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.

2020 Official Visitors Guide

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The 2020 Official Wrightsville Beach Visitors Guide is 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 Guide now.

Restaurants/Bars

Gulfstream Restaurant

Have diner-style favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the recently opened Gulfstream Restaurant including savory biscuits and gravy, homemade corn beef hash and fried chicken.

Blue Shark Distillery

Wrightsville Beach’s first distillery, Blue Shark Distillery, is now available in ABC stores across New Hanover County and included in a variety of craft cocktails found across town. Look for the unique bottle, each made from hand-blown glass and featuring a one-of-a-kind shark at the bottom.

Attractions

Expanded Sailing and Surf Programs

The Blockade Runner Beach Resort has added two new sailboats and expanded its sailing program, and a new alliance with South End Surf Shop has also allowed the Blockade Runner to expand its surfing package.

Shamrock Sailing

Plan your own day on the water through Shamrock Sailing Adventures with the new Build Your Own Itinerary option offering a custom, tailored experience based on your sailing skills including a USCG Licensed Captain.

Aussie Island Surf Shop

Pick up a new hobby by cruising the beach on a fat tire bike rental from Aussie Island Surf Shop, a new addition to beach-ready rentals offered by the shop.

Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours

Explore the rich history of Airlie Gardens and Bradley Creek with a new tour offered through Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours. In addition, learn about ecology and birdwatching of the tidal creek eco-system.

New Exhibits

The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History has been accepted to host two upcoming Smithsonian Traveling Exhibitions: YES, now through Spring 2020 and Water/Ways, December 4 - January 19, 2021. The Bordeaux Cottage, a historic cottage from 1924 and extension of the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, is in the process of being outfitted for its introduction into the 'museum campus.' When complete, the Bordeaux Cottage will feature the Lumina Room, Waterman Room with exhibits on boating and fishing as well as a presentation space.

New Birdwatching Opportunities

Starting on May 4 and continuing each Monday through mid-August, Audubon NC's Wrightsville Beach Bird Stewards will host a beach walk to view a nesting colony of Black Skimmers, Common Terns, Least Terns and American Oystercatchers on the South End of Wrightsville Beach.

East Salisbury Oceanfront Park

The East Salisbury Oceanfront Park, which is under construction and located near  Johnnie Mercers Pier , will feature ocean access, parking, showers and restroom facilities. It is slated to open in the summer of 2020.

Accolades

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For the third year in a row, Wrightsville Beach was voted one of the "South's Best Beach Towns," by the readers of Southern Living magazine. Noting "bike-friendly streets, big surf, good food, and a laid-back attitude make Wrightsville Beach a true beach lover's getaway."

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Wrightsville Beach is featured by Travel and Leisure as one of the "Best Spring Break Destinations in the U.S." noting the variety of things to do, like surfing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and scuba diving.

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Wrightsville Beach is featured on MSN's list of “The Best Beaches in the U.S.,” noting year-round beauty, kids’ surf camps, stand-up-paddleboard and surfing.

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Wrightsville Beach's Carolina Pro-Am and Carolina Cup events have been added as stops on the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals APP Qualifier Series. Participants will earn valuable points towards qualification for the APP World Tour and ultimately, points towards crowning of the World Champion. The APP Qualifier Series will also feature global events in Asia, Europe and Central & South America.

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Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness has been recognized as a Southeastern Tourism Society Top 20 Event. Sign up to race 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.

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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.