This seaside town marries vintage charm with unspoiled shoreline.

Despite its oceanside location, Carolina Beach, North Carolina, is a year-round destination thanks to its mild temperatures, plentiful activities and outdoor adventures. The vibrant vintage boardwalk is home to classic ice cream stands, rides and an arcade, while the beaches and Carolina Beach State Park are perfect for getting away from it all. Hiking, fishing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are all options for outdoor lovers. The list of things to do is endless, especially if you’re a fan of the sand.

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Explore Carolina Beach

  • Wilmington
  • Carolina Beach State Park
  • Fort Fisher
  • Carolina Beach

Wilmington

Overview

A quick 18-minute drive north from Carolina Beach, Wilmington offers dining, shopping and art along the Cape Fear River. The historic district paints a classic Southern scene with more than 230 blocks of classic architecture, moss-draped trees and brick-lined streets.

Known For

Dining, Beaches, Shopping, History

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Carolina Beach State Park

Overview

This popular state park offers hiking, boating, Jet Skiing and more. Venture just outside the park to grab a beer at a local brewery and learn about the island's history at the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society.

Known For

Camping, Nature, Recreation

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Fort Fisher

Overview

Hikers will fall in love with this nature-packed section of Carolina Beach. Located at the southern end of Pleasure Island, the Fort Fisher area is home to several historic sites and coastal hiking trails with incredible views.

Known For

Historic Sites, Recreation

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Carolina Beach

Overview

The heart of Carolina Beach is brimming with activity, from the vintage boardwalk and amusement park to the constant stream of beachgoers. Eat your heart out at one of the food stands or take a dip in the water. This is a quintessential seaside destination.

Known For

Entertainment, History, Dining

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Stay in The Center of it All

Immerse yourself in your destination at these centrally located hotels.

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Discover Sun and Vintage Fun in Carolina Beach, North Carolina

Long pier jetting out over beach into the ocean

Wander the Boardwalk

Start your vacation in the heart of the action. Today is all about experiencing Carolina Beach's top attractions, from the vintage boardwalk and amusement park to classic beach food stands. Of course, there's also time for a dip in the ocean and a tropical cocktail by the sea. 

Lighthouse in the distance at the end of a boardwalk

Head to Fort Fisher

Head to the southern part of Pleasure Island for a nice dose of history and nature. Spend the morning visiting some historic sites and the aquarium before taking a hike and evening boat ride. Dinner is at Kure Beach, giving you a chance to check out another popular waterfront stretch.

Close up of pancakes with berries

Enjoy Seafood and State Parks

Carolina Beach State Park is home base for the day. Spend the morning hiking and fishing before taking out some Jet Skis in the afternoon. Top off the evening with dinner in town and some craft beer at Good Hops Brewing.

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