In the Coastal Carolina region, boating is one the most popular pastimes and represents a lifestyle important to the history of the Cape Fear. Whether you are walking downtown along the river or crossing the Intracoastal Waterway in route to the beach, you cannot avoid the abundance of boats present in our community. Children are brought up playing water sports and residents spend their days fishing, sailing, or just cruising the coast. The sun shines and temperature is mild most of the year providing pristine conditions for the water enthusiasts.
Marinas around the region are almost always full with sailboats and during the warm days the colorful sails and hulls dot the waters. Bridges rise and yield to the vessels periodically throughout the days. Sailors from all over the world travel to or through our region in their sailing adventures.
The Coastal Carolina region includes Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Figure Eight Island, Topsail Island as well as Oak Island, Ocean Isle, and the other Brunswick County beaches. Boaters can be seen off the coast tubing, water skiing, wakeboarding, or just speeding by in the waves.
Also, the Intracoastal Waterway provides wonderful stretches for the above mentioned activities. During the summer months, contests are held at local beaches or the Cape Fear River promoting wakeboarding where professional athletes of the sport are brought into the area.
Fishing is one of the strongest passions amongst residents and visitors of our area. Tournaments are held mostly during the summer months for salt and fresh water competitions, but fishing is a year-round sport in our temperate climate. Marlin, sailfish, mahi-mahi, mackerel, yellowfin tuna, and giant bluefin tuna are just a few of the trophies anglers can pull from the North Carolina coastal waters. Also, some fishermen venture further offshore to the Gulfstream where deeper waters hold an abundance of fish.
No matter what water sport is your passion; our community can indulge it. Southeastern North Carolina is a paradise for the boater in us all.