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While staying at Drifter’s Reef Hotel, you will find beautiful beaches, exciting restaurants, and a historic boardwalk—all within walking distance of the hotel. Summer entertainment is just a few steps away!


The Carolina Beach Boardwalk was recently ranked No. 3 in America by USA Today!


The Boardwalk offers summer amusement rides, Family Night for the kids every Tuesday, Bingo every Wednesday and fireworks and outdoor concerts every Thursday night at the Boardwalk Stage.  Memorial Day through Labor Day!


We are also conveniently located to the North End, Carolina Beach Fishing Pier, and the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Lazy Pirate Tiki Bar

The Lazy Pirate is our onsite, award winning restaurant and Carolina Beach’s favorite family fun restaurant.

The Pirate has been voted Best Wings in Wilmington by Access and has won the Judges’ Choice for their seafood chowder in 2014 and 2015 at the Pleasure Island Chowder Festival.

After a day on the beach, relaxing with a refreshing cocktail and live music is a must!  The Lazy Pirate has volleyball courts and cornhole games for family’s enjoyment. The Pirate is also a locals favorite sports bar with lots of screens to catch the action.

Fun at Lazy Pirate


  • Rates at Drifter's Reef vary depending on the season, type of room, days of the week.  Rates are higher in-season (Memorial Day to Labor Day), while out-of-season rates (after Labor Day) are significantly discounted.

  • You may contact us to make a reservation through our website or feel free to call us directly to speak to a customer service representative, who can help you and answer any questions.  Our front desk is open during normal business hours. Call us at 910-458-5414

  • Check-in is anytime after 4:00 p.m. and Check-out is 11:00 a.m


  • At time of booking, the first night's booking will be charged as a deposit. 

  • Reservations are guaranteed with a valid credit card at the time of booking. Cancellations must be made at least 5 days prior to arrival to avoid a penalty of a one-night room charge. Must be 21 to rent a room.

  • Pet Policy-we are pet friendly for pets up to 50lbs in designated rooms only.  All pets must be registered at the front desk and will result in a pet fee of $30 per pet per night.

  • HOLIDAY WEEKENDS-require a three-night minimum stay: Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day. 

  • We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover cards.  All Credit/Debit card transactions are subject to a 3% processing fee.  Any damages to the hotel room or any property will be charged to the credit card on file.

  • Parking is limited at Drifter's Reef. There is only one standard size parking space per room. 

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