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5 Reasons to Visit Carolina, Puerto Rico

San Juan tends to get all the buzz when it comes to Puerto Rico travel. But when you step off the plane at Puerto Rico’s main airport (Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport [SJU]), you’re actually in Carolina!

You might be in a hurry to get to your next destination, whether you’re heading to the storied streets of San Juan or lush El Yunque Rainforest. But Carolina is more than a stopover – in fact, it’s one of the trendiest towns in Puerto Rico, and it deserves some attention on your next island vacation.

See all the reasons to visit Carolina and check out all the fun things to do in la Tierra de Gigantes – “the Land of Giants,” named for the tallest man in Puerto Rican history (7’ 11”).

1. It’s a Short Drive to San Juan

Besides its importance as the location of Puerto Rico’s main airport, Carolina’s proximity to San Juan, the capital city, makes it a great place to visit. Just 25 minutes away, it’s easy to make a day trip from San Juan to Carolina or vice versa.  

If you’re staying in San Juan, check with your hotel to see if they offer free airport shuttles from Carolina. You can also easily rent a car at the airport or take a taxi. 

And for those Carolina daytrippers, keep reading for all the amazing reasons to visit!

2. Carolina’s Beaches are Gorgeous

You don’t have to go far to find a classic Puerto Rican beach experience. Carolina has some beautiful – and well known – beaches that are perfect for putting your feet up, taking a swim, or exploring the shoreline.

Isla Verde Beach is somewhat famous around the States and on Puerto Rico travel lists. In fact, it’s earned awards like “Best Urban Beach.” This popular spot is a 3-mile stretch of beautiful sand lined with hotels, beach chair and umbrella rentals, and featuring stunning ocean views.

Interestingly, Isla Verde technically comprises three distinct beaches: Pine Grove, Alambique, and Balneario de Carolina.

Pine Grove offers a laid-back feel and coral reef where you can go snorkeling! To the east, the waves begin to pick up, which makes this a popular spot among locals for surfing. Grab a board and join them!

Alambique boasts calm waters and few waves, with plentiful beach chair rentals and water sports all within walking distance. It’s also near the hotels and restaurants which makes it so convenient for accessing the necessary amenities.

Balneario de Isla Verde has showers, gazebos, calm waters, and even a water park for the kids! It has good parking space and lifeguards so you relax while your family enjoys the water.

3. It Has Fascinating Museums for All Ages

Puerto Rico may be known for its sunshine, but it does see some rainy days. And when they roll in, Carolina’s museums are the perfect solution to keep busy – even on a sunny day when you just don’t feel like hanging at the beach.

Museo del Niño is the perfect destination for families with young children. From hands-on exhibits to artwork and an erupting volcano, there’s so much to keep your little ones stimulated, including a full-size airplane that your kids will love exploring.

The Museo Casa Escuté hosts exhibitions from local and visiting artists with three main rooms dedicated to the town’s culture, history, and important figures throughout the years.

There’s also the Museo de Historia y Arte Carolina for people who like an art gallery feel with some historic touches.

4. The Carolina Food Scene is Sure to Delight!

We all know one of the top reasons to visit Puerto Rico is its amazing food! The island’s rich flavors come to life in popular dishes like papas rellenas, pasteles, and amarillos. If you’re an adventurous eater, you’ll have so much fun exploring the different towns, and Carolina has plenty on offer.

Carolina is particularly known for its beachside food stands or kiosks known as chinchorros. After a delightful day at the beach, nothing hits the spot like a cold beer and salty snack of bacalaíto, codfish fritters.

Of course, there are more upscale, sit-down options as well. Some of our favorites include Meat Market Miami, a Puerto Rican steakhouse, and Alambique Beach Lounge, which boasts gorgeous beachside views and serves fresh seafood. Piu Bello serves delicious local cuisine like sweet plantains, but you can also cool off with a smooth, decadent gelato after your meal.

Can’t get enough of Puerto Rico cuisine?


5. Carolina Has Things to Do for all Lifestyles

In our opinion, the best reason to visit Carolina is that this trendy, modern town has something for everyone, from those who love soaking up the sun on the beach to visitors who prefer shopping and sightseeing. 

Outdoor enthusiasts or anyone looking for a breath of fresh air will love Julia de Burgos Park, a beautiful open area with lush greenery and a great walking path, picnic areas, and benches. If you’re looking for more of an adventure, Carolina offers tours and activities like jet ski rentals, ATV rides, and more! 

One of the most popular outdoor attractions is Hacienda Campo Rico, a beautiful park on a former agricultural plantation where you can go horseback riding, ziplining, and more.


There are also nearby casinos where you can roll the dice and maybe win it big! Plaza Carolina is a shopping mall with global brands and local boutiques if you need a shopping fix while you’re in town. There’s even a movie theater where you can catch a film on a rainy day.

By night, the fun continues in Carolina with awesome bars and clubs where you can dance your heart out and enjoy a few classic Puerto Rican beverages like the pitorro (Puerto Rican moonshine!), coquito, Don Q, and more. 

Where will your Puerto Rico vacation take you? Visit the Island Guide for inspiration and trip planning!


Carolina Beach State Park: Home

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Located in New Hanover County 12 miles south of Wilmington, Carolina Beach State Park is home to the Venus flytrap, a unique carnivorous plant. The park is known for habitats like Sugarloaf Dune, a 50-foot dune that once served as a navigational marker for river pilots, as well as three limesink ponds that each feature a unique plant community. The park’s marina provides access to the Cape Fear River and the Intracoastal Waterway, making the area popular for boaters and anglers. 


  • Camper cabins
  • Tent sites
  • Trailer and RV sites (some with electric, water, and sewer hookups)
  • Group tent sites
  • Dump station
  • Showers
  • Firewood


  • Hiking (9 miles)
  • Biking (1 mile)
  • Paddling
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking


  • Boat ramp
  • Marina and concessions
  • Boat slips
  • Auditorium and classroom
  • Visitor center and exhibits

A private concessionaire in the park offers kayak, canoe, paddleboard, and bike rentals.


1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

GPS: 34. 0472, -77.9066


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28428 Carolina Beach, NC

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There are no fees required to access Carolina Beach State Park for day use, except for boat launches. Fees are charged for camping, marina use, certain event permits, and facility reservations.

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Pets are allowed at the park and at campsites. They are not permitted inside buildings or in camper cabins. Pets must be on an attended leash of no longer than 6 feet at all times.

Park Hours

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Month Hours
January 7 a.m. to 6 p. m.
February 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
March 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
April 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
May 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
June 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
July 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
August 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
September 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
October 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
November 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
December 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Month Hours
January 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
February 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
March 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
April 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
May 8 a. m. to 9:30 p.m.
June 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
July 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
August 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
September 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
October 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
November 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
December 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Month Hours
January 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
February 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
April 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
May 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
June 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
July 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
August 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
September 8 a.m. to 7 p. m.
October 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
November 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Ecology & History

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Field Trips

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Learning Materials

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Scheduled Events at Carolina Beach State Park

Park staff lead regularly scheduled public interpretive programs for all ages. Most events are free, though some may require pre-registration.

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Host Your Event at the Park

Make your special occasion naturally wonderful. State parks are great places for birthday parties, reunions, weddings, and more. Learn more about event permits and fees on the Facilities page.

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Park Rules

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Park Planning

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Friends of Pleasure Island State Parks

Join, volunteer or donate! The Friends of Pleasure Island State Parks promotes, supports, and advocates for Carolina Beach State Park and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area through organizing volunteer efforts, educating visitors, hosting events, and fundraising.

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Friends of State Parks

Friends of State Parks is a nonprofit citizen organization supporting, promoting, and advocating for the North Carolina State Parks system as a whole. The group helps provide funding for Junior Ranger and Youth in Parks – Environmental Education programs, as well as grants for state parks projects.

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Top: Sunset over the Cape Fear River, J. Brown

Gallery: Intracoastal Waterway coastline, staff photo  |  Sunset bench, J. Shimel  |  Boat ramp, C. Peek  |  Foggy marsh, C. Peek  |  Fishing on the pier, staff photo


Hotel Coral By The Sea Carolina



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Calle Rosa 2,
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Hotel Coral By The Sea is a 2-star hotel located 3.6 km from Parque Dr. José Celso Barbosa. Other facilities include free private parking, an outdoor pool and a restaurant.


It is located 10 km from the center of Carolina, in the tourist area. Loisa is 3.9 km away.

Bus stop «PR-187 & PR-37» is 300 meters from this hotel.


Guests can enjoy air-conditioned rooms with Wi-Fi, climate control and television. Guests will enjoy ocean views. They also feature elegant furnishings.


An excellent choice of author’s dishes is offered by an excellent restaurant. The bar serves delicious drinks. Metropol and Platos Restaurant & Bar are within 50 metres, serving a wide range of dishes.

Leisure and business

The hotel also features free private parking and a vending machine.


Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas.


Private parking is available on site for USD 7.63 per day.

Number of floors: 5.
Number of rooms: 68.

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USD 7. 63 per day

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  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot
  • 24 hour service
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  • Elevator
  • Holding events


  • Car rental
  • Guide services/ Ticketing
  • Wake up service


  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge

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  • Business center
  • Meeting/banqueting facilities


  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Beach access
  • Public bath

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  • Heating
  • Tea/coffee set


  • Bath/shower


  • TV
  • Direct telephone line
  • Alarm clock radio

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  • Famous places of the city
  • Nearby
  • Restaurants

Shopping area

Isla Verde Mall

640 m

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Playa Isla Verde

690 m

90 m


Chabad Lubavitch of Puerto Rico

640 m

Night Club

Club Brava and Ultra Lounge

640 m




Playa Hobbie

640 m

Pine Grove Surfing Beach

690 m



690 m


500 m

Reserva Marina Arrecife de la Isla Verde

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Vivo Beach Club


Balneario Isla Verde


Carolina Public Beach


Teodoro Moscoso Bridge


2253 Calle Loiza

Plaza Loiza


3-5 Calle Villa Internacional I

Punta Las Marias Skate Park



Isla Guachinanga



Ocean Park Beach


Torrecilla Baja



Laguna San Jose


Avenida Las Americas

Dr. José Celso Barbosa Park


Isla Verde Park



Balneario de Carolina



Isla Verde Bich

500 m


PIU Bello

420 m



280 m


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460 m 9000 m. 510 m


Chinatown Express

500 m


Playa Papaya

580 m

2 Restaurant

2 Espresso 3

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Coral By The Sea is located 0.5 km from San Juan Isla Grande Airport.

What is the cancellation policy at Coral By The Sea?

Coral By The Sea free cancellation.

Does Coral By The Sea clean the rooms?

Yes, Coral By The Sea provides laundry and housekeeping.

Is there internet at Coral By The Sea Carolina?

Yes, Wi-Fi is available in the public areas of Coral By The Sea Carolina.

Where to go near Coral By The Sea?

Popular points of interest near Coral By The Sea include Isla Verde Beach and Watersports 4U.

Are there restaurants near Coral By The Sea Carolina?

Hijole — Cocina Mexicana is a 5-minute walk from Coral By The Sea Carolina.

Can I park my car on site at Coral By The Sea?

Yes, Coral By The Sea has parking.

How much is a room at Coral By The Sea?

A room in Coral By The Sea costs from $121.

Is there any public transportation near Coral By The Sea Carolina?

Yes, there is bus stop PR-187 & PR-37 within 300 meters from Coral By The Sea Carolina.


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Tip: Consider free cancellation options. This will allow you to remain flexible should you need to cancel your trip due to the spread of COVID-19.

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★ 6 Most Beautiful North Carolina State Parks to Camp This Fall ★

  • Lake Norman State Park, Trautman
  • Stone Mountain Park, Roaring Gap
  • Hanging State Park Rock, Danbury
  • Carolina Beach State Park, Carolina Beach
  • Crowders Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain
  • New River State Park, Laurel Springs

The state parks of North Carolina have the perfect place for camping. Starting from the waters of the coast, through the Piedmont region and extending to the mountains in the west, North Carolina’s parks offer a range of beauty, activity and recreation that is hard to match.

Lake Norman State Park, Troutman

Lake Norman State Park in Troutman

Lake Norman State Park, Troutman

Located about half an hour north of Charlotte, Lake Norman State Park offers the tranquility and beauty of a rural paradise while while being close to basic amenities. Set around Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake in the state, the park has 33 campsites with tent sites, picnic tables and grills, group campgrounds, a community building with kitchen and restroom facilities, a bath complex, and a 125-square beach front yard. ideal for swimming and fishing. There are also ample opportunities to stop and fish throughout the park’s 30.5 miles, which are also very popular with mountain bikers. For those who want to get out on the water, a free boat is available in the southern part of the park, as well as kayaks, canoes, water bikes and paddle boards for rent.

Stone Mountain Park, Roaring Gap

Stone Mountain Park, Roaring Gap

Stone Mountain State Park at Roaring Gap has a whopping 90 campsites, some of which are equipped with utility facilities for those camping on R.W. There are also places for groups and hiking for those who are more into «roughing». During your stay in the park, you can choose from a variety of activities, including 20 miles of trout fishing, picnicking, horseback riding, and hiking through the park’s 18 miles of trails. But one thing not to be missed during your visit is the massive granite dome overlooking the park. If you love rock climbing, you can even climb the giant 600 foot granite face with a permit and enjoy the view of Hutchinson’s homestead, mid 19th. th farm of the century, which has been completely restored.

Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury

Hanging Rock State Park in Danbury

Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury

1300 feet above the countryside below. In addition to 73 campsites and 5 primitive campsites, the park also has numerous picnic areas, a 12-acre lake for swimming and fishing, rowing and canoeing on the Dan River, and over 20 miles of hiking trails and 8.4 miles of hiking trails. mountain bike trails. Climbers can also find climbing opportunities with permission.

Carolina Beach State Park, Carolina Beach

Carolina Beach State Park at Carolina Beach

Carolina Beach State Park, Carolina Beach

If the camping cabin is more than your speed, don’t worry. There are five state parks state North Carolina that offer cab rentals, including Carolina Beach State Park located near Wilmington. Named Regional State Park of the Year in 2015, the park has great coastal views as well as 83 secluded, tree-covered campsites that include a picnic table and grill, with RV connections and wheelchair accessible spaces. Four rentable camper cabins include two bedrooms that can accommodate up to six people, as well as electricity, heating and air conditioning, a picnic table, grill and fire ring. Although the cabins do not have a bathroom, there are toilets nearby. You’ll also find plenty of fishing, swimming or boating opportunities from the marina, where there are two public ramps and a shop. But the coolest thing you’ll find here is

… Real life Venus Flytraps. So watch your hikes!

Crowders Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain

Crowders Mountain State Park in Kings Mountain

Located in Kings Mountain, Crowders Mountain State Park offers not only beautiful, secluded camping spots, but also impressive views of the surrounding landscapes and eleven hiking trails that range in difficulty from leisurely to strenuous. Family and group outdoor activities with grills, picnic tables and tent shelters. If you want to build a fire for your summer house, rent a firewood cabinet for only $5. There are also 9- an acre lake for fishing or try your hand at canoeing.

New River State Park, Laurel Springs

New River State Park in Laurel Springs

New River State Park, Laurel Springs

If you’re looking for primitive camping off the beaten track, you should visit New River State Park in Laurel Springs. Named for the National Wild and Scenic River that runs through it, the park offers three separate access areas, each with a primitive campground where campers park a short distance and then canoe or stroll to reach the campsites. The campgrounds on Wagoner Road and US 221 access areas have a bathroom with a shower, while the Allegany County access area has a toilet pit and drinking water pump. For extreme wildlife lovers, Riverbend also has four canoe-only campgrounds that have no toilets or potable water.

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