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Things to do in Carolina Beach

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.
Donut Shop
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“- Head to the boardwalk for some of the best donuts! Remember that Britt’s is cash only; no credit/debit cards accepted. - Open every day during the summer and on weekends only during the spring. ”
  • 87 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“- American style food & an outdoor patio bar. Frequently has live music/entertainment, and only a 2 minute walk!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“The biggest walk in cooler where you fetch your own beer. Local hangout but a must see. Very eclectic decor. Funky seating outside.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Less than 10 min walk to Tiki Bar and Ocean Grill. Good food and Tiki bar located outside on the pier. Great bands during the summer and you can see the CB fireworks from her at 9pm every Thursday during the summer.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“- Home to restaurants, shopping, bike rentals, surfboard rentals, and more. Be sure to check out Britt’s Donuts while you’re there! Just a 2 minute drive or 7 minute walk.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great place for surf & turf and drinks. Located right on the main strip and around the corner from the Boardwalk!”
  • 36 locals recommend
Park
“- Hop in your car and head to the north end of CB! Vehicles with four wheel drive can drive onto the beach upon purchasing a pass. (Seasonal, 7-day, and daily passes can be purchased online.) Just a 6 minute drive.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Casual spot for local, sustainable seafood, which also offers surfing classes & group ocean outings.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“- Just a short drive up the road for some delicious seafood! Located a couple shops down from Scoopin’ Yummies ice cream.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Nice Sunday brunch place! Really fun atmosphere, quaint little bar for Bloody Mary’s!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“This is a short walk (2 min) to grab a bulletproof coffee, organic slushie, pre made dinners to go with Gluten Free options, the BEST dairy free home made ice cream EVER!!”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bar
“A fun place to hang out with friends. Outdoor bands and activities as well as an indoor bar and restaurant”
  • 29 locals recommend
Bar
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“Love the Deck House and on Friday nights the Prime Rib is the best I have ever eaten!!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bakery
“Voted Best Donut Shop in North Carolina bu Buzzfeed! Once you see their menu, you will quickly see that they are not your typical donut shop! Here's a few signature donuts: Wake N Bacon (Maple glaze & bacon crumbles) Carolina Sand (Maple glaze & cinnamon) Purple Rain (Vanilla glaze, lavender sprinkles, white chocolate chips) Dat Ghost Fire Ghost pepper infused chocolate glaze, jalapeno, chocolate cherry whipped filling) Slimm Shady (Chocolate glaze, salted potato chip crumbs) ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Athletics & Sports
“- Looking to rent bikes or other beach gear? Pleasure Island Rentals provides free delivery & pick up on the island! Chairs can even be delivered to your spot on the beach so you don’t need to carry them. Check out their website for more information, www.pleasureislandrentals.com. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Carolina beach’s only brewery! Great outdoor patio area. Dog friendly and disc golf course out back.”
  • 14 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“- American style food & an outdoor patio bar. Frequently has live music/entertainment, and only a 2 minute walk!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Less than 10 min walk to Tiki Bar and Ocean Grill. Good food and Tiki bar located outside on the pier. Great bands during the summer and you can see the CB fireworks from her at 9pm every Thursday during the summer.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great place for surf & turf and drinks. Located right on the main strip and around the corner from the Boardwalk!”
  • 36 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Casual spot for local, sustainable seafood, which also offers surfing classes & group ocean outings.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“- Just a short drive up the road for some delicious seafood! Located a couple shops down from Scoopin’ Yummies ice cream.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Nice Sunday brunch place! Really fun atmosphere, quaint little bar for Bloody Mary’s!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
“A fun place to hang out with friends. Outdoor bands and activities as well as an indoor bar and restaurant”
  • 29 locals recommend
Bar
“Love the Deck House and on Friday nights the Prime Rib is the best I have ever eaten!!”
  • 19 locals recommend

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