The 7 Best Carolina Beach Boat Rentals
Whether you are looking for a half-day pontoon rental or a week-long skiff rental, Carolina Beach has the perfect boat rental for you. Each rental company on our list is locally owned and operated with an experienced staff that can provide you with their own unique perspective of the island and surrounding beaches. You are sure to find just the right Carolina Beach boat rental for you and your family to enjoy during your beach vacation.
1| Nauti Times Rental Boats | Carolina Beach | (910) 465-1971
Nauti Time Rental Boats is located in the Carolina Beach State Park and boasts a fleet of center console Carolina Skiffs available for rent. Each boat has a four-stroke engine and can accommodate up to ten people. All boat rentals with Nauti Time include a bimini top, life jackets, two anchors, floatation devices, depth finder, live bait well, rod holders and nautical charts. Whether you are looking for a day of cruising, fishing or water sports, Nauti Time has a boat rental for you.
>Half-Day (Morning): $280
>Half-Day (Afternoon): $340
2| Carolina Beach Pontoon Rental | Carolina Beach | (910) 508-9075
Also located in the State Park, Carolina Beach Pontoon Rental features a fleet of 24’ pontoon boats perfect for a family outing on the Intracoastal Waterway. Each rental has the capacity to comfortably seat 10-12 people and includes a bimini top and all necessary safety gear. All boaters will receive a 20-minute safety orientation before departure.
>Half-Day (Morning or Afternoon): $350 – $385
>Full-Day: $450 – $500
>Holidays (Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day) are an additional $100 and are only available for full-day rentals.
3| FantaSea Watercraft Rentals | Holden Beach | (910) 842-8484
Located along the Intracoastal Waterway just inland from Holden Beach, FantaSea Watercraft Rentals offers both pontoon and skiff boat rentals. Boaters have the flexibility to rent a boat from four hours to a full week and everything in between. Skiff rentals are powered by a four-stroke engine, have a bimini top for shade and can accommodate up to six passengers. Pontoon rentals are also powered by a four-stroke engine, have a large bimini top and can accommodate up to ten passengers. All of FantaSea’s boats are equipped with all necessary safety equipment including life preservers and a first aid kit.
>Half-Day (4 hours): $400
>Full-Day (8 hours): $550
4| Sea Gate Boating | Wrightsville Beach | (910) 256-0638
Join the adventure at Sea Gate Boating. Their fleet of center console fishing boats and luxurious speed boats are perfect for family excursions, aspiring anglers or friends looking to enjoy a boating experience. A variety of boat styles are available ranging from 20’ – 26’ with accessories like stereos, Bluetooth speakers, VHF radios, fishfinders, GPS, live bait tanks and more. You and your guests can also rent water skis, wakeboards, ski tubes, fishing rods and cast nets. Pricing is based on the boat chosen and the length of your rental.
>Half-Day: $499 – $939
>Full-Day: $669 – $1,249
5| Southport Boat Rentals | Southport | (910) 523-6021
In addition to offering guided water tours, Southport Boat Rentals has a fleet of 21’ pontoon and skiff boats for rent. Each Carolina Skiff boat can comfortably accommodate up to eight adults and comes fully equipped for a fishing exploit including GPS, depth finders, coolers, life jackets, anchors, live bait wells, fishing rod holders, swim ladders, bimini tops and safety equipment. All you’ll need are your fishing poles! Southport Boat Rentals’ Sweetwater pontoon boats offer adequate seating for eleven adults. Each pontoon is armed with a large screen GPS, depth finder, surround-sound stereo system, bimini top, safety equipment and life jackets.
>Half-Day (4 hours): $395
>Full-Day (8 hours): $495
>Multi-Day Rentals Available
6| Carolina Beach Yacht Club & Marina | Carolina Beach | (910) 458-5053
Just 3 miles from Golden Sands Beach Resort, the Carolina Beach Yacht Club is now offering pontoon boat rentals. A group of ten will comfortably enjoy a ride on these Harris Cruisers. Each rental includes all necessary safety equipment, a large bimini top and swim ladders. Easily explore the surrounding islands and beaches that are only accessible by boat. You won’t regret a day on the water with friends and family.
>Half-Day (4 hours): $300
>Full-Day (8 hours): $400
7| Island Time Water Tours | Carolina Beach | (910) 200-6959
If you are interested in enjoying a day on the water but feel nervous about chartering your own boat, Island Time Water Tours is perfect for you. Captain David and his wife Shelia are natives of Carolina Beach and are excited to share their local knowledge with you. From one-and-a-half-hour cruises to full-day excursions, Island Time Water Tours offers a variety of tours and cruises on their 23’ luxury pontoon boat. You’ll explore islands, hunt for seashells and crabs, learn about local traditions and much more!
>Half-Day Tours: $200 – $350
>Full-Day Tours: $650 – $1,000
Interested in more information on fishing charters in Carolina Beach? Check out our list of the four best local fishing charters.
8| Pleasure Island Rentals | Carolina Beach | (910) 458-4747
Once you have secured your Carolina Beach boat rental, check out Pleasure Island Rentals to supply any of the gear you may be missing for your boating excursion or your beach getaway. From life jackets and snorkel gear to wakeboards and water skis, they have it all! Their inventory also includes fishing poles, coolers and so much more. Plus, Pleasure Island Rentals offers free delivery anywhere along the island (from Freeman Park to Fort Fisher). See the full inventory online or call for more details.
Oceanfront Carolina Beach Hotels
If you have’t finalized your 2022 vacation plans, be sure to check out Golden Sands Beach Resort. We offer affordable accommodations, a private pier, onsite restaurant and tiki bar, oceanfront balconies, family-friendly amenities and a great location. Located just one mile from the Carolina Beach Boardwalk and only 15 miles from Wilmington, you’ll be perfectly positioned to have an incredible Carolina Beach vacation.
*Please note, prices are subject to change. Check with the vendor for current rates.