Summertime in Carolina Beach, NC

Fast Forward to Good Times at the Beach

Good times are ahead and it’s time to look forward to a summer adventure at colorful Carolina Beach. Stroll the vintage seaside Boardwalk, treat the family to summer sweets and put your toes in the sand again. Get back to nature and bike along the Island Greenway or go on a hiking adventure at Carolina Beach State Park. Rent a kayak or paddleboard or take surf lessons and explore our many water experiences. Summertime is the best time to escape to Carolina Beach.

What to Expect When Visiting

Thank you for trusting us with your care and safety as you resume travel this summer. We encourage you to travel and enjoy responsibly by practicing social distancing and 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 updates here.

Outdoor Recreation & Attractions

Go on an outdoor family eco-adventure at Carolina Beach State Park with nearly nine miles of hiking trails, including the Flytrap Trail, one of the few places the Venus flytrap grows natively. Catch spectacular river views from the 50-foot Sugarloaf Dune. Walk, run or bike along the 1.2-mile Island Greenway for a tour of the island through scenic wooded areas. Go on further explorations with bike rentals from Shore Break Bikes or visit Carolina Beach Lake Park, just two blocks from the beach. Discover history nearby on the island at Fort Fisher State Historic Site for historic tours of the South’s largest earthen fort.

From the Boardwalk to the Beach

Make the most of sunny days and long summer nights in Carolina Beach. Summertime means strolling the Boardwalk, arcades, and sweet treats from Britt’s Donuts or the Fudgeboat. 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.

From Fresh Air to Fresh Catches

From the freshest catch to fresh air dining outdoors, you’ll find casual dining and authentic cuisine at Carolina Beach. 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. For a striking view, grab some smoked BBQ to takeout or enjoy on the deck at Carolina Smokehouse. Enjoy shrimp and crab cake classics and marina views at Stoked or 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. Check out the scenic ocean view from the top deck of the newly renovated Hurricane Alley’s, overlooking the Boardwalk.

Self-Guided Tours, Rentals & More

Discover the calm waters of the Cape Fear River at Carolina Beach State Park with kayak and standup paddleboarding rentals and tours from Paddle NC or Pleasure Island Rentals. Go on a half-day or full-day cruise in the backwaters with fully-equipped boats from Carolina Beach Pontoon Rentals. Dive in for underwater scuba adventures to dozens of shipwrecks on a local charter or take a self-guided dive to The Condor, a sunken blockade runner 700 yards off the beach at Fort Fisher. SunFun Rentals offer golf cart rentals for island tours as well as Jeeps for four-wheel beach access at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.

Cast a Line

Take the family on a half-day fishing charter from the Carolina Beach Fishing Center and Marina or fish off the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier. Carolina Beach State Park also has some of the best fishing spots in the area. Anglers can launch or dock their boats at the park’s marina or rent a fishing kayak from Paddle NC.

Find Your Place to Stay in the Sun

Treat yourself to full-service amenities at oceanfront hotels with direct beach access. Find a perfect fit for the whole family with a beach house rental to enjoy all the conveniences of home, like kitchens and outdoor grills. No matter your budget or vacation style, a Carolina Beach vacation is easy to plan with a variety of accommodations to choose from. Reserve your place in the sun!