What’s New?

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


Lake Park Steakhouse

Carolina Beach has plenty of surf, now Lake Park Steakhouse adds the turf. This classic steakhouse provides an elevated experience alongside timeless dishes including hand-cut steaks, shrimp cocktail, bone-in pork chops and 8-ounce lobster tails. Create your own salad without a visit to the salad bar by choosing from over 30 ingredients and eight homemade dressings on the fill-out sheet. An extensive wine list is accompanied by a rotating bottle selection displayed on each table. Save room for dessert with homemade cheesecakes, key lime pie and crème brûlée.

Salt Fish Restaurant and Tiki Bar

Chef and owner, Kirsten Mitchell, brings an eclectic variety of cuisine to Carolina Beach with Salt Fish. Kirsten has achieved many awards and honors, including Food & Wine’s People’s Choice Top 100 Chefs in the Country. Influenced by Caribbean, Polynesian and flavors in-between, patrons can enjoy a variety of smoked dishes and meats, poke tuna, Caribbean 'mac and cheese pie' and more unique dishes packed with island flair. Don't forget to wash it down with a "rummy yummy" cocktail.

Celtic Creamery

The recently opened Celtic Creamery brings authentic Irish ice cream recipe to Carolina Beach. Customers love their creations, like banana splits, ice cream topped doughnuts and hot sundaes.

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 quick-service takeout 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.


Sea Legs Pedal Pub

Sea Legs Pedal Pub at Carolina Beach combines the fun of getting out on the water with a classic pedal pub experience. It’s perfect for special occasions like bachelor or bachelorette parties, birthdays, corporate team building or as a unique activity to do with friends and family. Different cruise options allow you to secure a pedal pub to yourself or simply book a seat and join the fun. Sit at the bar and sip on a drink or two, eventually, you’ll start pedaling through the water while your guide steers the way. This 90-minute ride is BYOB and luckily comes with a motor for extra get up.


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

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.

In addition to his Olympic success, Tony and his Team USA teammates won gold at the 2018 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championship in Hainan, China, in January.

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

The Courtyard Marriott Carolina Beach Oceanfront recently completed a major renovation and refresh that included all 144 oceanfront guestrooms, meeting and conference rooms, the lobby, front desk, fitness center, on site-restaurant and all public spaces. 


Seaside Shenanigans Gift Boutique

Shop gifts, apparel and home accessories at Seaside Shenanigans Gift Boutique. The shop recently opened in the former location of Touche on Lake Park Boulevard.


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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.


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

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

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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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TripSavvy 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.