Head south of Wilmington on 421, cross Snow’s Cut Bridge, and you’ll find the island communities of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher. These quaint, family friendly beach towns are fun places to explore year round, and are known for their many events and festivals. Check out the weekly fireworks, live music, and outdoor movies in the summer months, and the popular Chowder Cook-Off, Carolina Beach Music Festival, and Seafood Blues & Jazz Fest that take place each year.

Why We Love Carolina Beach

Carolina Beach (aka CB) is a vibrant, family friendly beach community filled with great hotels, restaurants, nightlife, and of course beautiful beaches. At the North End of Carolina Beach is Freeman Park which is one of the only places along the North Carolina coast that allows people to drive out onto the beach, camp, and have open fires. If you’re not into driving onto the beach, don’t worry. There are miles and miles of coastline where cars are not permitted. If you’re up for doing a little exploration, be sure to check out Carolina Beach State Park which is located just a mile from the foot of the Snows Cut Bridge. There you’ll find miles of hiking trails, camp and picnic sites, kayak rentals along the Cape Fear River, and a boat launch. Be sure to stop in the welcome center for a map and recommendations from the staff.

Visit the Boardwalk

You’ll also want to check out the Carolina Beach Boardwalk in the heart of downtown Carolina Beach. In recent years, property owners and members of the community have banded together to bring the boardwalk back to life. And what a job they’ve done! Food and Wine Magazine even listed it as one of the top 10 boardwalks in the country. If you have kids, and it’s in-season, the boardwalk is a must see. There are a variety of interesting restaurants, an old-school arcade, t-shirt shops and boutiques, and the world famous Britt’s Donuts (which the last time we checked was rocking a 5 star Yelp rating). Once the sun goes down, the boardwalk becomes a go-to place for nightlife. From local hangouts, to live music and dancing establishments, there’s a little something for everyone.

Getting Out on the Water

There is no lack of ways to get on the water in CB. There are couple of public boat launches, places to rent small boats, jet skis, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs), in-shore and offshore charter fishing boats, recreational party cruises, and of course, the beach. The Intracoastal Waterway and the Carolina Beach canal are great ways to enjoy being on the water without having to worry about big surf.

Real Estate and Relocation Assistance

Considering a move to Carolina Beach? Who can blame you. Anna, one of the owners of this site moved there years ago and loves it. There are lots of great real estate and mortgage companies located in the Wilmington and Carolina Beach areas.

If you are considering buying a home in the area, we suggest contacting Amy Brown from Keller Williams Realty. Amy’s number is (910) 398-1788.

You can also search for Carolina Beach real estate here >

Below are some photos of Carolina Beach to get you excited about your stay!

Stuff Anna Likes

Family in front of home in Carolina Beach

Our own Anna Platz lives in Carolina Beach with her husband Billy and daughter Taylor. In this section she’ll offer some insider information on what she likes to do in Carolina Beach.

Carolina Beach Restaurants Anna Recommends

  • Billy and Taylor eating Britt's donuts

    First day of the season at Britt’s Donuts!

    Surf House –  Great food and family friendly. Love burger night. 604 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 28428  Phone: (910) 707 – 0422 – Located on the left hand side before you get into the heart of downtown.

  • Michael’s Seafood – Award winning chowder.1206 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC 28428 – Located on the left hand side as you come over the Snows Cut Bridge.
  • Fuzzy Peach – Frozen yogurt and all of the fixins103 Lake Park Blvd. North (910) 707-0090 – Located in the central business district on the right hand side heading south.
  • Britt’s Donuts – These donuts are crazy good. The close during the offseason. Located on the boardwalk.