Plan an unforgettable weekend getaway to Carolina Beach this Valentine’s Day. With plenty of food to try and places to explore, this fun-loving and free-spirited beach is the perfect destination to celebrate with your special someone.

Rise and Shine

Opt for an upstairs room with a charming view of downtown. Capture the romantic views from the Courtyard Marriott or Hampton Inn & Suites, Carolina Beach’s full-service, oceanfront hotels. If you’re looking for a more private getaway, book a vacation rental with Victory Beach Vacations, Carolina Beach Realty or Carolina Retreats to feel the freedom that comes with vacationing at Carolina Beach.


Start the day off on the right foot with a morning pick-me-up from The Vault Coffee and Pour House, and enjoy your favorite coffee creations taken to the next level. You can also check out their wine vault and grab a bottle for the romantic evening ahead. On the sweet side, Yelp ranked Carolina Beach’s Wake N Bake Donuts as one of the “Top 100 U.S. Donut Shops,” making it the perfect spot to grab a treat for yourself and your special someone. 


Whether it’s sweet or savory, foodie couples will enjoy Kate’s Pancake House. This cozy breakfast spot serves up pancakes, omelets, benedicts and more. Treat your date to a full stack of red velvet pancakes in honor of your special weekend.

Eager to explore the beach? Stop by the North End Cafe To-Go for locally roasted coffee and small treats. Located near Freeman Park, this coffee shop is the perfect stop before a romantic sunrise stroll.


Outdoor Adventure

Create some new memories with your significant other during an afternoon date full of adventure on a nature tour with Kayak Carolina. Journey through the surrounding waterways and capture intimate views of the sunrise on the outfitter’s morning tour, perfect for an early-bird couple. 

There is no better way to spend time with your valentine than by learning how to do something new: sign up for a two-on-one lesson from Tony Silvagni Surf School and learn how to shred some waves with the help of their certified instructors.

Or, pack a picnic basket and spend the afternoon hiking through Carolina Beach State Park. Before setting off for your trek, stop by the Veggie Wagon to pick up a loaf of fresh-baked bread, gouda pimento cheese spread, locally grown fruits and a bottle of wine. Cheers to the perfect romantic weekend in Carolina Beach!


After your picnic and hike, enjoy a little friendly competition at Good Hops Brewing where you can sip on a brew and see who takes all during a game of disc golf at Trinity Disc Golf Course, a PDGA-registered course located behind the brewery.

A Delicious Evening

Begin the night at Michael's Seafood Restaurant for freshly caught seafood entrees, pasta dishes, handheld burgers and more. Devour Michael's world-famous chowder, a must-try for any seafood lover. Or, order the Gallery Sampler, where you can choose your seasonings for fresh shrimp, fish and sea scallops.

Head to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk to hit up locally-owned Hurricane Alley's where specialties include Boom Boom Shrimp, fish tacos and Hurricane Wings. Or opt to share a Steamed Pot for Two featuring crab legs, clams, shrimp and more.


End the night on a sweet note with velvety, Irish-style ice cream at Celtic Creamery. Order a small-batch of the handmade ice cream or try one of the signature sundaes like the Knickerbocker Glory or Beachside Brownie. Then, keep the party going at SeaWitch Café and Tiki Bar, where you can dance the night away to live music.


Kick back, relax and reconnect with your loved one on a Valentine’s getaway to Carolina Beach.