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THIS IS NO ORDINARY BEACH

It's An Extraordinary One

Carolina Beach offers an original kind of beach experience from the past with old-time beach charm combined with a fun, family-friendly spin for today. Visitors can experience a vintage, nationally-recognized seaside boardwalk, live music, miles of beautiful beach, world-class fishing, one-of-a kind festivals and events, and all kinds of people united by good times that are unmistakably Carolina Beach. 

Enjoy a winter waterland this holiday season.  See the beach light up at the month-long Island of Lights Festival featuring a parade, tour of holiday decorated homes, lighted boat flotilla, New Year’s Eve beach ball drop and more. 

See Santa hard in his workshop at the Carolina Beach Lake for Christmas By the Sea or visit the nearby Aquarium at Fort Fisher and watch as Santa goes diving with sea creatures at Santa By the Sea.

Experience a coastal holiday season at Carolina Beach.  Check out our Holiday Highlights for all the festive things to do see and do and book your getaway now.

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.

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Christmas by the Sea
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Island of Lights Christmas Parade
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Island of Lights Holiday Flotilla
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