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, the scenic Intracoastal Waterway and a vibrant social scene, there’s never a shortage of something happening year-round in this beautiful beach town. 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 evokes a comfortable and familiar sense of place and is known for its welcoming, social community.
Signature coastal events make the holidays one of the most festive times to visit. Thanksgiving brings the pre-feast Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot plus a long weekend celebration with the family-friendly Festival in the Park and beloved boat parade and fireworks display of the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla. Spend a day browsing beach boutiques for unique holiday gifts and an evening strolling under the 300,000 lights of Enchanted Airlie.
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 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 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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