Carolina Beach Essentials for a Unique Solo Travel Experience

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Treat yourself to a solo adventure at Carolina Beach for a vacation that’s uniquely you. Why travel alone? This popular trend allows you to personalize your experiences, expectations and enjoy the coast however you want!

Create your own itinerary with these top attractions and activities and savor the relaxation, adventure and time to yourself that awaits during your next solo getaway to Carolina Beach.

Foodie Favorites

Your taste buds will not be disappointed at Carolina Beach, where eating solo won’t be daunting, but rather ideal. For breakfast, hop in line and taste Carolina Beach history: a famously-glazed donut from Britt’s Donut Shop, originally opened in 1939. The famous donut spot is located at the equally iconic Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

For lunch, grab a bite at Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar, which features bar seating overlooking the Atlantic Ocean alongside fresh coastal cuisine. Craft beer lovers will want to stop by the only brewery on the island – Good Hops Brewing – to mingle with plenty of other solo drinkers happy to engage in conversation outside in the beer garden or during a round of disc golf.

Experience elite craft cooking with dinner at Surf House Oyster Bar and Surf Camp. Surf House brings the freshest harvest from local farmers, fisherman and growers to its tables, all of which are not to be missed. Or enjoy authentic Caribbean and Polynesian cuisine at Salt Fish Restaurant and Tiki Bar where the award-winning chef creates the freshest eclectic dishes around.

If a rooftop view and Carolina barbeque are calling your name, visit Carolina Smokehouse on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Solo travelers will love to feast on the house specialties – hardwood-smoked brisket, pork, ribs and chicken flavored with tomato-based barbecue sauce – while taking in live music and sipping on a cold one.

Under the Sea

To explore under the sea, Carolina Diving Adventures offer group charters to some of the most popular dive spots in the area, like fossil ledges located just off the coast where Megalodon teeth and various marine mammal fossils are rampant.

Sign up for a private or group surf lesson with Olympian and ISA World Champion professional surfer Tony Silvagni at Tony Silvagni Surf School to learn a new skill on your own or with new friends. Paddle NC offers single kayak rentals for those looking to explore the natural wonders – including Venus flytraps – of Carolina Beach State Park. For an eco-adventure on land, rent a bike and cruise through a self-guided tour of the island with Wheel Fun Rentals or embark on a journey on the new Island Greenway.

Treat Yourself

In need of a little relaxation? Take a break and grab a cocktail overlooking the ocean at Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar. Or check out the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for a number of stores, attractions and other beachside merriment.

To feel right at home after a day full of activities, enjoy a quiet and relaxing night at a cozy bed and breakfast. Beacon House Inn Bed and Breakfast offers an intimate experience beachside and is known for its welcoming hosts.

One-of-a-Kind

Mix and match any of these attractions and activities to create your own one-of-a-kind experience. With Carolina Beach’s unique offerings, you can create a solo vacation that meets your personal preferences and expectations, to live it up however you please!

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