It's all here: the Carolina Beach fishing pier filled with kids and old-timers alike angling for their first big one. The Boardwalk, perfect for evening strolls and ice cream cones. The arcade, as challenging and addictive as when you were a teenager. The gazebo, paddleboats and miniature golf. And of course the clean, laid-back beach by the warm ocean waters.
In addition to its nostalgic charm, Carolina Beach also boasts an active charter boat basin - home to offshore fishing excursions and nightly party cruises, and a state park full of coastal vegetation (think Venus Flytrap!), fine locally-owned restaurants and shopping for everything from sunglasses to surfboards to area souvenirs.
Neighboring Kure Beach
Located nearby on the island, Kure Beach is a little off the beaten path and filled with a lot of what you're hoping to find: clean, expansive beach; beautiful, natural surroundings with vistas of the ocean and the river; a state aquarium and park; relaxed people enjoying a small-town atmosphere; and the kind of local character that seems to have all but disappeared from coastal towns.
There's always plenty to do around here - you can cast a line from the 700-foot long fishing pier, or explore nearby Fort Fisher, the last stronghold of the Confederacy. Gaze in awe at the 200,000+ gallon saltwater tank, or hike along the four-mile stretch of undeveloped beach in the state park. Shop for the latest beachwear and check out what's in style at the surf shops. Even hop a ferry for a breathtaking view on a trip to the mainland.
Fort Fisher, at the southern end of the island just beyond Kure Beach, allows you to step back in time with a trip to the Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Civil War Museum, and then discover the amazing world of the sea at the North Carolina Aquarium. You'll also find the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, with six miles of undeveloped beach.
Carolina Beach Contact:
919-277-1176 – Direct Line
919-832-8322 – Fax