North Carolina is famous for mountains, rivers, the Wright brothers, and beaches! The best beaches are on the Outer Banks, sandy islands with the Atlantic on one side and a river on the other. Cape Fear is renowned for the movie of the same name, and is an extremely popular destination, but if you’d rather relax it may be too popular. Drive across Snow’s Cut Bridge to Pleasure Island, and down to its southern tip. There you’ll find Kure (pronounced CUR-ee) Beach, this week’s best beach.
Kure Beach is both a town and a beach, and if you decide you want to stay longer than a day (and you probably will) you’ll have no problem finding a beach cottage or ocean-front condo to rent, or a motel for a shorter stay. There are plenty of shops and great restaurants that range from 5 star to inexpensive, but always tasty, in this town of about 1,800. If they’re not enough for you, it’s a short trip back to Wilmington. But if you’re a beach-lover, you’ll just want to spread out your towel and stay.
The sands of Kure Beach are open and unspoiled, and you can sunbathe, amble along looking for shells, or just admire the ocean without constantly tripping over people. There are hiking trails and some fascinating vegetation, including the Venus flytrap. Kure Beach is also a great place for surfing or sailboarding, and it’s one of the best spots along the Outer Banks for fishing. The town has a 700+ foot pier, one of the best on the east coast, and you’re guaranteed to catch something. If you’d rather look at fish than catch them, visit the North Carolina Aquarium, also on Kure.
Carry all your beach needs in this spacious and stylish tote from JanSport. Keep your feet happy on sand, trail or water in these Sun Chill Thongs from Columbia. Catch everybody’s eyes while you’re catching rays in the shirred tubini with matching twist front hipster in Holly Berry from Tommy Bahama’s Sunkissed collection. Pack water, sunscreen, and shades and you’re ready to hit Kure Beach.