Wilmington NC is a ocean front city. We stayed on Carolina Beach, on the ocean. We stayed at the Mariott Courtyard Carolina Beach
100 Charlotte Avenue Carolina Beach, North Carolina 28428 Phone: 1-910-458-2030 right on the ocean. It was a nice hotel. The Island has many small hotels and houses. The houses are on stilts! It is a family tourist town with restaurants and stores, although many people also live on the Island. All kinds of water activities are available - boogie boarding, surfing, paddleboarding, canoe and kayak, etc.