While Downtown Southport has an ample supply of wide front porches to take a load off and enjoy a breeze, many longtime visitors attest there's no better place to relax than the Southport waterfront Park.

City Pier at Waterfront Park in Southport, NC

The 9 acre park has a stunning location that borders both the downtown streets and the Cape Fear River waterfront, and while the busy central streets are a Mecca for dining patrons and antique lovers, it's hard to turn away from the park's stunning open water views. The locale is a high traffic area for commercial fishing vessels and Intracoastal Waterway travelers alike, and a visitor could spend hours on the shoreline, watching the ships churn in and out of the mouth of the Cape Fear River.

Fishing from city Pier at Waterfront Park in Southport, NC

Because the vista is so captivating, the park features a long line of comfortable wooden benches, adjacent to the water, so that everyone can find a quiet place to lean back and enjoy a long look. There are also picnic tables and shelters close to the park's entrance for a shaded lunch, water fountains, swings, and a lighted walkway for evening strolls.

Waterfront Park in Southport, NC

The park is also popular for its proximity to the town fishing pier, a long "L" shaped wooden pier that extends into the Cape Fear River. Handicapped accessible with public restrooms located nearby at the Garrison House, the pier is free to the public, ensuring that anyone can grab a rod and reel and see what's biting in the deep, and mainly salty waters.

Waterfront Park in Southport, NC

The park is open year round, and is easy to find along waterfront Bay Street. There is ample parking available, although the park and the pier can both be popular destinations on summer and holiday weekends. Visitors who intend to sit and stay a while are advised to bring along sunscreen, as the sun can be particularly harsh so close to the waterfront. A camera is all but required, and park patrons will also want to look for the distant views of the Bald Head Island lighthouse to the south, and the neighboring shores of Fort Fisher and Pleasure Island that can be spotted in the distance across the wide Cape Fear River.

Waterfront Park in Southport, NC

The Southport Waterfront Park is arguably one of the best places in Downtown to catch an incredible view, and waste away an afternoon or evening just admiring the waterfront scene. An ideal spot for picnics, fishing, strolling, or just enjoying the act of doing nothing, this small park is a favorite hang-out for both locals and visitors who need to take a breather, relax, and simply watch the world go by.

Waterfront Park in Southport, NC


Victory Beach Vacations

Visitors who are on the hunt for the postcard-perfect vacation rental in the heart of the Carolina Beach or Kure Beach area will find an enticing selection and plenty of friendly customer service when they rent through Victory Beach Vacations. Based in Carolina Beach in the coastal Cape Fear region, Victory Beach Vacations has more than 100 vacation rentals in all shapes and sizes to ensure that every vacationing family can find their dream home away from home on the beach.   When you book your Cape Fear getaway with Victory Beach Vacations, the fun doesn’t end when you leave the beach, it continues with an array of privately-owned properties outfitted with all of the amenities needed for a fabulous beach vacation.   Jenna Lanier, General Manager, explains that her family first opened the rental and property management business in 2002. At the forefront of Victory Beach operations is Lanier’s mother, Caroline Meeks. Meeks is both the Broker in Charge and co-owner with husband, Buck Meeks, who manages the Field Services team with Lanier’s husband, Scott.   For nearly 20 years, the Victory Beach team has worked tirelessly to establish a network of top-of-the-line rental properties for Cape Fear visitors to enjoy. “As far as our properties go,” explains Lanier, “they are all updated, well-furnished and appointed. “We have always performed post-cleaning inspections and since the pandemic, have put freshly laundered duvets over all of the comforters between rentals.”   Lanier emphasizes how important the guests experience is “we strive to give our guests a relaxing, stress free, memorable vacation.” This emphasis on customer service has led to Victory Beach Vacations having a 4.8 Google rating with over 300 reviews by happy owners and guests.In addition to Victory Beach’s superior sanitation practices, the company offers properties for every type of visitor. Choose from luxury oceanfront houses and condos to more reasonbly priced 2nd row properties with oceanviews. Many properties include pools and hot tubs as well, perfect for outdoor entertaining, and many are dog friendly.   Lanier also notes that all properties are within walking or driving distance to Pleasure Island’s main attractions – Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. The former, as described by Lanier, is the more commercialized of the two destinations and features a boardwalk, outdoor dining options and a plethora of weekly activities including fireworks, live music, amusement park pop-ups, and movies under the stars. Kure Beach offers a more residential feel with its fishing pier, intimate restaurants and family favorite, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.More water fun awaits, too. “There is a harbor and a canal that feed into the intercoastal. We have several properties on the harbor so guests can bring their boat, kayak, [or jet ski] and travel between islands,” says Lanier.   A stay with Victory Beach Vacations is an annual pilgrimage for most. “A large percentage of guests are previous guests. Some even reserve the same property for the next year as they’re checking out,” Lanier says. “It’s almost like it’s their personal vacation home.”   Even before guests arrive at their vacation destination, the Victory Beach Vacations’ website greets them with a live beach cam and exquisite aerial footage of both Carolina and Kure Beaches. See for yourself by scanning the QR code and call Victory Beach Vacations at 910.458.0868 to book your Cape Fear getaway. Start making your memories today! —Grace Silipigni