1 mi.(910) 799-1440
Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel5032 Market StWilmington, NC17.1 mi.(910) 392-1101
Quality Inn4926 Market StWilmington, NC17.1 mi.(910) 791-8850

Kure Beach Weather & Climate

Both air and water temperatures are generally mild on the barrier islands. Summer air temperatures along the immediate coastline are considerably lower than those even just a few miles inland. In the winter months, coastal fronts are common and can push inland, bringing warmer than normal temperatures. However, at times, the cold Labrador Current passes between the Gulf Stream and the North Carolina coast, offsetting most of the general warming effect the Gulf Stream might otherwise have on coastal temperatures. Opposite the ocean, across the narrow barrier islands behind most beaches, are the "Sounds". These protected inland waters, calm, quiet and sheltered even from the sea breezes, are bordered on both sides by cool forests and productive swamps with unique vegetation and wildlife. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to North Carolina to influence the weather about twice in an average year

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 56°F 33°F 5.28 in. 48°F
February 58°F 35°F 4.18 in. 48°F
March 64°F 41°F 4.47 in. 53°F
April 71°F 48°F 3.08 in. 64°F
May 78°F 57°F 4.15 in. 73°F
June 84°F 65°F 5.04 in. 74°F
July 88°F 70°F 6.69 in. 79°F
August 87°F 68°F 7.66 in. 82°F
September 83°F 62°F 8.93 in. 79°F
October 75°F 50°F 3.87 in. 71°F
November 68°F 43°F 3.45 in. 59°F
December 59°F 35°F 4.19 in. 54°F

Kure Beach Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Wilmington International airport (ILM) located about 18 miles north of Kure Beach in Wilmington, North Carolina, the Albert J Ellis airport (OAJ) located approximately 59 miles northeast of Kure Beach in Jacksonville, North Carolina, the Myrtle Beach International airport (MYR) located roughly 62 miles west of Kure Beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and finally the Duplin County airport (DPL) located around 69 miles north of Kure Beach in Kenansville, North Carolina.

Kure Beach Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Jubilee ParkCarolina BeachNC2.8 mi.
Myrtle Beach Grand PrixNorth Myrtle BeachSC46.0 mi.
Windy Hill Watterboggan ParkNorth Myrtle BeachSC46.0 mi.
Family Kingdom Amusement ParkMyrtle BeachSC60.1 mi.
Gay Dolphin ParkMyrtle BeachSC60.1 mi.
Myrtle Beach PavilionMyrtle BeachSC60.1 mi.
Pedroland ParkDillonSC88.5 mi.
Water Parks
Myrtle Waves Water ParkMyrtle BeachSC60.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Bald Head Island Country ClubSouthportNC8.2 mi.
Founders Club at St JamesSouthportNC8.2 mi.
Members Club at St James PlantationSouthportNC8.2 mi.
Players Club at St James PlantationSouthportNC8.2 mi.
Lakes Country ClubBoiling Spring LakesNC9.0 mi.
Oak Island Golf ClubCaswell BeachNC11.0 mi.
Carolina National Golf ClubBoliviaNC14.0 mi.
Olde Fort Golf CourseWinnabowNC14.4 mi.
Beau Rivage Resort & Golf ClubWilmingtonNC15.7 mi.
Cape Golf & Racquet ClubWilmingtonNC15.7 mi.
Duck Haven Golf ClubWilmingtonNC15.7 mi.
Echo Farms Golf & Country ClubWilmingtonNC15.7 mi.
Inland Greens Golf CourseWilmingtonNC15.7 mi.
Porters Neck Plantation & Country ClubWilmingtonNC15.7 mi.
Porters Neck Plantation & Country ClubWilmingtonNC15.7 mi.
Wilmington Municipal Golf CourseWilmingtonNC15.7 mi.
Magnolia Greens Golf PlantationLelandNC19.1 mi.
Lockwood Folly Country ClubHolden BeachNC22.4 mi.
Briarwood Golf ClubShallotteNC27.1 mi.
Belvedere Plantation Golf & Country ClubHampsteadNC27.5 mi.
Castle Bay Country ClubHampsteadNC27.5 mi.
Olde Point Golf CourseHampsteadNC27.5 mi.
Topsail Greens Golf & Country ClubHampsteadNC27.5 mi.
Brick Landing PlantationOcean Isle BeachNC28.5 mi.
Riegelwood Country ClubRiegelwoodNC29.1 mi.
State Parks
Lake Waccamaw State ParkNC36.1 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort FisherKure BeachNC 
Brookgreen GardensPawleys IslandSC79.9 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresAtlantic BeachNC82.4 mi.

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