Surfside Motor Lodge

Surfside Motor Lodge

The beach life is simplified at the Surfside Motor Lodge. Located in the heart of Carolina Beach and perched along the oceanfront shoreline, this laid back motel is a nicely accommodating option for vacationers who want...

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SeaWitch Motel

SeaWitch Motel

The SeaWitch Motel is a wonderfully central destination for beach lovers to get their toes wet in the cool Carolina Beach oceanfront scene. Located in the heart of this colorful coastal community, and boasting a nicely...

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Drifters Reef Motel

Drifters Reef Motel

The colorfully distinctive Drifters Reef Motel is the perfect hideaway for visitors who want to soak up the vibrant beach life of the Cape Fear coastline. Located in the heart of Carolina Beach, and close to a wealth of...

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Carolina Beach Inn

Carolina Beach Inn

Visitors who want to soak up the beach life in a quieter and more intimate setting will appreciate the warm and welcoming Carolina Beach Inn. Offering just a handful of guest rooms for visitors, as well as plenty of...

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Beacon House Inn Bed & Breakfast

Beacon House Inn Bed & Breakfast

Soak up an authentic sample of the Carolina Beach life with a stay at the inviting Beacon House Inn Bed & Breakfast. Located just a block away from the oceanfront, this charming and vintage 1940s beach house has...

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Microtel Inn & Suites Carolina Beach

Microtel Inn & Suites Carolina Beach

Visitors who want to spend a long weekend or a full vacation exploring all the waterfront activities that the cool coastal town of Carolina Beach has to offer will appreciate the location and amenities of the Microtel...

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Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach

Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach

Visitors will be an easy stroll away from miles of Cape Fear shoreline as well as top attractions like the restaurants, amusements, shops and activities of the iconic Carolina Beach Boardwalk, with a stay at the...

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Dry Dock Family Motel

From effortlessly comfortable individual rooms to full suites with multiple bedrooms, Dry Dock Family Motel can accommodate a range of Carolina Beach vacationers. Located along Lake Park Blvd, (aka US Highway 421), and close to a wealth of waterfront attractions and activities, beach lovers will appreciate this easy going haven where the good life on the coast is highlighted.

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More Information on Carolina Beach Hotels

For postcard-perfect long weekends, or full week stays that have exceptional access to indoor and outdoor pools, restaurants, and amenities, there's nothing quite like the convenience of a stay at a local Carolina Beach hotel or motel.

How do you book a Carolina Beach hotel or motel?

With just a few clicks, guests can effectively view room photos and locations, area maps, featured amenities, and availability online.

Several small inns and motels may not have full-service websites available, but they do have friendly staff on hand virtually all day and evening to answer questions and accept reservations over the phone.

Be prepared to have a credit card handy to secure the reservation, and pay careful attention to the hotel or motel's cancellation policies. While most regions of the country generally accept cancellations up to the day of arrival, many Carolina Beach lodgings, due to their locale, may require at least 24 hours advance notice in the event of a cancellation.

Several hotels and motels may also require that summer weekend guests stay for two nights, with a Friday check-in and a Sunday morning departure. However, most Outer Banks vacationers do not find this to be an issue, as a long weekend can be a complete breath of fresh air.

When should you book a Carolina Beach hotel or motel?

Unlike vacation rentals, campgrounds, and even Bed and Breakfasts, a hotel stay can often be booked just a few weeks from your expected vacation. That said, a number of the premier rooms, (i.e., rooms with the best oceanfront views, or with special amenities such as handicapped friendly facilities), may fill up quickly, so potential guests who are looking for a particular location or feature should call as far in advance as possible. Generally rate changes can potentially occur with the start of the year, but are usually advertised well in advance for the convenience of guests.

In addition, guests that are planning to vacation on popular long weekends, (like Memorial Day, Labor Day, or 4th of July Weekends), or who intend to stay for a full-week, should also consider booking well in advance, to ensure their Outer Banks accommodations.

Winter and shoulder season months, (typically recognized from late September until early May), and mid-week stays do not fill up as fast, and patrons will find plenty of accommodations available in all areas of the Outer Banks within these parameters, regardless of when they book. In fact, day trippers who decide to spend the night will likely spot plenty of "Vacancy" signs during the cooler spring, winter and fall seasons.

What amenities are available with a Carolina Beach hotel or motel?

The amenities available for Carolina Beach hotel and motel guests are varied and can include the basics, such as a comfy bed and cable TV, or the elite, such as spa services and a world class breakfast in bed. Basically, with the wide selection of accommodations available, an OBX vacation stay can be as simple or as elite as a vacationer desires.

Many of the hotels and motels in Carolina Beach offer private pools to their guests, and / or direct beach access for a quick, refreshing dip in the ocean. Guests should note that with the exception of hotels that feature indoor pools, the majority of pools are only open from late spring until early or mid-fall, when the water temperatures are refreshing and not too chilly. Obviously, vending machines and snack bars are readily available, and the more elite or strategically located hotels and motels offer on-site or neighboring restaurants as well, making an evening dinner out a breeze.

Any tips or tricks for staying at a Carolina Beach hotel or motel?

  • A number of hotels and motels offer special packages to lure their guests into enjoying an extended beach stay. These packages can include tickets to locally renowned events, discounts on spa services, or complimentary amenities such as free breakfasts, premier cable channels, or free Wi-Fi.

    Large parties, such as wedding parties, will find even deeper discounts with many hotels happily opening their doors to guests of a Carolina Beach destination wedding. Be sure and ask in advance if your hotel or motel of choice has any special promotions or packages available, and don't forget that typical hotel discounts, such as AAA rates.

  • Need a quick getaway on a budget? Plan an off-season stay. Many hotels and motels may be booked during those sunny June, July and August months.

Rates may go down significantly in the off-season, and weekend vacationers will enjoy plenty of privacy and all the attractions Carolina Beach has to offer. Still need your summer fix? Then plan a stay mid-week vacation, from Monday - Thursday. A number of hotels and motels offer slightly lower rates for mid-week stays, even in the prime summer season.

Fort Fisher Ferry

Fort Fisher Ferry

Visitors to historic Southport who want to make a beach escape, or Carolina Beach travelers who need an easy yet scenic route to head south will find the Southport / Fort Fisher ferry a convenient yet completely unique way to explore the southern North Carolina coastline. Though just a short 35 minute ride from the mainland to Pleasure Island, (the home of Fort Fisher State Park, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach), this ferry trip nonetheless gives its passengers exceptional views of the Cape Fear River, and an incredible story to take back home.

Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher

Clean and uncluttered beaches and a remarkable local history combine to make the Fort Fisher State Historic Site one of coastal North Carolina's most treasured barrier island attractions. This incredible locale, just miles away from Carolina Beach, is home to gorgeous stretches of shoreline, thickets of nature trails and live oaks, and the original site of Fort Fisher itself, a relic of the 1800s and an instrumental turning point during the Civil War.