FAQ

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.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • 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:

  • Currently, Kure Beach has more than 300 free public parking spaces and three (3) paid parking lots with an additional 120 spaces available July-September. One hundred twenty-six (126) are oceanfront located at eight (8) public beach access locations. Additional public parking is located at the Kure Beach Town Hall (117 Settlers Lane), the town community center on 3rd Avenue, and at Joe Eakes Park. The three paid lots are in the center of town. All these additional locations are located within a few blocks of the ocean. Find a map of parking locations.

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

  • Depending on where your accommodations are located on the island, approximate taxi charge is $45 plus one way.

  • 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 wheelchair friendly 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.

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 October 1 to March 31. However, it is unlawful for any person to have or allow their dog to be on the beach strand of Kure Beach during the period of April 1 through September 30. 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.

Food and Drink:

  • Find fresh and Calabash seafood options at Big Daddy’s Restaurant and Jack Mackerel’s Island Grill. Find a list of seafood restaurant options.

  • Enjoy breakfast seasonally at Beach House Burgers and year-round at Kure Beach Diner. Find a list of breakfast restaurants.

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