Carolina Beach Info

Carolina Beach, NC – Premier Vacation Rental Destination

Overview of Carolina Beach, North Carolina.

Carolina Beach, NC is located 14 miles SE of Wilmington, North Carolina (center to center). The town is part of New Hanover County. The population of Carolina Beach is 5,883. The beach is quiet and peaceful and not crowded… yet! During your stay in Carolina Beach, you can visit the Carolina Beach State Park and stay in one of the many vacation rentals or hotels on the Island.

The Carolina Beach Boardwalk is a must visit. You can also enjoy fishing and boating in the Ocean or at the North End. If you are searching for nightlife – you won’t be disappointed! Just to name a few, The Fat Pelican, High Tide Lounge, and The Lazy Pirate are sure to keep you entertained! The town also has several houses of worship including the First Baptist Church of CB, CB Presbyterian Church. Seaside Chapel, and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. From fresh seafood to a burger at the Ocean Grille and Tiki Bar, you are sure to enjoy your time at Carolina Beach!


  • #1 “N.C’s Most Overlooked Beaches” – Travel Channel, 2014
  • #8 “Best Boardwalks for Food Across the USA” – USA Today, 2013
  • #11 “America’s 25 Best Donuts” – The Daily Meal, 2014
  • #16 “America’s Most Awesome Boardwalks” – CNN & FOX News, 2013
  • #6 “Classic Beach Boardwalks” – Huffington Post, 2013

Carolina Beach History

Established in 1857, a man named Joseph Winner planned the streets and lots for the 50 acres of land on the island. At that time, the only way to access the island was by water and the town was called St. Joseph’s. The town was renamed and incorporated in 1925. There is now a high-rise bridge that was built over Snow’s Cut, connecting the mainland and the island which was constructed in 1962.

A fun fact is that Carolina Beach is home of Chicken Hicks who is given credit for developing the Shag dance and making it popular.

The town underwent a major transformation in the 1990s and a renovation of the town’s boardwalk, beginning in Fall of 2014.

Carolina Beach and nearby Attractions include Britt’s Donuts, Famous Carolina Beach Boardwalk, Carolina Beach Fishing Pier, Squigley’s Ice Cream & Treats, Carolina Beach State Park, Fort Fisher NC Aquarium, and more.

Carolina Beach has lots of pet friendly activities and restaurants. So bring your pup and enjoy a complete family friendly vacation!