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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.
Experience a different kind of beach this spring with a getaway to Carolina Beach. Enjoy one-of-a-kind outdoor adventures including surf lessons, heading out to the Gulf Stream for a deep-sea fishing expedition or exploring Carolina Beach State Park to see the carnivorous Venus flytrap in bloom in May.
Enjoy classic seaside fun at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, one of the last remaining beach boardwalks on the East coast. Get your fill of Britt’s famous homemade donuts, play in the arcade or stroll through signature shops to find the perfect beach souvenir.
In March, dress up in your best Irish gear and run a fun 10K or 5K at the Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Lo-Tide Run. Visit in April for one of Carolina Beach’s signature events, the Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off. Sample delicious chowders and vote for your favorite as the area’s best chefs serve up their signature recipes. Get artsy in May at the Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival as local artists showcase their creations with live demonstrations.
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.