Beach Bound for Summer Island Fun

From first sails to fish tales, stay original and discover new family adventures on colorful Carolina Beach. Channel your family's summer love of being outdoors and on the water with a half-day fishing charter perfect for first-timers, or enjoy our seaside boardwalk and kid-friendly events all season long. There are a lot of beaches in North Carolina, but there is only one Carolina Beach.

Expect anything but ordinary this summer on your family vacation to Carolina Beach. No trip to our beach is complete without exploring the award-winning Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Spend the day on the beach and along the boardwalk with shops, restaurants, sweet eats and high-flying amusement rides. Then, stay for weekly live music and oceanfront fireworks

Hit the water for surfing, kayaking and paddleboarding adventures. Set off on a half-day fishing charter and still have time to play on the beach in the afternoon. Take a surf lesson with pro surfer Tony Silvagni, then cool off with a cool beverage and tunes in colorful tiki bars. See aquatic life up-close, animatronic dinosaurs and the butterfly house at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher or tour a Civil War fort at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, both nearby on the island. 

For the eco-adventurer, try a guided hike through Carolina Beach State Park or rent a surrey bike for the whole family and explore the island with Wheel Fun Rentals' self-guided tour of historic sites in and around Carolina Beach. Afterwards, fuel up with fresh, local-caught seafood or skip straight to the good stuff and grab a doughnut at Britt's or Wake 'n Bake or an ice cream treat at Squigley'sCeltic Creamery or Krazy Kones.

Whether it's boogie boards or beach music that entice you, view oceanfront hotels, beach cottages, quaint inns and more to reserve your stay for a vacation out of the ordinary in Carolina Beach.