The call of the ocean, natural beauty and good times. Who can resist? Carolina Beach, located on the Atlantic coastline of North Carolina, has it all. Whether you are yearning for a front row seat at sunrise, a perfect view of undisturbed sand dunes and sea grass, stretched out days on the beach, leisure time at the best fishing spots, or any of the other activities that make beach vacations the best, Carolina Beach is your place.
Located on Pleasure Island, Carolina Beach spans miles of ocean front beaches, the perfect site for swimming, fishing and water sports. Just 15 miles south of Wilmington, Carolina Beach is an easy vacation drive for anyone on the east coast or inland. Families love its pristine, wide beaches, the excitement of Atlantic surf and the fun of its boardwalk. Water sports are abundant at Carolina Beach with everything from paddle boarding and surfing to kayaking and wave running!
There are not enough vintage boardwalks still around, but the boardwalk at Carolina Beach is thriving! Carolina Beach has always treated its boardwalk well and it embraces all that a classic boardwalk should be. Offering delightful shops, restaurants serving regional favorites, tiki bars, live music and entertainment throughout the season, amusement rides, free movies and fireworks and so much more, our boardwalk is alive and well! Families love our pedestrian-only Boardwalk District with plenty of parking and bike racks located nearby. Food & Wine magazine ranks our boardwalk as one of the top 10 in the country and you will not be disappointed.
Adjacent to Carolina Beach is one of nature's most inviting environments. Carolina Beach State Park is a great setting for bird watching and observing animals in their natural settings. Bordered by the Cape Fear River, this easy-to-reach park is a favorite of both tourists and locals. It's a great spot for an old-fashioned picnic with its freshwater lake, gazebos, sheltered picnic area and great playground equipment.