Vacation is Always in Season

The Best of the Carolina Coast: Wilmington, NC & Island Beaches

Coastal culture and quintessential Carolina charm intersect in a refreshing, irresistible way. Allow yourself to experience what makes Wilmington and Beaches a must-see Southern destination and push past normal – to a place where no two getaways are alike. One trip to North Carolina's most accessible coastal destination will show you why we're the Best of the Carolina Coast. Explore the city's National Register Historic District filled with colonial- and Victorian-era homes, cafes, boutiques, speakeasies and rooftop bars and then stroll along our scenic Riverwalk for spectacular river views. Our spacious beaches, state parks and numerous waterways are perfect for cruising and watersports. You'll find entertainment and outdoor recreation are always in season - and all in one place.

Signature festivals and seasonal events fill the calendar. Chefs create inventive dishes highlighting local in-season seafood and fresh produce from the farm and sea to your fork. Holiday events spread cheer from the river to the sea with flotillas, historic home candlelight tours and horse-drawn carriage rides through the decorated historic district. No matter the season, the vibrant pulse of coastal life abounds.