Wrightsville Beach

Voted Best Beach in North Carolina

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 walk-able, village-like town is known for its welcoming, social community.

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Things to do

It always easy to find something to do...

Experience the active island life with Wrightsville Beach’s endless supply of outdoor activities.  From fishing charters, to surfing and paddleboarding, to cruising on a sunset boat tour, to taking a jog on the island’s scenic loop, there’s tons of ways to get outdoors and enjoy all that the island has to offer. The island’s 2.5 mile walking loop offers a walking or jogging experience you won’t find anywhere else.  Test your running skills or just stroll as you enjoy views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Banks Channel and beautiful salt marshes as you make your way around this scenic path.

Take a culinary tour of Wrightsville Beach and enjoy a colorful menu of dining experiences unlike anyplace else on the North Carolina coast. Take your pick of a variety of restaurants across the island, each a local favorite in its own way.

Start the day with fresh, hot coffee and breakfast coastal style at a cozy diner. Cap off a jog around the Loop with an ice-cold smoothie, or reward yourself with a slice of pizza right from the oven. Whether you’re in the mood for the local catch of the day with a dash of Caribbean flair, margaritas and Mexican food, or the thickest steaks in Wrightsville Beach, you’ll find them all conveniently located within reach.

Watersports Galore

Never a dull moment

Known as one of the East Coast’s hottest watersports spots, Wrightsville Beach has a variety of watersports opitions sure to excite visitors.  Learn how to catch a wave at what was named one of American’s Best Surf Towns by National Geographic with one of the island’s many surf camps that offer lessons suitable for all ages.  Try out one of the world’s fastest growing sports with a paddleboarding lesson or excurision in the Intracoastal Waterway.  Grab a kayak and enjoy views of the island from the water as you explore the island’s scenic channels and salt marshes or strap on scuba gear and have an under the sea adventure. If fishing is your thing reel in your next big catch at one of the island’s many fishing hot spots.  Hop aboard one of the beach’s fishing charters and test out your angler skils with a near shore, offshore or custom excursion where the fish including mackeral, speckled trout and puppy drum are always biting.  Johnnie Mercer’s Pier and Crystal Pier also offer great fishing opportunities with beautiful views.


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