Carolina Beach - Best Beaches in North Carolina: Oceanfront Resorts, Top Family Vacation Spots, Fishing, State Park, Boardwalk, Recreation and Other Places of Interest

Carolina beach is located on Pleasure Island which is 12 miles south of Wilmington on US 421. You can get there using the Southport Fort Fisher ferry. Pleasure Island is on the Intracoastal Waterway, the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean.

Carolina Beach is in the northern part of the Island. Kure Beach is located in the southern part of the island near Fort Fisher.

Carolina Beach became a resort town in the late 19th century when Joseph Winner purchased 108 acres for development.

The town has fishing piers, a Ferris wheel, an arcade, a boardwalk, waterslides and miniature golf courses.

Recreation include picnicking, playing in the ocean, sunbathing, hiking and camping.

Carolina Beach State Park is located ten miles south of Wilmington on US 421. The park features a public campground. Go hiking and observe the Venus flytrap, pitcher plant or red sundew. There is a full service marina and 2 boat ramps here.

The area is known for excellent bottom fishing, surf fishing and pier fishing. There are 2 fishing tournaments a year, one in July the other in October. You can take a charter boat or a head boat to go deep sea fishing, at the Carolina Beach Yacht Basin.

Popular fishing tournaments: East Coast Classic King Mackerel and the Carolina Beach Surf Fishing Tournament.

Festivals: Pleasure Island Seafood Festival and the Blues and Jazz Festval.

Come play in the sand, surf and relax to the sound of the ocean waves. Fish. Eat fresh seafood. Have fun. Build sandcastles and memories to last a lifetime.