The Ultimate Guide to the Waters of Kure and Carolina Beach

“I go the ocean to come down, to reconnect with the creator, to just be happy.”
by Nnedi Okorafor

Water, water everywhere and if you are a kayaker, boater, standup paddleboarder, surfer or just a water lover there is no place better to take a vacation than Kure or Carolina Beach.  This week we have all the best places to access, enjoy or otherwise explore the awesome waterways of the North Carolina Coast’s best vacation destination. Grab your gear and get ready for a day on the water. Here we go with the ultimate guide to the waters of Kure and Carolina Beach. 

Explore The Deep Blue Depths

The waters of Kure Beach hide a diver’s dream. Kure Beach is home to the ruins of Civil War ships, fossils and other treasures from the past. Looking for a diving adventure? Several of the local dive shops offer tours making  it possible to explore many of the local underwater treasures. These chartered dives feature outings that explore the shipwrecks and natural ledges. If you don’t have a diving certification, don’t worry most of the shops also offer diving classes. What a cool way to spend some time during your Kure or Carolina Beach vacation!

Don’t forget to visit the  North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Center, located right in Kure Beach.  The center exhibits dive sites all over the North Carolina coast.  You can also learn about the research being conducted along the North Carolina coast. Currently, there is an estimated 1,000 shipwrecks and sunken boats in North Carolina’s waters.

Come Sail Away

Sailors will love sailing the waters around Carolina and Kure Beach. Unlike many destinations along the Carolina coast, Carolina Beach has a protected mooring field that is the perfect place to visit. All reservations are made online. Mooring fees are $20.00 per night and includes access to a public restroom and shower facilities. The best part of bringing your sail boat to Carolina Beach is that you are just a two-minute walk from the beach!

Three Great Places To Launch A Kayak

If you love paddling on a crystal clear Carolina day, then no place is better to visit than Carolina Beach or Kure Beach.  The local waterways offer visitors places to kayak on the ocean, salt marshes, and ICW. Each location has its own unique character, challenges, and beauty. Don’t forget, our waterways are shared by sailors, fishing vessels, commercial vessels, swimmers, and surfers. Stay alert and have an awesome time at one or all of these three kayak launches. 

Carolina Beach State Park, Boat Ramp B Road, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Explore the open waters and small islands, or head east along Snow’s Cut for a fun adventure. To do this start your trip at the Carolina Beach State Park. With its large parking lot and on-site kayak rentals, this is arguably one of the best destinations for paddlers. As soon as you put your kayak in the water you’re just minutes from exploring miles of the Cape Fear River. 

Carolina Beach Lake Park, Atlantic Ave. and S. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Looking for that perfect place to learn how to kayak? Try the Carolina Beach Lake. Located in the heart of Carolina Beach, the lake features eleven acres of placid water to paddle. The park has on-site kayak rentals, and the park features picnic areas and gazebos that are just waiting for a picnic. If you are just starting out this is the place to get your paddles wet fort the first time. 

Federal Point/ Buzzard Bay 2515 South Fort Fisher Blvd., Kure Beach, NC

If you are interested in paddling the pristine salt-water marshes of the Fort Fisher State Recreations area Zeke’s Island Reserve, is the place to begin your journey. This launch has ample parking. It should be noted there can be strong tides and winds in the area. Paddlers will want to use caution and novice paddlers will want to keep a keen eye on the conditions. However, few places are as beautiful on “Pleasure Island” as this area. 

Bring Your Boat

With loads of public boat ramps, local marinas, and an extensive network of boat services Pleasure Island, is the perfect place to bring your favorite center-console. Of course, all boats are welcome and with miles of waterways to explore there is simply no shortage of boating opportunities in the waters around Carolina and Kure Beach. One favorite is a ride through Snow’s Cut. Don’t forget, many of our properties feature covered areas for boat storage and large driveways so, your boat is never far away.