What’s New?

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

New On the Boardwalk

Carolina Smokehouse

Featured on the Food Network and website as one of its top places to eat, this family-friendly restaurant is moving from Cashier, NC to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of their signature BBQ sauce home.

Latella Gelato

Newly open on the Boardwalk, Latella Gelato serves fresh, handmade gelato in fantastic flavors as well as smoothies, pastries and specialty coffee and espresso drinks.


Crush & Grind

Gourmet coffee, craft beer, and high-quality wine, oh my! Crush & Grind quenches your thirst and offers a sweet retreat from the summer sun with indoor seating.

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.


iEscape Rooms

Break Pharaoh's curse with friends and family at the new iEscape Rooms, a fully-immersive and interactive experience where you have to solve puzzles and clues to break the curse in 60 minutes or less.


Poppy's Palace Arcade

This new family-friendly arcade is the perfect place to beat the heat at Carolina Beach and enjoy 27 games including air hockey, ski ball, arcade basketball and more.


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.



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.

wral.com logo

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

usa today

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.

Fox News

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

Our State logo

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

trip advisor

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

tripping.com logo

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

About.com travel logo

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

Impulcity Logo

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

The Daily Meal Logo

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

Coastal Living

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

Endless Vacation logo

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