Take a New Path Less Traveled

Experience the start of a new decade with new experiences, beloved events and outdoor activities in Carolina Beach. Taste around town on a private Tasting History Tour, take a guided hike with a park ranger, and dine at new restaurants or frequent local sea-to-table spots offering seasonal dinner series. Stick to wellness resolutions by riding or biking waterside and hiking wooded trails or get out and active exploring area waterways by kayak. Getaway this winter to Carolina Beach for an authentically you vacation.


Winter Happenings

Take a winter sojourn and search for fully-intact shells at Freeman Park Recreation Area where a required permit allows you to have your own beach fire and end the day roasting s'mores. Hike with a park ranger through Carolina Beach State Park on a Biological Wonderland Hike and learn about the maritime forest, ecosystem and biological wonders that call the area home. Go nearby on the island to find your under-the-sea Zen during Yoga at the Aquarium at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, through January 30. 

Explore What's New

Immerse yourself in a burgeoning food scene as you taste around town in Carolina Beach. The new Spot Bar & Kitchen serves up classic American fare alongside rotating daily specials. Visit island establishment Surf House Oyster Bar & Surf Camp for their recently launched Groundswell Dinner Series highlighting seasonal dinners aimed at promoting sustainable seafood. Foodies and historians can experience the new "History In a Glass" drinks tour or book their own private tour for groups of five or more on a Tasting History Tour. Indulge in Duck Confit Wings that made Guy Fieri say, "Delicious is an understatement," gourmet burgers and savory sandwiches alongside specialty mac n' cheese at The Fork N Cork Carolina Beach. The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher has started construction on its new 3,000-square-foot Asian small-clawed otter habitat that will include interactive water elements, spaces for otter family groups and behind-the-scenes care area with an anticipated opening later this year. 

Wellness Adventures

Explore without boundaries with eco-adventure and wellness activities. Rent a kayak from Paddle NC or Pleasure Island Rentals and explore the waterways around Carolina Beach State Park, find a hidden sanctuary at the 50-foot Sugarloaf Dune then hike throughout the 761-acres of natural beauty. Take your adventures to land with a bicycle cruise through scenic wooded and waterside areas along the 1.2-mile Island Greenway.

Spring Preview

Besides the beach, immerse yourself in an array of activities that will put you in a springtime state of mind. Adorn your green best for the St. Patrick's Lo Tide Run 5K Walk/Run & 10k. Jam seaside at Rock the Beach on March 21 with beach rock-n-roll and a Jimmy Buffet cover band, or nearby on the island where you can sample seafood and sing the blues at the Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival April 18-19. Visit the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher to explore the Butterfly Bungalow, May 1 - September 12, offering an immersive experience amongst hundreds of exotic butterflies.

Book an Island Retreat

Oceanfront hotels offer full-service amenities and easy access to the beach and Boardwalk. Find the 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. Be sure to reserve now for the best spring selections.