About Wilmington & Beaches

Heed the Call of the Water

From the River District and Riverwalk that winds around the storied Cape Fear River to three colorful island beaches, there’s something about the water here in Wilmington, NC and our beach towns — Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach — that speaks, surrounds and transforms visitors. As North Carolina’s most accessible coastal destination via interstates and an international airport, the area’s location, natural beauty, culture and history all charm visitors and residents alike making it the ideal place to get away for a vacation or weekend.

One destination and four unique settings . . . from the river to sea . . . create a bounty of extraordinary experiences. Jump to view Fast Facts.

Fast Facts

New Hanover County, a.k.a. Wilmington, NC’s River District & Island Beaches, encompasses the City of Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach, as well as a number of unincorporated communities, including Figure 8 Island. Wilmington is situated along NC's southeastern coast, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway to its east and the Cape Fear River to its west, making for beautiful ocean sunrises and river sunsets. Discover more fun facts about the area.