Experience the unrestricted freedom of Kure Beach on a personalized solo getaway. Whether you’re angling for adventure or seeking to unwind from the daily grind, you’ll find an array of activities and experiences – from scenic seaside strolls to historic scuba expeditions – tailored to your individual travel style and interests.
Rise and Shine
Set the pace for your day of travel adventures with a breathtaking ocean sunrise. Ocean Front Park & Pavilion offers an oceanfront walking path that’s ideal for a meditative morning stroll. Located nearby, the century-old Kure Beach Fishing Pier is another scenic spot for catching the sun’s first rays. You can see early-bird fishermen baiting their hooks on this buzzing 710-foot pier, and even cast your own line alongside them! If a caffeine fix is your morning priority, nearby Happy Hippies Java Hut serves locally roasted coffee in a welcoming atmosphere.
Escape to Nature’s Playground
Miles of unspoiled beach create an ideal setting for visitors to connect with nature and leave reality behind. Explore six miles of protected shoreline spanning the Atlantic Ocean to the Cape Fear River at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Traverse primitive trails through the salt marsh past a WWII bunker or enjoy a picnic on the sand amid the sounds of crashing waves. At low tide, catch sight of the mesmerizing coquina outcropping, a rare rock formation estimated to be more than 12,000 years old.
On a Kayak Carolina tour, solo adventurers join fellow paddlers on an excursion to observe the wildlife wonders of Zeke's Island Reserve. This important shorebird feeding habitat is home to a variety of species, such as dunlin, black-bellied plovers, short-billed dowitchers, white ibis and great blue herons, among others. To strike out on your own adventure through salt marshes and wildlife estuaries, rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard from nearby outfitters, including Pleasure Island Rentals and Paddle NC.
Kure Beach’s North Carolina Aquarium at Fisher, named as one of the top aquariums in the U.S. multiple times by Tripadvisor, brings you face-to-face with aquatic wonders. Reserve your ticket to marvel at marine life, from majestic jellyfish to adorable otters, for as long as you please while tapping into childlike curiosity at one of the state’s most popular attractions.
Far below the surface, fascinating dive sites dot the waters of Kure Beach and the surrounding area. Take a guided dive tour with Carolina Beach Scuba and search for ancient Megalodon teeth and marine mammal fossils on the ocean’s natural ledges. Immerse yourself in North Carolina's first heritage dive site with a self-guided expedition to The Condor, a Civil War blockade runner that ran aground more than 150 years ago.
Treat Yourself to Local Flavors
Sprinkle local flavor into your itinerary with party-of-one friendly dining spots. Fuel up for a day of action or leisure with breakfast at Ocean View Restaurant, where you can savor French toast, country biscuits and other morning favorites – served with a side of Southern charm. Take full advantage of our proximity to the coast by sampling fresh local seafood on the deck of family owned Big Daddy’s Restaurant, open seasonally for lunch and dinner.
For an on-the-go meal near the pier, swing by Beach House Burgers’ seasonal walk-up window and order one of the signature thick, cooked-to-order burgers. At Jack Mackerel's, enjoy Caribbean-inspired dishes like the blackened salmon with mango crab butter.
Relax in Cozy Accommodations
After a full day of personalized adventures, retreat to intimate lodgings for R&R. Kure Lighthouse Inn offers a comfortable stay in oceanfront luxury suites just steps away from the beach. Or, choose from vacation rentals like a cozy one-bedroom Sea Coast Rentals condo, or a colorful Crystal Shores mid-century cottage within walking distance of the pier and other popular spots in downtown Kure Beach. You’ll feel right at home as you unwind in our town’s welcoming accommodations.
Solo travelers are bound to discover personal inspiration in the natural beauty of our serene beach town. Set your own schedule and hand pick attractions, restaurants and accommodations that satisfy your travel curiosities during a solo vacation in Kure Beach.