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Carolina Beach Municipal Marina



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300 Canal Dr.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
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84 Reviews

by pferri1 on Dec 14, 2021
Cheap and easy. Larry was a great help. No frills just the basic necessities.

by pdev on Dec 05, 2021
Nice Moorings. Easy in and out. Very friendly Harbormaster.

by hartvandermeer on Dec 03, 2021
Wonderful mooring. Larry has been very helpful and is available an amazing 24/7. Highly recommended.

by bschneider812 on Dec 02, 2021
I hate to talk this up too much, cuz I don’t want the competition for a spot! But, I have to say that Carolina Beach is doing it right! The moorings themselves are in excellent shape, the location is quiet, and while you’re surrounded by homes, it doesn’t feel claustrophobic at all. We dinghy-ed to the dinghy dock and took a walk on the Atlantic beach side. Then later in the evening, we dinghy-ed to the town dock (tie-up for less than 3hrs), and walked to a phenomenal restaurant - “Coast”. And I have to mention that I checked in with Larry, and he was kind and helpful with info about the two dinghy docks and some pointers on points of interest.

by lstomback on Nov 28, 2021
nice stop, easy on off mooring

by everafter on Nov 27, 2021
A wonderful mooring ball field and the weather was good but cold. We explored the area and enjoyed it very much.

by kdrozdek on Nov 22, 2021
Clean, well maintained mooring ball and gear. Convenient dinghy docks. Protected harbor. Easy reservation system. We'll be back.

by cpt_twisty on Nov 18, 2021
Great, protected mooring ball field, with balls and tackle in good condition. The location is well protected from winds and weather, and a fun, low cost and secure stopover on the ICW.

by ricm on Nov 14, 2021
Larry was great. Mooring balls were all reserved but he fit us in on the dock. Quiet night.

by sax on Nov 13, 2021
Excellent mooring field. Balls and pennants in perfect condition. Two dinghy docks. Well managed.

by larrytubbs on Nov 11, 2021
Thanks Larry! Always a pleasure stooping into Carolina beach.

by mkfannon on Nov 09, 2021
Great stay. Larry, the Dockmaster, is awesome! Super guy! Easy to schedule on Dockwa. Easy pickup. Our first night was a wonderful calm night. Stayed 4 more days while storms and high winds blew through. Felt secure on the mooring and was able to get some sleep.

by miketay on Nov 04, 2021
Very positive experience with the mooring balls. Larry the dockmaster is the difference. He was great to work with and ensured we had a great stay. Mooring balls are near the dingy dock to the beach and the dingy dock further in town provides easy access to provisions. Great stop!

by mikethedrummer on Nov 04, 2021
Simply simple, we make this a must stop North & South. Quality mooring, easy access, what more could you ask for?

by sea_huddle on Nov 03, 2021
Larry is the best and location right in town. No showers but there is a public restroom.

by oneeyedogcrew on Oct 28, 2021
These are the best mooring balls! They are always kept so nice and they are located in a terrific spot. There are two convenient dinghy docks. One in town and one close to the beach. A new Publix is an easy walk from the town docks. There's a great little sandwich shop/convenience store by the beach dock. Then there's Larry! What a terrific Harbor master. He approved our request on a Sunday night at 9 pm and is as pleasant to work with as they come! Love this town!

by mvslowhand.com on Oct 24, 2021
Another great couple of days in Carolina Beach! The mooring field is outstanding with plenty of swing room between boats and well maintained buoys and mooring lines. The 2 dinghy docks are well maintained and in protected areas. A very well stocked Publix grocery store is maybe a 15 minute walk from one of the docks. Clearly Carolina Beach sees the value in attracting transient boaters and done a great job of making this mooring field hassle free and extremely reasonable ($20 per night). Ted

by johnjohnjohn on Oct 18, 2021
Easy in easy out , nice setup. Quiet area. Great place to time the cape fear river currents

by lev113815 on Oct 11, 2021
Carolina Beach has become one of our favorite stops - keeps getting better!

by tammkev on Sep 26, 2021
Larry the harbor master is so hospitable! Always available! Love staying here! Walking distance to anything and everything Carolina Beach has to offer!

by surfaceinterval43 on Aug 24, 2021
Close to all. Very good harbor master. Could use WiFi.

by mlevinson55 on Aug 21, 2021
Genuinely a great spot to visit. What makes it great is the gentleman that manages the mooring field is the most professional and even tempered dock master I have met. Don't think twice about visiting Carolina beach mooring field.

by eklutz on Aug 20, 2021
Another magical evening watching the fireworks. Close to all the restaurants and attractions. Would stay for the month if I could afford it!

by jrefenning on Jul 26, 2021
Larry was very helpful!!

by martiajax on Jul 25, 2021
Dock master Larry was nice and helpful. Be advised they only have 50 amp power.Great location easy access to heart of the town.

by gypsiespalace47 on Jul 12, 2021
3rd time on a mooring ball and the best experience of all! Great moorings. Well organized. Both dinghy docks in excellent condition. Walked to Publix from Town Docks. At the kayak docks you can take dogs to the beach before 9 or after 5 on a leash. Only a couple of blocks to walk. Great take out breakfast sandwich place.

by ptmcnair on Jun 30, 2021
Larry (I think that was his name) was the friendliest and most helpful dockmaster we have come across in our three years of cruising. Great dingy dock and everything you need and more within walking distance. Will be back!

by svlauryan on Jun 29, 2021
Communication on day of our arrival was non-existent after leaving voicemail with question. Prior to that time, communication was fine

by michelesims3 on Jun 28, 2021
Larry was incredibly helpful & hospitable! This is our second time we’ve stayed here & are already looking forward to when we can return. We highly recommend this mooring field & beach! Thanks for everything! 😎 SV Wyndfall

by dmerck on Jun 25, 2021
Very Nice quiet anchorage, dinghy dock very close, public restrooms were clean, the little grocery store new and just setting up. Highly recommend this mooring field well worth the $20/nt. We had a couple nights of high winds and thunderstorms slept well.

by kdelaney on Jun 22, 2021
We stayed at the Caolina Beach Municipal Marina for a long weekend & it was a great experience! Larry the Dockmaster was very nice & helpful. The floating docks were very nice and the marina is right in downtown Carolina Beach, walking distance to shopping, bars, restaurants, ect. We will definitely be back!

by efsibbett on Jun 11, 2021
Excellent place. Cllean and easy access. Enjoyed it !

by davidcamara on Jun 07, 2021
Larry the harbor master is the absolute best. He goes above and beyond to be more than accommodating. The Pennents on the moorings are the cleanest I’ve ever seen anywhere. I’d feel comfortable on a heavy blow in this harbor.

by tearg on Jun 01, 2021
Always a good stop on the ICW. Very calm, no wake even though there is boat traffic everyone is at idle speed. We’ll maintained moorings. The Dockmaster is very helpful.

by dpenne on May 31, 2021
Love this stop on the ICW. The town and harbor have all a cruiser needs. The dock master is gracious and does a good job with acknowledging reservation requests.

by mrfish on May 29, 2021
Great place to hang out for a few days...the dinghy dock is close by the mooring field and just a block walk to the beach or you can tie up in town as well. Larry, the dockmaster, is a super man to deal with......we really appreciated his kind service.

by dspatio on May 25, 2021
great place Dockmaster is on top of everything and very helpful

by dgenetti01 on May 24, 2021
Loved it. Perfect place

by dixonwil on May 23, 2021
As close to perfect as you can get. Thanks

by drott on May 22, 2021
Wonderful mooring. Good dingy access to beach and provisioning

by seelevel on May 20, 2021
The mooring field is a gem! Well maintained, super easy to grab. Plus is that dogs are welcome on the beautiful beach across the street from the nearby dinghy dock before 0900 and after 1700. Clean bathrooms near the dinghy dock.

by selahway on May 19, 2021
Great customer service! Quick response to our reservation request late in the day.

by defeversoulmates on May 19, 2021
The moorings were very well maintained and the staff were very helpful and friendly. We will definitely be back!

by rwiltse105 on May 18, 2021
You can't beat a mooring ball to get a good nights sleep. This location was recommended. Very protected area, access to the beach from the Carolina Beach DInghy Dock. South end of bay is another city dock where you can walk to the local grocery store if needed. Wish more cities would put in mooring fields.

by 8504206348 on May 17, 2021
Mooring ball was easy to retrieve and mooring field was right in the middle of all of the action. The city dock and marina dock were both accessible by dinghy. The beach, boardwalk and restaurants were easy to get to. We enjoyed our 2 days at Carolina Beach!

by tgelson on May 15, 2021
Great stay. Wonderful Hospitality and the Fried Chicken was delicious!

by maingeal on May 14, 2021
Just needed an overnight. But easy to pick up moorings

by 92thistledew on May 12, 2021
Great place to grab a ball. Nice new moorings with easy to grab lanyards. Dinghy dock next to morning field with beach access and public restrooms right there. Larry was so nice and helpful and so friendly he made everything very easy. Wish we could have stayed longer.

by pney on May 11, 2021
Fantastic operation. Mooring balls are well maintained and line is coiled. Easy pick-up. Larry is available to answer questions and very helpful. Dinghy dock and two block walk to the beach. Will return next time in the area.

by jcannon193 on May 08, 2021
Mooring balls are well maintained and easy to pick up. Short dinghy ride to town dinghy dock - two locations. Supermarket was a 12 minute walk from dinghy dock. Pump out and water available at town dock. Easy beach access.

by legendofjack on May 08, 2021
Wonderful little town, very charming, everyone friendly. Several nice anchorages and mooring balls available. Laid up here for two days while winds were gusting to 35mph. Nice dinghy dock to use.

by m1zgz8qhdguutjh4qzet on May 07, 2021
Wonderful location. Easy access to the beach. Easy to pick up mooring.

by rghymanlaw on May 01, 2021
Mooring was awesome and close to the dinghy dock. Larry was only a phone call away and answered questions immediately. Extremely friendly and helpful. Will visit again. Also loved Havana’s restaurant food and service great.

by kredrow on Apr 26, 2021
Excellent mooring area. Larry was extremely helpful in giving us information about the mooring field & local sites close to field & dinghy dock!

by dguistwite on Apr 23, 2021
East in and out. Nice new pendants. Quite no wake zone, that is respected. I would stay there again, for sure.

by christi on Apr 23, 2021
Great location. Lots if help docking between Larry and some of the fishermen. Easy access to beach, boardwalk, and shopping!

by pjadams on Apr 16, 2021
What an excellent mooring! Loved that the painter is in a bin on the top of the mooring buoy. Nice and clean! We stayed for just a night and did not dinghy into town, but it's not far and there are lots of restaurants around.

by wikerd on Apr 15, 2021
Great morning balls. Second time we stayed.

by maryjim on Apr 09, 2021
It was great!!! And it was My first time picking up a Mooring Line!!! Great cell service and TV reception, quiet night, not worrying about the anchor!😄

by dorissailing on Apr 01, 2021
Easy to pick up mooring. Spent a safe quiet night.

by rockhopper on Mar 13, 2021
When we first started visiting Carolina Beach, for the same $20 price someone came out to the boat to collect the fee and they took off trash, gave recommendations, directions, and offered assistance or a move to a slip at Mona Black in bad weather. With Dockwa the personal touch is lost.

by brezenski on Dec 06, 2020
Very friendly and accommodating staff. Will definitely stop there again.

by stheurer on Dec 02, 2020
Larry the dock master was really helpful and the price and location are both excellent. There are no facilities such a showers or it’d be a five star spot

by laurajane on Nov 26, 2020
Affordable. Well organized process. Moorings are well and safely placed. The Harbormaster, Larry was very helpful and enjoyable to talk with.

by svsoulmatie on Nov 24, 2020
Love using Dockwa and love the Carolina Beach mooring field

by harvestmoon on Nov 18, 2020
Stayed on a mooring ball for several days in November, 2020. Larry (harbormaster) is super helpful and friendly. Moorings are well spaced and held in a 40k blow. This has very easy access from the ICW. We came in to the ICW up at Wrightsville Beach, came down to Carolina Beach where we spent a couple weeks (the rest of our time on the hook in the anchorage just north of the mooring fields), then down the Cape Fear river and back to the outside at the Cape Fear inlet. Gave us a nice and safe 20 mile stretch of the ICW, some excellent time at Carolina Beach, then back out to the outside.

by davebetsy on Nov 16, 2020
Nice docks. Dockmaster was very helpful.

by bsoulier on Nov 14, 2020
Always a nice visit here. We were in a mooring when Tropical Storm Eta came through with 45 mph winds. Was great to be on a town mooring that is inspected.

by cabana845 on Nov 13, 2020
Easy in easy out 👍 what more could you ask for!

by bodensee on Nov 12, 2020
The mooring field is the best stop along this part of the ICW. The harbor master for the mooring field is one of the most pleasant and helpful persons you can wish for. Thank you Carolina Beach.

by jlongval on Nov 08, 2020
Outstanding location with friendly service.

by belleofthewest on Nov 04, 2020
Nice quiet anchorage with new equipment. Each mooring ball has a pennant with a thimble on it to run your mooring line through.

by mbell20688 on Oct 26, 2020
We reserved two nights on a mooring ball. Arrived Saturday about 4:30 and no balls available. We anchored and cancelled the first night reservation to get a refund. Larry called us shortly thereafter, apologized, and offered a free night on the town dock. We declined, but we thought his responsiveness was excellent. This used to be the problem here, but Larry has really cleared that up. In spite of our disappointment we still gave 4 stars because Larry is doing such a good job.

by donlun0124 on Oct 25, 2020
Great spot! Convenient to everything!

by g91xhia8nuvkmutxacsj on Oct 25, 2020
We had a great two nights. The mooring balls and lines were in good shape and the weather was fabulous.

by hcg10 on Oct 20, 2020
Great spot! We stayed for 2 nights. Called ahead for instructions and Larry, the very kind dock master, told us to pick any open mooring ball and if we needed anything at all to call him. Dinghy dock was very close to mooring balls. Bars, restaurants, hardware stores, and grocery stores not far. We have bikes, so we spent the day running errands and then a couple beers at Good Hops brewing where we played a round of disc golf (for free). Love this funky beach town and mooring field. We’ll be back!

by merrysea5gmailcom on Oct 18, 2020
Always a pleasure at Carolina Beach. The moorings are well placed and easy to catch. Close to the dingy dock.

by tunatom on Oct 18, 2020
Larry is very nice- great location for 1 -2 block walk to into town/beach. Minimal amenities- great rates. floating dock with 35’ distance fixed dolphin poles. 55’ is max. No wifi. I would definitely go back for another short stay,

by longtimeboater on Oct 15, 2020
Stayed on well kept mooring ball. Nice Publix was a 3/4 mile walk. Beautiful beach was one block from the East public dinghy dock. Ate at the Sea Witch Cafe outside, tables apart for Covid. Food was good casual food, all alcoholic drinks were half price on Wednesdays, and live country music started at 7PM. Nice stay.

by yiffie65 on Oct 13, 2020
Larry, the Dockmaster, is such a nice man. So helpful and friendly!

by kevinmccarthy on Oct 08, 2020
Great mooring field convenient and affordable

by lkarty on Oct 07, 2020
This was our first stay in Carolina Beach. The area was lovely and we had a first class dinner at the Surf House. There are decent bike lanes for getting around on bicycles and the beach was beautiful. A nice Publix grocery is only about half a mile. There are only two transient slips but if you can get one, the price is terrific!

by sailtatoosh on Sep 28, 2020
One of our favorite places. Convenient to restaurants, shopping. Dinghy dock is a one block walk to the beach. Mooring balls and penants in great shape.

by seashanty on May 19, 2020
Very nice stop. Easy in and out from the ICW. Balls have a good length heavy duty pennant with a large thimble to accept two 3/4 to 1” lines. The field tender Larry was very nice to deal with..friendly and helpful.
Marina Response:
Thanks for the very nice review! Hope you will visit Carolina Beach again soon. Have a safe trip. Thanks, Larry Harbormaster CB.

About Carolina Beach Municipal Marina

The waters around Carolina Beach are home to some of the best offshore and inshore fishing in NC. And the Carolina Beach Fishing Center and Marina is the perfect place to start your adventure. The Carolina Beach Fishing Center's knowledgeable charter captains will get you and your party right in the middle of the action.

Deep-sea charters reach the Gulf Stream quickly in pursuit of marlin, tuna, dolphin, king mackerel, grouper, snapper, and sailfish. In-shore fishing charters find flounder, red drum, trout, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and more. Whether you're an experienced fisherman, a first-timer or a group just looking for a memorable boating excursion, the Carolina Beach Fishing Center and Marina has what you're looking for. Transient boaters are sure to love the public day docks - free for up to 3 hours for non-commercial boats 25' and under.

Please Note: There is very limited availability for transient boaters on our dock at this time. Please message us through your Dockwa reservation for more information.

For our Mooring Field Customers we provide a dingy dock located at 901 Canal Drive, Carolina Beach so you can get off the boat and visit our community. Across the street from the Dingy Dock is a Public Parking Lot with Public Restrooms and Showers. A two minute walk will put you on the clean white sandy beach at the Sandpiper Beach Access.

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The waters around Carolina Beach are home to some of the best offshore and inshore fishing in NC. And the Carolina Beach Fishing Center and Marina is the perfect place to start your adventure. The Carolina Beach Fishing Center's knowledgeable charter captains will get you and your party right in the middle of the action.


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