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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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“These donuts are listed as the #3 best donuts in the country. They only offer glazed, they are freshly baked, the lines are long-but quick and worth it, and they only take CASH! The hours you read online are not always accurate but they are open during the season - 7 days a week. Then they go to weekend only, then they close for the winter.”
  • 87 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Food and drinks on the water. You can sit on the pier over the ocean and enjoy a frozen drink or bite to eat. Indoor seating available too. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“Very eclectic local hang out where you walk into the freezer to pick out your own beer!”
  • 56 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Amazing views! Hangout on the end of a pier over the surf with grab tiki drinks and food.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“Lots of shopping, restaurants, arcade, live music, etc. Small amusement park in the summer. Plus the beautiful views.”
  • 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
“Take your 4WD vehicle on the beach, grill out, camp, fish, even have pizza delivered! ”
  • 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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“Local favorite. Local night on Thursday. Tuesday all you can eat crab legs.”
  • 30 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”
  • 28 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
“Food and drinks on the water. You can sit on the pier over the ocean and enjoy a frozen drink or bite to eat. Indoor seating available too. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Amazing views! Hangout on the end of a pier over the surf with grab tiki drinks and food.”
  • 48 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
“Local favorite. Local night on Thursday. Tuesday all you can eat crab legs.”
  • 30 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”
  • 28 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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