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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

“This is my family's favorite aquarium! it's agreat place to do anytime especially on rainy days!”
  • 111 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“USS North Carolina (BB-55) is the lead ship of the North Carolina class of fast battleships, the first vessel of the type built for the United States Navy.”
  • 97 locals recommend
Historic Site
“if you like nature then this is a place you can go for a stroll along the water. i like that I'm right in the end of the island. nearby is the Pier where the ship can take you to the other side of Myrtle beach. ”
  • 83 locals recommend
“There are miles and miles of trails that are flat & beautiful! Most of the loops are very easy & don't miss the Flytrap trail for the cool carnivorous plants!”
  • 61 locals recommend
Donut Shop
“Famous donuts! Seasonal. Must try! Only have glazed donut but it’s the best donut around. Melts in your mouth. Cash only. ”
  • 83 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“A unique dining experience and huge portions. Come enjoy asian cuisine and Mai Tais. Pro Tip: try to sit outside in the garden. Usually a long wait here so see if you can make a reservation.”
  • 61 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great place to hang out in Carolina Beach for a fun night out while listening to some great live music!”
  • 43 locals recommend
Beer Garden
“Famous local dive bar! Must see! Pick your beer from a large cooler. Also has an Outdoor seating area ”
  • 55 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great staff, beautiful scenery, great food & drinks very close to your beach getaway!”
  • 45 locals recommend
“Fun indoor/outdoor tavern with huge drink selection and live music. Pro tip: grab tacos from Block Taco outside at the walk-up window.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“The Boardwalk is a great place to grab a bite to eat, find a swing, and enjoy the salty breeze. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This is our big art house in town. Its a nonprofit museum with changing exhibits in 2 wings. Half-price bottles of wine and open late (till 9pm) on Thursday nights. They usually have live music in the cafe or the performance space on Thursday nights. If you like slightly sweet whites, try their Chardonnay. I generally don't like Chard.”
  • 23 locals recommend
“Our local Play Theater offers many different plays at different times of the year. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great spot for locals in Carolina Beach! Be prepared to wait if you go during the dinner rush. Oyster shooters, crab legs, oysters, hush puppies, peel n eat shrimp, plus! Strap on a bib and get to crackin'!”
  • 34 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“When you tell people you came to Southport, they will ask if you went to Provisions. This place is unique. You order of a blackboard menu, grab your own beer out of the cooler (on the honor system) and find a seat on the deck overlooking the Yacht Basin. They bring your food out yelling your name. Plan to wait during summer months and it is closed in the winter.”
  • 32 locals recommend
“Largest menu for a pub, brewery is on site, one of the first breweries in town. $$”
  • 37 locals recommend