Find the best place to stay — Carolina Beach

Where to stay around Carolina Beach?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 1,184 vacation rentals near Carolina Beach. From 604 condos to 413 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Carolina Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Carolina Beach?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Carolina Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Oak Island: 1,593 vacation rentals
  • Wrightsville Beach: 692 vacation rentals
  • Kure Beach: 1,521 vacation rentals
  • Wilmington: 2,163 vacation rentals
  • Bald Head Island: 1,125 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Carolina Beach! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Carolina Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Carolina Beach:

  • Oak Island: 1,593 rentals
  • Wrightsville Beach: 692 rentals
  • Kure Beach: 1,521 rentals
  • Wilmington: 2,163 rentals
  • Bald Head Island: 1,125 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Carolina Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Carolina Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Wrightsville Beach: 2,266 rentals
  • Ocean Front Park: 2,797 rentals
  • Kure Beach Pier: 2,800 rentals
  • North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher: 2,670 rentals
  • Oak Island Lighthouse: 2,535 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Carolina Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Enjoy a classic Carolina family beach vacation

Oozing an old-school beach vibe, Carolina Beach is a classic family destination where you can soak up the sun and fun to your heart’s content. Just south of Wilmington, Carolina Beach offers a gorgeous beach, a lively retro boardwalk, and its popular Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues, and Jazz Festival. With so much to see and do, and it’s no wonder Carolina Beach vacation rentals tend to book up early. You can hike along a state park in the morning, sit on the beach until the sun sets, then sip an umbrella drink at a traditional tiki bar. Yum!

Soaking up the sun and the family fun in Carolina Beach

Talk about the perfect beach vacation. There’s fishing along the traditional wooden pier, free summer movies along Carolina Lake, and even horseback riding at Freeman Park. If you’re into water sports, you can kayak, paddleboard, or surf non-stop. Slow down by renting a four-wheeled bike to explore the shops, restaurants, and nightlife, where you’ll find retro tiki bars and cool island-style hang-outs. Plus in October, there’s the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues, and Jazz Festival, and the U.S. Open King Mackerel Fishing Tournament in nearby Southport. And kids will love the Cape Fear Kite Festival in November.

Amuse yourself to no end in Carolina Beach

Get in on traditional seaside fun and saltwater taffy at the lively boardwalk, which is teeming with shops, entertainment, and a seasonal amusement park. As a random fact, Carolina Beach Boardwalk is allegedly one of country's top boardwalks. Try your hand at world-class fishing, or just go and look at them over at North Carolina Aquarium. Enjoy views of Cape Fear River from along the trails at Carolina Beach State Park, plus there’s a Junior Ranger program for your kids. Then get your history on at nearby Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

Carolina Beach means year-round fun and games

During the summer, the average temperature in Carolina Beach runs to a warm 79° F, while in the winter, it can dip down to a refreshing 45°. With so much to see and do, there’s really no bad time of year to visit, as even in winter, there's only an average snowfall of a mere inch. Summer is most popular with travelers since all the seasonal activities are in full swing, but you’ll typically find the best bargains when booking Carolina Beach vacation rentals during the cooler spring and fall months. Just remember to bring a sweater.

Carolina Beach: Birds, turtles, and wild, wild horses

Carolina Beach vacation rentals are popular in this town of just over 6,000 residents, as you’re only 15 miles south of Wilmington. Loggerhead sea turtles nest annually from May until August, but if you want to see them up close and personal, the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project recommends visiting the nearby Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Surf City. The area is also home to roaming wild horses and more than 400 species of birds, especially during their annual spring and fall migrations.