7 Local Beaches You Should Visit This Summer

The Carolina Cape Fear Coast is an area rich in history as well as natural beauty. Stretched across the shoreline of this region you can find some of the most pristine beaches known for their breathtaking splendor, small town charm and warm Southern hospitality. Here are a few of our favorites, each has its own personality, and all are located within an hour’s drive from Wilmington. See which one suits you the best and plan a visit this summer.

  1. Wrightsville Beach: From active lifestyles to friendly community gatherings, there never a shortage of something happening year-round in Wrightsville Beach. Known as North Carolina’s most accessible beach and located just 8.5 miles from Wilmington.

Best Known For: Watersports like SUP, Kayaking and Surfing, home of the Carolina CUP for SUP and the Wahine Classic Surf Competition

a. Vibe: Upscale surf town

  1. Places to Eat: Try Oceanic for one of the best Ocean dining views on the island.
  2. Things to Check Out: Take a trip thru history at the Wrightsville Beach Museum and see what island life was like here in the old days.

Best Known For: Everyone know about Freeman Park, the beach where you can drive your 4 x4vehicle out and set up camp. There is a reason why this town is referred to as Pleasure Island and this beach is just part of it.

a. Vibe: Laid back, down-to-earth, good-time beach living.

  1. Places to Eat: Havana’s Restaurant is a local favorite know for amazing hospitality and American food with an Island feel.
  2. Things to Check Out: World Famous Britts Donutsand the Carolina Beach Boardwallkare a must see.
  • Kure Beach: Located just 18 miles from Wilmington, Kure Beach will remind you of the kind of small-town beach you visited as a kid. This beach provides the perfect setting for you and your family to explore and reconnect with lots of new places to discover.

Best Known For: OldestFishing pieron the Atlantic Coast.

a. Vibe: Less hectic and family-friendly.

  1. Places to Eat: Freddies voted the best Italian cuisine in the Cape Fear area for many years. From the red & white checkered tablecloths to the generous portions you will not be disappointed. Get the Pork Chop!
  2. Things to Check Out: The Kure Beach Fishing Pier and the State Aquarium and the historic Fort at Fort Fisher.