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Iconic Carolina Beach Boardwalk Remains a Top Tourist Attraction
Iconic Carolina Beach Boardwalk Remains a Top Tourist Attraction
The iconic Carolina Beach Boardwalk, although changed through the years, is a popular stop among visitors with seaside rides, entertainment and more. Read more»

Carolina Beach Among Top 12 Anchorage Spots
Carolina Beach Among Top 12 Anchorage Spots
While cruising along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Carolina Beach in North Carolina is the perfect anchorage with an attractive little beach town and quick access to the Cape Fear River. Read more»

Carolina Beach State Park Named As One of Five State Parks That Should Go National
Carolina Beach State Park Named As One of Five State Parks That Should Go National
This year, as travelers from around the world celebrate the 100th birthday of our country’s national park system, let’s take time to visit five of the best state parks that could be, or should be, national parks. Read more»

How Soon Can We Get Back to the Beach?
How Soon Can We Get Back to the Beach?
I have an ongoing bet with myself every year: how long after the New Year until Lauren, my wife, asks to go to the beach. Part of me can’t help but laugh at her impatience; another part of me can’t wait for her to initiate the trip. Read more»

Carolina Beach: A Winter Hidden Gem
Carolina Beach: A Winter Hidden Gem
Whether you’re embracing this winter with a ski trip or escaping the chilly temps with a warm-weather retreat, chances are you’d like to save some money. TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals has rounded up 10 super affordable US getaways this winter for staying in a rental, many of which are worthy of the “hidden gem” moniker due to their great attractions and recreation yet relative anonymity and Carolina Beach made the list! Read more»

Veggie Wagon Takes Its Hot Cocoa Bar Seriously
Veggie Wagon Takes Its Hot Cocoa Bar Seriously
'Tis the season for cozying up with some hot cocoa in Carolina Beach. The Veggie Wagon, known for its array of local and homemade goods, opened a hot chocolate bar for the second year in a row at its location on Lake Park Boulevard. Read more»

History of Wilmington Beer- Good Hops Brewery
History of Wilmington Beer- Good Hops Brewery
In 2012 Rich and Patricia Jones helped their son John Garcia, open Black Mountain’s Lookout Brewing. In 2013 they returned to their retirement home of Carolina Beach and spent the next six months opening Good Hops Brewing. With a craft beer boom in full swing the Jones’ felt the focus was on the I.P.A. style. So they decided to focus on less hoppy styles like their flagship brew Donna Golden Ale. Read more»

Time Travel: The Carolina Coast Then and Now
Time Travel: The Carolina Coast Then and Now
Several present-day attractions offer visitors a nod to the past at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. This coastal community is ideal for groups like multi-generational travelers – meaning you, the kids, your parents and your beloved grandparents – there’s plenty to please everyone! Read more»

Carolina’s Beach
Carolina’s Beach
While they still dance the Shag at Carolina Beach, there is plenty to attract the attention of those who may have left their loafers at home. From what may well be the world’s best doughnut to a strong contender for the Old North State’s most unique bar, Carolina Beach can provide a wonderful and quirky day just steps from the shore. Read more»

5 Farm-to-Table Restaurants to Visit This Fall
5 Farm-to-Table Restaurants to Visit This Fall
Autumn’s harvest brings with it flavorful, fresh offerings at farm-to-table restaurants across the state. Here are our five recommendations for the season, and make sure to check out our past recommendations for summer, spring, and winter. Read more»

Carolina Beach Day Trip Guide
Carolina Beach Day Trip Guide
The ocean isn't the only draw at Carolina Beach, where the boardwalk will remind you of simpler times and childhood summers. Revisit your youth with our fun-filled guide Read more»

Road Trip: Carolina Beach is Calling
Road Trip: Carolina Beach is Calling
For over 100 years, Carolina Beach has drawn families, surfers and outdoor enthusiasts to its shore. Check out trip ideas at Carolina Beach. Read more»

Around Carolina: Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Around Carolina: Carolina Beach Boardwalk
CAROLINA BEACH – The historic boardwalk at Carolina beach got a makeover this summer, making it one of the “newest” old boardwalks around. The first Carolina Beach boardwalk appeared in the 1800s and has picked up plenty of fans since. Read more»

Carolina (Beach) on My Mind
Carolina (Beach) on My Mind
At four hours away from Richmond, Carolina Beach is just close enough for a quick weekend escape. Load up some tunes, and head down the highway. Just south of Wilmington, North Carolina, in the Cape Fear region, Carolina Beach is an odd blend of old school boardwalk and beach town. Read more»

Carolina Beach Where “Kid Friendly” Comes Standard
Carolina Beach Where “Kid Friendly” Comes Standard
When it comes to the East Coast, Carolina Beach is one of those magical places where kids can be kids without over-whelming crowds and commercialism. Read more»

FREE Carolina Beach and Kure Beach summer activities
FREE Carolina Beach and Kure Beach summer activities
If you are heading to the beach this summer, check out this list of frugal and free activities at Carolina Beach and Kure Beach! Read more»

Among the Venus Flytraps at Carolina Beach State Park
Among the Venus Flytraps at Carolina Beach State Park
Within 75 miles of Wilmington, you’ll find all of the native Venus flytraps in the world. Read more»

Riding Your First Wave with the Tony Silvagni Surf School
Riding Your First Wave with the Tony Silvagni Surf School
Pure joy, a smidge of terror and a whole lot of laughter and smiles—that is how you sum up your son's first surf lesson with legendary board man Tony Silvagni. I have never seen a surfer get as excited about teaching a five year old as Tony. Read more»

Guide to Eating and Drinking Your Way Through Carolina Beach
Guide to Eating and Drinking Your Way Through Carolina Beach
Hitting the beach and enjoying the sun are obviously on the agenda while visiting Carolina Beach, but there’s so much more to do. Visitors to family-friendly Carolina Beach can enjoy classic, Southern hospitality and regional cuisine at any one of the area's notable restaurants. Read more»

UNC-TV Carolina Beach Boardwalk
UNC-TV Carolina Beach Boardwalk
This week's show takes us to Asheville to explore the Asheville Pinball Museum, we take a stroll on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, take a swing at Knight's Play Golf in Apex, visit Rumbling Bald Resort at Lake James, and Bob Garner visits award-winning Bridges BBQ Lodge in Shelby. Read more»

Wilmington’s manna Serves Up Heaven-Sent Cocktails
Wilmington’s manna Serves Up Heaven-Sent Cocktails
Like its biblical namesake, Wilmington’s manna restaurant is hard to categorize. But somehow, its offerings are exactly what you need. Read more»

It’s National Donut Day: Would you eat these doughnuts?
It’s National Donut Day: Would you eat these doughnuts?
Britt's Donuts in Carolina Beach ranked 18th in Foursquare's list of Top 20 Donut Shops in America! Read more»

Cruising Down the ICW - Fall of 2015 to Titusville, Florida
Cruising Down the ICW - Fall of 2015 to Titusville, Florida
Carolina Beach State Park Marina is one of the best kept secrets along the Intracoastal Waterway. Read more»

Restaurants vie for title of Carolina Beach’s best seafood chowder
Restaurants vie for title of Carolina Beach’s best seafood chowder
Seven Carolina Beach restaurants competed Saturday in the 19th Annual Chowder Cook off. The Wilmington Trolley transported patrons from various Carolina Beach parking lots to North Lake Park Boulevard where they tasted each vendor's chowder and then voted for their favorite. Read more»

Visit Carolina Beach
Visit Carolina Beach
Carolina Beach celebrated the Grand Opening of its newly renovated boardwalk on March 31. The milestone signals the beginning of exciting things to come for the boardwalk, including the opening of new businesses, a renovated arcade and additional accommodations. Boardwalk renovations began in 2014, following $1.6 million in grants awarded to the town, with the first phase completed this week. Read more»

Friday Postcards From The Sunrise on Carolina Beach, North Carolina
Friday Postcards From The Sunrise on Carolina Beach, North Carolina
If you are heading out to Carolina Beach be sure to get your camera ready for some amazing snapshots. And on those extra special days, those early to rise will see an amazing Atlantic sunrise! Read more»

Veritable “Little Shop of Horrors” on the Cape Fear
Veritable “Little Shop of Horrors” on the Cape Fear
Though it is known and cultivated throughout the world, the Venus Flytrap is native only to a small area of the Coastal Plain in North and South Carolina, mostly within a 75 mile radius of Wilmington. Read more»

Boardwalk Facelift for Carolina Beach
Boardwalk Facelift for Carolina Beach
This seaside community on Pleasure Island, just south of Wilmington is just about done sprucing up for the 2015 tourist season. The popular family-friendly beach has retooled/replaced its boardwalk area, which has been profiled in newspapers, cable TV and magazine and has even made Budget Traveler’s list of “Most Awesome Boardwalks." Read more»

Groundhog Day Blues? 15 Reasons to Celebrate Six More Weeks of Winter in Carolina and Kure Beach
Groundhog Day Blues? 15 Reasons to Celebrate Six More Weeks of Winter in Carolina and Kure Beach
Punxsutawney Phil predicated six more weeks of winter today, which may have some lamenting, but there’s plenty to still embrace and celebrate this season. Below, please find a guide for 15 ways your readers can get their resolutions underway at North Carolina’s very own winter waterland – Carolina Beach and Kure Beach! Read more»

Carolina Beach - A Vacation Spot Sure to Please the Hard-to-Please
Carolina Beach - A Vacation Spot Sure to Please the Hard-to-Please
By Helen Jackson We were quite the crew. Car top carrier strapped on top of the ’69 wood paneled station wagon, dad behind the wheel, mom “backseat driving” from the passenger seat and the three of us kids, each with a friend in tow, stuffed every which way in the middle and “way back” seats. The Beach Boys were blaring from the 8-track and our windows were rolled down—each of us anxious to feel the ocean breeze that meant we had arrived in Carolina… Read more»

15 Ways to Start 2015 off Right at Carolina and Kure Beaches
15 Ways to Start 2015 off Right at Carolina and Kure Beaches
Is the beach calling your name? The below zero temperatures have many people wanting to put their feet in the sand. Kick off 2015 by exploring the coastal destinations of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, North Carolina where countless winter activities will leave you feeling refreshed and energized for the year ahead. Read more»

Carolina Beach Fishing
Carolina Beach Fishing
Here's everything you need to know about your fishing options in Carolina Beach. Find a list of fishing charters, and read about shore and pier fishing around the area. Read more»

No Shoes, No Kids, No Problem at Carolina Beach
No Shoes, No Kids, No Problem at Carolina Beach
Carolina Beach is great any time of year, but my wife and I truly love it in the fall—especially when it’s just the two of us. Renowned as an ideal family-friendly summer destination, come fall, Carolina Beach is a perfect getaway for couples without kids and empty-nesters, young professionals or just a couple of friends in search of some less-crowded time at the ocean. Carolina Beach in the fall means no shoes, no kids and no problem for people like us. Read more»

Building a Better Boardwalk
Building a Better Boardwalk
The ocean isn’t the only draw at Carolina Beach, where a beloved seaside symbol with an 80-year history gets its moment in the sun. Read more»

Carolina Beach and Kure Beach with Kids: Top Family Attractions
Carolina Beach and Kure Beach with Kids: Top Family Attractions
On the southern coast of North Carolina, Carolina Beach and nearby Kure Beach are less commercially developed than many other beach towns in the Southeast and offer a relaxed, family-friendly vibe. Read more»

Summer’s Soundtrack
Summer’s Soundtrack
There’s no better backdrop for beach music than the ocean or a better stage than the Tiki Pier at Carolina Beach. Read more»

Carolina Beach
Carolina Beach
If you're looking for colorful shores that combine the modern with the classic, you must check out Carolina Beach. Read more»

Something Special is Always Happening at Carolina Beach
Something Special is Always Happening at Carolina Beach
The town of Carolina Beach always seems to have something on the agenda. Whether it’s on the bustling Carolina Beach Boardwalk, on the wide and family-friendly beach or elsewhere in town (from Carolina Beach State Park to Carolina Beach Fishing Center & Marina or the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier), a full lineup of events lures visitors and locals year-round. Read more»

How Do You Love? Count 14 Different Ways
How Do You Love? Count 14 Different Ways
Love is in the air in North Carolina. Read more»

America’s 25 Best Donuts
America’s 25 Best Donuts
There are few treats that are more delicious than a freshly fried donut. Read more»

America’s Most Awesome Boardwalks CNN
America’s Most Awesome Boardwalks CNN
If your idea of summer perfection involves roller coasters, funnel cakes and Whac-A-Mole, we've got 19 perfect spots for the season's last hurrah. Read more»

7 Classic Beach Boardwalks
7 Classic Beach Boardwalks
Saltwater taffy, carnival rides, and old-school fun are back on the upswing in classic beach towns whose boardwalks can make you feel like you've stepped into a time machine. Read more»

America’s Most Awesome Boardwalks
America’s Most Awesome Boardwalks
If your idea of summer perfection involves roller coasters, funnel cakes, and Whac-A-Mole, we’ve got 19 little pieces of honky-tonk heaven—just waiting for you to pay a visit. Read more»

Best Boardwalks for Food Across the USA
Best Boardwalks for Food Across the USA
The Drifters had it right when they sang "Under the boardwalk, down by the sea, on a blanket with my baby is where I'll be." Boardwalks are where it's at. Read more»

Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Carolina Beach Boardwalk
This summer, revisit one of the coast’s forgotten treasures. Read more»

A Dog Lover’s Guide to Carolina Beach
A Dog Lover’s Guide to Carolina Beach
From playing on the sand to hiking at Carolina Beach State Park or even dining at pet-friendly restaurants, there are plenty of ways to keep Fido involved at Carolina Beach this fall and winter. Read more»

No Kids, No Problem: Take an Adults-Only Trip to Carolina Beach This Fall
No Kids, No Problem: Take an Adults-Only Trip to Carolina Beach This Fall
With less crowds and affordable lodging rates, parents can get away and let loose guilt-free this fall at Carolina Beach. Read more»

Catch a Wave at Carolina Beach, N.C.
Catch a Wave at Carolina Beach, N.C.
Pack your swimsuit and head to Carolina Beach, N.C., one of the East Coast’s best-kept secrets for a surfing getaway, for the perfect place for beginners to hang ten this summer. Read more»

Get Outdoors: 6 Activities to Explore this Summer in Carolina Beach
Get Outdoors: 6 Activities to Explore this Summer in Carolina Beach
Visitors flock to Carolina Beach to enjoy summer vacations and the great outdoors. Make plans now to take part in some of the top family summertime activities at Carolina Beach this year. Read more»

Share Your Carolina Beach Photos Using #ONLYinCB this Spring and Summer
Share Your Carolina Beach Photos Using #ONLYinCB this Spring and Summer
There are a lot of beaches in North Carolina, but only one Carolina Beach. If you’re planning to spend time with us here over the coming months, we want to hear from you! Read more»

Celebrate “Christmas By The Sea” on the Newly Renovated Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Celebrate “Christmas By The Sea” on the Newly Renovated Carolina Beach Boardwalk
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on the newly renovated Carolina Beach Boardwalk, the site for this year’s Christmas By The Sea festivities. Read more»

A “Grand” Multi-generational Vacation Awaits at Carolina Beach
A “Grand” Multi-generational Vacation Awaits at Carolina Beach
If your children are not vacationing with their grandparents, they’re missing out. And so are you! The best way to make it all happen? A trip to Carolina Beach, North Carolina. The family-friendly destination has something for everyone Read more»

Millennials Can ‘Keep it Real’ with a Coastal Getaway to Carolina Beach
Millennials Can ‘Keep it Real’ with a Coastal Getaway to Carolina Beach
The millennial generation continues to garner attention – especially when it comes to travel. Read more»

2015 Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival
2015 Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival
A good time was had by all at this year’s Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival, held October 10-11 at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area. Read more»

#ONLYinCB Photo Contest – Fans Capture the Essence of Fall at Carolina Beach
#ONLYinCB Photo Contest – Fans Capture the Essence of Fall at Carolina Beach
With Fall in full-swing and the holidays just around the corner, Carolina Beach has launched a new ‪#‎ONLYinCB photo contest with YOU in mind. Our Fans and visitors take the most awesome pictures, so we created the #ONLYinCB contest to capture the essence of Fall in Carolina Beach—from your point of view! Read more»

The “New” Historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk
The “New” Historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk
The past meets the present on the classic boardwalk as just completed renovations have made what's old, new again. Read more»

Carolina Beach Welcomes 2017 with  New Lodging Options, Outdoor Activities, Exhibits & Tours
Carolina Beach Welcomes 2017 with New Lodging Options, Outdoor Activities, Exhibits & Tours
Carolina Beach and neighboring Kure Beach have even more to offer first-time visitors and repeat visitors alike thanks to a new hotel, land- and water-based outdoor activities, and several new exhibits and tours, including a limited-time appearance from a group of famous mermaids. Read more»

Fall Fishing Frenzy at Carolina Beach and Kure Beach
Fall Fishing Frenzy at Carolina Beach and Kure Beach
We are fortunate to have three unique bodies of water in the region – the Cape Fear River, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean – all of which work together to attract abundant verities of good-eating, fun-fighting fish species. Read more»

New Hampton Inn and Suites Opens in Carolina Beach, N.C.
New Hampton Inn and Suites Opens in Carolina Beach, N.C.
Carolina Beach, N.C. – August 30, 2016 – Carolina Beach is excited to welcome the much anticipated Hampton Inn and Suites Carolina Beach Oceanfront hotel to its inventory of accommodations. Set to provide guests with a relaxing seaside retreat, the new 106-room hotel officially opened its doors just in time for Labor Day weekend. Read more»

Carolina Beach Honored by WRAL Out & About Voters’ Choice Awards
Carolina Beach Honored by WRAL Out & About Voters’ Choice Awards
Carolina Beach, N.C. - August 3, 2016 - Carolina Beach was voted the #3 Favorite "N.C. Beach Destination" during the 2016 WRAL Out and About Voters’ Choice Awards on Tuesday, August 2nd at an awards ceremony in downtown Raleigh. Read more»

Iconic Carolina Beach Boardwalk Welcomes New Businesses
Iconic Carolina Beach Boardwalk Welcomes New Businesses
Carolina Beach, N.C. – July 13, 2016 – Carolina Beach is announcing the addition of seven new businesses to its award-winning Boardwalk this summer. The newest shops at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk will range from a new arcade to a locally owned sandwich shop and a specialty store with over 500 varieties of salsas, BBQ sauces and other condiments. Read more»

10 “Must Do’s” for First-Time Visitors to Carolina and Kure Beach
10 “Must Do’s” for First-Time Visitors to Carolina and Kure Beach
Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, N.C. – April 4, 2016 – Exploring a new vacation destination can be daunting, but when it comes to Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, visitors are in luck. Read more»

Plan now for a 2016 Beach Getaway
Plan now for a 2016 Beach Getaway
Carolina Beach, N.C. – January 4, 2016 – 2016 is bringing new and exciting changes to the beloved Carolina Beach, N.C. First time visitors and repeat vacationers will find a new hotel, an extended boardwalk, unbelievable burritos, brand new one-of-a-kind tours and more. Read more»

Travel Through Time at Carolina Beach and Kure Beach
Travel Through Time at Carolina Beach and Kure Beach
Carolina Beach, N.C. – Sept. 9, 2015 – The past and present collide happily at Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, North Carolina, forming a perfect mix of things to see and do that combines new features with historical milestones. Read more»

Carolina Beach Kicks Off Beach Season with Boardwalk Grand Opening
Carolina Beach Kicks Off Beach Season with Boardwalk Grand Opening
Carolina Beach, N.C. – March 24, 2015 – Carolina Beach will kick off beach season with the grand opening of its newly renovated boardwalk on March 31, 2015* at 2:00 p.m. The milestone signals the beginning of exciting things to come for the boardwalk, including the opening of new businesses, a renovated arcade and additional accommodations. Read more»

15 Ways to Start 2015 off Right at Carolina Beach and Kure Beach
15 Ways to Start 2015 off Right at Carolina Beach and Kure Beach
Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, N.C. - Jan. 5, 2015 - The holidays have come to an end and many people are looking forward to another chance for a new beginning and a fresh start that each New Year brings. Help get those resolutions underway and kick off 2015 by exploring the coastal destinations of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, North Carolina where countless winter activities will leave you feeling refreshed and energized for the year ahead. Read more»

New Updates & Openings
New Updates & Openings
Have you visited Carolina Beach before and are looking for the best things to see and do for your next visit? Read about news, recent updates and additions for Carolina Beach here! Read more»