Carolina Beach is the Top Beach for Readers of AAA's Home & Away Magazine

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Ohio's AAA Members Rank Carolina Beach Number One On A List That Includes Poipu, Hawaii and Sanibel Island, Florida

Carolina Beach, N.C. is the top choice for vacationing motorists from Ohio, according to the results of a readers' poll that appeared in Home & Away magazine's July/August 2009 issue. Home & Away, an American Automobile Association (AAA) publication distributed to over 580,000 drivers in Ohio, placed Carolina Beach atop a list of five favorite beach destinations including Poipu, Hawaii; Sanibel Island, Florida; Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Seabrook Island, South Carolina.

In an article entitled "Shifting Sand, Shining Surf," the Home & Away editorial staff reported that Ohioans head for their favorite beach for "sun, surf, wildlife watching, outdoor recreation, water sports, family fun, food, respite and more." They raved that visitors can't go wrong by choosing to vacation in Carolina Beach because they "can kayak and more on the town's Cape Fear River side, and they can play in the ocean or along open stretches of sand on the Atlantic side."

Carolina Beach (, the affordable alternative to high-priced beach resorts, is located on Pleasure Island, a barrier island just south of historic Wilmington, N.C. This year the town unveiled a new boardwalk which offers everything from arcade games and homemade treats to surrey bike rentals and shopping. In addition, there are seaside amusements -- including a Ferris wheel and popular rides like the Scrambler, Tilt-a-whirl and Hang Ten -- just steps from the boardwalk. Every Thursday, visitors can enjoy live music from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Gazebo Stage located on Cape Fear Boulevard near the Boardwalk, followed by a fireworks display on the beach. On Sundays, free, family-friendly first-run movies are shown at Carolina Beach Lake Park and include such favorites as Madagascar II, Monsters vs Aliens, and Night at the Museum II.

Details of all the events and activities happening in Carolina Beach this summer can be found online at or by calling 800-351-5102.

The results of the reader poll are online at .

About Carolina Beach:
Carolina Beach is located 15 miles south of Wilmington, N.C., on the northern end of Pleasure Island, the larger of two barrier islands on the Cape Fear Coast. This charming seaside town of approximately 4,700 permanent residents offers a variety of accommodations and attractions, as well as several miles of Atlantic oceanfront and natural sand dunes, marinas and offshore fishing excursions.


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