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ENJOY THE EASY ISLAND LIFE
As North Carolina’s most accessible beach, it’s easy to get to from Interstate 40, and easier to stay with an abundance of outdoor activities, miles of beach, family-friendly events, and full-service hotels and vacation rental options. Known for its many waterways and channels from the sound to the sea, this seaside town is the perfect place to practice all watersports. 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.
Enjoy an island vacation without the passport this summer at Wrightsville Beach. Soak up the beach action from surf to sound by taking a paddleboarding lesson, jogging around the island’s 2.45-mile scenic loop, or learning how to catch a wave with a surf lesson taught by certified instructors.
There’s no shortage of kid-friendly beach fun with tons of things for the little ones to see and do. The beach’s full-service hotels offer kids’ camps and programs with exciting beach adventures including scavenger hunts, sand castle building contests and more. Hunt for buried treasure aboard a pirate-themed cruise, or visit the Coastal Education Center offering kid-friendly programs throughout the summer.
The island heats up with signature summer events this season. Listen as music fills the gardens at the nearby Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series, enjoy the sounds of local bands at the WECT Sounds of Summer Concert Series or see surfers battle for the best wave at the Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic, one of beach's most beloved surfing events.
Book your trip to Wrightsville Beach now to get in on North Carolina’s best beach action this summer!
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.