Call them what you like, (and the locals take a firm side on the issue) but the beach towns of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher provide sheer pleasure to those vacationing or living there! Fairly recently, a push to label all three distinct beach towns as Pleasure Island on maps and for marketing purposes has been made. Pleasure Island, located in Southeastern North Carolina lies just south of the riverside town of Wilmington. This island is uniquely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Cape Fear River, and the Intracoastal Waterway. No matter where you roam on this island water is near. Carolina Beach offers up a marina with over 40 rental boat slips appealing to those who like to bring their boat along for fantastic sea adventures! With a combined population that is approaching 10,000 the three towns are tightly woven, yet each have a distinct flavor of its own. Choosing to own a home on Pleasure Island will require you to pick your "flavor," so let's explore!
The town of Carolina Beach was recently named by Food & Wine as one of America's Best Boardwalks, and there are many good reasons for its inclusion! This pastel-colored, Ferris Wheel-boasting, Carnival game-playing spot is a gentle reminder of a time when family fun was simple and uncomplicated. To start off the morning, locals and "in the know" visitors often make the trip down the boardwalk to Britt;s Donuts. A local institution since 1939; it was also awarded a place on America's Best Donuts list by Food & Wine. Eat as many donuts as possible in the summer, as they are only open during tourist season! Carolina Beach is the largest of the three towns making up Pleasure Island, and offers up the most for families looking to be entertained. As the town grows, so do home searches in the area. Homes in Carolina Beach range from $80,000 for a condo or fixer-upper to the low millions for an oceanfront beauty. If you are looking for a family-oriented spot in the sun with local restaurants and dives where everyone knows your name, Carolina Beach might be a good place to start your home search.
Located between Carolina Beach and historic Fort Fisher you will stumble upon the quaint and incredibly beautiful town of Kure Beach. If you are looking for a little less action than Carolina Beach affords, then you are at the right spot! Kure Beach has a population of just over 2,000 permanent residents. Like all beach towns this number dramatically increases in the summer season. Kure Beach is home to the oldest pier in the state. Locals often enjoy all things outdoors. From fishing, kayaking, biking, or just plain lying in the sand gazing at the sea, Kure Beach is a nature lover's dream. The people of Kure beach are very close. In fact there is often friendly rivalry between the folks of Carolina and Kure Beaches. Many of the permanent residents have called this beach home for well over 25 years. Once a local, always a local! Homes range in price from the low 200's for a condo or townhome to around 1.4 million for a sprawling luxury beach home. Many of the homes of Kure Beach have recently undergone renovations and paint the town in vibrant tropical colors. However, a tucked away cottage is still an option here!
Pleasure Island locals as well as visitors from around the world often seek out the deeply rooted history in the island's Fort Fisher, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, as well as the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Visitors step back in time to explore the history of the Civil War. By turning Fort Fisher into a day trip from surrounding areas (you can access the area by car or by ferry) families are able to learn and play. The Aquarium is consistently named one of the best aquariums in the U.S.A. Recently ranking in the top 20 from tripadvisor.com, the activities available at Fort Fisher span all generations. Keep the whole family happy with a trip here!
Over time the changes that have occurred in these small beach towns have created a community that is steeped in history, community, and fun! From the new boardwalk renovations that occurred in Carolina Beach, to the ever-expanding Aquarium at Fort Fisher this island is always a pleasure! If you find yourself drawn to a taste of more innocent times, great neighbors, and proximity to all of the modern convenience that you might need, contact us! We would love to explore with you!