Seasonal Vibes in Carolina Beach, NC

Get on Board with Summer in Fall

Summer’s energy is still buzzing and autumn’s allure is not far behind. Enjoy a getaway full of sweet treats on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, outdoor adventure biking the Island Greenway, hiking at Carolina Beach State Park, or getting on board to explore our many water experiences. As the seasons seamlessly blend, mild temperatures and warm waters make for a picture-perfect vacation 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 new statewide “Count on Me NC” program with the NC Restaurant and Lodging Association, Visit NC and NC State University will provide specific guidance and training to local restaurants, hotels, and other public-facing businesses on best practices. Please find on-going travel updates here.


Make the most of sunny days as summer is in full swing in Carolina Beach. Summertime means hitting the Boardwalk and savoring sweet treats from Britt’s Donuts or the Fudgeboat. Just a flip-flop stroll away, cool off at Celtic Creamery known for their extra-velvety Irish ice cream or Squigley’s Ice Cream & Treats, where ice cream lovers choose from over 4,000 flavor combinations. Grab some souvenirs or beach accessories and head out to the beach to relax or take in scenic ocean views on the swings and in gazebos on the walkway. Brush up on your board skills by taking a surf or standup paddleboard (SUP) lesson from the pros at Tony Silvagni Surf School or Odysea Surf School. 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.

Reserve Your Place to Stay in the Sun

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 for the family and enjoy the conveniences of home with kitchens, decks and outdoor grills. Fall is a time when many lodging properties feature off-season rates on their websites so book now for your one-of-a-kind getaway to Carolina Beach.


Explore the great outdoors at Carolina Beach with eco-adventures and wellness activities. Rent a kayak for a socially distanced paddle experience from Paddle NC or Pleasure Island Rentals. 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. 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. Rent bicycles from Pleasure Island Rentals and take your adventures to land with a ride through scenic wooded and waterside areas along the 1.2-mile Island Greenway. Schedule a charter from Carolina Beach Scuba or Second Sport Charters and dive in for underwater SCUBA 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 patio. 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.