When it comes to a planning your summer vacation, nothing beats a trip to Carolina Beach! In fact, many of us have been planning our summer vacations since December. Whether you’ve been counting down the days or just started daydreaming about white sands and blue waves, there’s plenty to see, do, and experience in Southeastern North Carolina. In other words, it’s never too late to plan an amazing, family-friendly getaway.

If you’re ready to plan your Carolina Beach vacation, here are three things to add to your bucket list:

Explore the New and Improved Carolina Beach Boardwalk

The Carolina Beach Boardwalk has a lot to offer, as evidenced by the many accolades its been collecting. In recent weeks, it was nominated for best boardwalk in the country in USA Today’s 2016 10Best Readers’ Choice poll (vote now!), while legendary mainstay Britt’s Donuts was named the best doughnut in North Carolina. And the boardwalk is growing, adding more restaurants and options for hungry families looking to grab a bite after a day at the beach, thanks to a new wooden oceanfront portion that was recently added. There’s never been a better time to stroll along this award-winning boardwalk!

Attend the 31st Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival

Held annually the first week of June (this year, it takes place June 4!) this music festival is the perfect way to dance barefoot in the sand and sway to the beat while standing in the surf. The Carolina Beach Music Festival is the biggest and only beach music festival hosted directly on the shore, and features a full day of live entertainment. If you love music and/or the beach, you’ll love this fun music festival. Get your tickets now!

Rent the Perfect Beach House

At Network Real Estate, we have plenty of beach house rentals that are right on the water. Renting a beach house is a great way to maximize your vacation and make the most of your time. Imagine waking up and having coffee on the deck, overlooking the ocean, then walking the kids a few hundred feet to those sandy shores. When you stay at the beach, you don’t have to worry about fighting for parking or dealing with traffic. Save yourself the stress and check out our available beach houses rentals—you won’t regret it!

As you can see, there’s lots to do in Carolina Beach! Join us this summer and we guarantee you’ll have the best vacation ever. See you at the beach!