Curious about what's new in the always original Carolina Beach? Read about the latest updates, openings and things to do here.
Food & Drinks
Shagri-La Island Bar
Shagri-La Island Bar is now open. Owned and operated by Nicole Adkins and Chall Gray, whose Asheville bar was named one of the South’s best cocktail bars by Garden & Gun Magazine, Shagri-La pays homage to the island’s history as the birthplace of shag dancing. Enjoy a selection of rotating craft cocktails, mocktails and more in a cozy, intimate setting. Made with in-season fruits and homemade syrups and juices, each handcrafted beverage expertly pairs the in-house creations with carefully selected liquors. Pair your drinks with shared plates like charcuterie boards, cheese plates and more.
High Tide Lounge & Tiki Bar
Located on the Carolina Beach Pier, High Tide Lounge & Tiki Bar features specialty cocktails, cold beer and a full-service menu. The ocean-view bar serves quick bites like the Mahi Squared, a hearty sandwich made with grilled and barbecue spiced fresh Mahi, heirloom tomatoes, herbed tartar sauce and more.
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Carolina Beach's newest restaurant, Butts-n-Such opened on Lake Park Boulevard. Stop in for a home-cooked meal in a family-friendly atmosphere. In addition to serving finger-lickin' good barbecue, Butts-N-Such offers sandwiches, white and dark meat chicken, seafood, hamburger steaks, a kid's menu and more.
Four Hounds Distilling
Discover Carolina Beach's first distillery, Four Hounds Distilling. Currently offering four varieties of rum: Porch Dog, Sea Level, Queen's Share and Over Proof, Four Hounds is focused on using local and all natural ingredients such as organic tropical fruits, figs and locally roasted coffee beans to produce their craft spirits. Visit their tasting room to sample flights of their spirits or cocktail creations featuring their spirits. The new space also features a pet-friendly outdoor area.
The Peach Cobbler Factory
With more than 12 flavors of cobbler, four flavors of banana pudding and three styles of cinnamon rolls, The Peach Cobbler Factory, now open in Carolina Beach, is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Carolina Beach Mural Program
New public art has debuted at the shore. Eleven completed murals are part of a community murals program welcoming visitors to the beach: "Welcome to Carolina Beach" outside Town Hall, "Carolina Dreamin" outside Crush & Grind on the Boardwalk,"Surf & See" at the Veggie Wagon, "Record Weekend" at SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar, "Summer on the Boardwalk" at Hurricane Alley's, "Marine Magic" at The Dive Food & Spirits, "Indigenous Fly Feaster" at Kate's Pancake House,"Fingerpainting" at 915 N. Lake Park Blvd., "Beach Breeze" at Carolina Beach Arcade, "The Kid in All Of Us" at Mike Chappell Park and "This Must Be The Place" at The Savannah Inn. A new mural is scheduled to debut September 2022. View a map of the mural locations to explore the arts and snap a selfie on a self-guided tour.
The Caribbean-style two level catamaran "Island Explorer" is now docked at the Carolina Beach Marina and available for family-friendly narrated sunset cruises and afternoon Pirate Adventure cruises during the summer. Island Cruises, which is seasonally operated, also offers private charters for up to 106 guests.
Salty Ventures is owned/operated by Carolina Beach residents, Tom & Lisa Dosier, Jr. Both have spent a lifetime out on the water and are excited to share what a boating lifestyle feels like. Experience an extraordinary boating adventure with a full day on the water, a half-day getaway, a two-hour private or sunset cruise or any number of other options.
Tasting History Tours
Experience a unique way of exploring the island's history with Tasting History Tours' newest tour, History in a Glass. Participants age 21 and up will sample a variety of adult beverages from around the island, including beer, distilled spirits and wine, all while learning the rich history. In addition to the History in a Glass tour, Tasting History Tours offers a Signature Tour, which will take participants through the streets of Carolina Beach and into several local restaurants to taste island flavors.
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Nearby on the island, explore under the sea at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The aquarium recently welcomed Stella, Mae and Selene to the Otters on the Edge exhibit. Born to Leia and Quincy in May, all three pups are eating solid foods, exploring shallow waters and bonding with their parents. In addition to the three otter pups, the aquarium has plans for three new exhibits: a Caribbean Corals habitat, a mega-sized jellyfish exhibit and a habitat for rescued owls.