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

The Windstar Hotel
The Windstar Hotel
2.5 out of 5
907 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC
The price is $75 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Carolina Beach State Park, Carolina Beach, and Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Carolina Beach Fishing ...
3.5/5 Good! (117 reviews)
"Nice location close to everything my only problem was that the heat did not work the first night I tried it no problem the temp. was not that cold but the second night I seen that the temp. was going to be 36 degrees so I told staff I needed to switch to a room where the heat worked no problem I ..."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2021

The Windstar Hotel
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Carolina Beach Oceanfront
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Carolina Beach Oceanfront
2.5 out of 5
1 Harper Avenue, Carolina Beach, NC
The price is $121 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 3
Located in Carolina Beach, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps from Carolina Beach Boardwalk and Carolina Beach. Carolina Beach Fishing Pier ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (749 reviews)
"Very convenient to beach access Courteous staff Good breakfast choices Ocen front view was partly obstructed by the wall. Glass window is not from wall to wall."

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Carolina Beach Oceanfront
Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach
Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach
3 out of 5
100 Charlotte Ave, Carolina Beach, NC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $139 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Located in Carolina Beach, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Carolina Beach Boardwalk and Carolina Beach State Park. Carolina ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (993 reviews)
"Great access to the boardwalk"

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2021

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.
Latitude 34: Roomy Condo in A+ location, Walk to ☀beach/boardwalk★
Latitude 34: Roomy Condo in A+ location, Walk to ☀beach/boardwalk★
Carolina Beach, NC
The price is $59 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
This family-friendly Carolina Beach condo building is located by the sea, within a 10-minute walk of Carolina Beach and Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Carolina Beach ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (31 reviews)
Perfect Location and Great Host
"We loved our stay in Carolina Beach! The check-in process was very smooth, we found the condo to be clean and looking great when we arrived. Loyd was extremely responsive by phone and email both before and during the stay to answer any questions that arose. We were glad to be able to cook dinners ..."

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2021

Latitude 34: Roomy Condo in A+ location, Walk to ☀beach/boardwalk★
OCEAN FRONT!  SUPER CLEAN!!! see reviews.. .Private boardwalk beach access!
OCEAN FRONT! SUPER CLEAN!!! see reviews.. .Private boardwalk beach access!
Carolina Beach, NC
The price is $89 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
Nestled on the beach, this Carolina Beach condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Carolina Beach and Carolina Beach Fishing Pier. Freeman Park and Carolina ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (226 reviews)
Awesome
"Wished we could stayed longer. Beautiful beach, wonderful cottage. Very clean and well stocked with cooking items. Hope to be back in the summer."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2021

OCEAN FRONT! SUPER CLEAN!!! see reviews.. .Private boardwalk beach access!
Stay Aboard Our 40-Foot Private Sailing Yacht w/ 2 Cabins — private slip & AC!
Stay Aboard Our 40-Foot Private Sailing Yacht w/ 2 Cabins — private slip & AC!
Carolina Beach, NC
Nestled on the beach, this Carolina Beach houseboat is within 1 mi (2 km) of Freeman Park, Carolina Beach, and Carolina Beach Fishing Pier. Carolina Beach Boardwalk ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (19 reviews)
Awesome experience!!
"We had a great weekend vacation staying on the Why Knot?. The location was ideal , sailboat was extremely clean, bed super comfy & the view was unbeatable! We would definitely stay here again!!"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Stay Aboard Our 40-Foot Private Sailing Yacht w/ 2 Cabins — private slip & AC!
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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