Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, N.C. Offer a Quick Getaway at an Affordable Price

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Falling Gas Prices And Family-Friendly Atmosphere Make These Beaches An Ideal Winter Vacation Destination.

Gas prices are falling across the nation and many families are beginning to make plans for their end of the year get away. If lazy days near the beach are your style, head toward Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, just outside the historic seaport of Wilmington, N.C.

Carolina Beach and Kure Beach offer affordable, family-friendly beaches and activities everyone can enjoy. These two beach destinations are within a day's drive for many visitors and less than a tank of gas from major East Coast cities like Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. With gas prices falling, families can enjoy the opportunity these beach towns offer to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city.

For the holiday season Carolina Beach will be hosting events starting in November. The annual "Island of Lights Festival" begins with the "Light Up the Lake" ceremony on November 28 and ends with the "New Year's Eve Countdown Party and Fireworks" on December 31.

Both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach offer old-time charm and character. Their unhurried atmosphere encourages families to relax and enjoy activities like strolling along the beach, biking, or watching fishing charters return from a day at sea. Carolina Beach's town center is a streetscape of small shops, restaurants and family entertainments like beachwear, ice cream and candy shops. Accommodations are convenient and you can choose from quaint family-owned beachfront motels, wonderful bed & breakfast establishments, or a towering oceanfront hotel.

Shuttling around just got easier with the debut of the coast's first-ever licensed golf cart cab service. The six passenger electric 'Green Cab' is hauling customers up and down the beach for a truly 'beachy ride' that is also good for the environment.

Carolina Beach is one of the North Carolina coast's best fishing centers. Located just off the Cape Fear Coast around Wilmington, N.C., Carolina Beach has a fleet of fishing experts with boats to hire for a day of deep sea fishing.

Carolina Beach is also an ideal area for surf fishing, bottom fishing, and shell fishing, thanks to its location at the convergence of the Cape Fear River, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. The Carolina Beach Fishing Pier is a great place to drop a line; it's open to the public and has a tackle shop, grill and arcade.

At nearby Kure Beach, the fishing is just as good. In fact, the Kure Beach pier enjoys an international reputation among fishermen as one of the best places to pier fish for king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, flounder and blues.

Go to or if you'd like more information and start making plans to "get away from it all" one last time in 2008.


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