Discover Carolina Beach!
The Cape Fear Coast is a wonderful vacation spot with plentiful adventures and fun things for you to experience. We have listed below a number of activities & attractions near the Beacon House Inn Bed & Breakfast for you to peruse. Enjoy!
Kayaking [Read Details...]
Explore the natural beauty of our Island up close and personal on a guided kayaking tour.
Zeke’s Island Nature Tour – This three-hour tour takes you across the Fort Fisher basin a short paddle to uninhabited Zeke’s Island. See pelicans, egret herons, ibis and other Colonial Water Nesting birds in their habitat.
Sugar Loaf Dune Hike and Paddle – A paddle up the Cape Fear River along the shores of Carolina Beach State Park takes you to the Sugar Loaf dune. See osprey and pelicans dive for their lunch from the vantage point of Sugar Loaf which affords a fantastic view of Cape Fear. This is a three-hour adventure.
Sunrise or Sunset Paddle – These tours run between 6am-9am and 5pm-8pm. Gorgeous colors paint the sky as the wildlife and marine animals come out to feed.
Surfing & Paddle Boarding [Read Details...]
Did you know that Carolina Beach is home to the Tony Silvagni Surf School? Yes, you can take surfing lessons from an Olympic Gold Medalist on Pleasure Island. Enjoy an exciting day of surfing with a certified instructor. If you do not need a lesson, boards are available for rent as well. If surfing is not your thing, perhaps you could try stand up paddle boarding. These tours/lessons are offered in the ocean or the flat waters of the Intracoastal Waterway. You can turn your vacation into a bona fide beach adventure.
Fishing [Read Details...]
Calling All Anglers!
The Beacon House Inn Bed and Breakfast is just a few blocks from the Carolina Beach Municipal Marina. We are happy to assist you in arranging a fishing charter for half-day or full day Gulf Stream trip. Our local expert Captains have years of experience and know all of the fishing “hot spots”. Fishing charters include bait, tackle, ice and fishing license. All you need to bring are your sunscreen and a small cooler for food and some cold drinks.
Beach Chair & Umbrella Rentals [Read Details...]
If you are just looking to relax and soak up some sun, we are happy to set up a rental for beach chairs and umbrellas. No need to schlep a bunch of stuff to the beach, you are on vacation! Pleasure Island Rentals will deliver, set up and tear down the equipment just steps from the inn. The standard two chairs with one umbrella rental costs $30.00 per day.
Biking [Read Details...]
There is no better way to explore our Island than by bike. Grab a picnic and spend the afternoon on a leisurely ride. The Beacon House Inn Bed & Breakfast is happy to set up a bike rental for you when you book your reservation. If you are not up for the two-wheel version, then how about a surrey-ride? Pedal beside your partner in the shade while you make your way about the Island.
Historic Landmarks & Wildlife [Read Details...]
If you get your fill of the beach, our island is also home to one of the key battlefields of the Civil War. Called the Gibraltar of the South, Fort Fisher was one of the last major strongholds of the confederacy. A mere seven miles from the Beacon House Inn Bed & Breakfast, you will find the Fort Fisher Museum and Historic Site. Guided tours are available seasonally or you can even plan your trip around a live re-enactment of the battle each January.
Just down from the museum is the Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Found in Kure Beach, beside the Caper Fear River, our aquarium displays a diversity of local marine life from the Atlantic Ocean to fresh water rivers and the estuary waters in between. The aquarium’s most treasured exhibit is Luna, a very rare albino alligator.
Another great place on the Island to explore is the Carolina Beach State Park. There are miles of trails through various habitats where you will see the Venus flytrap and other carnivorous plants that are indigenous to our area. The park is excellent for bird watching. Many tropical migratory birds make this their stop as well as the water birds that make this their home.
Downtown Wilmington [Read Details...]
A 25-minute drive will put you into downtown Wilmington that is another world all together. Wilmington oozes southern charm with its cobblestone streets lined with live oak trees draped in Spanish moss. The USS North Carolina Battleship is a must do for any history buff. You can also tour antebellum mansions, take culinary walking tours, peruse art galleries or just sit along the river walk for a taste of southern fine cuisine.
As you can see, the Beacon House Inn Bed & Breakfast is close to a plethora of interesting and fun things to do including our historic Boardwalk and Gazebo beside the ocean. Each week throughout the summer you will find live music, fireworks, beach bingo, carnival rides and other activities to enjoy. We are happy to recommend a wonderful outing that will enhance your beach vacation!
With so much to do from season to season, you can also check out Wilmington and Beaches website or Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce for upcoming music festivals, culinary events and cultural happenings in our area.