Whether you’re planning a long-awaited family reunion or a fun-filled girls’ or guys’ trip, choose a coastal destination just as colorful as your crew. Carolina Beach is a vibrant setting for adventures and good times that will become stories you tell together for years to come.

Relaxing Reunions

Bring the extended family together for a reunion at the sandy shores of Carolina Beach. Spend quality time together by the sea or on classic adventures and outings that are sure to create authentic family memories. Get the lay of the land and spend time exploring the island alongside your loved ones with rides from Pleasure Island Rentals. A wide selection of beach cruisers accommodates family members of all ages.

The Carolina Beach Boardwalk may be vintage, but this lively attraction packs plenty of timeless fun for all generations. Stroll along the Boardwalk to capture ocean views as you pop into souvenir shops and sweet spots like Fudgeboat and Krazy Kones or the family-favorite Britt’s Donut Shop (open seasonally). Take the action up a notch with summer amusement park rides or classic fun at the Carolina Beach Arcade. Capture a family reunion photo at one of the surrounding public art displays from the Carolina Beach Mural Project to remember your vacation.


Your whole crew can sail along the Intracoastal Waterway at sunset aboard Island Cruises’ spacious double-decker catamaran with capacity for 106 passengers. Family-friendly narration and festive dance music will make it a ride to remember. For a more intimate experience, the spacious boat is available for private charters to explore the surrounding area. Carolina Beach Pontoon Rentals also offers private family cruises with fully equipped boats for up to 12 people.

Dine at Michael’s Seafood Restaurant, which offers a private room to accommodate the entire family. Enjoy classic seafood options or try their island-famous Clam Chowder. From a kids menu sure to please the little ones to classic coastal dishes and more, Havana’s offers a private space that can accommodate up to 50 people. 


Girls’ and Guys’ Trips

Make the most of your next girls’ or guys’ getaway with the ultimate trip to our island town. Catch a vibe and a wave with a lesson from Odysea Surf School. Taught by certified instructors, these lessons are the perfect bonding experience. Explore the open waters with Tried and True Charters or Batson Charter Boats on a private fishing charter for an unforgettable experience everyone will enjoy. Embark on a cruise aboard the Vonda Kay, a 72-foot partyboat, or use your pedal power for a unique waterfront adventure with Sea Legs Pedal Pub.

Rest your sea legs with Tasting History Tours and get a taste of the town’s local history, landmarks and flavors. The signature food tour guides your crew through the streets of Carolina Beach into local restaurants to explore the island’s history and flavors. The “History in a Glass” offering is a beverage-only tour, perfect for those 21+ to journey through the island one sip at a time. Raise a toast with cold brews at Good Hops Brewing before enjoying friendly competition on the PDGA-approved disc golf course behind the brewery. 


SeaWitch Café & Tiki Bar serves up delicious seafood dishes paired with local live music on select evenings with an indoor dining room and two outdoor spaces to accommodate large parties. Gather your gang at the beach rental for a classic low-country boil with Cape Fear Boil Company. Do it yourself with the “Best-Pot-To-Go” steamer pot or request the team of Master Boilers to cook and serve a delicious meal that turns into your favorite memory.

Places to Stay

Whether staying in one of the island’s full-service hotels or booking a comfortable beach rental, find accommodations to fit any size group in Carolina Beach. Reserve a room block at the Hampton Inn & Suites Carolina Beach Oceanfront or the Courtyard Marriott Carolina Beach Oceanfront and discover the ideal beach retreat. Kick back by the pool or enjoy the views from private balconies.


Snag a spacious vacation rental home stocked with convenient amenities with homes like “Place Cottage” that can sleep up to 25 people, Bryant Real Estate offers a wide range of rentals with pools, outdoor showers and even elevators. Larger groups can stay in comfort with Victory Beach Vacations’ homes, including the sprawling “Sand by Me Deluxe” property which can host up to 27 guests.

With a bustling seaside Boardwalk, outdoor adventures and classic beach fun, Carolina Beach is just as free-spirited as your crew. Make the most of your next reunion or girls’ and guys’ trip with a getaway to Carolina Beach.