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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.
Get to where the beach action is this spring with a getaway to Wrightsville Beach. Experience the active island life and book a surf lesson for the whole family, kayak through the Intracoastal Waterway, reel in a big catch at the iconic Johnnie Mercers Pier, or go for a run with beautiful views on the island’s scenic 2.45 jogging loop.
In March, get marathon madness and watch or participate in the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon, ranked one of the top 10 qualifying races for the Boston Marathon. See why Wrightsville Beach is known as a watersports hot spot in April as the Carolina Cup and Wrightsville Beach Waterman Ocean Festival are held back-to-back. Over 400 paddleboarders will race to the finish at the Carolina Cup, the largest paddleboard race on the East Coast. Celebrate surf culture at the Waterman Ocean Festival with the Surfalorous Film Festival and watch as longboarders compete in a Pro-Am tournament.
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.