North Carolina Beach Hotels

At the mid-point of America's long Atlantic coast, North Carolina offers 300 miles of shoreline as well as easy-to-access barrier islands. The Outer Banks, Crystal Coast, Wilmington, and Paradise Island all are home to beach hotels in North Carolina, close to all of the exciting things to do in these coastal communities.

With pleasant weather in all four seasons, most North Carolina beach hotels are open all year. So if you're looking for a weekend getaway in January, a spring break option, or a week-long summer escape, it will be easy to find a hotel, inn, motel, or beach rentals that are open to guests.

At the northernmost tip of the Carolina Coast, the Outer Banks are made up of three islands: Northern Beach, Hatteras Island, and Roanoke Island, where many beach hotels in North Carolina are located. Along with the typical beach vacation offerings, you can explore where the first English settlers lived in America, where the Wright Brothers forever changed aviation history, and explore the setting for the movie, Nights in Rodanthe. No matter your itinerary, you'll have many choices for North Carolina beach lodging.

Islander Inn North Carolina
Islander Inn North Carolina

Manteo, on Roanoke Island, is home to many North Carolina beach hotels and several attractions relating to the Lost Colony, the first settlers who seemingly vanished. A replica ship, Roanoke Island Festival Park, an outdoor drama, and the Fort Raleigh National Historical Site recall this amazing chapter of history.

Holiday Inn Resort North Carolina
Holiday Inn Resort North Carolina

Manteo, on Roanoke Island, is home to many North Carolina beach hotels and several attractions relating to the Lost Colony, the first settlers who seemingly vanished. A replica ship, Roanoke Island Festival Park, an outdoor drama, and the Fort Raleigh National Historical Site recall this amazing chapter of history.

It's also a welcoming coastal town with all the amenities, including several North Carolina beach hotels. The Elizabethan Inn, named for the era in which the colonists settled the New World, is just minutes from the attractions, offering a mix of room sizes, from efficiencies and queens to expansive apartments. This lodging provider offers great rates in the off season, in addition to an indoor heated pool, spa, a fitness center, and an outdoor pool with a sundeck.

Sanderling Resort North Carolina
Sanderling Resort North Carolina

Beaufort is another choice for beach hotels in North Carolina. Along with the neighboring communities of the Crystal Coast, more than 10,000 hotel rooms are found along the mainland and the barrier islands, ranging from top-rated luxury hotels to budget friendly accommodations. Located in the historic town, the Inlet Inn provides North Carolina beach lodging, right on the waterfront. All of the 36 rooms come equipped with private porches, refrigerators, and complimentary breakfast. Boat slips are available if you'd rather arrive by sea than by highway. Many restaurants and attractions are within walking distance, including the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

Surf SIde Hotel North Carolina
Surf SIde Hotel North Carolina

You'll also find a wide array of North Carolina beach hotels in and around Wilmington, where the Battleship North Carolina is now docked and opened for tours. In surrounding Carolina Beach, the Courtyard by Marriott overlooks the ocean, offering 144 rooms with patios, instant access to the beach, and outdoor pool. A variety of room sizes and suites all include free wireless Internet, a coffee station, and refrigerators. One suite includes a private hot tub. Other amenities include a full-service restaurant, a lounge, whirlpool spa, and an indoor heated pool.

Bald Head Island, Kure Beach, and Oak Island, along the southern portion of the coast, also are popular places to explore in all four seasons. These barrier islands are other places to find an array of North Carolina beach lodging providers and condo rentals. The family-owned Seven Seas Inn (pictured) is just steps from the Kure Pier. With efficiencies, standard rooms, and handicapped-accessible offerings, guests will find the right accommodations for their needs, budgets, and vacation plans. The hotel also features covered gazebos, a grill, and oceanfront grill, perfect for enjoying this pleasant Carolina slice of the great outdoors.

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