Maps & Directions

Kure Beach is easily accessible by car, plane or boat. You'll find it's easy to get to and easily navigable once you're here.

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Kure Beach is located 17 miles from Wilmington, which is centrally located on the East Coast, midway between New York and Florida. The major east/west interstate artery I-40 leads to Wilmington, which is also served by U.S. highways 17,74,/76, 117 and 421.

Follow I-40 Eastbound to US-117 S/N College Road. Continue onto south College Road to US-421 south Carolina Beach Road. Continue to follow south Carolina Beach Road into Kure Beach.

The area features convenient access via the state's numerous interstate highways to the following metro centers:

Asheville, NC 318
Atlanta, GA 413
Charleston, SC 167
Greensboro, NC 184
North Myrtle Beach, SC 60
Norfolk, VA 250
New York, NY 599
Raleigh, NC 123
Washington, DC 360
Winston Salem, NC 210
Interstate I-95 73



The Pleasure Island Trolley offers service between Kure Beach and Carolina Beach June 15 through August. The open air trolley stops in Kure Beach in the first block of S Fort Fisher Boulevard, on the south bound side, in front of the public parking lot and next to the Sunoco Kwik Mart store. The trolley begins in Carolina Beach at the marina at 5:30 pm and will be in Kure Beach at 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm, seven nights a week. The last trolley to Carolina Beach is at 10 pm and the last one back from Carolina to Kure Beach leaves Carolina Beach at 9:30 pm. Cost is $2 per person each way.

Parking & Handicap Information
Currently Kure Beach has more than 300 free public parking spaces. One hundred twenty-six (126) are ocean front at 8 public beach access locations. Additional public parking is at the town hall, the town community center on 3rd  Avenue, and at Joe Eakes Park. All of these other locations are within a few blocks of the ocean. The Town of Kure Beach plans on adding additional parking in the future. The town provides handicapped parking at all strategic locations including near E, K and L Avenues where handicapped ramps have been built to the beach front. 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
Learn more about locations of parking spaces in Kure Beach.

Assisted Vacations
If you are an Elder, or if you are a fmaily caregiver, it can be difficult to take a vacation. AV.E Health provides skilled, caring staff to support Elers and their family caregivers on vacation. For those who value the quality of life that vacation provides. Serving the Wilmington area.

Pet FAQ's
You may walk your leashed dog on the Kure Beach strand from October 1st to March 31st. 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 1st through September 30th of each year.  Ft. Fisher State Recreation Area allows dogs on their beach year-round. The Gurney Hood Barking Lot, made especially for you and your pooch pal 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.

Airport Information
Wilmington International Airport (ILM) provides the Cape Fear Coast and southeastern NC with major commercial and general aviation services. (910) 341-4333,

Carriers Include:
  American Airlines

Non-Stop Destinations:
  New York (LGA)
  Atlanta (ATL)
  Charlotte (CLT)
  Philadelphia (PHL)
  Washington DC (DCA)

Rental Cars
Avis / Budget (910) 763-1993
Enterprise (910) 397-9110
Hertz Rent-A-Car (910) 762-1010
National / Alamo (910) 762-8000
Thrifty / Dollar (910) 343-1411

Limousine Service
Lett's Limo Service (910) 343-3335


Taxi Services:
Allen's Taxi (910) 228-6273

Angel's Taxi (910) 796-8956
Affordable Taxi (910) 409-2513
AAA Coastal Taxi (910) 632-4717
A&K Taxi (910) 431-4943
Beach Buggy (910)) 792-0232
Beasley Taxi (910) 791-8700
Bill's Taxi (910) 232-1819
Goins Taxi (910) 409-0727
Grab a Cab (910) 620-9579
Home James Taxi (910) 200-1654
Letts Taxi/Limo Service (910) 343-3335
Price Is Right Taxi (910) 208-9075
Safe Ride Taxi (910) 508-2794
Riverside (910) 792-1871
Transporter (910) 632-7401
X-tra Cab (910) 264-2947


Southport Ferry
The North Carolina Department of Transportation operates a vehicle and passenger ferry between Southport and Fort Fisher. This is a year-round ferry. For more information visit or call the ferry service directly at 1-800-BY-FERRY.