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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.
Holiday spirits will be brightened at the Island of Lights Festival, a month-long celebration that transforms the area into a wonderland “island of lights.” The festivities kick off November 29 and continue through New Year’s Eve. Ring in the New Year with a beach ball drop and dazzling fireworks show, coastal-style, with the Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown.
Give yourself the gift of holiday deals and a Carolina Beach getaway now with December rates as low as $55 per night. Find the best of all there is to see and do with these holiday highlights and book your getaway today.
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.