What’s New?

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


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.

New Hotel

Hampton Inn & Suites Carolina Beach Oceanfront

Ideally located oceanfront and next to the famed Carolina Beach Boardwalk, the new Hampton Inn & Suites is now open and features 106 guest rooms and suites and meeting space.


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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 included Carolina Beach's Surf House as one of the 5 Farm to Table Restaurants to Visit in NC.

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

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Tripping.com included Carolina Beach among its list of 10 Best Beaches in North Carolina.

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About.com included Carolina Beach in a roundup of 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 included Shuckin' Shack on its list 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.