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ENJOY THE EASY ISLAND LIFE
Wrightsville Beach is North Carolina’s most accessible beach and the perfect place to try something new. With an active culture including an array of water sports and a vibrant social scene, there’s never a shortage of something happening year-round once you arrive. Cruise the water by kite-board, kayak or paddle board, tame the area’s world-class surf, reel in a prize-worthy fish at sea, or just sit back and enjoy the spectacular views of the sunrise over the ocean or sunset during an evening harbor cruise. Kid-friendly adventures are around every corner including treasure hunts, surfing lessons, eco tours and hotel resorts with programs for kids of all ages. Come share what you love to do with your family and friends in a beautiful beach town where you can stay active, or relax and do nothing at all.
It may be fall, but it’s still summer at Wrightsville Beach. Get outdoors and enjoy coastal fall colors like the coral sunsets and picturesque sea oats in shades of green and brown. Experience signature fall events including the Taste of Wrightsville Beach event, where you can indulge in original dishes from 28 area restaurants.
Grab your lucky fishing pole and see if you can reel in a prize-winning catch at two island fishing tournaments, The Wide Open Tech Spanish Mackerel Open and the Carolina Fall King Challenge. Enjoy two signature fall fitness events as athletes flock to the island for the YMCA Triathlon and the PPD Beach to Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon, named by Triathlete Magazine as one of the “Top 5 Iron Distance Triathlons in the World”.
It’s easy to find something to do at Wrightsville Beach year-round –enjoy the white sandy beach, bike The 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 small history museum and waterbird sanctuary, and narrated harbor cruises, to unique events like one of the top Iron distance triathlons in the world to the annual holiday flotilla, all enhance this 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 features live music, seaside dining and fishing access.
This quaint and walkable island offers a village-like feel and 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 life is a little easier at Wrightsville Beach.