To locals, Carolina Beach is known as an island town with a laid-back, friendly atmosphere. Head into any restaurant, ice cream parlor, or beach shop in your flip-flops with a towel wrapped around your waist, and nobody will bat an eyelash. Even the ocean is welcoming. Big enough for surfing or boogie boarding but gentle enough for even novice swimmers, the waves will cool you off after a long day at the beach. Rent a four-wheel-drive vehicle and roll onto Freeman Park at the north end of this barrier island where you can drive right onto the beach and even camp out in some spots. Or, spend the day on the other end of the island where the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher awaits with indoor and outdoor exhibits as well as a state-of-the-art playground. After a long day soaking in the sun, you can stroll along the boardwalk, shop at the local farmer's market, or grab a bite at one of the many eateries on the island.
When you're not resting your head on your lounge chair, you can relax at any of the Carolina Beach hotels. Looking for a quiet, secluded getaway? Use Expedia to book a quaint bed and breakfast. If a larger hotel with an ocean view is more your style, you can book cheap deals on name-brand resorts. Off-season discounts for hotels in Carolina Beach are easy to find using our comprehensive search engine. Save money with Expedia so that you have plenty to drop on beach chair rentals, snacks, and other fun activities.