What’s New?

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


Carolina Smokehouse

Featured in Southern Living and named one of the Food Network's top places to eat, Carolina Smokehouse brings its famous Western NC style BBQ to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Marking their arrival to the coast, new seafood offerings join their traditional sandwiches and plates. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of their signature sauce.

Soul Flavor Kitchen & Bar

Southern-style comfort food is now just a short walk from the beach at Soul Flavor Kitchen and Bar. Choose from fresh catch dishes, brisket, black bean chili, appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches and more. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available.


The Southerly Biscuit & Pie

Breakfast and lunch will never be the same after you've had The Southerly Biscuit and Pie's homemade Southern fare. Their made-to-order menu features biscuit sandwiches and seasonal hand pies and whole pies for every occasion.


Jack's Retreat Beer Garden & Dog House

The vibe of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk is even more unique than before with the addition of Jack's Retreat Beer Garden and Dog House. Grab a signature hot dog, sip a quality beer, and hang out on their pet-friendly outdoor patio steps from the Boardwalk.

Nollie's Taco Joint

Nollie’s Taco Joint serves simple and delicious tacos, burritos, beer and more during or after a refreshing day on the beach and is just a short walk from the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

Holy Smoke (That's) BBQ

What's better than pork and beef brisket slow-smoked over oak firewood? New to Carolina Beach, Holy Smoke offers a full menu of brisket, pork, burgers and fried chicken, as well as cast iron cooked cornbread, cole slaw, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, and more.


Carolina Beach State Park

Carolina Beach State Park has recently installed one acre of a proposed five-acre inshore artificial reef just off the park’s riverfront shoreline. The artificial reef will enhance recreational fishing and create oyster reef habitat in the lower Cape Fear River.


Tony Silvagni Surf School

Former Olympic gold medalist Tony Silvagni has opened a new Tony Silvagni Surf School location by the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Visitors can shop and rent gear there or staff will deliver boards, bikes, kayaks, chairs, and more directly to you on the beach or to your vacation rental home.

Paddle NC

Paddle NC now offers half- and full-day rentals of bikes to complement their fleet of standup paddleboards (SUP) and kayaks. Visitors can explore Carolina Beach State Park and other areas of the island. Kayak and SUP tours and expeditions are also available, including a new guided overnight kayak expedition.

Good Hops Brewing

Beer lovers will enjoy Good Hops Brewing's new Beer Garden. Non-beer lovers will enjoy the expanded wine collection, coming this year. The locally owned brewery also plans to expand its disc golf course to 18 holes.

iEscape Rooms

Known as the area's most challenging escape room, iEscape Rooms now hosts special events and private and corporate parties. Gather a group of friends or colleagues, bring your own beer and wine and work together to escape. Two new challenges—Mystery Room and Cell Block D— will be added in 2018.



Courtyard Marriott Carolina Beach Oceanfront

2018 will bring renovations to the Courtyard Marriott Carolina Beach Oceanfront. Updates include upgrades to the lobby, bistro, meeting rooms, and new TVs and artwork in every guest room.


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The American Trail Running Association included Carolina Beach as a Featured Trail Town.


Thrillist.com named The Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar one of the Best Beach Bars in America.

Coastal Living

Coastal Living.com named The Fat Pelican in Carolina Beach as one of The Best Beach Bars in America.

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WRAL Out & About Voters' Choice Awards named Carolina Beach the #3 favorite "North Carolina Beach Destination.

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USA TODAY 10Best Reader’s Choice travel awards voted the Carolina Beach Boardwalk as one of the top 5 boardwalks (#3) in the U.S.

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FoxNews.com ranked the Carolina Beach Boardwalk #1 among America’s Best Boardwalks.

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

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TripAdvisor.com recognized Carolina Beach among its list of Affordable Winter Hidden Gems.

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Tripping.com listed Carolina Beach among its roundup of 10 Best Beaches in North Carolina.

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About.com named Carolina Beach one of the Best Family Beach Vacations in the Southeast.

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Impulcity.com ranked The Fat Pelican #25 in the list of the 32 Diviest Dive Bars in America.

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The Daily Meal ranked Britt’s Donuts among their top list of America’s 25 Best Donuts.

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Coastal Living named Shuckin' Shack one of the Best Seafood Dives in America.

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Endless Vacation named The Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar one of America's Best Beach Bars.