Summer Jams & Toes in the Sand

Hit the shore with a colorful summer getaway to Carolina Beach where good times and good vibes are easy to come by. Take in ocean views from atop an amusement ride on the Boardwalk then catch a free concert followed by dazzling fireworks on the beach. Hang ten with a surf lesson from an Olympic gold medalist or set sail during a narrated sunset cruise, where kids will love exploring and learning aboard a 65 ft. open air boat that includes music, food and refreshments. A blossoming foodie scene brings several new dining options from fresh-caught seafood to BBQ served with a side of ocean views. Stay original with the best of a North Carolina beach experience from the past with a fun, family-friendly spin for today.

Carolina Beach Boardwalk

Wrap yourself in nostalgia all summer long at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, complete with amusement rides, tiki bars, ice cream, handmade donuts and restaurants.

Bird's Eye View

Explore Carolina Beach from an aerial perspective highlighting signature attractions to help plan your getaway.

Good Hops Brewing

From Flip Hop IPA to the Donna Golden Ale, sip suds and take a peek inside Carolina Beach's only craft brewery, Good Hops Brewing.

Carolina Beach State Park

Explore Carolina Beach State Park from an aerial perspective. Take in water and maritime forest views and plan your trip now.


Boardwalk Blast

Named one of the most awesome boardwalks by Budget Travel, experience amusement rides and a variety of shops, sweet treats, restaurants and more along the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Operating along the Boardwalk since 1969, get in line for a taste of the famously-glazed Britt's Donuts. This Carolina Beach staple is worth the wait. With more than 4,000 ice cream flavor combinations available, 'get squiggled' at Squigley's Ice Cream & Treats or cool off from the summer sun with authentic Irish ice cream at Celtic Creamery. Enjoy BBQ with an ocean view from the topside deck of Carolina Smokehouse or transport yourself to the 1950s at Pop's Diner with right-off-the-beach options like hot dogs and hand-patted burgers. Find coastal souvenirs and pirate and mermaid-themed decor at Smuggler's Cove Provision Company or get spicy at Go Sauce Yourself. Fun seekers find their adrenaline fix on a variety of amusement rides while little ones enjoy carnival games, street food and kid-friendly rides like a colorful carousel and slide. Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast brings live music on the Boardwalk and beachside fireworks each Thursday throughout the summer.

Family moments that last

Create lasting family memories on our island shore. Let the kids have a coastal twist on "camp" with a daylong surf camp through Tony Silvagni Surf School where the student to teacher ratio is 2:1. Paddle NC provides special kayak trips geared towards young adventurers. Even novice swimmers can hop on a standup paddleboard and explore waters home to bottlenose dolphins and the elusive bald eagle. History buffs can take a two-hour self-guided bike tour with Wheel Fun Rentals and stop off at island landmarks or get the whole family together to pedal around the Boardwalk on an eight-person surrey bike rental. Young learners love hearing about nesting sea turtles during the weekly Turtle Talks series. See sea life nearby on the island at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher then take a walk on the wild side with the Lorikeet Landing Exhibit running through Sept. 30. After a day of family fun, cozy up for Free Movies at the Lake including screenings of Incredibles 2, How to Train Your Dragon and The Little Mermaid.

From Ales to Fish Tails

Summer is for savoring fresh seafood and enjoying low-key cuisine steps from the beach. Named one of the "Best Seafood Dives in America," families can dine on oysters, shrimp, crab and more in a no-frills environment at Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar or grab dinner and then dance the night away to live music at the family-friendly SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar. Taste the flavors of coastal Carolina at restaurants showcasing an up-and-coming foodie scene in Carolina Beach. At Surf House Oyster Bar & Surf Camp local ingredients from land and sea forge together in inventive dishes like local shrimp and grits or duck thigh served with mushrooms and sweet potatoes. With everything prepared in-house, including syrups and bitters for specialty cocktails, Soul Flavor Kitchen & Bar offers signature southern dishes like Nana Maria's paella, NC fish & chips and even bourbon braised baby back ribs. Salt Fish Restaurant and Tiki Bar lets you taste the islands with dishes like jerk shrimp served on plantains and fried rice served within a pineapple. Wash down the evening with a local craft ale in the beer garden at Good Hops Brewing where classics like the Donna Golden Ale and Flip Hop IPA are the perfect complement to a summer evening. Enjoy ocean views and peel and eat shrimp alongside tropical-themed cocktails at Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar. Catch live music during their Summer Tiki Shows hosted on the tiki bar pier that includes a special snack menu to accompany drinks and music. Choose from more than 350 beer options at the eclectic dive bar, The Fat Pelican.

Craft your own adventure

Go beyond the beach. Venture to Carolina Beach State Park with over 761-acres of natural beauty and hop on the Flytrap Trail to see pitcher plants and Venus flytraps, native only within a 60-mile radius of Carolina Beach or learn firsthand from a park ranger on a Carnivorous Plant Hike. Rent a kayak to explore Carolina Beach Lake Park, once noted in the Guinness Book of World Records as the closest freshwater lake to salt water. Find your speed cruising by bike or jogging along the new 1.2-mile Island Greenway that winds through scenic wooded and waterside areas around the island. Hop aboard a half or whole day fishing charter. Deep-sea fishing charters reach the Gulf Stream quickly with catches including marlin, tuna, king mackerel and more or keep it simple and family-friendly with an inshore fishing charter where flounder, red drum, trout and more await beneath the surface. 

Book the Perfect Stay

Oceanfront hotels offer full-service amenities and easy access to the beach and Boardwalk. Find a perfect beach house rental for your clan and enjoy the conveniences of home, like fully stocked kitchens and outdoor grills. No matter your budget or vacation style, a Carolina Beach getaway is easy to plan with a variety of accommodations from which to choose. Book now for your one-of-a-kind summer getaway to Carolina Beach!