What’s New?

Curious about what's new in the always original Carolina Beach? Read about the latest updates, openings and accolades here.


Carolina Beach State Park
Join a park ranger at the Carolina Beach State Park for new Biological Wonderland Hikes. Learn how each habitat affects the plants and animals that call the park home.

Carolina Beach State Park has been chosen as a “Leave No Trace Hot Spot,” as one of 16 geographically and ecologically diverse sites nationwide. The Hot Spot program is designed to help educate people on how to reduce impacts on nature while enjoying our nation’s shared outdoor places.

Tasting History Tours
Discover the rich history of the island while enjoying tastings from some of its best restaurants during a History Tasting Tour. A new “Eat Around the World” tour will celebrate international cuisines.

Tony Silvagni Surf School
Tony Silvagni is no stranger to the winner’s circle: the owner of Tony Silvagni Surf School in Carolina Beach is a former Olympic gold medalist. He added to his impressive resume by winning first place at the World Surf League Trump Hyuga Pro Men's Longboard Tour in Japan, and a national title at the USA National Pro Longboard Championships in California. His namesake surf school offers surf camps, paddleboard lessons, kayak tours and more.


Paddle NC
Paddle NC will offer overnight expeditions, thanks to a new fleet of overnight kayaks. The new expeditions will let visitors explore both coastal and land areas surrounding Carolina Beach State Park. Avid kayakers can receive ACA (American Canoe Association) instruction through a program started by Paddle NC.

New Hotel


Hampton Inn & Suites Carolina Beach Oceanfront
Ideally located oceanfront and next to the famed Carolina Beach Boardwalk, the new Hampton Inn & Suites is now open and features 106 guest rooms and suites and meeting space.




Carolina Beach was honored by the 2016 WRAL Out & About Voters’ Choice Awards as the #3 favorite North Carolina Beach Destination. WRAL is the NBC affiliate that serves the greater Triangle market in North Carolina.

Carolina Beach Boardwalk has been selected as one of the top three Best Boardwalks in the U.S. in USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Awards.

Carolina Beach was named one of the Top 12 Anchorage Spots by Marina Life.com.

Carolina Beach's newly renovated historic boardwalk ranks #1 among FoxNews.com's America's Most Awesome Boardwalks.

Our State magazine included Carolina Beach's Surf House as one of the 5 Farm to Table Restaurants to Visit in NC.

On the craft beer scene, Good Hops Brewery in Carolina Beach won a Gold Medal in 2015 for its Bravehop Scotch Ale and added a free 9-hole disc golf course adjacent to the brewery.

The Fat Pelican ranked number 25 this year on the Impulcity.com list of The 32 Diviest Dive Bars in America. This unique nightlife spot has been a landmark in Carolina Beach for over 28 years.

Carolina Beach is among Tripping.com's list of 10 Best Beaches in North Carolina.