Visitor Parking, Pets and Other Frequently Asked Questions

Plan the perfect getaway with answers to a list of frequently asked questions from travelers. If you don’t see what you need, reach out to our Visitor Information Specialist or stop by our Visitor Information Center.


  • Yes! Please call (910) 341-4030 for information and requests or request information online.

  • All accommodations, dining options, things to do and events are listed on our website. Click on the appropriate heading to see a complete list.

  • Kure Beach enjoys comfortable weather no matter the season. Find forecasts, average temperatures by month and more weather-related information.

  • Yes! Please contact our Sales and Services team who can assist you with your questions and planning. Find more information on Groups and Weddings, including venues, services and more.

  • Sales and use tax on purchases, including food, clothing and other retail are taxed at the rate of 7%, grocery store food designed to take home is 2%, and prepared food at restaurants is 7%. In addition to the 7% sales tax, there is a local county room occupancy tax at a rate of 6%.

Transportation & Accessibility

  • Kure Beach has metered parking spaces as well as parking lots that offer public parking spaces. Visitors may pay for parking by using a pay station, following the pay by phone or text by phone options on signage throughout town, or visiting the Premium Parking website. Parking is enforced March 15 – Sept. 30 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking rates are $5 per hour. Visitors may purchase a day pass for $20, weekly pass for $100 or full season pass for $225. Free parking is available in all handicap marked spaces for those vehicles displaying a valid handicap designated license plate, placard, or hang tag. Spaces include locations near E, K and L Avenues where handicapped ramps have been built to the beachfront. Find a map of parking locations.

  • Wilmington International Airport (ILM) is approximately 21 miles from Kure Beach.

  • Taxis, rental cars and the Fort Fisher Ferry provide transportation to the island. Find more information about ground transportation.

  • The town provides handicapped parking at all strategic locations including near E, K and L Avenues where handicapped ramps have been built to the beachfront. For information on free beach ability equipment/services, call the Kure Beach Fire Department at (910) 458- 2014 and/or Fort Fisher State Recreation Area at (910) 458-5798. Find a list of accessible hotels, restaurants and attractions. For more comprehensive handicap information, visit ACCESS North Carolina.

  • You can rent bicycles with Pleasure Island Rentals, Paddle NC and Tony Silvagni Surf School on the island. Find a list of bicycle rental businesses. Embark on a self-guided bicycle tour of historic places on the island.

  • Yes! (3) Level 2 charging stations are available at 1140 N Lake Park Blvd STE J, in Carolina Beach.


  • There is no charge to access the beach as it’s free and open to the public year-round. Vehicles are allowed at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area’s four-wheel-drive beach. Permits can be purchased for access.

  • Lifeguards are on duty every day from Memorial weekend through Labor Day weekend. Kure Beach is a USLA Certified Lifeguard beach.

  • You may walk your leashed dog on the Kure Beach strand from Oct. 1 to March 31. From April 1 to Sept. 30, leashed dogs are allowed on the beach between 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. Fort Fisher State Recreation Area allows dogs on its beach year-round. The Gurney Hood Barking Lot, made especially for you and your pooch to run free, is a fenced-in area located at Joe Eakes Park on K Avenue. Call (910) 458-5798 for directions and additional information.

  • Driving on the beach is allowed at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Registered vehicles with valid park-issued permits are allowed in the four-wheel-drive access area. Seasonal and daily permits are available. Driving is permitted 24 hours a day off-season Sept. 15 - March 31 and follows park schedule all other times. Find more information on rules and regulations.

Things to Do

  • Please check our events calendar to see what is happening on the dates you are visiting.

  • Get started planning your eco-adventure with trip ideas including parks, island reserves and wildlife adventures.

  • Guided tours and cruises are available. Find trip inspiration for island tours and cruises.

  • Kayak and standup paddleboard rentals are available through Kayak Carolina. Find a complete list of island outfitters providing water sport rentals.

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