Carolina Beach and Pleasure Island is a friendly beach town located on the southern coast of North Carolina. With a beautiful boardwalk, a growing live music scene, great shops and restaurants, and a variety of events and activities – it’s no wonder the area is quickly becoming a top destination. Of course, for most visitors and locals alike, the beaches are the main attraction so here’s a quick guide to help you discover which is best for your family.
1. Carolina Beach
The vibe at Carolina Beach harkens back to the old days of Americana seaside life. (Think old Key West or 1950’s Cocoa Beach in Florida, or vintage Venice Beach in California.) If you’re looking to CHILL with locals and visitors who appreciate a down to earth vibe, then Carolina Beach is for you. It’s funky and fun with a variety of flipflop friendly bars and restaurants along with quirky shops and boutiques. The vintage beach vibe is strong here, and bonus – Carolina Beach was recently ranked one of the safest towns in North Carolina. That means it is family friendly, kid friendly and FUN friendly!
Oh, and did we mention the boardwalk? Its ICONIC and is sprinkled with lively little diners, shops, arcades, and more – including the infamous Britts Donuts. Seasonally, you’ll enjoy festivals and fireworks plus art strolls, live music, food events, and more. If fishing is your thing, you’ll enjoy the Carolina Beach pier. For biking, hiking, camping, and kayaking, nearby Carolina Beach State Park is not to be missed.