Boardwalk Jams & Toes in the Sand

Hit the shore with a 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 and food. 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.

With changing seasons on the horizon, fall is the perfect time of year to plan an escape to colorful Carolina Beach for things to do beyond sand and surf. From couples-only to friends' getaway, mild temperatures and fewer crowds make for a picture-perfect vacation. Indulge in special interests and experience hiking trails, local ales, fall festivals, eco-adventures, foodie tours and drinks with a view and more.

Carolina Beach Boardwalk

Wrap yourself in nostalgia 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

Whether the Flip Hop IPA or 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.


Fall for Carolina Beach

A new season beckons new adventure at Carolina Beach where laid back fun meets invigorating outdoor activities, farm-to-table eats and eclectic nightlife. Indulge in a blossoming foodie scene at Salt Fish Restaurant and Tiki Bar with the Caribbean and Polynesian influences on display in dishes like Bahamian-style conch fritters and shrimp as well as Chinese sausage and fried rice-stuffed pineapple. Surf camp meets craft cooking at Surf House Oyster Bar & Surf Camp where regional seafood pairs with the best of local farms and rivers for an ever-changing menu alongside craft cocktails. Sip local ales at Good Hops Brewing where classics like the Donna Golden Ale and Flip Hop IPA are the perfect complement to an evening in the beer garden or stop by the eclectic dive bar, The Fat Pelican, and choose from over 350 beer options. By day, set out for an adventure on land and water. Rise and shine with beach yoga classes through Salty Dog Yoga & Surf then set off on two wheels for a self-guided history bicycle tour of the island with Wheel Fun Rentals. Paddle your way through the waters on a kayak tour with Paddle NC. End the day with stunning views aboard a Winner Boat narrated sunset cruise or moonlight dance cruise. With fall on the horizon, plan now for the Beach, Bacon and Beer Festival, October 12, where the culinary competition of local chefs results in bacon-inspired offerings alongside beer and wine.

Family moments that last

Make the most on your end-of-summer getaway to Carolina Beach. 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. Get the whole family together to pedal around the Boardwalk on an eight-person surrey bike rental through Wheel Fun Rentals. 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. 2. 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

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. 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. 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 through August. Savor fresh seafood at Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar, named one of the "Best Seafood Dives in America," families can dine on oysters, shrimp, crab and more in a no-frills environment or grab dinner and then dance the night away to live music at the family-friendly SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar.

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 getaway to Carolina Beach!