What’s New?

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


Fork N Cork

The recently opened Fork N Cork brings a Wilmington favorite to Carolina Beach. Enjoy a menu full of gourmet burgers like the Carolina Burger featuring homemade chili and slaw, or Pimento Cheese Burger drizzled with bacon jam. Or try Guy Fieri’s favorite Duck Wings confit, featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

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.

Tasting History Tour

Taste around town on the new "History in a Glass" drinks tour through Tasting History Tours or request an off-season tour offered for groups of 5+.


Carolina Beach Mural Program

The first of five murals is set to debut as part of a volunteer-led community murals art program. "Welcome to Carolina Beach" takes inspiration from a vintage postcard that invokes good feelings upon arrival on a beach vacation. See the new mural on North Lake Park Boulevard outside Town Hall later this year.

Tony Silvagni Surf School

Check out the new location of Tony Silvagni Surf School on Charlotte Avenue. Take a surfing or stand-up paddleboard group or private lesson and browse from beach gear to rentals including bikes, kayaks, beach chairs with umbrellas and more.

Pleasure Island Rentals

Get in an extra two hours of beach time with the new VIP beach chair and umbrella set up offered by Pleasure Island Rentals. Relax easy arriving to a full beachside setup.

Salty Dog Yoga & Surf

Aside from offering beachside yoga, amp up your workout at Salty Dog Yoga & Surf’s new weekly barre, T’ai Chi or Pilates Classes. The studio recently expanded to two studios, offers yoga teacher training and was voted best yoga studio by area locals.



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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Surf House Oyster Bar & Surf Camp was named one of 2019’s “Best Seafood Dives in America” by Coastal Living.

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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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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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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.