Destination guide

Family fun at Carolina Beach vacation home rentals

Bursting with fun, Carolina Beach is one of the Atlantic's top family-friendly destinations. It's perched on the coast of North Carolina and is loaded with sun, sand and seaside charm. So why not pack your bags, stock up on sunscreen and escape to a Carolina Beach vacation rentals property? Spend your days buildings sandcastles on the beach, strolling along the boardwalk, exploring world-class aquariums and discovering a treasure trove of multi-generational fun.

Things to do

Places to visit near Carolina Beach vacation homes

Set on the Cape Fear River, Carolina Beach State Park lures anglers with its top-notch fishing spots. You can also explore the Flytrap Trail, a scenic walking route named after its abundance of carnivorous plants. Ocean lovers will swoon over the North Carolina Aquarium, home to stingrays, sea turtles and a rare albino alligator. For a glimpse at the state's colorful past, head to the Fort Fisher State Historic Site. It's the site of the Civil War's biggest battle, with visitors welcome to peer into the enormous trenches, check out seacoast guns and even don SCUBA gear to explore Condor, a sunken blockade runner on North Carolina's Heritage Dive Site trail.


Things to do near Carolina Beach vacation rentals

It's hard to resist the buzz of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. The vintage promenade hugs the coast and is lined with ice cream parlors, donut stands, burger joints, shake shacks and a handful of amusement rides. The atmosphere is infectious, so why not stay local with Carolina Beach vacation rentals overlooking the boardwalk? On the sand you'll find beach umbrellas and lounge chairs, plus plenty of stalls renting kayaks and surfboards. Alternatively, round up the family and head to Carolina Beach Lake, a popular spot for picnics and paddle boating.


Climate for your stay in Carolina Beach vacation rentals

Summer is high season in Carolina Beach, with flocks of vacationers descending on the resort. Expect long days, endless sunshine and temperatures that hover around the high 80s. Crowds peak from Memorial Day to Labor Day, when Carolina Beach vacation rentals fill up with families. For a more laid-back scene, consider visiting in late spring or early fall. Thanks to a lively year-round population, Carolina Beach is a great winter destination. It'll be too cold to swim and sunbathe, but you can still beachcomb, bike ride and work your way through the resort's indoor attractions.

Natural features

Discover Carolina Beach's carnivorous plants

Around 15 miles from Wilmington, Carolina Beach sits on the northern end of Pleasure Island. It's part of the North Carolina coastline, which stretches for over 300 miles. The resort is laced with sandy beaches that lure droves of sunseekers. There's plenty of green space to explore, from freshwater wetlands near Carolina Beach Lake, to hidden fishing spots at Freeman Park. Botanists will jump at the chance to hike in Carolina Beach State Park, home to the rare Venus flytrap. Visit in May to see the carnivorous plants in full bloom.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Carolina Beach

The nearest airport is in Wilmington, NC (ILM-Wilmington Intl.), located 16.1 mi (25.9 km) from the city center.

Family friendly

Family-friendly sights near Carolina Beach vacation homes

If you're traveling with the whole family, you'll enjoy the numerous kid-friendly attractions at Carolina Beach. Vacation homes are available near places like Carolina Beach State Park, with a scenic, sandy trail that leads to an overlook of the Cape Fear River, and Carolina Beach Lake Park, a park with a large lake, walking trails, a playground, and picnic areas. Federal Point History Center, a museum with local history exhibits and archives, is another great stop for families and history buffs alike.

Good for couples

Couple's vacation homes in Carolina Beach

Carolina Beach has an array of romantic and tranquil locations to explore on your trip. Vacation rentals are available near Freeman Park, a seaside park with campsites, bonfires, fishing, swimming, and boating, and Masonboro Island State Natural Area, a picturesque coastal preserve with abundant wildlife and pristine beaches.

Can I find a vacation rental around Carolina Beach?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,308 vacation rentals near Carolina Beach. From 473 Houses to 674 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Carolina Beach are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Carolina Beach?

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

  • Wilmington Beach: 1,252 vacation rentals
  • Long Beach: 1,048 vacation rentals
  • Shell Island: 222 vacation rentals
  • Tranquil Harbour: 909 vacation rentals
  • Historic District: 78 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Carolina Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation 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:

  • Carolina Beach Boardwalk: 3,275 vacation rentals
  • Carolina Beach Fishing Pier: 3,136 vacation rentals
  • Odysea Surf and Kiteboard School: 3,272 vacation rentals
  • Wrightsville Beach: 1,790 vacation rentals
  • Kure Beach Pier: 3,347 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Carolina Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Carolina Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 473 Houses in Carolina Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Carolina Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 674 rentals available
  • Cottages: 36 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 36 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Carolina Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 602 vacation rentals with pool available in Carolina Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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