From active lifestyles with plenty of watersports and outdoor activities, to vibrant and friendly community gatherings, there's never a shortage of something happening year-round in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina's most accessible beach.
Known for its crystal blue waters and spacious beach, surfing and standup paddleboard (SUP) competitions, and signature kids' programs (pirate-led treasure hunts and surf camps), it's easy to find something to do here. No wonder Wrightsville Beach was voted North Carolina's best beach.
Dubbed one of the top surfing towns in the world by National Geographic, ride the world-class waves in a surf lesson or SUP excursion. Race a sailboat on the Intracoastal Waterway, jog "The Loop" fitness trail, or discover wildlife on nearby undeveloped Masonboro Island. Fish on Johnnie Mercer's Pier, then explore farther out on a fishing charter or a scenic cruise.
This quaint and walkable island offers great shopping spots at beach boutiques, surf shops, and nearby open-air villages. A small history museum and waterbird sanctuary, marathon, internationally recognized surfing competitions and SUP events, and annual holiday flotilla all enhance this unforgettable 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 oceanfront grills serving fresh seafood to live music on the pier or marina, there are plenty of spots to relax.
Wrightsville Beach is where you go time and again to experience an active island lifestyle with the people you enjoy most. Check out our seasonal highlights, and book your vacation choosing from full-service resort hotels with daily kids' activities and camps, motels, vacation beach homes or condo rentals just steps from the ocean.