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Carolina Beach Municipal Marina

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301 Canal Dr.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
34° 2' 11.61'', -77° 53' 35.11''
9103861492
VHF Ch. 16
$30/night
www.carolinabeach.org
Carolina Beach
Carolina Beach Municipal Marina
Carolina Beach Municipal Marina

Awards


Boaters Choice Elite Fleet 2020Boaters Choice Elite Fleet 2021Boaters Choice Elite Fleet 2022Boaters Choice Elite Fleet 2023

About


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.

The Carolina Beach Mooring Field is located south of Snows Cut, after day marker #5 on the approach channel into Carolina Beach town waterfront (Myrtle Grove Sound). Ten mooring locations are available year round.

For our Mooring Field Customers we provide two dingy docks located in the town Marina at 100 Carl Winner Dr. and at 901 Canal Drive, Carolina Beach so you can get off the boat and visit our community. From our Marina you can access grocery stores, hardware stores, laundry, and many local eateries. From the 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.

PLEASE NOTE (APRIL 2022): Due to the construction of new docks - there will be no transient dockage available until after February 2023, but the Mooring Field is still available. Feel free to message us through your Dockwa request or call us at (910) 386-1492 or (910) 380-5918 for more information.

Berth Capacity


Slips:33
Moorings:2

Approach


The Carolina Beach Mooring Field is located south of Snows Cut, between markers #4 and #5 on the approach channel into Carolina Beach town waterfront (Myrtle Grove Sound). Nine mooring locations are available year round.

Services & Amenities

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2024

Dockage:Yes
Moorings:Yes
Water Hookup:Yes
Transient Storage:Yes
Long Term Storage:Yes
Water Taxi:Within 5 Miles
Dinghy Dock:Yes
Pump-out:Yes
Trash:Yes
Groceries:Within 5 Miles
Medical Facility:Within 5 Miles
Pharmacy:Within 5 Miles
Hotels:Yes
Restaurants:Yes
Beach:Within 5 Miles
Dog Park:Within 5 Miles
Fixed Docks:Yes
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Mooring balls in excellent condition! Line right on top of ball for easy access. Love this place as a stopover. Did not dinghy to shore this trip.

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Strong and modern mooring balls with plenty of depth. Easy dingy to lots of yummy restaurants.

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Great mooring area. Larry Denning was very helpful with everything. Also Nick at Tom’s marine was great for bringing us a part we needed so we didn’t have to dingy in the rain.

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All good , well protected. Enjoyed fireworks.

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Great place. Easy mooring buoys & clean. No wake zone and two places to access island by dinghy. Pleanty of place to eat, shop, and have fun.

Marina Response:
Thank John, glad you enjoyed your stay! Larry
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The proprietor is alway cordial and most helpful under any circumstances.

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Nice area, close to beach and Public. Harbormaster Jared very friendly and helpful. No amenities. $30 a night

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Dockwa was very easy to use, and Larry, the Harbormaster, was incredibly professional and helpful when we had a short window to book a ball. We were moored during a 30kt blow and held firmly. The new dinghy dock is convenient to dining and Publix. We'll definitely stop here again.

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very nice mooring, made for a restful night. $30

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Great spot! Very helpful staff.

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We always stop at Carolina Beach heading north or south on ICW

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Always a great stay.

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Well protected mooring field. Helpful staff. We needed to leave our boat for several days while visiting family and never had a worry about it. The harbor master noted our absence and our phone number should there be any problems.

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Very peaceful. We will stop again on our way thru in the spring

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Great place to pickup a morning ball the dock master are very helpful and friendly. The only thing we wish it had is a proper shower and amenities, plus car parking for anyone one on the morning ball.

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Great location and they have now provided trash cans for trash... Definitely worth the stay and dogs are allowed on the beach!

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Stayed again 11/2023. Great spot to stage to cross the Cape Fear and continue south. Harbormaster was very helpful. Good spot!

Marina Response:
Thanks Todd ! Larry
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The mooring balls at Carolina Beach are always wonderful and well kept. Thank you.

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Nice anchorage. Will use again!

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Good mooring balls. Perfect if there were showers and bathrooms

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Mooring was good. Larry and Jarrett are great people.

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Great location. Always enjoy an evening at Stoked. Nice to walk on beach.

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After a little hiccup with the contact phone number (one digit wrong), Larry & Jarret made sure we got secured on our mooring ball & made us feel very welcome! Beautiful spot, close to everything! Would highly recommend! Larry & Jarret are the best! 👍

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Mooring equipment in very good condition. Fast response from the harbor patrol when another boat dragged anchor and was threatening the mooring field. Cannot say enough nice things about this place. Harbor master very welcoming and helpful.

Marina Response:
Thanks Gian for your stay with us at Carolina Beach and your nice comments! Larry
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Harbor master was great.

Marina Response:
Thanks Wanda R. For staying with us at Carolina Beach
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We love Carolina Beach moorings and Larry is the best!

Marina Response:
Jann, Thanks for your nice comments, Hope to see you back at CB again soon! Larry
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Great mooring field! The moorings are very well maintained. All of the pennants looked new. The staff respond quickly to any questions you may have. Usually calm and quiet nights with more active days and evenings. Will stay here whenever we pass through. 11/8/23 Just an overnight stay this time. Once again the moorings were in good condition and the excellent dockmaster came out to the mooring field to make sure everything was good. Another great night in Carolina Beach.

Marina Response:
Thanks David for the great review! We hope you will make Carolina Beach a regular stop when passing through. Have a great Winter! Larry
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Update November 2023: the Carolina Beach Mooring Field is all about Larry!! He has made this place our consistent stopover in the area. He monitors the balls to make sure that is we have reserved a ball it will be free when we arrive. We love be the handy dinghy dock. Larry is the best! (Swansboro could use.a Larry!!). 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.

Marina Response:
Thanks for your kind words. We really appreciate you staying with us at CB when you are passing through. Thanks again! Larry
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Always enjoy our stay here in Carolina Beach.

Marina Response:
Glad you enjoyed your stay with us at CB! Thanks, Larry
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A nice place to stop for a rest and restock. Hardware and grocery stores are a mile away and the beach is 200 yards away.

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Great! Larry was so accommodating!

Marina Response:
Thanks Linda for your nice comment. Look forward to seeing you when you are back in the area! Larry
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Carolina Beach has become one of our favorite stops - keeps getting better!

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Larry was accomodating and welcoming. Very nice stay, will definitely be back!

Marina Response:
Thanks William for the nice review. Look forward to your return to CB! Larry
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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. Food was good casual food. Fun eclectic bar called the Fat Pelican in easy walking distance. Overall, a very nice stay.

Marina Response:
Thanks Albert, Glad you enjoyed your stay and your comments on Sea Witch & Fat Pelican. Have a great summer and hope to see you again soon! Larry
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Very solid moorings; very helpful staff. Excellent location, with both beach access and town access for dinghy.

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Modern high quality moorings in a beautiful location. Harbor master Larry Denning is to be commended for the friendly and professional service he provides. I will definitely return on my southbound voyage. ***Update*** I did return in late October. Great mooring field but I wish they had a senior discount like the state marina.

Marina Response:
Thanks Mark for the nice review! Have a great summer and look forward to your return to CB in the fall. Larry Denning CB Harbormaster
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All the mooring tackle is very well maintained. The location is great, easy access to everything by dinghy. Reservation process with Dockwa was simple. Dockmaster Larry was helpful on the phone.

Marina Response:
Thanks David for the nice review! Larry
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Full moorings but you would never know anyone was there as it was peaceful all night. HarborMaster Larry does an impeccable job keeping track of who should be tied up and reaching out to his incoming reservations. An excellent team at Carolina Beach Muni.

Marina Response:
Thanks Patrick for the nice review! Larry
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Great area, super easy to get to, and Larry the dockmaster was very attentive and courteous!!

Marina Response:
Thanks Jeff for your nice comments. Larry
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Really nice people, so helpful and nice. As well nice area Thank you to the Team so friendly

Marina Response:
Thanks Olivier your nice review! Larry
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I’ve stayed here many times over the years. Easy in, easy out, and well protected. I’ll be back again.

Marina Response:
Thanks for your nice comments David
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Really quick turnover from dockwa request till they got back to us. Pick any mooring ball that's available there's no numbers first come first serve. It's close to the icw. There's a dingy dock all the way in by mooring number one on the Ocean side

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Called late but still got a mooring ball. Moorings are in great shape. Very protected

Marina Response:
Thanks Robert! Larry
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Larry is the best! Great communication.

Marina Response:
Thanks Douglas for staying with us. Hope to see you again when you come back this way. Larry
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returned on fall trip back to Florida in 44’ Defever. Nice moorings and Larry is a very cordial and helpful dock master. Lots of restaurants, grocery stores and convenient Walmart.

Marina Response:
Thanks James for the nice review! Have a great summer and hope to see you in the fall. Larry Denning CB Harbormaster
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Great mooring, helpful, friendly staff

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We always stop at Carolina Beach for the moorings ! It feels good to be attached to your ball and chain . We know the equipment here is maintained to a high level !

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This mooring field is in a great location. The mooring lines are clean as they are nested on top and out of the water. Staff were friendly and helpful. Town has lots of places to eat and drink. Beach access is wonderful as well. We would stay there again.

Marina Response:
Nice review Robert. Hope you will be back. Have a good winter.Thanks, Larry
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Great moorings. Great staff.

Marina Response:
Thanks Tony! Larry
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Always love staying in Carolina Beach, and the dockmaster is the greatest

Marina Response:
Thanks for your kind remarks Kimberly! Hope to see you again next trip our way. Larry
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Well kept moorings with two dinghy docks near by.

Marina Response:
Thanks for your nice review. Larry
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Love Carolina beach mooring field! One of our favorite stops. Easy to use.

Marina Response:
Thanks for your review and stay with us at CB. Larry
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Great location, close to food and hotels.

Marina Response:
Thanks Joseph for your nice review! Larry
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We grabbed a mooring, nice and simple, and very much appreciated the warm welcome and sharing of local knowledge. Nice place to stop for a night.

Marina Response:
Diana, Thanks for nice review and stay with us at VB! Larry
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As always a pleasant stay here. We rode out TS Ophelia, couldn’t have asked for better. Will be back for sure!

Marina Response:
Thanks Larry for your comments and stay with us. Hope the weather is better when you stop back
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Great marina with great staff. The Harbor Master, Larry Denning, was friendly and helpful. I was anchored just outside the mooring field and opted to reserve a mooring due to strong winds. Anchoring is nice when the weather is calm, but it become sketchy once the winds pick up. Larry is easily reachable by phone, and he was able to adjust my mooring reservation as my plans changed. Will be staying again when I pass through! If you’re in town on Wednesday @ 7pm, be sure to check out the Fat Pelican for their arcade bowling league (let them know Sean sent you).

Marina Response:
Thanks Sean for the great review! Larry
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Easy mooring ball to pick up. Spacing is good between boats. Would stay again.

Marina Response:
Thanks Ann
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Easy access, good communication with dock master, and beautiful setting.

Marina Response:
Thanks Mark! Larry
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On Mooring ball because of tropical storm winds 50 to 60 mph. Wrote out the storm with no problem

Marina Response:
Thanks Peter! Larry
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Wonderful location. Easy access to the beach. Larry is very helpful and friendly .This is a favorite stop for us!

Marina Response:
Thanks Lisa for your nice comments and stay with us at CB! Larry
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A warm welcome, guided by the harbor patrol, in an area where everyone obeys the no wake signs. Mooring balls are in excellent shape, very easy to grab, clean eyelets, calm waters, little current. Even with a three day weekend and a lot of boat traffic it was a pleasure to stay here. There are two dinghy docks, public restrooms, friendly people, trash drop off, and a Napa nearby that deliver Shell Rotella SAE 40 oil to the dinghy dock and helped load it. Larry, the harbor master is very helpful and very friendly. They are adding more moorings, and I believe floating docks as well as a city marina office. A very pleasurable stay. We are 52’, with a draft of 5’3” and a beam of 17’, with an air draft of 25’. We took our e-bikes ashore and road to the aquarium, visited the Air Force recreation area, walked the boardwalk, enjoyed dinner at Havana’s, and a lunch at Carolina Smokehouse. There is a Publix nearby. We also walked around. We’ll be back.

Marina Response:
Thanks for the great review Christopher! Larry
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Stayed three days in June 2023. Perfect location for us. Sheltered, easy access to beach and Publix (15 minute walk). Marina is exceptionally responsive. Booking was quick and easy. Great alternative to anchoring at Wrightsville Beach. Would definately return

Marina Response:
Grant, thanks for the nice review! Larry
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You get the same amenities as someone on free anchor. You should go back to $20 for the moorings

Marina Response:
Thanks for the review. We do welcome those who elect to anchor use our facilities for free, but anchor here on a windy night and see if you sleep as good as those who are on the mooring balls. lol Larry
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Larry, the harbor master, was very friendly and helpful.

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Great mooring experience. Calm low current area.

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These moorings are well maintained, easy to pick up, in a sheltered location and convenient to good grocery stores and other provisions. And Larry, who manages the marina and moorings, could not be nicer. He went out of his way to help us get on a mooring at the end of a long day despite them being fully booked. This is a great spot to stop.

Marina Response:
Thanks for the nice comments Krista! Hope to see back at Carolina beach again when you are back this way! Larry
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Very windy when trying to catch the mooring but the harbor master was very helpful.

Marina Response:
Thanks Marty, Was windy, glad we got you on the mooring! Larry
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The moorings were very well maintained and the staff were very helpful and friendly. We will definitely be back!

Marina Response:
Hey Tiffney, Thanks for the nice review! Larry
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Beautiful town worth the stop. Moorings are great and a digny dock to accomodate.

Marina Response:
Thanks Jean for your nice comments! Hope to see you back when you are in the area again. Larry
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Outstanding! Larry could not be nicer. Perfect dinghy dock and a short walk to restaurants.

Marina Response:
Hey Mark, Glad you enjoyed your stay with us visiting our restaurants while here! Have a great summer and hope to see you back soon! Larry
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Carolina Brach moorings are next to a dinghy dock and parking lot. If you want groceries there is a pPublix close by. Lots of restaurants, ncluding several at the bottom of the harbor where there is another dinghy dock. Overall an excellent place to visit.

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Great mooring field in a protected cove. There are two different easy accessible dingy docks close to beach, convenient stores and lots of restaurants. Publix is less than a 1/2 mile walk from marina dingy dock.

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Excellent mooring area. Larry was extremely helpful in giving us information about the mooring field & local sites close to field & dinghy dock!

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Fabulous location!! Well run.

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I weathered a 50 knot gale on the mooring. Mooring and pendants in excellent shape. Great dinghy dock nearby. Harbormaster Larry was very responsive and helpful.

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We highly recommend staying at the Carolina Beach Municipal mooring field. The best part of our stay was meeting Harbor Master, Larry Denning, who was a tremendous help and couldn't do enough for us. North Carolina southern hospitality at its best. Thank you, Larry!

Marina Response:
Thanks Doug for your stay with us at Carolina Beach! Glad you had a good time here and hope to see you back again soon. Thanks for your nice comments. Larry Denning CB Harbormaster
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Very courteous dock master, mooring balls in excellent shape, nice town

Marina Response:
Cindy, Thanks for your kind remarks. Hope to see you again soon at Carolina Beach! Larry
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Larry very helpful with mooring and local intel

Marina Response:
Thanks John, Appreciate your review and hope to see you back again soon!
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I love stopping in Carolina Beach. Affordable. Well organized process. Moorings are well and safely placed. The Harbormaster, Larry was very helpful and enjoyable to talk with. One of my favorite places on the east coast- even though they currently do not have hot showers.

Marina Response:
Thanks Laura, Always great to see you! Thanks for your nice comments and have a great summer! Larry
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Great stop stayed on a mooring ball. Larry the dock master was very friendly and helpful. Walking distance to the beach About a 15 minute walk to a Publix and a little further past Publix is a Dollar General We’ll definitely make this a stop in the future

Marina Response:
Carol, Thanks for your nice comments. Have a great summer and hope to see you back soon! Larry
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Only used a mooring overnight, but the process was easy & dockmaster very accommodating over the phone.

Marina Response:
Thanks Dennis for your review. Have a great summer and hope to see you on your next trip through! Larry
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Great place to stop for a few days. Dinghy dock close by mooring field.

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Harbor master extremely helpful, much appreciated.

Marina Response:
Thanks Ed for your nice comments. Hope to see you when you come back to Carolina Beach! Larry
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We stay here often on our way to and from Florida. Always a nice experience. However, if I have any concerns it would be the two commercial vessels docked at both dingy docks. Also a few more cleats on the dock would help accommodate the morning dog walk dingoes. Thanks, Captain Mike

Marina Response:
Hey Mike, Thanks for your nice review. Sorry for the two vessels at Dinghy dock. Due to construction of new marina one vessel had to be placed there. However the other one was not authorized to be there. Took me a few days to locate owner and and get moved. Have a great summer and hope you will stop back at Carolina Beach again soon. Larry
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The harbor master is very friendly and helpful.

Marina Response:
Thanks James for the nice review! Have a great summer! Larry
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Great place to anchor

Marina Response:
Thanks Steven, Hope to see you back at Carolina Beach soon! Larry
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Excellent mooring management. ThAnk you Larry! Ten moorings you can reserve ahead… more to come! Two dinghy docks, donuts, dining, Publix, beach access. A favorite stop for us for more than eight years.

Marina Response:
Thanks Russ for the nice review and staying with us for eight years at Carolina Beach! Look forward to your return trip our way! Have a great summer!
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Stayed on mooring ball on 4/23/23. Booked thru Dockwa & received fast confirmation. Ball was easy to grab, very slight current, quiet mooring field. Took dinghy to local restaurant, Stoked..great atmosphere, good food! Highly recommend. Free anchorages nearby if mooring field is full.

Marina Response:
Thanks James for the nice comments about our beach and glad you enjoyed your stay and the good food! Look forward to seeing you back again! Larry
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Well maintained mooring

Marina Response:
Thanks Lawrence for the review! Hope to see you again soon next trip to Carolina Beach! Larry
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Great mooring balls. Short dink ride to dinghy dock. Then 2 blocks to beach. The dock master is the best. Plenty of places to eat downtown.

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Easy in easy out 👍 what more could you ask for!

Marina Response:
Hey James, Thanks for your nice review! Have a great summer and hope to see you back soon! Larry
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This is our 4th time staying at the Carolina Beach Municipal Marina. We stayed on a mooring ball one night this time & I was great! The dinghy dock is close by to get to shore and the beach is a block or two away! We love this spot and stop everytime we go up & down the east coast. Larry, the Dockmaster is wonderful too!! We will be back again!

Marina Response:
Hey Kelly, Thanks for the wonderful comments and staying with us the last 4 years. Have a great summer and look forward to seeing you on your return trip! Larry
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Stayed on the mooring ball. Ball was in good condition and there are two public dinghy docks nearby. One takes you right to the beach and the other is close to Publix and restaurants. Carolina Beach is one of our favorite stops.

Marina Response:
Hey Bryan, Glad you consider us one of your favorite stops! Thanks for taking time to send us a review. Have a great summer and look forward to seeing you back on your next trip through! Larry
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Stayed at mooring field for 1 night.. Nice location. We enjoyed our stay.

Marina Response:
Thanks Tanya for your nice comments, and happy you enjoyed your stay at Carolina Beach! Have a great summer! Larry
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Larry the Dockmaster was great!

Marina Response:
Thanks Kay for your nice comment! Hope you will come back to see us again on your return this way! Larry
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Great stay, harbor Master couldn't have been nicer.

Marina Response:
Thanks Jeanne for the nice review! Have a great summer an look forward to your return to Carolina Beach! Larry
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Easy peazy, straightforward, and courteous.

Marina Response:
Hey William, Like Easy peazy! Thanks for your review and hope to see you again on your return our way! Larry
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QUIET ANCHORAGE, NOW WAKE ZONE MUCH APPRECIATED AFTER PREVIOUS NIGHT ANCHORED IN WRIGHTSVILLE BAECH, NC. MOORING TACKLE IN GOOD CONDITION.

Marina Response:
Thanks Douglas, Good to hear from you and thanks for the nice review! Have a great summer and hope to see you again on your return! Larry
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Very easy process to reserve and good information (email) from the harbor master. Website said the site was closed during renovation, but it is active and half the moorings in used. Dinghied to Stoked restaurant for dinner.

Marina Response:
Thanks for staying with us Tracie and your nice review! Larry
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This is my place... nicest mooring area, with nice beach, good restaurant close by and a nice boardwalk. Thanks to Larry and his team there a doing a very good job.

Marina Response:
Thanks Jacques for the nice comments! Have a great summer and hope to see you back again! Larry
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Great stop easy access very helpful harbor master great price

Marina Response:
Thanks Sam for your nice review! Larry
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Can’t say enough about the Harbor Master Larry. Has always been pleasant and extremely patient. He is a gem. We love the moorings! Thank you for such a pleasure to stay with your marina.

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One of our favorite stops. Larry the harbor master is wonderful and accommodating. Great true value hardware/tackle shop as well as a supermarket within walking distance

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Excellent mooring balls and great little harbor. We will be back.

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Forgot to add to my previous review that I have met several boats that had planned to stay at Carolina Beach but were unable to because of lack of space. Hopefully you can figure out how to make a few more available. I had a great stay. Hats off to Larry who helps coordinate the traffic!\nThank you. Seabird

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Great place to stay, easy access to town and beach by dinghy. Our favorite bar was Hoplite. Great vibe and staff. Publix has a great store very close to town also.

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We had a nice stay in Carolina Beach. There are restaurants, grocery, hardware, and other stores close by. Larry was easy to reach and was very helpful. The dingy dock near the mooring field and the other one at the end of the harbor helped us numerous times. The beach is an easy walk. Look forward to visiting next time.

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Very good mooring ball. Harbor master was great!!! Nice town

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Well maintained moorings, great Harbormaster very nice town. Only thing lacking is there are too few mooring balls! Otherwise very happy and look forward to more visits.

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Our favourit stop up and down the ICW. The dockmaster makes all the difference. Next time we stay longer and enjoy the area.

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Stayed on Mooring ball. Excellent shape. East access to walk dog, and two blocks to the beach! Friendly Dockmaster. Will definitely return here.

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Mooring balls are well placed, with plenty of swing room. Pendants are new and dockmaster goes around and places the pendant thimble back in the top of the mooring prior to the next arrival. Very helpful

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This is always a wonderful stay as the mooring balls are in excellent condition and dock master Larry Denning is always available and very helpful. The dinghy dock is close by, the local restaurants are great, and the beach is almost across the street. A great stop once again! Thanks Larry!\n. \n\n

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Great place\nThird stop there

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We hardly ever stay on mooring balls, but Ian was coming at us and we found ourselves having to re-anchor anyways, so I figured, \"what the hell? It's only $20\". After having a great conversation with Larry, the Harbormaster, who described the moorings in detail, we decided to ride out Ian on a ball. Good decision. We were able to relax a bit more than we would have at anchor, especially when the winds shifted. \nIn more pleasant conditions, this is still a great spot. For one thing, the moorings are very well maintained and easy to grab. Also, there is a dinghy dock right off the mooring field that leads to public bathrooms, outdoor showers, and, of course, the beach. At the end of the canal, about 3/4 of a mile, there is another public dock which has everything within walking distance.\nSV Mollynogger\n37' Endeavour sloop

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The Carolina Beach Municipal Marina is great! We always make sure we stop here on our way up or down the ICW!! We have stayed at both the Marina & a mooring ball and have always had a great experience! There is a very nice public dinghy dock right by the mooring field that is a quick walk to the beautiful beach. Larry the Dockmaster is the BEST!! He is so friendly, helpful & accommodating!! We will be back again soon!!!

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Great place to moor and enjoy a float on the water… high quality mooring balls easy to access.

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Mooring field work a short ride to the public dinghy dock. We really didn't have any interaction with anyone other than the app. It would have been nice to have access to bathroom facilities. The boardwalk is close by a couple of fast food restaurants.

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Hi, thanks for visiting the CB mooring field! For future reference, across the street from the dinghy dock are public restrooms with outdoor showers, and a public beach access. Also, south of the mooring field at the Town Marina, there are public restrooms and access to the boardwalk, restaurants, a grocery store, and so on. Thanks for your review, hope to see you again. -Larry Denning, CB Harbor Master, 910.386.1492
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Great mooring balls and location. Dockmaster Larry is great! Dinghy to the restaurants or to the beach.

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Excellent stay! Larry was an absolute delight. Very welcoming, accommodating and informative! The mooring was in excellent shape. There was even a very nice stainless steel eye on the pennant. The line was fresh and clean. The dinghy docks are really close and convenient. This is a great little town.

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We enjoyed our stay in the mooring ball and appreciated the nearby municipal dock to land our dinghy. We were also able to get our dog to shore and to the beach for exercise after 5pm and before 9am. Great stay!

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Great spot very nice mooring balls, Larry the harbor master is if not the most friendly person in the world he has to be amongst the top five! We enjoyed the town Smallville America feel with a beautiful beach just a short dinghy ride and walk away. Publix grocery store a short walk from the dinghy dock, and the best Mexican restaurant we've found since leaving Texas. Cudos to Larry great guy.

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A wonderful mooring ball field and the weather was good. We explored the area and enjoyed it very much.

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Excellent mooring field with nice access to shore.

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The moorings are in excellent shape and the area is very nice. I only rated it a because the on-shore facilities are minimal at best. We will be back on our trip back south.

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Best Mooring balls so far. Lines clean and in a cool bucket on top of ball. 2 dinghy docks for beach and town center

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Quick response to same day reservation request. Friendly and helpful.

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We really enjoyed staying at the Carolina Beach Moorings. Larry Denning was extremely helpful in providing directions to the mooring field and in making us feel welcome. The location was lovely and the mooring worked out perfectly for us. One recommendation I have would be to send an email that provides 'what-to-expect' information regarding the mooring itself as well as instructions as to how to attach lines to the mooring. (We had never before seen a mooring like the one there, which gave us a bit of difficulty only because we did not expect what we encountered. At the end of the day, it was 'all good', but it would be helpful to provide this information for those who are accustomed to different types of moorings.)

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Love Carolina Beach Moorings. Easy in and out. Easy to reserve on Dockwa. Larry, the Dockmaster, does a great job and works to help you out.

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great good access to the beach and restaurants

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Larry the Harbor master was Great!

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Super friendly and helpful

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Stayed for 5 days, May 8-12, 2022. Heavy-duty mooring balls and pendants with plastic ring on top of ball to protect topsides. No wake zone which is respected. USCG patrol passes through the harbor often. Two public dinghy docks and within walking distance are lots of restaurants, groceries, hardware stores, etc. Could not have felt more safe and secure. Bravo Carolina Beach!

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Interesting right off ICW, this is a jewel. Very lively, lots of choices to stay a night. We chose a mooring. Larry was extremely helpful. I found a # on Dockwa. We only stayed a night but it was perfect.

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Easy mooring, great access to dinghy docks. Nice location. Would definitely use again!

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Friendly harbor master - easy in and out

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Plenty of depth goin in, close to town,beautiful beach.

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Reserved easy peasy on Dockwa. Top notch mooring gear, peaceful night!

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Good stop along the ICW. Dinghy dock at the end of the bay.

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Great customer service! Quick response to our reservation request late in the day. So convenient!

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Excellent moorings, easy to grab with very good lines and gear. Larry was very informative and helpful. Very pleased with our stay.

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Love using Dockwa and love the Carolina Beach mooring field. Short dinghy ride to town for some great walks, shopping, dining and ice cream. Love this spot!

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Dockmaster was awesome and the mooring field was great.

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Larry the dock master is there best. I was arriving late and he kept an eye out for the last mooring ball that no one would take it. It's a great Beach town and the moorings are top notch!

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Great morning balls. Third time we stayed. The manager, Larry was very friendly and helpful. He came down to the dinghy dock to ensure we had all the information we needed to make our stay enjoyable. We will always stop here on our way south.

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Excellent stop. Communication ahead of time from Dock Master is most helpful. Mooring balls very easy to use. Dinghy dock provides easy access to restaurants, groceries and area activities.

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Customer service from Larry the dock master is superb. Moorings are well maintained, super easy to grab without leaving a mess on deck. Dogs are welcome on the beautiful beach across the street after hours during even peak season. Easy walk to Publix. I wish more places would learn from Carolina Beach.

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Great cell service and TV reception, quiet night, not worrying about the anchor!😄

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Mooring balls in excellent condition. No wake zone is honored. Communication from marina, provides all info you need to know about dinghy docking, local restaurants, grocery, etc. Any questions, Dock Master Larry is happy to help.

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Easy to catch moorings. Nice town.

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Always feel safe on the moorings! Easy access to good groceries, hardware and propane.

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Convenient and easy mooring

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Would normally give this type of marina 3 stars due to the lack of amenities ie no wifi, but the service and the location are tremendous. This town has it figured out for attracting boaters to spend money in the town. Good floating docks, power and water, easy walk to Publix, the boardwalk and restaurants. Well done.

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Just stayed on one of the moorings for three nights on my return north in March. Took the dinghy ashore and walked to Flaming Amy's for lunch (great!), then to Publix for reprovisioning. Got an Uber back to the dinghy dock with the groceries. Next day (Sunday) had lunch at Sea Witch Cafe, again great, then walked on the beach. Carolina Beach is such a nice place, and the moorings are a great and affordable way to see it!

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Great experience, always an easy transition to dock. Great location too!

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Larry was so accommodating, always so friendly and helpful! We will stay here every trip up and down the coast, great restaurants, very safe harbor Thanks so much Larry, see you again soon Steve - Irish Wake

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They don't have 30 amp service so it was a little inconvenient to run a 110 extension cord and then it tripped in the middle of the night causing us to be cold. There is no internet, we weren't able to fill the water tank no fault of the marina.. it was because of winter otherwise food is in walking distance and it was a safe night I will come back again when I passed through

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Cheap and easy. Larry was a great help. No frills just the basic necessities.

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Nice Moorings. Easy in and out. Very friendly Harbormaster.

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Wonderful mooring. Larry has been very helpful and is available an amazing 24/7. Highly recommended.

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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.

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nice stop, easy on off mooring

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Clean, well maintained mooring ball and gear. Convenient dinghy docks. Protected harbor. Easy reservation system. We'll be back.

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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.

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Excellent mooring field. Balls and pennants in perfect condition. Two dinghy docks. Well managed.

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Thanks Larry! Always a pleasure stooping into Carolina beach.

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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!

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

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Larry is the best and location right in town. No showers but there is a public restroom.

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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!

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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

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Easy in easy out , nice setup. Quiet area. Great place to time the cape fear river currents

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Larry the harbor master is so hospitable! Always available! Love staying here! Walking distance to anything and everything Carolina Beach has to offer!

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Close to all. Very good harbor master. Could use WiFi.

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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.

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Another magical evening watching the fireworks. Close to all the restaurants and attractions. Would stay for the month if I could afford it!

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Larry was very helpful!!

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Dock master Larry was nice and helpful. Be advised they only have 50 amp power.Great location easy access to heart of the town.

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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.

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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!

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

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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

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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.

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Excellent place. Cllean and easy access. Enjoyed it !

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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great place Dockmaster is on top of everything and very helpful

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Loved it. Perfect place

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As close to perfect as you can get. Thanks

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Wonderful mooring. Good dingy access to beach and provisioning

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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.

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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!

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Great stay. Wonderful Hospitality and the Fried Chicken was delicious!

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Just needed an overnight. But easy to pick up moorings

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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East in and out. Nice new pendants. Quite no wake zone, that is respected. I would stay there again, for sure.

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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.

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Easy to pick up mooring. Spent a safe quiet night.

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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.

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Very friendly and accommodating staff. Will definitely stop there again.

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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

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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.

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Nice docks. Dockmaster was very helpful.

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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.

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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.

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Outstanding location with friendly service.

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Nice quiet anchorage with new equipment. Each mooring ball has a pennant with a thimble on it to run your mooring line through.

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Great spot! Convenient to everything!

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We had a great two nights. The mooring balls and lines were in good shape and the weather was fabulous.

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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!

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Always a pleasure at Carolina Beach. The moorings are well placed and easy to catch. Close to the dingy dock.

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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,

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Larry, the Dockmaster, is such a nice man. So helpful and friendly!

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Great mooring field convenient and affordable

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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!

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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.

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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.
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