Carolina Beach, NC

Travel Guide
Carolina Beach which includes a beach, surf and a coastal town
This town, set on a peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Fear River, is known for its uncrowded beaches, outstanding surf and boardwalk amusement park.

Situated at the northern end of North Carolina’s Pleasure Island, Carolina Beach offers the ideal opportunity for a relaxing getaway without the crowds.Explore Carolina Beach on foot or by bicycle as the entire town is just 1,600 acres (650 hectares) and parking is limited. The area is home to several types of beach: Inland beaches along the Cape Fear River offer calm waters while the white-sand beaches on the Atlantic Ocean side are popular for surfing. A great place to start is at the original beachside boardwalk considered by many to be one of the best in the nation. Here, you can enjoy a ride on the Ferris wheel or a heart-pounding venture on the 80-foot (24-meter) tall Drop Tower.Visit the Carolina Beach State Park to see its beautiful beaches. Take a nature walk through a number of different coastal ecosystems and even get a close-up look of fascinating carnivorous plants such as the Venus flytrap. Rent a kayak and paddle across the creeks and swampland or take a guided boat tour. Charter boats depart from the river docks, offering a chance to go fishing, enjoy a romantic dinner cruise or do a twilight tour. Visit Carolina Beach Lake Park and rent a paddleboat for a gentle ride across the large freshwater lake. Head to the park’s amphitheater to watch a movie on Sunday evenings.Back in the township, shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs, beach apparel and surfing gear, or taste a homemade donut at Britt’s Donuts, a fixture here since 1939. Visitors drive long distances to indulge in one of their hot-glazed treats. Carolina Beach is an ideal spot to enjoy meals outdoors many restaurants offer impressive views of the sea. Dine and drink at anything from tiki bars and seafood grills serving the daily catch, to family-owned Italian bistros.

Where to stay in Carolina Beach

Golden Sands Oceanfront Hotel
Golden Sands Oceanfront Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1211 Lake Park Blvd S, Carolina Beach, NC, 28428
The price is $89 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
$89
per night
Jan 31 - Feb 1
Stay at this beach hotel in Carolina Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Popular attractions Carolina Beach Boardwalk and Odysea Surf and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (339 reviews)
"The room was clean and quiet. Only complaint was the bed being hard as a rock. Definitely will stay again"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Golden Sands Oceanfront Hotel
Hampton Inn & Suites Carolina Beach Oceanfront
Hampton Inn & Suites Carolina Beach Oceanfront
2.5 out of 5
1 Harper Avenue, Carolina Beach, NC, 28428
The price is $121 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
$121
per night
Feb 3 - Feb 4
Stay at this beach hotel in Carolina Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (945 reviews)
Very Clean and EXCELLENT Customer Service
"The check-in process was so easy. There was an issue with our room they quickly fixed the issue. The staff is amazing and very friendly. Will definitely stay here agan."

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Hampton Inn & Suites Carolina Beach Oceanfront
Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach
Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach
3 out of 5
100 Charlotte Ave, Carolina Beach, NC, 28428
The price is $129 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
$129
per night
Jan 31 - Feb 1
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Carolina Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,007 reviews)
"Everyone was so nice."

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hang Ten Hideaway, pool, Condo, Parking, Grill, Beach Access
Hang Ten Hideaway, pool, Condo, Parking, Grill, Beach Access
Carolina Beach, NC
Stay at this apartment in Carolina Beach. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a balcony. Popular attractions Carolina Beach Fishing Pier and Carolina Beach are located ...
3.7/5 Good! (9 reviews)
Beach Trip
"My family and I really enjoyed staying here at this property and we are planning on returning."

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2022

Hang Ten Hideaway, pool, Condo, Parking, Grill, Beach Access
OCEAN FRONT! SUPER CLEAN - see reviews!!! w/PRIVATE boardwalk beach access!
OCEAN FRONT! SUPER CLEAN - see reviews!!! w/PRIVATE boardwalk beach access!
Carolina Beach, NC
Stay at this beach condo in Carolina Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Carolina Beach Fishing Pier and Carolina ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (373 reviews)
Beautiful property, wonderful stay!
"Genevieve's property and the unit we rented were absolutely perfect! She met us for an early check-in and made sure we had everything we needed. She even made sure to give us plenty of good, local recommendations! The cleanliness was beyond what I expected! We rented the one bedroom, which could ..."

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

OCEAN FRONT! SUPER CLEAN - see reviews!!! w/PRIVATE boardwalk beach access!
Relaxing Oceanfront Condo 2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathroom with Outdoor Pool
Relaxing Oceanfront Condo 2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathroom with Outdoor Pool
Carolina Beach, NC
Stay at this beach condo in Carolina Beach. Enjoy private pools, a beach locale, and WiFi. Popular attractions Odysea Surf and Kiteboard School and Carolina ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (80 reviews)
Great place to stay!
"Condo was amazing property owners were very nice people I will be returning to this property! The condo was clean and organized and loved that the property had kitchen supplies!"

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2022

Relaxing Oceanfront Condo 2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathroom with Outdoor Pool
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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