Find your Fall Vibe Outside in Carolina Beach, NC

Same Adventures. More Room to Explore.

Autumn’s allure brings the same summer adventures, with fewer crowds and more room to explore. Enjoy a getaway full of outdoor adventure biking the Island Greenway, hiking at Carolina Beach State Park, and enjoying the beautiful oceanfront views and sweet treats from the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. As the seasons seamlessly blend, mild temperatures and warm waters make for a picture-perfect getaway well into fall. Savor the catch of the day and time away. Carolina Beach is ready for whatever helps you escape.

What to Expect When Visiting

Thank you for trusting us with your care and safety as you travel to the area. We encourage you to travel and enjoy responsibly by practicing social distancing, wearing masks and following other guidelines for your safety. With safety concerns top of mind for travelers, many lodging properties are following enhanced safety guidelines provided by corporate offices, as well as guidance from the American Hotel & Lodging Association, U.S. Travel Association, and the CDC that are designed to provide consistent cleaning safety standards. A statewide “Count on Me NC” program with the NC Restaurant and Lodging Association, Visit NC and NC State University provides specific guidance and training to local restaurants, hotels, and other public-facing businesses on best practices. Please find on-going COVID travel updates here.

Reserve Your Home Away From Home

No matter your budget or vacation style, a Carolina Beach getaway is easy to plan with a variety of accommodations practicing new cleaning safety standards from which to choose. Oceanfront hotels offer full-service amenities and easy access to the beach. Find a beachside bungalow that's perfect for two or a roomy beach house rental—ideal for e-learning or working remotely—and enjoy the conveniences of home with kitchens, decks and outdoor grills. Fall is a time when many lodging properties feature off-season rates directly on their websites and look for weekday stays (Sunday – Thursday) for the best savings. Book now for your home away from home getaway to Carolina Beach.


With many families practicing remote learning this year, move your classroom to the beach for a change of scenery. Let the kids enjoy "recess" as they explore the great outdoors with eco-adventures and wellness activities. Find a hidden sanctuary at the 50-foot Sugarloaf Dune then hike one of the nine trails throughout the 761-acres of natural beauty at Carolina Beach State Park. Rent bicycles from Pleasure Island Rentals and ride through scenic wooded and waterside areas along the 1.2-mile Island Greenway. Take an island tour by golf cart with SunFun Rentals or by Jeep for four-wheel beach access nearby at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Your little "students" can walk the grounds of Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Museum and learn about the remains of the South’s largest earthen fort surrounded by live oaks with peaceful ocean and river views. Also close by, head to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher to experience underwater wildlife and coastal animals, like Luna the Aligator, sharks and more. Get outside to the aquarium gardens and explore the birding deck where Peregrine Falcon and a variety of warblers can sometimes be spotted.

More Board and Paddle Room

Float along warm waterways well into Autumn in Carolina Beach. Rent a kayak or take a guided tour for a socially-distanced paddle experience from Paddle NC or Pleasure Island Rentals and head to nearby Zeke's Island Reserve to see migrating shorebirds, or Shark Tooth Island to search for treasures along uninhabited shores. Sign up for private surf lessons with a pro at Tony Silvagni Surf School or hang-ten with Odysea Surf School. Now is prime fishing season in Carolina Beach where you can reel in a catch like no other aboard local charters taking you to inshore, nearshore and Gulf Stream spots. Rent a pontoon from Carolina Beach Pontoon Rentals to curate your own scenic cruise. Warm Atlantic waters off the Carolina coast mean diving is still in season. Schedule a charter from Carolina Beach Scuba or Second Sport Charters and dive in for underwater adventures to dozens of shipwrecks including The Condor, a sunken blockade runner 700 yards off the beach at Fort Fisher.

From Fresh Air to Fresh Catches

Order takeout and pick up curbside or make the most of ideal temperatures and dine alfresco as you take in ocean views. Head to the Topside Deck of Carolina Smokehouse and indulge in fall-off-the-bone BBQ or have dinner marina-side at Stoked Restaurant while watching the boats come in with the day's catch. Try a unique twist on the 'island life' with takeout from Salt Fish Restaurant and Tiki Bar where Caribbean and Panamanian influences combine for exotic dishes like Chinese sausage and fried rice-stuffed pineapple. Try the fresh catch of the day, oysters by the dozen and ever-changing menu items at Surf House Oyster Bar & Surf Camp, where laid back surf vibes meet sea-to-table cuisine sourced from local waterways and area farms. With everything prepared completely in-house, Soul Flavor Kitchen & Bar delivers down-home taste with quality ingredients in signature dishes like the Nana Maria's Paella. Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar and the Seawitch Café & Tiki Bar offer fresh coastal cuisine with outdoor dining or takeout and a laid-back island feel. Taste some of Havana’s signature favorites like their lobster seafood bake with curbside order pickup or while dining on the porch, screened-in patio or outdoor deck. For nightlife fun, visit the island’s notable craft brewery, Good Hops Brewing for a fresh taste of beers from golden ales to IPAs with growlers to-go or in the outside beer garden.