Everything You Need is Right on the Island

Wrightsville Beach is North Carolina’s most accessible beach and known for its clear blue waters and spacious, clean beach. With an abundance of water sports and outdoor activities and a vibrant social scene, there’s never a shortage of something happening year-round. Kayak or paddle board, tame the area’s world-class surf, reel in a prize-worthy fish, or just enjoy the spectacular views during an evening harbor cruise. This walkable, village-like town is known for its welcoming, social community.

There is still plenty of summer left to be had at Wrightsville Beach as mild temperatures, warm water and signature fall events abound. Stay active in the PPD IRONMAN North Carolina and extend the SUP season with the NC Surf to Sound Challenge, a growing paddleboard tradition on the island.

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It’s easy to find something to do at Wrightsville Beach year-round –enjoy the white sandy beach, bike The Wrightsville Beach Loop fitness trail, explore wildlife on nearby Masonboro Island, or fish on Johnnie Mercer's Pier. Peruse great shopping spots at beach boutiques, surf shops and nearby open-air villages. A charming history museum, pristine waterfowl sanctuary and narrated harbor cruises combine with unique events like PPD Ironman NC (one of the top iron distance triathlons in the world) and the annual holiday flotilla to enhance your coastal experience.

You’ll find plenty of nightlife to keep you busy long after the sun goes down at Wrightsville Beach. From beach taverns and grills to restaurant lounges serving fresh catch to table seafood, there are plenty of spots to relax. Known for its breathtaking views overlooking the ocean, the newly-renovated Crystal Pier at the Oceanic Restaurant features live music, seaside dining and fishing access.

This quaint and walkable island offers a variety of places to make your home away from home including three full-service hotels and resorts with daily kids’ activities and camps to independently owned motels, vacation rentals and cottages. Step out onto your balcony and breathe in the fresh ocean air in a place so magical the sun both rises and sets over the water.

After just a few minutes here, you’ll discover Wrightsville Beach is where you go with friends and family for beach trips and where you’ll keep coming back.

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