The quaint town of Carolina Beach, just outside of Wilmington, is a popular beach destination for families from all over the country. Since it’s smaller than many of the more commercialized beaches, the vibe here is more laidback and relaxed. But, the coastal town of Wilmington is close enough that lots of additional amenities are just a short drive away.
And since Carolina Beach has a variety of accommodations to choose from, you can find the perfect fit for you, whether you want to stay in an oceanfront chain that you’re familiar with or check out one of the smaller, local hotels.
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The Hampton Inn and Suites Carolina Beach Oceanfront is ideally located right on the oceanfront and next to the famous Carolina Beach Boardwalk that was named one of the top 10 boardwalks in the country by Food and Wine Magazine, and features an arcade, Ferris wheel, games and yummy treats. From spacious guest rooms with mini-fridges, 42 inch HDTV’s and free Wi-Fi, to free hot breakfast and an outdoor oceanfront pool with a sundeck and a Tiki Bar, it’s got everything you need for a relaxing beach vacation.
The Carolina Beach Inn is a small, charming inn located just a few blocks from the ocean. Each of the six guest rooms has been lovingly decorated with touches of beach décor and feature full or queen size beds, refrigerators, microwaves and flat screen TV’s. The Innkeeper’s Suite – the largest unit – also features a king size bed, a full living room and dining room, and a private deck in the backyard. Since the inn is pet-friendly, they also offer pet walking and care services.
The Courtyard Carolina Beach Oceanfront is a beautiful, family-friendly resort that offers newly renovated rooms and suites with oceanfront views and relaxing beach décor. All guest rooms feature free Wi-Fi, microwaves, mini fridges and 32” flat screen televisions. While the hotel offers heated indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, restaurant and even an on-site Starbucks for guests to enjoy.
The palm trees and muted pink color of the Microtel Inn and Suites Carolina Beach sets the perfect relaxed vibe from the moment you drive up. And the location is ideal since it’s located just five blocks from the beach and close to lots of other popular attractions in the area including the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher and the Carolina Beach State Park. All guest rooms feature comfortable beds and free Wi-Fi, and for those families who have additional needs, oversized rooms with kitchens are available, as well as rollaway beds.
The Drifters Reef Hotel is the epitome of Carolina Beach charm with its bright pink and blue exterior and charming lighthouse feature. The family-owned hotel is just three blocks from the beach, making it an easy walk for some fun in the sun. Or, if you want to stay back and relax, you can enjoy the outdoor pool, the on-site tiki bar and sports grill restaurant, lawn games and beach volleyball courts. Guest rooms at the Drifters Reef include free Wi-Fi, mini fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers and cable TV. And since pet-friendly rooms are available and there’s a dog park on the property, Fido can come along on vacation too.
The quaint Oceaneer Motel has been a Carolina Beach staple since 1971. The family-owned and operated motel offers a variety of rooms, suites, efficiencies and apartments with oceanfront views, mini fridges, microwaves, cable TV and free Wi-Fi. There’s also a private beach access for guests and an oceanfront outdoor pool to enjoy when the beach gets too crowded.
The SeaWitch Motel is located in the heart of Carolina Beach and is just steps away from the ocean, as well as the famous Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Guest rooms are simple and clean, and offer amenities including microwaves, refrigerators and free Wi-Fi. There is also a seasonal outdoor pool and the popular SeaWitch Tiki Bar and Café is located just across the street, where you can enjoy some authentic coastal cuisine and live music in a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere.
The Beacon House Inn Bed and Breakfast, a charming inn that’s located in a vintage boarding house from the 1940’s, is just across the street from the ocean and offers plenty of Carolina Beach character and charm. The Inn’s six guest rooms are each uniquely decorated and feature large, comfortable beds, Smart televisions and either a private or shared bathroom. There are also three beach cottages behind the inn that are pet-friendly and include additional amenities like full kitchens. But, no matter which accommodation you choose, the best part of your stay will be the freshly prepared artisan breakfast and gourmet coffee served every day.