November 8, 2010
Guest Blog Post: An Exciting Coastal Carolina RV Excursion!
Beautiful beaches that stretch for miles, fascinating local history and RV camping within walking distance of world-class seafood. If that doesn't shout "North Carolina!" you haven't visited Pleasure Island. Here's a sample itinerary to help plan your own exciting Coastal Carolina RV excursion.
Step 1: Find Comfortable Pleasure Island RV Camping
Before you take on the easy task of finding a Pleasure Island campground, here's a little more background on the area. Just across the bridge from Wilmington, NC, Pleasure Island is tucked between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. Because it is, you get to experience not only an historic river town but also exciting oceanfront attractions.
The island is divided into two vibrant beach communities, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. It's also home to historic Fort Fisher—an important Confederate fortification during the Civil War. With all that activity going on, you would think it hard to find an RV campsite, but you'll actually find plenty of accommodating campgrounds nearby.
Here are two possibilities for hospitable RV camping on Pleasure Island:
•Carolina Beach State Park – beautiful, secluded campsites near the water.
•Winner's RV Park – close to fishing piers, charter boats and the Southport Ferry
Step 2: Planning Your Carolina Coastal Excursions
The beauty of North Carolina's coastline is reason enough to travel by RV to the region, but there are dozens of other attractions to enjoy. Take, for example, the area's maritime history. Start with a tour of the USS North Carolina, anchored in the Cape Fear River. Special seasonal events on-board and a walking tour of this WWII battleship will keep everyone in your party enthralled. Continue your education on Coastal Carolina's seafaring significance with a trip on the Bald Head Island Ferry from Southport. Once you reach the island, visit Old Baldy, as the island's lighthouse is known. Smith Island Museum of History as well as the lighthouse, open for public tours, are two more enduring reasons RV camping fans return to the area.
When you're ready for rest and relaxation, hit the beach! Pleasure Island boasts something for every type of sunseeker. Carolina Beach, for example, is a lovely little town well-known for its oceanside boardwalk. Stroll through quaint shops and sample regional culinary favorites while watching the sun set over the ocean. There's even an amusement park to thrill young ones who've come along. And don't worry about wearing out your feet while seeing the sights; electric beach cars and surrey bikes can be rented to transport your family in style.
A different type of beach experience can be found at Carolina Beach State Park, where hiking trails reveal the secrets of coastal ecosystems. And in Kure Beach, also home to a great boardwalk and pristine beaches, there's a bonus waiting. This beach town is home to the oldest fishing pier on the Atlantic coast. Bring your fishing gear and reel in the big ones on Kure Beach Fishing Pier, and then take the family to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. This well-planned exhibition of marine life includes more than two thousand animals.
Step 3: Don't Forget Pleasure Island's Artistic Heritage!
Leave time on your Coastal Carolina RV excursion to immerse yourself in the area's art and culture. A trip to Castle Street in nearby Wilmington, for example, will reward you with a wide range of galleries and artistic experiences. Another way to experience the unique culture of the North Carolina coast is by attending the annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival. Held the second weekend of October each year, this event is held on the Cape Fear River at Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area. Speaking of iconic events, don't miss the annual Pleasure Island Beach Music Festival, where the home of “shag dancing” celebrates the music that made it possible.
All in all, you can't go wrong parking your RV at a Coastal Carolina RV campground. There are sights, sounds and flavors waiting to become your favorite memories. Come for the beach, stay for the historic attractions and savor some of the best music, art and seafood around. North Carolina's Pleasure Island is always ready to introduce RVers to the joys of Coastal Carolina.
About the Author
Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals. For other great RV camping vacation ideas see the Monty's Musings RV Camping Blog or the new Monty's RV Vacation Photo / Picture Gallery