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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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“Famous donuts! Seasonal. Must try! Only have glazed donut but it’s the best donut around. Melts in your mouth. Cash only. ”
  • 83 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great place to hang out in Carolina Beach for a fun night out while listening to some great live music!”
  • 43 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“Famous local dive bar! Must see! Pick your beer from a large cooler. Also has an Outdoor seating area ”
  • 55 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great staff, beautiful scenery, great food & drinks very close to your beach getaway!”
  • 45 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“The Boardwalk is a great place to grab a bite to eat, find a swing, and enjoy the salty breeze. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great spot for locals in Carolina Beach! Be prepared to wait if you go during the dinner rush. Oyster shooters, crab legs, oysters, hush puppies, peel n eat shrimp, plus! Strap on a bib and get to crackin'!”
  • 34 locals recommend
Park
“Take your 4WD vehicle on the beach, grill out, camp, fish, even have pizza delivered! ”
  • 30 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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“Known for its chowder, this casual seafood spot also serves steaks as well as beer & cocktails.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Definitely the adults' night out place! Super yum dishes and cornhole games out front. They serve lunch as well.”
  • 15 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!!”
  • 29 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!!”
  • 21 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) ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bar
“Surprisingly tasty, flavorful bar food and a fun, chill environment. Kid friendly before dark. Cornhole, picnic tables and a tiki island vibe.”
  • 25 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. ”
  • 19 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