Where to stay around Carolina Beach, US?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,228 vacation rentals near Carolina Beach. From 612 Condos/Apartments to 457 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Carolina Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on VRBO.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Carolina Beach?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Carolina Beach. From VRBO travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Oak Island: 1,904 vacation rentals
  • Kure Beach: 1,417 vacation rentals
  • Wrightsville Beach: 675 vacation rentals
  • Bald Head Island: 229 vacation rentals
  • Wilmington: 2,062 vacation rentals

And VRBO offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Carolina Beach! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Carolina Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Carolina Beach:

  • Oak Island: 1,904 rentals
  • Kure Beach: 1,417 rentals
  • Wrightsville Beach: 675 rentals
  • Bald Head Island: 229 rentals
  • Wilmington: 2,062 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Enjoy a classic Carolina family beach vacation

Oozing an old-school beach vibe, Carolina Beach is a classic family destination where you can soak up the sun and fun to your heart’s content. Just south of Wilmington, Carolina Beach offers a gorgeous beach, a lively retro boardwalk, and its popular Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues, and Jazz Festival. With so much to see and do, and it’s no wonder Carolina Beach vacation rentals tend to book up early. You can hike along a state park in the morning, sit on the beach until the sun sets, then sip an umbrella drink at a traditional tiki bar. Yum!

Soaking up the sun and the family fun in Carolina Beach

Talk about the perfect beach vacation. There’s fishing along the traditional wooden pier, free summer movies along Carolina Lake, and even horseback riding at Freeman Park. If you’re into water sports, you can kayak, paddleboard, or surf non-stop. Slow down by renting a four-wheeled bike to explore the shops, restaurants, and nightlife, where you’ll find retro tiki bars and cool island-style hang-outs. Plus in October, there’s the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues, and Jazz Festival, and the U.S. Open King Mackerel Fishing Tournament in nearby Southport. And kids will love the Cape Fear Kite Festival in November.

Amuse yourself to no end in Carolina Beach

Get in on traditional seaside fun and saltwater taffy at the lively boardwalk, which is teeming with shops, entertainment, and a seasonal amusement park. As a random fact, Carolina Beach Boardwalk is allegedly one of country's top boardwalks. Try your hand at world-class fishing, or just go and look at them over at North Carolina Aquarium. Enjoy views of Cape Fear River from along the trails at Carolina Beach State Park, plus there’s a Junior Ranger program for your kids. Then get your history on at nearby Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

Carolina Beach means year-round fun and games

During the summer, the average temperature in Carolina Beach runs to a warm 79° F, while in the winter, it can dip down to a refreshing 45°. With so much to see and do, there’s really no bad time of year to visit, as even in winter, there's only an average snowfall of a mere inch. Summer is most popular with travelers since all the seasonal activities are in full swing, but you’ll typically find the best bargains when booking Carolina Beach vacation rentals during the cooler spring and fall months. Just remember to bring a sweater.

Carolina Beach: Birds, turtles, and wild, wild horses

Carolina Beach vacation rentals are popular in this town of just over 6,000 residents, as you’re only 15 miles south of Wilmington. Loggerhead sea turtles nest annually from May until August, but if you want to see them up close and personal, the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project recommends visiting the nearby Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Surf City. The area is also home to roaming wild horses and more than 400 species of birds, especially during their annual spring and fall migrations.