Islander Inn

Islander Inn

Enjoy a prime oceanfront stay in the heart of Ocean Isle Beach with a visit to the Islander Inn. Featuring a cool and coastal exterior, and comfortable rooms that are perfect for beachy getaways, this modest but...

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The Sunset Inn

The Sunset Inn

Life’s a beach at The Sunset Inn - a brilliantly located bed and breakfast that has stunning vistas and breezy beach access from a suite of coastally appointed rooms. Located on the edge of the causeway to the...

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Southport

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Southport

Coastal Carolina visitors can be wonderfully close to all of Brunswick County’s favorite attractions and most popular stretches of shoreline with a stay at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Southport - Oak Island...

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Comfort Suites Wilmington

Comfort Suites Wilmington

As the name would aptly suggest, the Comfort Suites Wilmington is where guests can enjoy a comfortable stay in the heart of the Port City while sampling a nice array of amenities that are designed to make a hotel feel a...

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Mainstay Suites Wilmington

Mainstay Suites Wilmington

Visitors who crave a little extra space in between Wilmington explorations will feel right at home at the Mainstay Suites Wilmington – a comfortable accommodations option that’s well-suited for nightly...

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Riverview Suites

Riverview Suites

Visitors will enjoy stunning views of the Cape Fear River and the adjacent Battleship USS North Carolina with a stay in the aptly named Riverview Suites. Perched on the edge of the water in the heart of the downtown...

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Wingate by Wyndham Wilmington

Wingate by Wyndham Wilmington

The elite Wingate by Wyndham Wilmington serves as a fine accommodations option for both business and recreational visits to the Port City. Boasting a full suite of modern amenities and appointments, as well as a central...

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Comfort Suites Southport

Comfort Suites Southport

Visitors can enjoy the heart of Downtown Southport and the cool Oak Island shorelines while being comfortably away from the summertime hustle and bustle with a stay at the Comfort Suites Southport. Located just inland...

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Red Roof Inn Wilmington

Red Roof Inn Wilmington

Red Roof Inn Wilmington is a tempting lodging option for Cape Fear visitors who are value-oriented, thanks to a nice selection of amenities, a central locale, and a traditionally low price tag that allows visitors to...

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Beau Rivage Golf & Resort

Beau Rivage Golf & Resort

Enjoy the best activities that Cape Fear region has to offer – from sunning at the local beaches to sneaking in a quick 18 holes – with a visit to the Beau Rivage Golf & Resort. Located along US Highway...

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Beacon House Inn Bed & Breakfast

Beacon House Inn Bed & Breakfast

Soak up an authentic sample of the Carolina Beach life with a stay at the inviting Beacon House Inn Bed & Breakfast. Located just a block away from the oceanfront, this charming and vintage 1940s beach house has...

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Super 8 Wilmington

Super 8 Wilmington

Visitors who are in town for a local convention, for work, or just to explore the famed Port City area can enjoy a budget-friendly and effortlessly comfortable stay with a visit to the Super 8 Wilmington. Located along...

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Comfort Inn Shallotte

Comfort Inn Shallotte

Visitors will be just a short drive away from the Brunswick shorelines – as well as the North Carolina / South Carolina border – with a stay at the centrally situated Comfort Inn Shallotte. Located just off...

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Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Wilmington

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Wilmington

Visitors who want to explore everything that the Cape Fear region has to offer, but who don’t want to spend a lot of extra money on accommodations alone, can enjoy a nice combination of convenient amenities and...

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Hotel Riverwalk

Hotel Riverwalk

Located just two blocks away from the Cape Fear River, and surrounded by an array of attractions, restaurants, and shops, the Hotel Riverwalk is a great launching point for visitors who want to explore the pulsing heart...

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Hampton Inn Wilmington Medical Park

Hampton Inn Wilmington Medical Park

Whether a visitor heads to the Port City for business or recreation, the Hampton Inn Wilmington Medical Park has the amenities and the central location required to keep all travelers comfortable. Located just two blocks...

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Surfside Motor Lodge

Surfside Motor Lodge

The beach life is simplified at the Surfside Motor Lodge. Located in the heart of Carolina Beach and perched along the oceanfront shoreline, this laid back motel is a nicely accommodating option for vacationers who want...

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Ramada Conference Center Wilmington

Ramada Conference Center Wilmington

The Ramada Conference Center Wilmington is a classic Wilmington hotel with a stellar locale that will be enticing for business and recreational visitors alike. Located along bustling Market Street, and close to the...

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Baymont Inn & Suites Wilmington

Baymont Inn & Suites Wilmington

Baymont Inn & Suites Wilmington is a centrally located hotel that offers plenty of Southern hospitality and amenities for guests who are staying in the Port City for business or pleasure. Located just off of College...

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Carolina Beach Inn

Carolina Beach Inn

Visitors who want to soak up the beach life in a quieter and more intimate setting will appreciate the warm and welcoming Carolina Beach Inn. Offering just a handful of guest rooms for visitors, as well as plenty of...

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Budgetel Inn - Wilmington

Budgetel Inn - Wilmington

As the name would aptly imply, the Budgetel Inn – Wilmington is where travelers can go to enjoy a comfortable stay in the busy center of the Port City without spending too much money on their accommodations. This...

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Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach

Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach

Visitors will be an easy stroll away from miles of Cape Fear shoreline as well as top attractions like the restaurants, amusements, shops and activities of the iconic Carolina Beach Boardwalk, with a stay at the...

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Jameson Inn Wilmington

Jameson Inn Wilmington

The Jameson Inn Wilmington has an eye-catching antebellum exterior as well as a host of amenities designed to keep guests comfortable throughout a short or long stay in the heart of the Port City. Located just off of...

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Sleep Inn Wilmington

Sleep Inn Wilmington

Coastal style and Southern hospitality team up to provide nicely modern accommodations at the Sleep Inn Wilmington – a comfortable hotel with a central location that will be enticing to working and recreational...

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Microtel Inn & Suites Carolina Beach

Microtel Inn & Suites Carolina Beach

Visitors who want to spend a long weekend or a full vacation exploring all the waterfront activities that the cool coastal town of Carolina Beach has to offer will appreciate the location and amenities of the Microtel...

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Days Inn Shallotte

Days Inn Shallotte

From golf courses to wineries, kids’ fun centers to family-friendly beaches, there are a ton of attractions that are within reach when vacationers stay at the Days Inn Shallotte. Located just inland of the...

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The Wilmingtonian

The Wilmingtonian

The Wilmingtonian is an elegant and antebellum-inspired option for visitors to Downtown Wilmington, and it boasts an absolutely premier location just a couple blocks away from the edge of the Cape Fear River. Bordered...

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Hilton Wilmington Riverside

Hilton Wilmington Riverside

The Hilton Wilmington Riverside is one of the most well-known and most visible hotels along the riverfront, and it’s the venue of choice for a wide range of national conferences that occur annually in the Port...

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Americas Best Value Inn Wilmington

Americas Best Value Inn Wilmington

Enjoy a Port City stay that’s nicely priced and stress free with a visit to Americas Best Value Inn Wilmington. This relatively modest sized but accommodating hotel features all the basics, as well as a few...

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TownePlace Suites Wilmington

TownePlace Suites Wilmington

For a little relaxation during a recreational or business stay in the heart of the Port City, the TownePlace Suites Wilmington has a lot to offer. Featuring a collection of extras that go beyond the basics, this...

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Port City Guest House

Port City Guest House

The Port City Guest House is a subtle accommodations option that will appeal to visitors who want to be close to all of the downtown area’s many amenities, but who prefer a quiet and smaller spot to call home...

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Travelodge Wilmington

Travelodge Wilmington

Enjoy a streamlined stay in the center of the Port City with a visit to the Travelodge Wilmington. Located along Market Street and close to a wealth of area attractions, this straightforward hotel is a solid option for...

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Quality Inn Wilmington

Quality Inn Wilmington

The Quality Inn Wilmington combines modern accommodations with an affordable price tag to create a budget friendly stay that’s ideal for visitors who want to be in the heart of the wide Cape Fear region. Located...

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Angie's B&B

Angie's B&B

Exuding Southern charm from the line of azaleas that hug the exterior, to the dormer windows and brick facade that emphasize the Georgian architecture, the inviting Angie's B&B combines modern amenities with...

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Drifters Reef Motel

Drifters Reef Motel

The colorfully distinctive Drifters Reef Motel is the perfect hideaway for visitors who want to soak up the vibrant beach life of the Cape Fear coastline. Located in the heart of Carolina Beach, and close to a wealth of...

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Suburban Extended Stay of Wilmington

Suburban Extended Stay of Wilmington

With a great location for visitors who are in town to work or play, the Suburban Extended Stay of Wilmington is a fine choice for travelers who are staying in the Port City for a day, a weekend, or even a full week...

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Extended Stay America - Wilmington

Extended Stay America - Wilmington

Visitors who are staying in Wilmington for a weekend, week, or even longer will be perfectly comfortable at Extended Stay America – a hotel that’s designed for guests who are staying in the Port City for the...

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Value Place Wilmington

Value Place Wilmington

Visitors will be close to a wide range of attractions, but enjoy a nice suite of amenities that go beyond the basics of a short-term hotel, with a stay at the Value Place Wilmington. Located just off of US Highway 421...

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Ocean Isle Inn

Ocean Isle Inn

Enjoy a gorgeous resort setting where the picturesque Ocean Isle beaches steal the scene with a stay at the aptly named Ocean Isle Inn. Located just a couple blocks away from the Causeway to the island, and just a...

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Best Western Plus Westgate Inn & Suites

Best Western Plus Westgate Inn & Suites

Visitors will enjoy a slightly indulgent stay while being close to the heart of Wilmington and all its renowned attractions at the Best Western Plus Westgate Inn & Suites. Located just west of the downtown area in...

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Days Inn Wilmington Market Street

Days Inn Wilmington Market Street

Southern Charm and convenience meet at the Days Inn Wilmington Market Street - a comfortable accommodations option with a host of sunny amenities and a fantastically central locale that’s close to everything the...

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Wingate by Wyndham Southport

Wingate by Wyndham Southport

Visitors will be close to all the cool waterfront attractions that Southport is renowned for with a stay at the nicely modern Wingate by Wyndham Southport. Located on the outskirts of the downtown area, this...

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Staybridge Suites Wilmington East

Staybridge Suites Wilmington East

For an extended stay in the heart of the Port City, or just a short place to rest that feels more like a vacation rental than a standard hotel, head to the Staybridge Suites Wilmington East. Located just a mile away...

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Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Shallotte

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Shallotte

Whether a visitor is travelling to the edge of North Carolina for business or pleasure, they’ll find all the comfortable amenities they require at the centrally located Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Shallotte...

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Best Western Plus Coastline Inn

Best Western Plus Coastline Inn

Enjoy a stunning stay along the Cape Fear River at Wilmington’s own Best Western Plus Coastline Inn. Situated on the northern borders of the historic waterfront downtown area, and within walking distance of a host...

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SeaWitch Motel

SeaWitch Motel

The SeaWitch Motel is a wonderfully central destination for beach lovers to get their toes wet in the cool Carolina Beach oceanfront scene. Located in the heart of this colorful coastal community, and boasting a nicely...

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Residence Inn Wilmington Landfall

Residence Inn Wilmington Landfall

Extended-stay visitors who want a hotel and a location that’s dabbled in luxury can stay at the modern but graciously appointed Residence Inn Wilmington Landfall. Located less than three miles away from...

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Holiday Inn Wilmington-Market Street

Holiday Inn Wilmington-Market Street

The Holiday Inn Wilmington-Market Street has a modern aesthetic, a line-up of amenities, and a premiere location that, when combined, can cater to veritably every Port City visitor. Located in the busy heatr of the...

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Springhill Suites Wilmington Mayfaire

Springhill Suites Wilmington Mayfaire

Sleek and stylish, the Springhill Suites Wilmington Mayfaire provides posh accommodations in one of the coolest corners of the Port City. Located in the esteemed Mayfaire community – a region that is hopping with...

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Captain's Cove Motel

Captain's Cove Motel

Enjoy a mini-vacation or full getaway to North Carolina’s gorgeous Oak Island with a stay at the Captain's Cove Motel. Located just a two-minute walk away from the locally beloved Jungle Golf mini-golf course, and...

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Howard Johnson Express Wilmington

Howard Johnson Express Wilmington

Simple but perfectly accommodating, the Howard Johnson Express Wilmington is a nicely located low-rise hotel that’s close to a wealth of area attractions, but which has a general price tag that will make even the...

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Hampton Inn Southport

Hampton Inn Southport

Visitors who want to be equally close to the Cape Fear region’s top attractions and Southport’s historic downtown can enjoy an easy-going stay at the modern and accommodating Hampton Inn Southport. Located...

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America's Best Inn

America's Best Inn Wilmington is a stress-free and no-fuss motel that’s located in the heart of the Port City and is wonderfully close to a huge selection of Wilmington attractions. Found just off of Market Street / Business US Highway 17 – one of the main corridors in the heart of Wilmington – this simple but satisfying motel has everything guests require to relax after long days of exploring the city.

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Dry Dock Family Motel

From effortlessly comfortable individual rooms to full suites with multiple bedrooms, Dry Dock Family Motel can accommodate a range of Carolina Beach vacationers. Located along Lake Park Blvd, (aka US Highway 421), and close to a wealth of waterfront attractions and activities, beach lovers will appreciate this easy going haven where the good life on the coast is highlighted.

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Marsh Harbor Inn

Visitors who want to explore the beautifully remote Bald Head Island but who don’t need the space or time commitment of a rental home can enjoy a shorter respite at Marsh Harbor Inn. Located in the heart of the island and easy to reach on foot, this posh inn offers beautiful views, great convenience to local shops and restaurants, and miles of serenity.

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The Carolinian Inn

The Carolinian Inn is a simple and straightforward hotel that allows visitors to enjoy the heart of Wilmington without spending too much on their accommodations. Located just off of Market Street / Business US Highway 17, (the main route in and out of the historic downtown area), guests will be close to a wealth of attractions while enjoying a perfectly comfortable spot to call home.

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More Information on Cape Fear area Hotels

For postcard-perfect long weekends, or full week stays that have exceptional access to indoor and outdoor pools, restaurants, and amenities, there's nothing quite like the convenience of a stay at a local Cape Fear area hotel or motel.

How do you book a Cape Fear area hotel or motel?

With just a few clicks, guests can effectively view room photos and locations, area maps, featured amenities, and availability online.

Several small inns and motels may not have full-service websites available, but they do have friendly staff on hand virtually all day and evening to answer questions and accept reservations over the phone.

Be prepared to have a credit card handy to secure the reservation, and pay careful attention to the hotel or motel's cancellation policies. While most regions of the country generally accept cancellations up to the day of arrival, many Cape Fear area lodgings, due to their locale, may require at least 24 hours advance notice in the event of a cancellation.

Several hotels and motels may also require that summer weekend guests stay for two nights, with a Friday check-in and a Sunday morning departure. However, most Outer Banks vacationers do not find this to be an issue, as a long weekend can be a complete breath of fresh air.

When should you book a Cape Fear area hotel or motel?

Unlike vacation rentals, campgrounds, and even Bed and Breakfasts, a hotel stay can often be booked just a few weeks from your expected vacation. That said, a number of the premier rooms, (i.e., rooms with the best oceanfront views, or with special amenities such as handicapped friendly facilities), may fill up quickly, so potential guests who are looking for a particular location or feature should call as far in advance as possible. Generally rate changes can potentially occur with the start of the year, but are usually advertised well in advance for the convenience of guests.

In addition, guests that are planning to vacation on popular long weekends, (like Memorial Day, Labor Day, or 4th of July Weekends), or who intend to stay for a full-week, should also consider booking well in advance, to ensure their Outer Banks accommodations.

Winter and shoulder season months, (typically recognized from late September until early May), and mid-week stays do not fill up as fast, and patrons will find plenty of accommodations available in all areas of the Outer Banks within these parameters, regardless of when they book. In fact, day trippers who decide to spend the night will likely spot plenty of "Vacancy" signs during the cooler spring, winter and fall seasons.

What amenities are available with a Cape Fear area hotel or motel?

The amenities available for Cape Fear area hotel and motel guests are varied and can include the basics, such as a comfy bed and cable TV, or the elite, such as spa services and a world class breakfast in bed. Basically, with the wide selection of accommodations available, an OBX vacation stay can be as simple or as elite as a vacationer desires.

Many of the hotels and motels in Cape Fear area offer private pools to their guests, and / or direct beach access for a quick, refreshing dip in the ocean. Guests should note that with the exception of hotels that feature indoor pools, the majority of pools are only open from late spring until early or mid-fall, when the water temperatures are refreshing and not too chilly. Obviously, vending machines and snack bars are readily available, and the more elite or strategically located hotels and motels offer on-site or neighboring restaurants as well, making an evening dinner out a breeze.

Any tips or tricks for staying at a Cape Fear area hotel or motel?

  • A number of hotels and motels offer special packages to lure their guests into enjoying an extended beach stay. These packages can include tickets to locally renowned events, discounts on spa services, or complimentary amenities such as free breakfasts, premier cable channels, or free Wi-Fi.

    Large parties, such as wedding parties, will find even deeper discounts with many hotels happily opening their doors to guests of a Cape Fear area destination wedding. Be sure and ask in advance if your hotel or motel of choice has any special promotions or packages available, and don't forget that typical hotel discounts, such as AAA rates.

  • Need a quick getaway on a budget? Plan an off-season stay. Many hotels and motels may be booked during those sunny June, July and August months.

Rates may go down significantly in the off-season, and weekend vacationers will enjoy plenty of privacy and all the attractions Cape Fear area has to offer. Still need your summer fix? Then plan a stay mid-week vacation, from Monday - Thursday. A number of hotels and motels offer slightly lower rates for mid-week stays, even in the prime summer season.

Top 10 Attractions for Cape Fear, NC

Top 10 Attractions for Cape Fear, NC

Creating a list of the “must see” attractions during a vacation to the Cape Fear area can be a difficult task. With 300 years of history, a brilliant natural landscape, and an array of activities, it can seem impossible to do and see it all during a getaway to this enriching coastal destination. And while visitors may have their own specific interests and pursuits when they come to the Cape Fear area – whether it’s history, beaches, or incredible dining and shopping – any vacationer who wants to fully discover the region will want to ensure these iconic attractions are on their itinerary.

Battleship USS North Carolina

Battleship USS North Carolina

The USS Battleship North Carolina is an unmistakable site in Downtown Wilmington. Taking up a large portion of the waterfront docks, this historic World War II moveable landmark is a must-see for Cape Fear vacationers.