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Is There a Best Time to Visit Carolina Beach?

Are you planning a trip to the North Carolina coast? We know it can be tricky deciding when to take time off, especially when you’re not familiar with the area you wish to visit. Luckily for you, we’ve thought about that and created this blog to help your planning process. Here, we’re going to discuss the best time to visit Carolina Beach and Pleasure Island based on your own travel plans. There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all getaway, so why should yours be like everyone else’s? Read on to discover which season you prefer and start planning your trip today. 

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Find Out the Best Time to Visit Carolina Beach for You!

For a Romantic Winter Getaway

Fewer crowds and crisp air make for a marvelous backdrop for a romantic getaway with your better half. Carolina Beach in the winter has its own charm and can offer a completely different experience than in the summer months. During the offseason, everything gets slower, and you can spend a more laid-back, incognito vacation. You can enjoy long walks or picnics on the beach, all snuggled up in a warm blanket, and hopefully spot some whales in the distance. Do you want to know the best part? You get to gaze at magnificent views from the balconies of our gorgeous properties! They’re  fantastic spots to rekindle your romance and spend quality time together. 


For a Well-Deserved Spring Break

Carolina Beach is also a great location for your fun, family spring-break vacation. After all, there’s always something going on!  You can take long walks in Wilmington’s surrounding parks, like the Airlie Gardens, to witness the blooming nature all around you, and then hop on a boat for a water tour! You can also attend fun events at the boardwalk, like the Rock the Beach concert series happening in March. Another event you cannot miss is the annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival! It’s the perfect event to discover local traditions and taste delicious food. 


For a Fun Summer Family Vacation

If the picture-perfect summer vacation at the beach is on your bucket list, then summer is the season to visit Carolina Beach. Our beautiful and high-end rentals can offer you the experience you seek, with stunning views of the ocean and the warm, golden sand, as well as proximity to many fun activities. Make lifelong memories with your loved ones as you eat ice cream on the boardwalk, bike along the shore, or even hike one of the trails of the Carolina Beach State Park. You can even cast a line from the fishing pier and unwind from the stressful, everyday routine that awaits at home. Did we mention all the incredible events happening during the summer? The Carolina Beach Music Festival in June is one of our favorites and is a delight for the entire family!

For a Fun and Tasty Fall

If you want to enjoy the last remnants of summer weather while avoiding the crowd, fall is ideal. You can stay active on the water and go paddleboarding, marvel at the dolphins popping their head up every once in a while, and, of course, you get to unwind. Eat delicious seafood at Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar, enjoy a fun happy hour at Good Hops Brewing with your friends, and head over to Sugarloaf Dune at the Carolina Beach State Park to watch one of the most mesmerizing sunsets you’ll ever see.

Find Your Home Away From Home With Carolina Retreats, No Matter the Season!

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Your vacation rental isn’t only a place to stay. It’s a home where you intend to make lifelong memories, and we know that very well. In fact, we choose each of our properties with that goal in mind. We believe atmospheres that foster unique experiences are essential, and, now that you have a better idea of when you wish to visit the North Carolina coast, it’s time you find your own. All of our properties feature modern amenities, spacious rooms, and lovely decor. Did we mention their spectacular ocean views as well? 

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