Wednesday, August 25, 2021 / by Anne Rose
Carolina Beach North CarolinaCarolina Beach is the first town on the island that extends south from Wilmington, North Carolina, to the junction of the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean, on the southeastern coast of North Carolina. This land jutting into the ocean on one side and hugging the river on the other - which includes Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher - is named "Pleasure Island."
Homes in Carolina Beach face either the Atlantic Ocean and its various inlets, the sound, or the Intracoastal Waterway. On the ocean, the homes that are immediately on the beach are considered "first row," and as you move away from the ocean, homes are "second row," "third row," and so on.
Find Your Next Home in Carolina Beach
In August 2021, a search for homes for sale in Carolina Beach resulted in just over 200 active listings, with luxury sound-facing homes in the $2.5 million range, duplex homes on the third row in the $1 million range, and condos and single family homes covering a wide swathe of prices. There is also a fairly good supply of buildable land on Carolina Beach.
Because Carolina Beach is a popular vacation spot, there is a wide range of investment properties suitable for vacation rentals. Boaters may be interested in the boat slips available for purchase on the island.
Summer in Carolina Beach is beach weather: warm and humid. The temperature rarely goes above 91 degrees, but humidity is usually high. Winter temperatures usually hover around 40 degrees, and seldom go below 27 degrees. Snowfall in Carolina Beach is rare, light, and doesn't stay on the ground for more than a few hours.
Carolina Beach Weather
As a beach destination, warm weather activities attract tourists and seasonal residents from mid April to late October.
~ Teri Moylan, local expert & Broker/Realtor®
The restaurants on Carolina Beach vary from beach bar casual to seated dining, with some famous donut and gelato stands thrown in. Because the large tourist population during season helps support a wide variety of dining options, Carolina Beach residents have a huge variety restaurants within walking - or a short golf cart ride - from their home.
Carolina Beach Restaurants
It's not all seafood on the island, either. Trendy restaurants like Soul Flavor, Salt Fish, and Coast Craft Cocktails & Calabash boast the very best culinary talent, and feature everything from farm-to-table specialties and Southern soul food.
The live music in Carolina Beach is plentiful. Sea Witch has live music year round and many different music styles. The menu has great options, there is a ton of outdoor seating with a recently updated band pavilion and the bar is fun, fun, fun!
Celtic Creamery has AH-MAY-ZING daily churned and frozen ice cream. My personal favorite is Bee and the Sea but the options are great and it would be easy to try and work your way through the entire selection!
~ Mary Ellen Slugg, local expert & KBT Director of Operations
Carolina Beach is an excellent place for boaters to live, with six private marinas, a municipal marina, and mooring and docking facilities. The nine mooring facilities are open year round. Most of the waterfront homes have private docks, so getting out on the water is just a few steps from your door.
Carolina Beach Close-up
Although the population on the island swells during the summer, there is a vibrant community of locals who reside in Carolina Beach year-round. The charm of the island is equally apparent in the winter, when there are minimal wait times at restaurants, leashed dogs are allowed on the beach, and the occasional hot day invites lazing in the sun or taking an invigorating dip in the ocean.
Click below to watch our video highlight of Carolina Beach, hosted by Broker/Realtor® Teri Moylan.
to live music, eat and drink outside under the big TIKI hut at Lazy Pirate on North Lake Park Boulevard.
~ Nancy Baldridge, local expert, Listing Coordinator & Broker/Realtor®
Visitors and residents enjoy fishing from the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier. Numerous fishing charters leave from the marinas. Stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and surfing are the most popular watersports, and jet skis are always bouncing across the water.
In the center of the island, the fresh water lake is the site of art shows, markets, and other family-friendly activities. Bike riding around the lake and in the friendly neighborhoods is always a great idea.
Carolina Beach State Park, on the north end of Carolina Beach, is criss-crossed with white sand trails and campsites. Beginner-level hiking gets you to a stunning overlook of the Cape Fear River, with Southport in the distance.