Spring Things to Do

Spring It On In Carolina Beach

Find good times and good vibes during springtime in Carolina Beach. From outdoor adventures to outdoor dining, island tiki bars and more, coastal fun beckons all season long. Enjoy the island’s watersports with a private lesson or rental, and get active along a biking or hiking trail at one of the area’s parks. A Carolina Beach spring is the perfect time for a road trip to embrace island living!

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 required 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.

Dive Right Into Family Fun

Rent paddleboards, surfboards and more from a local shop, or take a lesson to learn how to catch an island wave like a pro with one of Carolina Beach’s surf schools. Sign up for a surf camp or private surf or stand up paddleboard lesson and discover the island the way it’s meant to be seen. Experience nature and history at the same time by taking a kayak tour around Carolina Beach State Park. Travel the same waters that played a major role during the golden age of piracy, the American Revolution and the Civil War.

Under the Sea

Depart from the Carolina Beach Fishing Center and Marina on one of our fishing charters for an inshore, nearshore, offshore or even deep-sea adventure. Rent a fully equipped boat from Carolina Beach Pontoon Rental where you can be your own captain or set out with one of theirs. Or, wander over to nearby Kure Beach to explore the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, one of North Carolina’s most popular attractions. Connect with the natural world through stunning exhibits of marine life, including a two-story open ocean exhibit featuring sharks, rays and eels. Come face-to-face with a loggerhead sea turtle and otters, or stroll through the outdoor garden to continue your exploration.

Get Outside

Spring is the perfect time to witness carnivorous plants and the native Venus flytrap in bloom while taking in waterside views as you hike the trails throughout Carolina Beach State Park. Experience the spacious beach at Freeman Park Recreation Area where you can fish, swim, go boating, crabbing or reserve a permit to camp overnight in the park and to take your 4-wheel drive vehicle for a cruise along the sand. Head to Mike Chappell Park to play a game of tennis, volleyball or soccer, roll around the skate park and bring along your four-legged friends for playtime at the dog park. Learn about the history of Carolina Beach and nearby Kure Beach on a self-guided history bicycle tour of the island. Or, set out on the Island Greenway on two feet or two wheels and see the sites along the 1.2-mile paved path.

Spring Flavors

From morning treats to the freshest seafood around, local flavors abound at Carolina Beach. Start your day with a stroll along the Boardwalk to Britt’s Donut Shop, open for the season beginning in April, for the area’s famous glazed donuts.  Take a midday break with a casual lunch at Nollie's Taco Joint, or find the best of local ingredients for dinner at fresh-to-table Coast Craft Cocktails & Calabash. Enjoy outdoor dining with gorgeous views on the oceanfront decks at Carolina Smokehouse and Hurricane Alley's or marina-side at Stoked Restaurant. Find the fresh catch of the day alongside seasonal views at one of our seafood spots or tiki bars, or savor foodie favorites beyond typical beach fare.

Book an Island Retreat

A Carolina Beach getaway is easy to plan with a variety of accommodations practicing cleaning safety standards from which to choose. Indulge in full-service amenities at oceanfront hotels 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 to choose from. Reserve now for the best selection for spring or summer as beachside rentals are in high demand.