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.

2019 Visitors Guide

Request your 2019 Visitors Guide

The new 2019 Wrightsville Beach Visitors Guide is here and ready to assist you in planning your next action-packed vacation. Find trip ideas, the perfect dining experience and select accommodations to fit your vacation style. Request a copy, or view the Digital Flip Book now.

Restaurants/Bars

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.

Attractions

Tidal Creek Tuesdays

New for the 2019 season step aboard Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours’ Tidal Creek Tuesdays. Set off on a 1.5-hour cruise to explore Bradley Creek and learn about environmental factors impacting our area.

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

Oyster lovers rejoice, coming soon, Epic Excursions will be offering Oystering Excursions. This guided excursion comes with everything you need to gather your oysters, then head to one of our barrier islands to enjoy your own oyster roast. Want a private sunset meal without having to catch your own? Ask about the Island Dinner Cruise packages.

Historic Square

Experience a piece of beach history with a trip to Wrightsville Beach's Historic Square. Last year the Ewing-Bordeaux Cottage was picked up and moved across the island to join three other historic cottages that make up the Square. Step into these historic dwellings from the 1900s that are now home to Wrightsville Beach Museum of History and the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Blockade Runner Beach Resort

The Blockade Runner Beach Resort will reopen a large block of rooms in mid-February after extensive renovations and is set to open the remaining rooms this spring. 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.

Accolades

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Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness has been recognized as a Southeastern Tourism Society Top 20 Event. Sign up to race this March in the Boston Marathon qualifying event. Set a new personal best as you traverse a course winding along the Intracoastal Waterway and making its way inland.

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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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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.

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

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Men’s Journal 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.

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Men’s Journal 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.”

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