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THIS IS NO ORDINARY BEACH
It's An Extraordinary One
Located at the northern end of Pleasure Island, Carolina Beach is a different kind of beach experience offering old-time beach charm combined with modern, family-friendly fun. An original, nationally recognized beachside boardwalk, a state park, colorful characters, miles of beach, world-class fishing, and interesting one-of-a kind events and festivals, all set Carolina Beach apart from the ordinary.
Trade your ordinary beach vacation for an extraordinary one this summer at Carolina Beach. Enjoy classic seaside fun at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, rated one of the top 10 boardwalks in the country by Food and Wine magazine. Enjoy a hot donut from the famous Britt’s Donuts as they celebrate their 75th anniversary, get competitive in the arcade, or enjoy one-of-a-kind family fun at the boardwalk’s seaside amusement rides.
Grab a board and bond with the family with a group surf lesson taught by certified instructors. Cruise around the island on a surrey bike or hop aboard a pirate adventure cruise perfect for the kids. Beach nightlife heats up when the sun goes down with party boat cruises, live music at local tiki bars and more.
Enjoy family-friendly entertainment at the weekly Boardwalk Blast series featuring fireworks and entertainment and the Free Movies at the Lake series featuring movies visitors of all ages will enjoy. In July, watch as some of the region's best anglers compete for the biggest catch at the annual East Coast Got-Em-On-Classic.
Book your vacation to Carolina Beach for a summer full of original beach fun!
There is always something out of the ordinary to do in Carolina Beach, whether you are here for a long vacation or weekend getaway. At Carolina Beach State Park, hike a scenic white-sand trail leading to an overlook with gorgeous views of the Cape Fear River. Cast a line from the wooden Carolina Beach Fishing Pier. Watch a shark swim right in front of you – in a 235,000-gallon saltwater tank at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. For the history buffs, explore the Civil War’s largest land/sea battle site at Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Civil War Museum. Wherever you are in Carolina Beach, it's only a short walk, drive or bike ride to all the activities the island offers.
Experience a vibrant nightlife that’s curiously entertaining by visiting local favorites from tiki bars to colorful island hot spots, including one that features a surfing cow on the roof! Groove to the tunes at area venues and festivals from North Carolina’s biggest beach music festival on the coast to blues and jazz.
Rent a condo, cozy beach cottage or hotel room, or choose to return to simpler times and stay at one of our family-owned motels. Dine with oceanfront views or at locally owned restaurants in the heart of town. Shop for souvenirs and treasures of all shapes and sizes, from boogie boards to vintage apparel.
Get away and find your original beach experience. You’ll discover why there are a lot of beaches in North Carolina, but there’s only one Carolina Beach.