What’s New?

Looking for the latest updates on things to see and do on your next Wrightsville Beach visit? Read about news, recent updates and accolades here.


Topsail Steamer

Topsail Steamer brings takeout steam pots to Wrightsville Beach. Choose from several low-country style buckets, or build your own from ingredients like shrimp, snow crab, clams and sausage. These take home meals are a great way to enjoy fresh, steamed seafood from the comfort of your vacation rental.

Shark Bar & Kitchen

Take a break from the beach at Shark Bar & Kitchen with freshly-prepared seafood including oysters, seafood baskets and beach bar classics like burgers, wings and a full bar.


Shred the Gnar

Shred the Gnar is owned by Women's World Champion and Liquid Force team rider Kara Austin, and now offers a variety of watersport lessons including, wakeboarding, wakesurfing and tubing in Wrightsville Beach. Kids Camps are also available.

Epic Excursions

Epic Excursions brings a variety of island outings including private half and full day charters, paddleboarding charters, surf charters, sunset cruises, and glamping.

Blockade Runner Sailing School

Nautical novices or advanced sailors are welcome aboard the Blockade Runner Sailing School's fleet of J/22s for individualized instruction in nautical terminology, knots, sailboat rigging and maneuvering and more.

Wrightsville Beach Museum of History

The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History features a new Loop through History Walking Tour. On designated dates throughout the year, visitors can follow 25 signs placed along The Loop that reveal history on or near that site. Guided tours take place on designated dates throughout the year or pick up a brochure for a self-guided tour at the museum.

The museum will expand its exhibit and educational offerings when it moves the 1924 Ewing-Bordeaux Cottage to its campus this year. The campus is designated as part of the town’s Historic Square—an area set aside for the preservation of historically significant beach houses. The museum is also enlarging its outdoor children’s activities area.

Wrightsville Beach Performance Sailing

Recently accredited by the United States Sailing Association, Wrightsville Beach Performance Sailing now offers basic keelboat certifications to aspiring ship captains.

Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours & Water Taxi

A new cruiser, The Clover, has been added to the Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours and Water Taxi fleet. The cruising vessel is perfect for a journey to Masonboro Island or a pleasure cruise around the island’s beautiful blue waters. 2018 environmental education boat trips will focus on shorebird identification and ecology, as well as climate impacts on local wetland habitats.


Blockade Runner Beach Resort

The Blockade Runner Beach Resort is closed for renovations and is set to debut refreshed décor within the trendy boutique hotel in Spring 2019. In addition, Blockade Runner has expanded its environmental programs and will now offer sustainable meeting options and organize community beach sweeps during the summer.

Shell Island Resort

Shell Island Resort is currently closed for renovations and anticipates re-opening on March 1, 2019. Renovations at Shell Island Resort include upgrades to rooms and amenities and the introduction of new corporate and wedding packages and menus.


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Called "a beach lover's heaven," Wrightsville Beach has been named one of the South's Best Beaches by the readers of Southern Living magazine.

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Coastal Living included Wrightsville Beach in its list of 10 Best Little Surf Towns in America for its annual pro-am surfing festivals and competitions, beginner-friendly surf environment and surf camps.

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IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina won in two worldwide categories in the Athletes' Choice Awards. The triathlon, which starts on Wrightsville Beach, ranks second for best overall run and tied for fifth in best overall swim in the world.

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The annual Carolina Cup Paddle Races, North Carolina Holiday Flotilla and U.S. Open Fat Bike Championship have been recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as Top 20 Events.

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Indo Jax Surf Charities in Wrightsville Beach gained special attention from a story on The Hero Effect on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Indo Jax Surf Charities offers free programs for medically fragile, special needs and disadvantaged children. The programs build self-esteem and are held in North Carolina, California, Nicaragua and India. Indo Jax Surf Charities has also been featured by multiple media outlets including TedX Talks and American Way Magazine.

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SUP Magazine reports The Carolina Cup's 13.2 mile Graveyard Race was elevated to 7-Star status - the highest ranking and one of only three races in the world to attain the lucky-7. The Cup has also been added as the 2nd stop on the World Paddle Association's World SUP Tour 2017.

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Country Living named Wrightsville Beach one of the 20 Most Magical Island Getaways in America.

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USA TODAY featured the Blockade Runner Beach Resort as one of the Best Beach Resort Kids' Clubs in the country for its Sandcampers kids’ club held during summer months offering crafts, games and activities. 

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Wrightsville Beach was named the Pioneer in East Coast Surfing and the birthplace of surfing in North Carolina for its early surfing activity beginning in 1909. Check out all of the places to hang 10 with these great schools and surf camps on your visit.

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WRAL Out & About Voters' Choice Awards named Wrightsville Beach the #1 favorite North Carolina Beach Destination.

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TripAdvisor.com listed Wrightsville Beach as one of 14 Beautiful Little Beach Towns in the U.S. for its clear water, clean sand, charming restaurants, fantastic surf and the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History.

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Top Value Reviews featured Wrightsville Beach on the list of 30 Great Small Beach Towns on the East Coast.

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National Geographic named Wrightsville Beach among the Last Best American Beach Towns, boasting its great seafood, calming marshlands, ample fishing, unspoiled nature and nightlife.

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National Geographic named Wrightsville Beach one of the World's 20 Best Surf Towns, saying “It’s a great surf town for two main reasons—attitude and access.”

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Outside Magazine named Wrightsville Beach one of the top 7 Stateside SUP Hubs.


Thrillist.com named Wrightsville Beach as one of the Best 14 Small Beach Towns in America.

Men's Health

Men’s Health named Wrightsville Beach North Carolina’s most naturally gifted water sport hub.

Coastal Living

Coastal Living magazine included Wrightsville Beach and Wrightsville Beach Surf Camp among its list of Best Summer Beach Vacations.

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FoxNews.com ranked Wrightsville Beach #8 among its list of Worthwhile Beaches 20 Minutes from the Tarmac, citing Wilmington International Airport only 10 miles from the beach.

Men's Health

Men’s Health included Wrightsville Beach among its roundup of Summer Hot Spots that highlight “the five best places to ride a wave, spike a volleyball, or paddle into the blue.”

Parents Magazine

Parents Magazine and TripAdvisor.com listed the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach in its roundup of 10 Best Budget Beach Resorts.

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SurfCollectiveNYC.com named Annex Surf Supply in Wrightsville Beach among its list of 22 Best Surf Shops in the World.