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Renting a Beachfront Home in Carolina Beach, North Carolina

Carolina Beach is a classic beach town, found on Pleasure Island, near the riverfront city of Wilmington, North Carolina. The town has many beachfront rental homes with ocean views and pool access. The best form of entertainment in the area would be the beach with boating, swimming and fishing, but there are also local shops, dining options and a seasonal boardwalk. Carolina Beach offers the feel of an old-fashioned beach town, centered around beachfront activities.

Attractions

Carolina Beach State Park

The state park in Carolina Beach offers many opportunities for outdoor fun. It has a marina that offers a great spot to begin a fishing trip out in the Atlantic. The marina store sells snacks, bait and fuel to be sure you have everything you need for your excursion. The park has a visitor's center that has a wealth of information on the park and surrounding area. There are several hiking trails in the park along with many nice spots for a family picnic.

Beach Fun

You can't visit Carolina Beach without spending some time in the sand. Early risers have a chance to pick up some unique sea shells as the tide heads out. There are also nice places for swimming, surfing and body boarding. If you enjoy relaxing in the sun, set up your umbrella and spend the day laying in the sand. The beach is quiet and clean and offers a nice place for families to spend the day. A night walk on the beach can offer a different view point on the local scenery and may even allow you to see some local aquatic wildlife. You can likely find many accommodations that give a great beach view.

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

The aquarium at Fort Fisher offers a chance for the family to see local wildlife and exotic aquatic creatures. There are various seasonal exhibits throughout the year as well. You can see divers feed animals as well as experience special events. Visitors to the aquarium have the opportunity to touch horseshoe crabs, stingrays, sea stars and even sharks. The aquarium has exhibits for venomous snakes, sea turtles, an albino alligator named Luna and even local marine mammals.

Fishing

Boating and fishing are very popular activities in around Carolina Beach. Public boat access is available in several places on Pleasure Island if you have a boat of your own. There are also charter companies who will take you out fishing on the Atlantic or in the nearby Cape Fear river. Local fish include things like grouper, snapper and flounder. If you aren't into fishing, there are also charter tours to take you out to see dolphins and other wildlife.

Weather

The Carolina Beach area has mild weather year-round. The water begins to warm up in April and May for swimming and water activities. Winters are mild and with this being the slowest season for visitors, it can offer an opportunity for those who want to feel like they have the beach to themselves. Keep in mind that many places are only open during the high season and close after labor day. During the spring and summer the island has events and festivals, with most of the seasonal businesses and the boardwalk opening during this time. Fall is mild and can offer a less busy time to visit with the beach being less populated and the water still warm enough for swimming.

Getting Here

Many people fly into the Wilmington international airport and rent a car to get to Pleasure Island. Visitors also may drive to the area in a private car or rental car. There are also coastal tour options that allow visitors to spend time in Carolina Beach and the surrounding areas.

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                                                                                                      Recent Carolina Beach Reviews

                                                                                                      Great location, very clean

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This was a great place to stay. It was very convenient to everything in CB. It was very clean. We have stayed in many pet friendly places and often the rooms smell like other pets. This was not the case here. The cleaning staff does a great job of removing past pet smells. The kitchen had everything you would need. It was great to have the umbrellas and chairs provided. Also, very nice to have washer and dryer on property. As for previous comments about Internet and tv. We had no problems with either. There were limited tv stations, but all the basics were provided. As far as previous comments about carpet being worn, we didn't notice that at all. It was industrial carpet which is appropriate for rentals and especially pet friendly ones. The carpet was clean just had a couple small old spots. We will definitely return!
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      A Great Week With Family!

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                                                                                                      Pool, Beach, Rinse, Repeat...That pretty much sums up our stay in Carolina Beach. Awesome location, right on the beach! Kitchen was well stocked and the AC was a welcome relief after a day on the beach. Did I mention that the beach is right over the dune? - no need to drive and find parking, it's right there! Pool was a great way to end the day too. I would agree with the other reviewer about the couch in the living room, but then again you probably won't spend too much time sitting on it since you are a stone's throw from the beach, sun and waves... The town is small and seems close knit - no overbearing hotels or endless numbers of mini golf and go garts establishments, stripmalls/tshirt shops -- you're not at Ocean City, MD here... There are fireworks every Friday on the beach, live music and I believe the amusement park runs during the wee too- the small boardwalk is nice. You're sure to find a great place to eat in town - we did every night. **You must wake up early to see the sunrise on the beach and then head over to Britt's Donuts-they are ridiculous . Food Lion Supermarket is a short drive and you can also get some great donuts at the 'Wake and Bake" donut shop. Kate's pancake house is nice and there's a really delicious ice cream shop just down the street as well that is a must visit... Visit the NC aquarium and the Kure Beach boardwalk and then make arrangements to take the ferry over to Southport and have lunch or dinner. A beautiful town to walk through! Wilmington is not far too and the river walk is nice. There's an organic market (can't remember the name) right near the town park that is very nice and makes homemade ice cream sandwiches. There is a free movie night in town too... Adele answered all of our questions and we couldn't have asked for a better week in NC. Thanks & hope to come back again.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Jul 2016

                                                                                                      Wonderful place to take your vacation!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      My husband and I so enjoyed your condo. When we walked in we felt as if we were walking into a home, not just a rental property. The condo was so clean and stocked with everything we needed. We have been renting places at Carolina Beach for many years, and have never had a place so well kept. The condo complex is well kept and everyone staying there was quiet and respectful. Everything from making the reservation to check out was so easy as well. The location can not be beat, close to the pier and to the downtown area. We loved the porch and the beautiful sunsets. All of the extra little touches make a difference: DVD's, books, batteries, beach chairs, literature of the area, and the best stocked kitchen. We have a new "Place At The Beach" for our next vacation. Thank you Jenn, Bill and Kathy for a wonderful vacation.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Sep 2016