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Vacationing in Carolina Beach, North Carolina

By Jennifer Weiss

Carolina Beach, located along the southern tip of North Carolina, rests peacefully along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. While its prime location near the water allows for numerous beach and water activities, this city has a lot more to offer than the typical oceanfront town. Journey to Carolina Beach for a relaxing weekend or a weeklong respite, and you will never want to leave the beauty and tranquility that surround you.

With the Atlantic Ocean comes a multitude of exciting water sports and activities that are waiting for you at the marina. One always popular activity is deep-sea fishing aboard a charter boat for dolphin, tuna, wahoo, king mackerel, marlin, Spanish mackerel, and sailfish. Head down to the Municipal docks and seek out Blue Marlin Fishing Charters, who specialize in tuna fishing, for a memorable adventure with your family and the helpful guidance of their experienced captain.

To be in complete control of your Carolina Beach excursions, make your way to the Municipal Marina for a kayak or boat rental. You can explore those areas that interest you and make your way ashore when you need a break from the sun or a quick snack. Take the family waterskiing, wakeboarding, or simply cruising along the water and enjoy those activities that excite you. If you prefer less strenuous activities but still want to be on the water, consider a relaxing boat cruise through the Carolina waterway. Sit back and listen to the quiet, soothing music playing the background as you glide along, taking in the sights of the beautiful coastline.

One of the best places to venture for an amazing swimming experience is the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, located on Pleasure Island. You can wander the beach in search of shells and make your way into the cool, refreshing water at your own leisure. There is also the possibility of discerning some of the coastal wildlife, including endangered species such as the loggerhead sea turtle.

When you want to stroll the mainland, Carolina Beach offers one of the few remaining boardwalks on the east coast. Filled with boutique shops, nightclubs, restaurants, and live entertainment venues, this waterfront district between Harper Avenue and Cape Fear Boulevard is the place to go when you are looking for daytime or nighttime pursuits. To explore this area and the surrounding beachfront, try a bicycle rental for one or several people and cruise around at a leisurely pace as you enjoy the commotion and breathtaking views.

To explore off the beaten path, make your way to Carolina Beach State Park, which is a perpetual coastal attraction for visitors to the area. There are miles of trails available for those who want to observe the distinct habitats that wind their way through the park, but keep an eye out for the carnivorous Venus flytrap since this plant calls the park home. To learn more about the environment and ecology of this area, stop by the visitorís center before you embark to see the exhibits about this wondrous park.

For Carolina Beach accommodations that are convenient to the Atlantic Ocean, its sparkling beaches, and the bustling boardwalk, look into Carolina Beach vacation rentals for your next trip. Walk to the boardwalk for a round of putt-putt golf or head out the back door for the short stroll to the beach. At the end of the day, you can retreat to your air-conditioned vacation home and take advantage of the wide selection of books and the free wireless internet connection.

To experience the vacation you imagined, begin your search today for the perfect vacation rental on You are sure to find one that has all the amenities you need for the relaxing, exciting adventure of your dreams. has the most comprehensive selection of vacation rental homes on the Internet. For an alternative lodging option, consider Carolina Beach vacation rentals for your next trip to Coastal North Carolina.

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