Blakeslee Air Force Recreation Area

When you make Blakeslee Air Force Recreation Area (BAFRA) your coastal vacation destination, you’ll discover the perfect setting for you to relax and reconnect with family and friends. Located within an easy 30-minute drive from Historic Wilmington, Kure Beach is steeped in history and natural beauty. Vacationers delight in the best of both worlds—the charm and serenity of a small seaside town with an abundance of activities. It’s no surprise that BAFRA has been called “the military’s best kept secret.” Offering cottages, lodge rooms, recreational vehicle sites and tent camping, Blakeslee AFRA is designed for the enjoyment of military members, their families, retirees and all other authorized DoD customers.

To learn more about the naming of our recreation area, see Col Don Blakeslee

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Please note the policies below and be sure to book within your allotted timeframe based on the categories as given.



  • Four-bedroom cottages – Sleep up to eight guests; two queen rooms, two twin rooms
  • Three-bedroom cottages – Sleep up to six guests; two queen size beds, two twins
  • One bedroom cottages – Sleep up to two guests in a queen size bed

Pet Friendly

Pet friendly accommodations available by request only

Climate controlled pet kennels with doggy door and access to larger play area


Full hookup and overflow sites for recreational vehicles

Tent camping sites, primitive; no reservation necessary

Photo Gallery

To view a gallery of photos featuring our cottages, please visit our Facebook photo album: Cottages


Here at Blakeslee, it’s our goal to ensure that your stay is the very best it can be. We aim to ensure that you have the best accommodations, service, and convenience during your time with us. We offer many amenities including:

  • Basketball Court
  • Beach Access with Free Parking
  • Equipment Rental Center
  • Cable TV
  • Coin-operated Washers & Dryers
  • Fishing Pier
  • Gift Shop
  • Dog Kennel
  • Shallow Draft Boat Launch
  • Smoke-free Facilities
  • Recreation Center
  • Recreational Programs
  • Volleyball Court


  • Reservations made outside priority timeframe will be canceled. Same day reservations must be made before 4 p.m.
  • Reservations are made by room type only; specific accommodations are not guaranteed.
  • Total payment is due upon check-in.
  • No refund for early check-out without official orders or doctor’s written verification.
  • Late check-outs are not allowed.
  • Cancellations must call 910.500.6465 more than seven days prior to arrival date to avoid a cancellation penalty of one night’s fee per accommodation.
  • Sponsors must stay on site for the full reservation.
  • Military dependents with valid DoD IDs: Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a note from their military sponsor. Between 18-20 years, a note from the military sponsor is required. There are no restrictions for ages 21 and up.
  • Group reservations are welcomed during nonpeak season, 1 November – 31 March.
  • In accordance with DoDDM5100.76 DAFMAN31-101V2 and SJAFB FPP, open and concealed carry of Privately Owned Firearms (POFs) is prohibited. Credentialed Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) personnel are exempt. Registration of POFs is required. Please see Check In Desk for POFs registration process and requirements.

Eligibility & Use

A valid DoD ID card or service connected VHIC card is mandatory to make reservations and to show at check-in.

Reservation Priority

12 months in advance

E1 – E4 Airmen and their family members assigned to/supported by SJAFB

6 months in advance

Active duty uniformed members and their family members assigned to/supported by SJAFB

5 months in advance

Active duty uniformed members and their family members not assigned to/supported by SJAFB

4 months in advance

Service retirees and their family members retired from active duty or Reserve, and honorably discharged veterans of the uniformed services

3 months in advance

All other authorized patrons outlined in DAFI34-101, Table A2.1, Categories 5-14

2 months in advance

All other authorized patrons outlined in DAFI34-101, Table A2.2, Categories 15-29

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