Welcome Back

For locals and visitors, Wilmington is home. Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach are the shores we return to year after year. If you're wondering how your favorite vacation spots are doing after September's hurricane, the city and beaches you love have made a comeback. We're open for business and ready for you to come back, too.

 

Open for business

The Wilmington and Island Beaches you know and love have transitioned from recovery to revitalization. While Hurricane Florence is a storm that will live on in our memories, with it came a renewed sense of strength and community. We're happy to report that our area quickly rebounded and is ready to welcome visitors back. Stroll the brick-lined streets of historic downtown. Catch a performance at one of the oldest theaters in America or a Broadway show at the Wilson Center. Enjoy a culinary, crafted night on the town. Or plan your trip around festive, seasonal events like touring historic Old Wilmington by Candlelight or strolling through whimsical Christmas displays with over one million lights at Enchanted Airlie. 

Spend some time at our beautiful beaches, watch the decorated boat parades at holiday flotillas, and browse for coastal-centric gifts at holiday markets by the sea. Wilmington and beaches is the same vacation destination you have come to know and love and we're awaiting your return.

The future is bright for a getaway

History, notable festivals and events, beach days in the warm sunshine; it's never too early to start planning a 2019 vacation or getaway to Wilmington and our Island Beaches. Be the belle of the ball at the North Carolina Azalea Festival, enjoy garden tours, signature events, parties and a weekend full of live music. Kicking off North Carolina Beer Month, Cape Fear Craft Beer Week is the perfect excuse for the brew-enthused traveler to plan a trip. Foodies can plan a whole vacation around award-winning dining options. Experience Wilmington's rich history with a horse-drawn carriage or trolley tour of the 230-block National Register Historic District or film buff it up and see locations from popular shows like One Tree Hill and Dawson's Creek.

In-between the fun, don't forget to visit iconic attractions like Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, Bellamy Mansion, Cameron Art Museum and more.

Vacation rentals and oceanfront resorts for spring and summer book up early so be sure to reserve your favorite beach cottage, condo or hotel soon. Or, check out our other lodging properties from riverfront hotels to historic B&Bs.

Experience the Island Life

Our three island beaches each possess their own flair and personality crafted for each type of beachgoer. Get out and get active at Wrightsville Beach, watch the sunrise from Johnnie Mercer's Pier and explore the inner island on The Loop. Indulge in eclectic beach bars, sea-to-table dining, boutique shopping and more where an elevated beach experience is on the agenda.

Venture to Carolina Beach and stroll the Boardwalk lined with shops and laid-back eateries or see a Venus flytrap in its native habitat at Carolina Beach State Park. After, catch live music and fireworks all summer long beside the ocean.

Kure Beach is perfect for a couples' retreat or family getaway. Enjoy the back-in-time feel with retro motels featuring modern amenities, the iconic Kure Beach Pier, events and kids' playground at the Ocean Front Park, or spend a day exploring Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and the award-winning NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Whether you choose to get away from the holiday madness in favor of quiet time at the beach or fast forward to 2019 vacation planning, our island beaches are ready to welcome visitors back to their home away from home.

Voluntourism

Wilmington and our Island Beaches feel fortunate to have such a strong, extended visitor community that loves our area. Planning a visit is a great way to help the local economy.

Vacationers today are looking for more ways to make the most out of their getaways, including seeking opportunities to give back. Whether it be over the holidays or in 2019, there has never been a better time to vacation to Wilmington and our beaches to aide in local hurricane recovery efforts where necessary. While our tourism businesses are open, there are still some residents looking for help rebuilding their homes or businesses.

From leading workshops in serene natural settings or helping the handicapped enjoy watersports, to restoring the coast or protecting endangered sea turtles, there are plenty of other heartwarming and rewarding ways to spend a vacation here as well.