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Stay in the know: Where to Park in Carolina Beach?

Carolina Beach, North Carolina, is a beloved coastal destination known for its stunning beaches, classic boardwalk, and lively atmosphere. While it’s a fantastic place to visit, finding convenient and stress-free parking can sometimes be a challenge. In this guide, we will explore the various parking options in Carolina Beach, along with tips and information to make your visit more enjoyable.

How Much is Parking?

March 1st – October 31st, 9AM – 8PM
Parking Lots: $5/hour or $25/day
On-Street Parking:
Without Time Restrictions: $5/hour or $25/day
With Time Restrictions: $5/hour (2 Hour Limit)

November 1st – December 31st, 9AM – 5PM
Parking Lots: $2/hour or $10/day
On-Street Parking:
Without Time Restrictions: $2/hour or $10/day
With Time Restrictions: $2/hour (2 Hour Limit)

Weekly Visitor Parking Permits: $100
Available for purchase at Town Hall, the Parking Office (open 7 days a week) and online here.

Annual Local Parking Permits: $40
Only available to Carolina Beach residents, Kure Beach residents, and property/business owners in both locations.

Which parking lot is the best to park at in Carolina Beach, NC

Parking Areas

Town-operated parking is open year round and paid parking is enforced March 1st – October 31st from 9AM – 8PM and November 1st – December 31st from 9AM – 5PM. Parking fees restart each morning during enforcement hours for all of the Town’s parking lots and on-street parking spaces. Carolina Beach offers a variety of parking options to accommodate the needs of both residents and visitors. Here’s a breakdown of the main parking areas:

1. Park at Your Vacation Rental

The best and most-affordable parking spot is at your vacation rental. Reserve your stay at a property within walking distance to everything happening in Carolina Beach. The Sunrise Shack is only a few minute walk away from the beach, boardwalk and many of the island’s events and festivities. We would love to host you during your visit to Carolina Beach. Send us a message here or book direct today and save!

Carolina Beach Boardwalk activities and events available year round

2. Public Beach Parking

Carolina Beach’s main attraction is its beautiful sandy shores, and you’ll find parking options close to the beach for a convenient day of sun and surf. There are several public beach access points with parking, including:

Hamlet Ave. Beach Access – Located in the northern part of town, this access point offers parking and a wooden boardwalk to the beach.

Carolina Beach Boardwalk Parking can be found along the boardwalk, making it easy to access both the beach and the boardwalk attractions.

Harper Ave. Beach Access – Situated near Carolina Beach State Park, this access point offers parking and access to a less crowded beach area.

Atlanta Ave. – 200 Atlanta Ave.
Paved parking lot in front of the Hang Ten Grill -15 spaces

Tennessee Ave. – 
1 Tennessee Ave.
Gravel parking lot on Tennessee Ave. at beach access – 18 spaces
Restroom Facilities

Ocean Blvd 
– 
1 Ocean Blvd. 
Paved parking lot on Ocean Blvd. at beach access – 20 spaces
Restroom Facilities

South Carolina Ave.  1 South Carolina Ave. (oceanfront)
Paved parking lot on South Carolina Ave. at beach access – 7 spaces
Restroom Facilities

Texas Ave. – 
1 Texas Ave. (oceanfront)
Gravel parking lot on Texas Ave. at beach access – 9 spaces
Restroom Facilities

Beach parking tends to fill up quickly during the summer, so arriving early is highly incouraged, especially if you plan to spend a full day at the beach. Many beach parking areas offer pay stations where you can purchase a daily parking pass.

3. Paid Parking Lots

In addition to street parking, there are several paid parking lots throughout Carolina Beach. These lots provide convenient parking options, often with longer hours and seasonal availability. Some popular paid parking lots include:

  • Gravel parking lot on right before the Freeman Park entrance – 22 spaces

Canal Lot 1708 Canal Dr. Carolina Beach, NC 28428

  • Paved parking lot on right 3 blocks before the Freeman Park entrance – 30 spaces

Sand Piper Lot (No Parking after 9:00 pm) 100 Sand Piper Ln. Carolina Beach, NC 28428

  • Paved parking lot between Canal Dr. & Carolina Beach Ave. N. – 32 spaces
  • Restroom and Beach Shower Facilities

Harbor Master Lot 310 Carolina Beach Ave. N. Carolina Beach, NC 28428

  • Gravel parking lot between Canal Dr. and Carolina Beach Ave. North – 84 spaces

Fisherman Lot 218 Canal Dr. Carolina Beach, NC 28428

  • Paved parking lot next to the Canal Dr. Scotchman – 72 spaces

Weeks Lot (Oversized Vehicle Parking) 110 Carl Winner Dr. Carolina Beach, NC 28428

  • Gravel parking lot next to the Town Marina – 22 spaces – 2 oversized spaces
  • Restroom and Beach Shower Facilities

Marina Lot 209 Canal Dr, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

  • Paved parking lot at the corner of Carl Winner Ave. and Myrtle Ave. across from Town Marina – 31 spaces

Town Hall Lot 207 Canal Dr. Carolina Beach, NC 28428

  • Paved parking lot at Canal Drive behind the McDonalds – 66 spaces

Palms Lot 205 Canal Dr. Carolina Beach, NC 28428

  • Paved parking lot at the corner of Canal Dr. and Harper Ave – 56 spaces

Hamlet Lot 107 Woody Hewett Ave Carolina Beach, NC 28428

  • Paved parking on Hamlet Ave. at beach access – 36 spaces
  • Restroom and Beach Shower Facilities

Shell Lot 100 Atlanta Ave Carolina Beach, NC 28428

  • Paved parking lot on Atlanta Ave. across from the lake – 50 spaces

Alabama Lot 1622 S Lake Park Blvd Carolina Beach, NC 28428

  • Paved parking lot across the street from beach access – 45 spaces
  • Restroom and Beach Shower Facilities

Hewett Lot 304 Carolina Beach Ave S. Carolina Beach, NC 28428

  • Parking lot on Carolina Beach Ave S – 17 spaces

4. Street Parking

Street parking is available throughout Carolina Beach, but it can be limited during peak tourist seasons. Street parking is usually metered and may have time restrictions, so pay attention to posted signs. Key areas with street parking include:

Boardwalk Area: This area offers street parking with easy access to the boardwalk, beach, and nearby shops and restaurants.

Residential Areas: Some residential streets provide street parking, but be aware of any posted restrictions, especially in neighborhoods.

Street parking is a good option for short visits and quick stops. Keep in mind that during busy periods, you may need to search for an available spot.

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5. Private Beach Parking Lots

This is kind of your last resort if you can’t find parking elsewhere. Private lots are more expensive and sometimes require you to purchase an entire full-day in order to park. We advise parking in the town-operated lots with signs that read “Town Passes Accepted.”

View this interactive map showing all the parking spaces in Carolina Beach

Parking Regulations and Fees

To ensure a smooth parking experience in Carolina Beach, it’s essential to be aware of the local parking regulations and fees. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

Parking Meters: Many street parking spaces in the business and beach areas are metered. The rates are posted on the meters or on nearby signs. Payment methods may vary but often include coins and credit cards.

Time Limits: Pay attention to posted time limits on street parking. These restrictions typically vary, so be aware of how long you can park in a specific area.

Parking Passes: If you plan to visit Carolina Beach frequently or for an extended stay, consider purchasing a parking pass. These passes may offer cost-effective options for daily or seasonal parking.

Paid Lots: When using paid parking lots, check the posted rates and hours of operation. Some lots have different rates for day and night parking.

Residential Parking: Be mindful of parking restrictions in residential areas. Many of these areas have designated parking for residents only, and parking in these spots can result in fines.

Boat and Trailer Parking: If you’re visiting Carolina Beach with a boat or trailer, be sure to use designated parking areas and observe any specific regulations.

Accessible Parking: Carolina Beach provides accessible parking spaces for individuals with disabilities. These spots are typically marked with appropriate signage.

Enforcement: Parking regulations are actively enforced in Carolina Beach, so make sure to comply with all rules to avoid parking tickets.

Town of Carolina Beach Parking

Tips for Easier Parking

To enhance your parking experience in Carolina Beach, consider these tips:

1. Arrive Early: If you’re planning a full beach day or a visit during a busy time, aim to arrive early to secure a parking spot close to your destination.

2. Use Mobile Apps: Some paid parking lots and meters offer mobile payment apps that allow you to pay for parking from your smartphone, saving time and hassle.

3. Carpool or Use Public Transportation: If possible, carpool with friends or family to share the cost of parking. Alternatively, explore public transportation options if available.

4. Observe Parking Signs: Pay close attention to posted parking signs and regulations. This will help you avoid fines and ensure a positive parking experience.

5. Consider Parking Passes: If you plan to stay in Carolina Beach for an extended period, explore the availability of daily or seasonal parking passes to save money.

6. Stay Informed: Before your visit, check the latest parking information on the official Carolina Beach website or with local authorities.

Plan Ahead

Parking in Carolina Beach, NC, can be a breeze with proper planning and awareness of the available options and regulations. Whether you’re looking to spend a day at the beach, explore the boardwalk, or enjoy the town’s attractions, Carolina Beach offers a range of parking choices to suit your needs. By following the tips and guidelines provided in this guide, you can make your visit to this beautiful coastal destination as enjoyable and convenient as possible.

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