Carolina Beach Oceanfront Hotels

Before I get into the best Carolina Beach Oceanfront Hotels, I'm going to give you all the information you will need for your stay at Carolina Beach, NC. Of course one of the best attractions of Carolina Beach is the beach, and visitors will find plenty of ways to access and enjoy this sunny stretch of Cape Fear shoreline.

Carolina Beach is known for it's wide coastline, shallow ocean bottom with gentle waves, and abundant activities including surfing, shelling, and fishing. Carolina Beach is a playground for visitors of all ages who can’t get enough of the sand, salt and sun.

Experience a vibrant nightlife that’s as intriguing as it is entertaining. Explore this colorful island hot spot known for its legendary walk-in beer cooler or an oceanfront tiki bar featuring performances by local favorites. Groove to the tunes at the Carolina Beach Music Festival, North Carolina’s largest and only music festival held on the beach. Visit here for the best North Carolina Beaches.

Carolina Beach Weather – When to Visit

Late spring is the best time to visit Carolina Beach. During this time there will be fewer crowds and lower prices than peak season. Plus, you can still enjoy the summer-like weather with temperatures mid to lower 80s. Fall is nice as well, but fall is also hurricane season. Summer is peak season (temperatures in the upper 80s), but if you plan your trip for then, you can take part in many activities, such as the summer concert series on the boardwalk, outdoor movie nights at Carolina Beach Lake Park, and weekly fireworks on the beach. 

Ways to Enjoy Carolina Beach

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The Beach at Carolina Beach

From surfing lessons with an Olympic Gold Medalist, biking through town with the whole family along the Island Greenway, hiking or bird watching in Carolina Beach State Park, and casting a line off the fishing pier or charter excursion to reel in a great catch, Carolina Beach is a classic beach destinations with plenty of outdoor fun. Rent a jet ski, kayak, paddle board or bicycle from one of the many outfitters at Carolina Beach.

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Carolina Beach Boardwalk

A stroll on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk features classic seaside family fun with shops, restaurants and nightlife entertainment. One of the last remaining beach boardwalks on the East Coast, you can get your fill of famous homemade donuts, ice cream, and fudge, play in the arcade, see the ocean from the Ferris wheel, or dance the night away to live music.



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Carolina Beach State Park

This 761 acre park includes a Visitor's Center and marina/fuel dock accessing some of North Carolina's best fishing spots. The Marina features an accessible fishing deck. Explore 8.5 miles of hiking along 9 trails (2 trails are wheelchair accessible), 1 mile of biking, and secluded campsites beneath towering trees with the option of tent adventures or cabins sleeping up to six people.

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Freeman Park Recreation Center

At the north end of Carolina Beach, visitors have long enjoyed Freeman Park. Whether coming to the area to fish, swim, go boating, crabbing or casting for minnows, everyone loves Freeman Park. Overnight camping and 4-wheel drive access is allowed with proper permits.

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Carolina Beach Jet Ski Rentals

Offering seasonal Yamaha jet ski rentals by the hour at their private location near Carolina Beach, this family-owned jet ski business started in 2011. Customer service and safety is their number one priority. Let their friendly staff show your family a memorable time on the water. Telephone: 910-524-7547 Web: Carolina Beach Jet Ski Rentals

Carolina Beach Scuba

Whether you are looking for spear-fishing, pleasure or shipwreck diving, Carolina Beach Scuba has you covered for all of your diving needs. This full-service dive center offers training, air/nitrox fills and daily dive charters from the Carolina Beach Municipal Dock. Telephone: 910-458-7390 Web: Carolina Beach Scuba

Island Time Water Tours

Spend the day on the water cruising on a 23ft Avalon pontoon boat. The Captains and Skipper will entertain you with the area history while you kick back to watch dolphins, sea turtles, and the local wildlife. Telephone: 910-200-6959 Web: Island Time Water Tours

Odysea Surf School

Are you looking to learn to surf or hone your skills? Let our expert instructors guide you to catching some waves! We offer group or private Surf Lessons and Stand Up Paddle board Lessons on Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Telephone: 910-431-0594 Web: Odysea Surf School

Paddle NC

Paddle NC provides kayak and stand up paddle boards (SUP) rentals, instruction, and tours. They also have rental surfboards, advance technology body boards, beach items like umbrellas and chairs, as well as bikes. Telephone: 910-612-3297 Web: Paddle NC

Best Carolina Beach Restaurants

Cape Fear Boil Company $11 – 30

Dining out at the beach can be a daunting task. Leaving the beach early, hour long waits for tables, expensive drinks, and mediocre food are just the start! Let Cape Fear Boil Co. solve your dining dilemma with their unique approach! Choose either their at-home catering or one of their steam pots to-go. Maximize your beach time and enjoy a meal and experience you won't soon forget! Telephone: 910-707-3034 Web: Cape Fear Boil Company

Ida Thai Cuisine $11 – 30

Ida Thai Cuisine is a refreshing little restaurant that’s found just inland of the Carolina Beach shoreline, and which is renowned for a heavy collection of authentic Thai dishes. Located in a vibrant green restaurant, and therefore hard to miss, Ida Thai Cuisine is a fine destination for an easy lunch or dinner, or for a take-out feast to enjoy at the beach vacation rental. Telephone: 910-458-8136 Web: Ida Thai Cuisine

Kate's Pancake House $11 – 30

Choose from a generous selection of pancakes, waffles, french toast, eggs, omelettes, benedicts, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and more. Not a fan of breakfast? Not a problem- they have lunch choices too! Telephone: 910-458-3663 Web: Kate's Pancake House

Shuckin Shack $11 – 30

Seafood lovers who don’t mind getting their hands dirty will want to take a stroll to the Shuckin’ Shack. The menu is loaded with appetizers, samplers, sandwiches, baskets, salads, platters and more, ensuring all seafood fans can enjoy their favorite dishes in any style they choose. Telephone: 910-833-8622 Web: Shuckin Shack

Gulf Stream Restaurant $11 – 30

The Gulf Stream Restaurant is a casual little restaurant in the heart of Carolina Beach. Featuring a classic exterior and a wealth of classic back-to-basic eats, this family-friendly restaurant has just enough crowd-pleasing breakfast, lunch and dinner fare to leave everyone in the party satisfied. Telephone: 910-458-8774 Web: Gulf Stream Restaurant

Best Carolina Beach Nightlife

The Fat Pelican

It's one of the most unique bars, offering a gigantic walk-in cooler stocked with over 350 beers. Not a beer drinker? There's also a nice wine selection, as well as non-alcoholic beverages if you're the designated driver. With free popcorn, foosball, arcade games, and great company, there is great fun for everyone! Telephone: 910-458-4061 Web: The Fat Pelican

The Last Resort Beach Bar

The Last Resort is a place where you can enjoy live entertainment, sit outside on the sun deck, meet some nice people and relax in a comfortable outdoor setting. Located right in the middle of all the action of Carolina Beach, kick back, have a few drinks and relax. Live music seven days a week. Telephone: 910-458-1128 Web: The Last Resort Beach Bar

Buzz's Roost At The Beach

Enjoy pub and low country food favorites in a family-friendly environment. Get the full Carolina Beach Boardwalk experience with signature specialties like steaks, grouper and Fish Tacos. The full bar also offers signature cocktails like the Rum Punch in a Souvenir Glass. Telephone: 910-599-5593 Web: Buzz's Roost At The Beach

The Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Ocean Grill is a rare combination of ideal location, fresh coastal cuisine, and casual beachfront bar scene. Have a drink at the bar or enjoy the sea breeze from the patio dining area. Telephone: 910-458-2000 Web: The Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar

Good Hops Brewing

A family-owned and operated small-batch brewery that is dog and family friendly, Good Hops offers samples, flights, pours and beer to go as well as non-alcoholic drinks and individual pizzas and chips. Telephone: 910-713-1594 Web: Good Hops Brewing

Best Carolina Beach Oceanfront Hotels


  1. Janine

    Now this is an awesome holiday destination. I am intrigued with the location and the history surrounding Carolina from what I know about the civil war. The beach looks absolutely refreshing and the cuisine something to salivate over:)

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful spot , I will definitely start planning for 2023!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Janine!  Please let me know if you need any additional information 🙂

  2. jeff

    Enjoyed your site the information you provided is awesome I’ve been on vacation before when you get in a resort they have pamphlet to let you know the activities but pamphlets don’t tell you everything, You’ve helped eliminate the guess work I will definitely come back here the next time we go on vacation .

    Thank You

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Jeff!  Please let me know if you need any additional information.  Thanks for stopping by.

  3. pitin

    Thank you so much for the great advice! We’re really looking forward to checking out some of these places. I’ll keep this in mind when we visit. I appreciate your mentioning some of the things to do during the summer months. We hope to visit soon and including this in our planning! Are there any parking issues we should be aware of?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      No parking issues 🙂  You’ll find it easy to get around.  Some areas will be more crowded than others, depending on when you travel.  Thanks for visiting my Carolina Beach Oceanfront Hotels guide.

  4. Miss Momo

    Oh, now I have to go. It seem like a perfect place for a vacation for my little family. I love the beach but I think I’m most intrigued by your description of the restaurants and bars. I just can’t seem to get a grip on how big or small of a place it is? For how long would you recommend a stay to be? Is a week about enough?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It’s really not a big area…under 3 miles of beach with around 6000 residents.  It really depends on what you want to do.  You could make it a long weekend trip to see and do a lot.  I prefer to spend about 4 to 5 days here which gives me beach time and time to check things out 🙂

  5. JJ

    Wow Carolina Beach looks like paradise. I have been looking around for ideas as to where my family can hang out for a few days, and this is something for me to follow up on. Summer is the only time for us to slow down and have a few leisure days. I know my husband would enjoy the jet skis and the surfing and I would like to go when a concert is scheduled. I also like the options for dining out. Never heard of this before. Thank you for the introduction. 

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome JJ.  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

  6. Sunny

    In love with beach travel destinations. Most of them I visited by the cruise ships. I mostly went to the Bahamas and Caribbean, and East coast. I’d love to travel to the West. Although I was in Carolinas, in South Carolina more than North Carolina, I was in the time it wasn’t possible to go to the beach. I’d love to! Thanks for the recommendation. 

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome, and I personally love beach travel destinations as well!  Thanks for visiting my Carolina Beach Oceanfront Hotels guide!

  7. Ann

    One of the main reasons to visit Carolina Beach is to get a closer look at Charleston. It’s the state’s oldest city. And it’s home to the historic plantations and pre-Civil War period homes (known as “antebellum homes”). It also features golf courses and fine dining, fun water sports on the beach, marshes and reed-filled creeks. I’m taking my camera.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great idea Ann, and I agree.  Charleston is a great place to learn about the history and to visit historic sites.  And of course that is on top of their beautiful coast.  Thanks for the visit!

  8. Aly

    The great weather and beautiful beaches are fantastic reasons to visit Carolina Beach on the North Carolina coast. 

    Carolina Beach offers a nice way to enjoy an ocean vacation without the huge crowds of places like Myrtle Beach, yet still be able to enjoy lots of activities like surfing lessons, jet ski rentals, and great places to have seafood meals!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Agreed Aly!  You cannot go wrong on the Carolina coast and Carolina Beach is a great vacation spot for sure.  Thanks for visiting beach travel

  9. LineCowley

    Carolina Beach looks like another awesome oceanfront destination. The Carolina Beach State Park with the hiking trails and sleeping in a cabin, would be my first choice. My husband would certainly want to do fishing, so does one need a fishing licence to do fishing on the beach at Carolina Beach?

    You mention that there are summer concerts on the boardwalk, but do you know when it starts and how often it is held?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, you do need a permit.  If you go on a charter, they will provide all of that for you.  If you are driving and want to do some fishing, then you will need to get a permit.  The concerts run from the end of May thru the end of August, and there is at least one concert a week.  So go enjoy!  

  10. Alejandra

    As things are getting better, my husband and I were talking about start traveling again this Summer and visiting Carolina Beach in on our to do list.  So I’m glad I found your website this morning to read your article, as you always shares a good list of things to do, it sounds good for me to have something to do while visiting Carolina beach like biking through town, and spending sometime fishing from the pier, it also sound good to have a good selection of good restaurants list to visit as we both love to have a good dinner when visiting a new place. I’m sure my husband will love to read your article too!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Sounds like you have it all planned out.  Please let me know if you need any additional information.

  11. Kokontala

    hello, pleased to meet you. I’ve just gone through your article about Califonia beach oceanfront hotel. I found it very interesting. I’ve never traveled to Carolina beach oceanfront hotel, but from what you share in this article, it sounds like heaven. I am even curious to see this place. And the pictures you provided are clear and good. Thanks for sharing this amazing piece of writing with us, I will be sharing it further too.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great, glad you enjoyed 🙂  Great choice for a hotel too!  Thanks for visiting my Carolina Beach Oceanfront Hotels guide.

  12. Bernard Breytenbach

    I love to go on holiday anywhere close to the beach. Carolina beach oceanfront sounds the perfect beach spot to be at. So many things to do like the beach park, scuba and many more. Then of course the beautiful sight the Carolina beach offer. Perfect place to take your love ones at. Thank you for the informative article!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Bernard!  Thanks for the visit to beach travel destinations.


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