What’s New?

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

Coming Soon

New Website

Find your laid-back beach vibe on the new Carolina Beach Official Tourism Website, launching in January 2021. The website redesign includes custom interactive thematic maps, a new Blog program, advanced facilities and venues search, and a quick-view of tourism partner listings, places to stay and things to do.

Restaurants

Coast Craft Cocktails and Calabash

The innovative culinary minds behind Surf House Restaurant have converted to a new concept. Dine on Calabash dishes showcasing fresh local seafood with takeout or dine-in from Coast Craft Cocktails and Calabash, the rebranded and reimagined restaurant formerly known as Surf House.

Cross-Eyed Crab Bar & Grill

Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and spirits, stop in for a meal or drink at Cross-Eyed Crab Bar & Grill. Just steps off the Boardwalk, "The Crab" menu features seafood steam pots, shrimp and grits, and of course, cross-eyed crab rolls. A full bar with daily drink specials and live music add to the beachy ambiance.

Malama Cafe

Rise and shine for breakfast or brunch at Malama Cafe where nourishing breakfast and lunch sandwiches fuel your day. Enjoy hot and cold drinks featuring Counter Culture Coffee, healthy smoothies and more in the cozy cafe.

Fetoni's Pizzaria at the Boardwalk

Stroll into Fentoni's Pizza at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for New York-style hand-tossed pizza. Available by the slice or pie, choose from standard favorites, order specialty pies or try the unique pizza pops open-ended dough rolls.

The Spot Bar & Kitchen

Diners can enjoy a wide-array of scratch-made American fare, daily specials and cold drinks within a quintessential laid-back vibe Carolina Beach is known for at the recently opened Spot Bar & Kitchen.

Attractions

Carolina Beach Mural Program

New public art has debuted at the shore. Three new murals welcome visitors to the beach, "Welcome to Carolina Beach" outside Town Hall, "Carolina Dreamin" outside Crush & Grind on the Boardwalk, and "Surf & See" at the Veggie Wagon are the first three of a six-part community murals program.

Carolina Beach State Park Family Campground

The Family Campground at Carolina Beach State Park is in the process of renovating the site's two bathhouses. Loop 2 bathhouse has reopened to the public and renovation of Loop 1 bathhouse began recently. The entire project, complete with two new camper cabins, is slated for completion in spring 2021.

Accolades 

AAA Housekeeping Award

Two lodging properties in Carolina Beach have been awarded the AAA Inspectors Best of Housekeeping Award 2020, meaning that they fall within the top 25% of all hotels based on cleanliness and condition. This program highlights AAA Diamond designated properties that are the top tier in housekeeping: 

Hampton Inn & Suites Oceanfront Carolina Beach and Courtyard Marriott Carolina Beach

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Today.com’s roundup of the “Best Ice Cream Shops in America,” included Squigley’s Ice Cream and Treats.

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The Southerly Biscuit & Pie was featured in the biscuit edition of Our State.

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The Carolina Beach Boardwalk has made Budget Travel’s list of America’s Most Awesome Boardwalks.

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Thrillist listed Carolina Beach among its roundup of Best Beaches in North Carolina.

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

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24/7 Wall St. named Wake n Bake the best doughnut shop in North Carolina in their list of The Best Doughnut Shop in Every State.

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

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Britt's Donuts in Carolina Beach ranked 18th in Foursquare's list of Top 20 Donut Shops in America.

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

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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.