Boating Guide Sections:

With a location that straddles both the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean, visitors shouldn’t be too surprised to discover that boating rules the scene Carolina Beach. The town is teaming with charter and tour boats, marinas, and ramps for visiting mariners, and as a result, it’s a great place to explore by sea (as well as by land.)

On your next vacation, see how incredible Carolina Beach can be from the water’s perspective by checking out all the ways to enjoy boating in the community. With a myriad of options to get out and explore, the maritime life is easy at this perfectly coastal Cape Fear destination.

Boat Ramps and Launches

While many of the local marinas offer launches and boat ramps for both visitors and the public at large, the Carolina Beach area, (which includes the surrounding towns of Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington), has a number of public boat launching sites where it’s easy to drop in and start exploring.

Visitors who are heading to the coast with their vessel in tow will want to check out these boat launches that are dotted throughout the Cape Fear region and are nicely easy to access.

Snow's Cut ramp

Snows Cut Boat Ramp
220 Annie Drive, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
34° 03'25.09" N    77° 53'30.06" W
Located on the edge of the Snow’s Cut channel, which access the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) and the Cape Fear River in the heart of Carolina Beach, this boat ramp features five launching lanes, a separate hand launching site for kayaks and canoes, and a total of about 100 parking spaces with includes 80 spaces for vehicles with trailers.

Carolina Beach State Park boat ramp

Carolina Beach State Park Boat Ramp
B Road, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
34° 02'59.05" N    77° 55'08.71" W
This launching site on the edge of the Cape Fear River features a separate hand launch area for kayaks, two launching lanes for larger vessels, and roughly 40 parking spaces for vehicles with trailers. Seasonal kayak and pontoon rentals may also be available in the immediate area.

Federal Point ramp

Federal Point / Buzzard Bay
2515 South Fort Fisher Blvd., Kure Beach, NC
33° 57' 34'' N    77° 56' 30'' W
Located on the southern tip of “Pleasure Island,” this launching site features 36 parking areas for vehicles with trailers, multiple launching areas for vessels of all sizes, and easy access to the Cape Fear River, Atlantic Ocean, and the adjacent Zeke’s Island Estuarine Reserve.

Wrightsville Beach boat ramp

Wrightsville Beach Boat Ramp
Channel Walk Drive, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
34° 13'06.41" N    77° 48'40.80" W
This boat ramp on the edge of the Wrightsville Beach Causeway is a popular destination for coastal mariners, and features five launching lanes, as well as 68 parking spaces for vehicles with trailers. From here, mariners will be just a 3 mile cruise away from Mansonboro Island Coastal Estuarine Reserve.

Dram Tree Park ramp

Castle Street Boat Ramp
Dram Tree Park (Castle Street and Surrey Street), Wilmington, NC 28401
34° 13'38.95" N    77° 57'01.12" W
Located in the slightly inland town of Wilmington, this boat ramp in the downtown region features two launching lanes, a separate hand launching site for kayaks and canoes, and parking for 36 vehicles with trailers.

Trails End boat ramp

Trails End Boat Ramp
621 Trails End Road, Wilmington, NC 28409
34° 09'21.50" N    77° 51'24.97" W
This site that connects with the ICW is just north of Carolina Beach in the town of Wilmington. The smaller launching area features a single launch lane, a courtesy dock for visitors, and parking for approximately 40 vehicles with trailers.

River Road Park ramp

River Road Park Ramp
River Road Park, Wilmington, NC 28412
34° 06'49.57" N    77° 55'32.22" W
Located just north of Carolina Beach and situated along the Cape Fear River, this launch site features an on-site fishing pier and restrooms, a single launch lane, and additional park facilities, such as public picnic areas.

Carolina Beach Marinas

Because Carolina Beach is such a popular destination for travelers along the Cape Fear, the ICW, and even the Atlantic Ocean, the marinas in the region are well-stocked and plentiful.

Many of the area marinas are more similar to a resort than just a place to drop anchor, with extra amenities such as on-site villas and motel accommodations, ships’ stores, gas and fuel, maintenance services, clubhouses, restaurants, and walking-distance access to area restaurants or the beach.

The majority of local marinas are also open to transient mariners, which makes it easy to stay for a day, a week, or even indefinitely. While advanced reservations are recommended, depending on the season, travelers who are passing through may be able to dock for a few hours (or even a full day) to get out and explore the town.

When planning your next cruise to Carolina Beach, consider a visit to the following area marinas which are found right in the heart of the action.

Federal Point Yacht Club

910 Basin Rd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Phone: (910) 458-4201

http://www.fpyclub.com/

 

Carolina Beach Boatyard and Marina
923 Basin Rd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Phone: (910) 707-1007
http://carolinabeachmarina.com/

 

Joyner Marina
401 Marina St, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Phone: (910) 458-5053
http://joynermarina.com/

 

Waterfronte Villas and Yacht Club
100 Spencer-Farlow Dr, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Phone: (910) 458-1620

 

Harbour Point Marina
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Phone: (910) 458-8415

 

Inlet Watch Yacht Club
801 Paoli Ct, Wilmington, NC 28409

Phone: (910) 392-7106
http://www.inletwatch.com/

 

Carolina Yacht Club
401 S Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Phone: (910) 256-3396
http://www.carolinayachtclub.org/

 

A boat tour in nearby Wrightsville Beach

Carolina Beach Boat Tours and Rentals

Whether you’re in the mood for a leisurely cruise to neighboring deserted islands, or want to have a fishing adventure in the great blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Carolina Beach can accommodate a wealth of tailored on-the-water expeditions.

Boat Tours and Charters

There are a number of tour companies that utilize skiffs, grand pontoon boats, and everything in between to take passengers out on the trip of a lifetime exploring the network of waters, marshes, and unique island destinations like Zeke’s Coastal Reserve and Mansonboro Island Reserve.

Check out local tour providers like Island Hopper Tours for easy transport to incredible on-the-water environments. For something grander, contact a local party boat – like the Winner Party Boat Fleet - which can provide the event of the lifetime, regardless of whether it’s a full day of fishing, an incredible wedding reception, or an amazing corporate retreat. With several huge vessels to choose from – complete with dining areas, indoor and outdoor decks, and more – no party is too decadent for the local party boats.

Anglers will also find more than 20 local charter businesses, which are docked at the area marinas, and which can take anglers out on incredible fishing trips to the Cape Fear River, the ICW, and the nearshore waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Offshore fishing trips, which venture roughly 15 or more miles into the open ocean waters to target big catches, are also available for anglers who want to make the most out of a full-day fishing adventure.

Local Charter Boats

Southern Run Fishing Charters
Southern Run Fishing Charters

Wilmington, NC

Length: 31 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Rising Sun Fishing
Rising Sun Fishing

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 19 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Native Son Guide Service
Native Son Guide Service

Topsail Beach, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Second Sport Charters
Second Sport Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 37 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Playin' Hooky Too Charters
Playin' Hooky Too Charters

Southport, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing


Coastal Lines Fishing Charters
Coastal Lines Fishing Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing


Topsail Fishing Company
Topsail Fishing Company

Holly Ridge, NC

Length: 27 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Falling Tide Fishing Adventures
Falling Tide Fishing Adventures

Wilmington, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Flats Fishing


Tried And True Charters
Tried And True Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


OMC Fishing Adventures
OMC Fishing Adventures

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 31 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Offshore Fishing


Long Bay Fishing Company
Long Bay Fishing Company

Southport, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Captain Big Fish
Captain Big Fish

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 30 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fish-On-Outfitters
Fish-On-Outfitters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Dockside Fishing Charters
Dockside Fishing Charters

Oak Island, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing


Reel Addicted Fishing Charters
Reel Addicted Fishing Charters

Holden Beach, NC

Length: 24 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Reel Cranky Charters
Reel Cranky Charters

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 30 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Brannin Charters, LLC
Brannin Charters, LLC

Kure Beach, NC

Length: 18 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Reel 2 Grill Fishing Charters
Reel 2 Grill Fishing Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 36 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Flying Fish Charters SC
Flying Fish Charters SC

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Pelagic Hunter Sportfishing
Pelagic Hunter Sportfishing

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 30 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Seaquest Fishing Charters
Seaquest Fishing Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 53 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear
Green Creek Outfitters – Cape Fear

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Calabash Fishing Fleet – Navigator
Calabash Fishing Fleet – Navigator

Calabash, NC

Length: 65 ft

Capacity: 40 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Ol' Blue Fishing Charters
Ol' Blue Fishing Charters

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Atlantic Sportfishing
Atlantic Sportfishing

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing



Streamline Charters
Streamline Charters

Wilmington, NC

Length: 30 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters
Grandslam Inshore Fishing Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Flats Fishing


Reel Deal Sportfishing
Reel Deal Sportfishing

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Eco tours
Eco tours

Hampstead, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Flats Fishing


Dos Cervezas Dos
Dos Cervezas Dos

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 46 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fellowship Charters
Fellowship Charters

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters
Shallotte Outdoors Fishing Charters

Holden Beach, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Wrightsville Fishing
Wrightsville Fishing

Wilmington, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Topsail Island Fish & Dive Adventures
Topsail Island Fish & Dive Adventures

Hampstead, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


NC Inshore Fishing Charters – 22'
NC Inshore Fishing Charters – 22'

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

River Fishing, Lake Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Trinity Fishing Charters
Trinity Fishing Charters

Holden Beach, NC

Length: 31 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Lucky Strike Charters
Lucky Strike Charters

Calabash, NC

Length: 40 ft

Capacity: 12 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Musicman Charters Sportfishing
Musicman Charters Sportfishing

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 38 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


S. S. Fish Witch II Charters
S. S. Fish Witch II Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 42 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Circle Bak Fishing
Circle Bak Fishing

Wilmington, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fugitive Fishing Charters
Fugitive Fishing Charters

Southport, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Fired Up Charters
Fired Up Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 42 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fish Hook I Charters
Fish Hook I Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 36 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Top Knot NC
Top Knot NC

Wilmington, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Matunahoo Sportfishing
Matunahoo Sportfishing

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 28 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Shearwater Fishing Charters
Shearwater Fishing Charters

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Nearshore Fishing


NC Inshore Fishing Charters
NC Inshore Fishing Charters

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

River Fishing, Lake Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Hey Now Charters
Hey Now Charters

Holden Beach, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Rip N Lips Charters
Rip N Lips Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Fillet And Release Fishing Charters
Fillet And Release Fishing Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 36 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Hieronymus Fishing Charters
Hieronymus Fishing Charters

Wilmington, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Leverdrag Charters
Leverdrag Charters

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Go Fish Inshore Charters
Go Fish Inshore Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Fish Hook II Charters
Fish Hook II Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 45 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fish Hook III Charters
Fish Hook III Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 32 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Carolina Fishing Charters
Carolina Fishing Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 28 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fired Up Charters
Fired Up Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 42 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing


Captain Scotty's Fishing Charters
Captain Scotty's Fishing Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


High Tide Fishing Charters
High Tide Fishing Charters

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Spartina Guide Service LLC
Spartina Guide Service LLC

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 17 ft

Capacity: 2 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Coastline Charters
Coastline Charters

Wilmington, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Nautical Mile Charters – Regulator
Nautical Mile Charters – Regulator

Wilmington, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Blue Fin Fishing Charters
Blue Fin Fishing Charters

Calabash, NC

Length: 38 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Wet N Wild Sportfishing
Wet N Wild Sportfishing

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 54 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Southport Fishing Charters
Southport Fishing Charters

Southport, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

River Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Southern Sportfishing
Southern Sportfishing

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fin Reaper
Fin Reaper

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 45 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Tiderunner Charters
Tiderunner Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Captain Big Fish – Light Lines
Captain Big Fish – Light Lines

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 19 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Fin-Addict Fishing Charters
Fin-Addict Fishing Charters

Holden Beach, NC

Length: 31 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Xcessive Risk Sportfishing
Xcessive Risk Sportfishing

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 33 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Seas The Sting
Seas The Sting

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 42 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Captain Hook Outdoors
Captain Hook Outdoors

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Fish Topsail
Fish Topsail

Topsail Beach, NC

Length: 38 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Tail Chaser Charter Fishing
Tail Chaser Charter Fishing

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 38 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Gone Coastal Charters
Gone Coastal Charters

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 30 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Hounddog Fishing Charters
Hounddog Fishing Charters

Southport, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


BFM Fishing Charters
BFM Fishing Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 24 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing


ProWire Marine-Fishing & Spearfish
ProWire Marine-Fishing & Spearfish

Wilmington, NC

Length: 24 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Cape Fear Shark Company
Cape Fear Shark Company

Southport, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing


Family Ties Charters
Family Ties Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


ChaseNFins Charters
ChaseNFins Charters

Holly Ridge, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Seabattical Charters – Inshore
Seabattical Charters – Inshore

Sunset Beach, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Laidback Charters
Laidback Charters

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Length: 39 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Calabash Fishing Fleet
Calabash Fishing Fleet

Calabash, NC

Length: 46 ft

Capacity: 16 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures, Llc
Katfish Kayak And Fishing Adventures, Llc

Hampstead, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Hot Ticket Sportfishing
Hot Ticket Sportfishing

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 39 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Reel Deal Sportfishing - 32'
Reel Deal Sportfishing - 32'

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 32 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Party Time II
Party Time II

Calabash, NC

Length: 35 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Victory Charters
Victory Charters

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Reef Raider Charters
Reef Raider Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 53 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Capt. Shad's Coastal Charters
Capt. Shad's Coastal Charters

Calabash, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Let's Hook Up Charters
Let's Hook Up Charters

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Caught Up Fishing Charters
Caught Up Fishing Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 19 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Party Time Charters
Party Time Charters

Calabash, NC

Length: 40 ft

Capacity: 15 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


South End Anglers
South End Anglers

Topsail Beach, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Grassy Sound Outdoors
Grassy Sound Outdoors

Hampstead, NC

Length: 31 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Seagate Charters
Seagate Charters

Wilmington, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Dialed In Fishing Charters
Dialed In Fishing Charters

Hampstead, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Carolina Water Adventures
Carolina Water Adventures

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Ofishal Charters L.L.C
Ofishal Charters L.L.C

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Flats Fishing


Port City Inshore Charters
Port City Inshore Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Seabbatical Charters
Seabbatical Charters

Southport, NC

Length: 30 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Just A Fluke Gigging Charters
Just A Fluke Gigging Charters

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 18 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

River Fishing


Fish Whistle Chartering
Fish Whistle Chartering

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 42 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fish Witch II Charters
Fish Witch II Charters

Carolina Beach, NC

Length: 48 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Conjured Up Fishing Charters
Conjured Up Fishing Charters

Oak Island, NC

Length: 31 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Hot Pursuit Fishing Charters 35'
Hot Pursuit Fishing Charters 35'

Sneads Ferry, NC

Length: 35 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Release Me Sportfishing
Release Me Sportfishing

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Length: 28 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Sea J’s Fishing Charters
Sea J’s Fishing Charters

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Length: 28 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Boat Rentals

Visitors who want to plot their own course will also find a number of local boat rentals available for all varieties of on-the-water expeditions.

Beginning mariners of all ages can enjoy a leisurely adventure at their own pace at the local Carolina Beach Lake – a small, 11 acre lake that was a Guinness Book of World Record holder for being the closest freshwater lake to salt water. This lake features on-site pedal boat and kayak rentals, courtesy of Wheel Fun Rentals, for seasonal visitors who want to take a cruise and explore the scene.

Additional boat rentals, which includes kayaks as well as pontoon boats, are also available on the edge of the Carolina Beach State Park along the Cape Fear River, adjacent to the local boat ramp. Local providers, such as Carolina Beach Pontoon Rentals, will let visitors take the wheel (or the paddle) for an hour or two, a half day, or even a full day adventure in the water.

Jet skis are also popular in the region, and there are several jet ski rental providers in Carolina Beach, like North End Jet Ski Rentals, which are close to the local marinas near the ICW, Cape Fear River, and Snow’s Cut. Simply put, with so many options, plotting a self-guided trip along the water is an easy feat in the summertime at Carolina Beach.

Carolina Beach Boat Sales and Services

While there are a couple local marinas or businesses that specialize in boat sales and service within the Carolina Beach city limits, (like Saltwater Marine and Unlimited Boat Service), locals and visitors who are in the market for a new or used vessel will likely want to head north.

The neighboring towns of Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington are home to dozens of boat sale companies, which are close to the waterfront and / or located along main highways, making them easy to find.

Start your search on the borders of the Wrightsville Beach Causeway, or along US Highway 70 in Wilmington for the best selection. With so many options representing a wide variety of brands and vessel types, the Cape Fear region is a great destination for visitors who are in the market for a new ride. As a result, many inland residents from all across the state come to this region to enjoy the most variety, (and the best value), when it comes to purchasing a boat.

Tips and Tricks for Carolina Beach Boating

  • Visitors who want to embark on a sailing adventure will find ample options through local companies like Wrightsville Performance Sailing or Sail Ava Grace Charters. Best of all, the local Cape Fear River and ICW waters are ideal for learning the ropes.
  • Don’t forget that you can take your kayak or canoe to the ocean waters too! The ocean waves in Carolina Beach are generally calm enough for a number of on-the-water sports, which includes ocean kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding.
  • Watch out for event weekends – like Wilmington’s annual Azalea Festival in the spring, or Riverfest in the all – when the transient boat slips throughout the Cape Feat region can fill up fast. Book well in advance to reserve a spot during busy event weekends or on summertime holidays.
  • Need a break during a long ICW cruise? Carolina Beach is a great spot to drop anchor, as the region is close to dozens of restaurants, eateries, attractions, and the beach itself – which are all often within walking distance of a local marina.
  • Need accommodations during your stay? Carolina Beach is home to a number of waterfront vacation rentals, waterfront hotels and / or villas, and famed campgrounds (like the Carolina Beach State Park), which are a shell’s throw away from the area’s local marinas.

Whether you want to cruise the local calm lake waters with a pedal boat, or embark on a deep sea fishing adventure targeting the massive marlins and sailfish, Carolina Beach can cater to any on-the-water adventure. Plan an outing or two (or three) to explore the miles of waterfront, and discover why mariners flock to this island to enjoy boating at its best.

Victory Beach Vacations

Victory Beach Vacations

Visitors who are on the hunt for the postcard-perfect vacation rental in the heart of the Carolina Beach or Kure Beach area will find an enticing selection and plenty of friendly customer service when they rent through Victory Beach Vacations. Based in Carolina Beach in the coastal Cape Fear region, Victory Beach Vacations has more than 100 vacation rentals in all shapes and sizes to ensure that every vacationing family can find their dream home away from home on the beach.   When you book your Cape Fear getaway with Victory Beach Vacations, the fun doesn’t end when you leave the beach, it continues with an array of privately-owned properties outfitted with all of the amenities needed for a fabulous beach vacation.   Jenna Lanier, General Manager, explains that her family first opened the rental and property management business in 2002. At the forefront of Victory Beach operations is Lanier’s mother, Caroline Meeks. Meeks is both the Broker in Charge and co-owner with husband, Buck Meeks, who manages the Field Services team with Lanier’s husband, Scott.   For nearly 20 years, the Victory Beach team has worked tirelessly to establish a network of top-of-the-line rental properties for Cape Fear visitors to enjoy. “As far as our properties go,” explains Lanier, “they are all updated, well-furnished and appointed. “We have always performed post-cleaning inspections and since the pandemic, have put freshly laundered duvets over all of the comforters between rentals.”   Lanier emphasizes how important the guests experience is “we strive to give our guests a relaxing, stress free, memorable vacation.” This emphasis on customer service has led to Victory Beach Vacations having a 4.8 Google rating with over 300 reviews by happy owners and guests.In addition to Victory Beach’s superior sanitation practices, the company offers properties for every type of visitor. Choose from luxury oceanfront houses and condos to more reasonbly priced 2nd row properties with oceanviews. Many properties include pools and hot tubs as well, perfect for outdoor entertaining, and many are dog friendly.   Lanier also notes that all properties are within walking or driving distance to Pleasure Island’s main attractions – Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. The former, as described by Lanier, is the more commercialized of the two destinations and features a boardwalk, outdoor dining options and a plethora of weekly activities including fireworks, live music, amusement park pop-ups, and movies under the stars. Kure Beach offers a more residential feel with its fishing pier, intimate restaurants and family favorite, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.More water fun awaits, too. “There is a harbor and a canal that feed into the intercoastal. We have several properties on the harbor so guests can bring their boat, kayak, [or jet ski] and travel between islands,” says Lanier.   A stay with Victory Beach Vacations is an annual pilgrimage for most. “A large percentage of guests are previous guests. Some even reserve the same property for the next year as they’re checking out,” Lanier says. “It’s almost like it’s their personal vacation home.”   Even before guests arrive at their vacation destination, the Victory Beach Vacations’ website greets them with a live beach cam and exquisite aerial footage of both Carolina and Kure Beaches. See for yourself by scanning the QR code and call Victory Beach Vacations at 910.458.0868 to book your Cape Fear getaway. Start making your memories today! —Grace Silipigni

Museum of Coastal Carolina