Visitor Parking, Pets & FAQs

Parking at a Glance

The Town of Wrightsville Beach has approximately 1,500 metered spaces available for public parking. Meters are monitored from 9am to 7pm every day from March 1 to October 31. Wrightsville Beach also uses pay stations and offers pay-by-phone for your convenience at some public parking locations. There are 26 pay stations located on the island. For Lanier Parking information, call 910-256-5453. To find more information about parking locations and payment options in Wrightsville Beach, click here.

Handicap Information

If you possess a valid handicapped tag or license plate, you are not required to pay for parking even if you are not in a handicapped space as long as the handicapped tag or license plate is visible. For information on free beach accessibility equipment/services, call the Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation office at 910-256-7925.

For more comprehensive handicap information, visit ACCESS North Carolina.

Serving the Wilmington area, AV.E Health provides skilled, caring staff to support elders and their family caregivers on vacation.

Pet and Pooches

Your pet must always be on a leash while in the Town of Wrightsville Beach. You are required to clean up after your pet at all times and dispose of pet waste in available trash cans. No pets are allowed on the beach strand from April 1 through September 30.

There are several stations containing complimentary dog waste bags just in case you forget to bring your own means of disposal and several dog-friendly water fountains located around the Town of Wrightsville Beach. For further information, please contact the Wrightsville Beach Planning and Parks Department at 256-7937 ext. 410.


Lifeguards are on duty every day from Memorial weekend through Labor Day weekend. Wrightsville Beach is a USLA Advanced Certified Beach. All seasonal ocean rescue personnel are trained as both open water lifeguards and emergency medical responders according to ULSA advanced agency standards. Click here for public access points and other beach information.

Local Taxes

Sales and use tax on purchases, including food, clothing, and other retail are taxed at the rate of 7%, grocery store food designed to take home is 2%, and prepared food at restaurants is 7%. In addition to the 7% sales tax, there is a local county room occupancy tax at a rate of 6%.