Find Your Fall Vibe Outside the Expected

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 a friends getaway, mild temperatures and fewer crowds make for a picture-perfect vacation. Whether you crave eco-adventures, scenic trails, jam sessions at tiki bars, or fresh-to-table foodie options, stay original this fall in Carolina Beach.

Outdoor Adventure

Hike the trails, cruise along the Island Greenway on two wheels and tour around town. View what active adventures await your next getaway.

View Hidden Gems

Take the path less traveled to discover hidden gems like a historic sand dune and an oceanfront park perfect for four-wheel cruising.

Good Hops Brewing

Whether the Flip Hop IPA or Donna Golden Ale, sip suds, play disc golf and take a peek inside Carolina Beach's only craft brewery, Good Hops Brewing.

Eco-Adventures, Parks and Gardens

From flytraps to guided kayak tours and a four-wheel-drive accessible beach, find eco-adventures to embark on in Carolina Beach.

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.


Colorful Fall Getaway

Immerse yourself in the colorful Carolina Beach way of life and festive happenings with a fall getaway. Reel in a catch at the fall fishing tournament, Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge, Oct. 18-20. If the family is in need of a fall break escape, have a seaside take on Halloween nearby on the island at the Fort Fisher Fall Festival, Oct. 12, Halloween Story Time by the Sea, Oct. 26 or Trick or Treat Under the Sea, Oct. 24-26. Watch hundreds of kites soar high in the sky nearby on the island during the Cape Fear Kite Festival, Nov. 2-3 and sip and stroll during the Carolina Beach Wine & Beer Walk, Nov. 16. 

Embrace Your Inner Foodie

Go beyond typical beach fare to find new fall flavors as you indulge in a blossoming foodie scene showcasing sea-and farm-to-table restaurants. Try a unique twist on the 'island life' at Salt Fish Restaurant and Tiki Bar where Caribbean and Panamanian influences combine for exotic dishes like Chinese sausage and fried rice-stuffed pineapple and cocktails like 'rummy yummy' in tiki-themed glasses. Try the fresh catch of the day, oysters by the dozen and everchanging menu items at Surf House Oyster Bar & Surf Camp, where laid back surf vibes meet sea-to-table cuisine from local waterways and area farms. With everything prepared completely in-house, Soul Flavor Kitchen & Bar delivers down-home taste with quality ingredients and signature dishes like the Nana Maria's Paella. Make the most of ideal temperatures and dine al fresco as you take in ocean views from the Topside Deck of Carolina Smokehouse while indulging 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.

Set Your Own Pace

Explore without boundaries at Carolina Beach with eco-adventures 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. Fall 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. Embark on a sunset or full moon cruise aboard a 65-foot Winner Boat or rent a pontoon from Carolina Beach Pontoon Rentals to curate your own scenic cruise. Take your adventures to land with a bicycle cruise through scenic wooded and waterside areas along the new 1.2-mile Island Greenway  If you're looking to relax and unwind, start your day with a beach yoga class from Salty Dog Yoga & Surf.

Find Your Perfect Vibe

On a couples' or friends getaway, sip in drinks with a view and make the most of the eclectic nightlife and live music found only in Carolina Beach. Grab sunset drinks at Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar and sip on craft cocktails like the "Surfer Rosa" or "Coconut Monk" on the Tiki Bar pier that extends out over the ocean. For the craft beer connoisseur check out Good Hops Brewing's laid-back taproom, pouring craft classics like the Flip Hop IPA and Good Hops Pale Ale. Step out to their lively beer garden with games like giant Jenga, cornhole, or head out on their 18-hole par 3 disc golf course just steps from the brewery. Voted as one of "The 32 Diviest Dive Bars in America" pick from over 350+ beer options at The Fat Pelican and soak in the eclectic beach charm from inside-to-out. Jam out at island hangouts like the Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill showcasing local and regional bands or hear a year-round array of live music from Tuesday-Sunday at Seawitch Cafe & Tiki Bar.

Explore Exotic Landscapes

Find unique ways to experience Carolina Beach with island tours. Foodies and historians will love tasting around town on a Tasting History Tour. Options include the Signature Tour or Eat Around the World Tour, both stopping at five area restaurants and including unique local stories from knowledgable tour guides. Get around the island on a golf cart rental from SunFun Rentals or cruise the beach with a four-wheel-drive Jeep rental at Freeman Park and nearby Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Nearby on the island, go under-the-sea and get up-close and personal with aquatic life at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher on a behind-the-scenes tour. Watch a feeding in the Cape Fear Shoals Tank, home to sharks, rays and Shelldon the sea turtle.

Book Your Getaway

Oceanfront hotels offer full-service amenities and easy access to the beach and island hotspots. Find a beachside bungalow that's perfect for two or a roomy beach house rental for your friends getaway 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!