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A Local's Love of Wrightsville Beach

Pursue an outdoor lifestyle with plenty of downtime fun at North Carolina's most accessible beach. Read more»

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The 20 Most Magical Island Getaways in America

Country Living recognized Wrightsville Beach as #2 on their Top 20 list of spectacular island getaways. Read more»

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Trip Advisor Lists Wrightsville Beach Among 14 Beautiful Little Beach Towns in the USA

Wrightsville Beach has everything you're looking for and more with clear water, clean sand, charming restaurants, fantastic surf and the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. Read more»

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Our 7 Favorite Things on Wrightsville Beach

Just east of the port city of Wilmington, is Wrightsville Beach, a 4-mile long ocean playground along the Atlantic. Vacationers from around the state have found a perfect haven at Wrightsville Beach. Read more»

Coastal Living
Wrightsville Beach Among The 25 Best Summer Beach Vacation Spots

Hang 10 with your finest friends in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, which hosts surfing camps and lessons year-round in one of the best watersports destinations on the East Coast. Read more»

Walter Magazine
Spotlight: Standing Room Only in Wrightsville Beach

The West Marine Carolina Cup presented by SurfTech is the largest stand-up paddle board (SUP) event in the world, and takes place in Wrightsville Beach. But you don’t have to be a pro to participate – there’s something for everybody. Read more»

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Premier Watersport Destination Hosts Premier Watersport Events in Wrightsville Beach, NC

If you’re looking for the perfect excuse to check out the active island life on the water at Wrightsville Beach, plan a trip around these two upcoming watersport events - Wrightsville Beach SUP Surf Pro-Am & 2016 Carolina Cup.Read more»

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“Choice” Attractions Await

Fan of the latest Nicholas Sparks movie? See where the romantic drama was filmed in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach! Read more»

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Worthwhile Beaches 20 Minutes From the Tarmac

Sometimes, getting there isn’t half the fun. When you’re traveling, every second spent in traffic can be better spent working on a tan or a bottomless tropical drink. Here are a few beaches that are conveniently located less than half an hour from major airports. Read more»

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A getaway for all generations in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

As I squished my toes in the sand, I looked over at my younger son, Ty, as his grandfather stood him on a surfboard for the first time. He was three years old and was learning the family legacy. The men in my husband’s family have been surfing since they could walk, and my boys would be no exception. Read more»

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The US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship Returns to New Hanover County in North Carolina

In March 2015, racers from four states converged in Wrightsville Beach for the inaugural US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship. Bikers competed in three divisions covering distances of 24-miles, 16-miles, and 8-miles to accommodate expert, sport, and beginner skill levels. This race, one of the first of its kind in the United States, returns to Wrightsville Beach on March 12, 2016. Read more»

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Full Moon, Flotilla, Fireworks and Enchanted Airlie Kick Off The Holidays

The 32nd Annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla, Zambelli Fireworks, and The 11th Annual Enchanted Airlie officially launch the holiday season Thanksgiving weekend in Wrightsville Beach. As if by design, a full moon rising will prelude festivities on Thanksgiving Eve. Read more»

Surfer Today
Wrightsville Beach recognized as the birthplace of surfing in North Carolina

North Carolina's most accessible beach from Interstate 40 has been recognized as a pioneer in East Coast surfing.Read more»

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Where the swell is up: 10 epic surf spots in the U.S.

No matter the season, you’ll find your endless summer—and in one case, your endless winter—at these classic surf towns and hidden beaches. From legendary spots in Santa Cruz to Ke’ei, Hawaii's best-kept secret, the varied coastlines along America’s shores produce a range of epic barrel waves and mellow beach breaks. Below are our top 10 picks for all levels. Read more»

Only in Your State
10 Reasons Why A Trip To Wrightsville Beach Is One You Won’t Soon Forget

Wrightsville Beach is a top destination for people in North Carolina and all over. It is easily accessible from I-40 and a little too easy to stay. From the moment you enter Wrightsville, a wave of relaxation washes over you. It will be most obvious you have entered a charming surf town with crystal blue waters and perfect temperatures. Read more»

Bladen Journal
USA-Canada Rivalry Resumes at North Carolina Surf to Sound Challenge

Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, the family-friendly USA-Canada rivalry resumes in Wrightsville Beach at the Annual NC Surf to Sound Challenge. Read more»

1808 Greensboro Magazine
Wrightsville Beach is Surfing Birthplace

This month, Wrightsville Beach will get an historical marker touting it as the birthplace of North Carolina surfing. Folks have been waxing their boards and shooting the curl since 1909, right here in the Tarheel State. Who needs Hawaii or California? Read more»

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The 14 Best Small Beach Towns in America

Because we already told you about the country's best beaches, and its best small towns, the next logical step seemed obvious: America's best small beach towns (as in, small towns with beaches; not small beaches with towns). Here are 14 of the country's finest... Read more»

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Road Trip: Top 11 Family Friendly Things to Do at Wrightsville Beach

Here is a list of things to see and do at Wrightsville Beach, N.C. that will work for your little ones, your big kids and kids of all ages (this means you). Read more»

The Active Times
10 Best U.S. Beaches Where Smoking is Banned

Wrightsville Beach was featured on TheActiveTimes.com as No. 4 for best beaches where smoking is banned: In 2012 this North Carolina beach became the first in the state to ban smoking.  Read more»

Field and Family
Indo Jax Surf School’s Camps

The Indo Jax Surf School features weekday surf camps at Wrightsville Beach during June, July, and August. The camps run from 8am to 10am Monday through Friday. Read more»

Men's Health
Wrightsville Beach Named Summer Hot Spot

Wrightsville Beach was named one of the top “Summer Hot Spots” and “best places to paddle into the blue” by Men’s Health magazine. Read more»

Too Wired Too Tired
Memorable Things To Do in Wrightsville Beach With Kids

‘Kid-friendly’ is usually a top requirement for parents when researching destinations for a much-deserved family vacation. Enjoy a list compiled by Wrightsville Beach, N.C. experts with kid-friendly and entertaining finds that keep families of all shapes and sizes coming back to this beach year after year. Read more»

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The Fitness Files - Standup Paddleboarding in Wrightsville Beach

There's a new a way to enjoy the Intracoastal Waterway at Wrightsville Beach that combines beautiful scenery with a vigorous workout. Derek Long introduces us to standup paddleboarding in this latest installment of The Fitness Files.Read more»

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Piers: An Iconic Landmark on any Coastline

Piers symbolize iconic landmarks on any coastline, representing structures that are tethered to a beach’s past and present life. This is certainly true for the quaint and colorful town of Wrightsville Beach, NC, which is home to two piers that have been institutions since the 1930s – now the sturdy concrete Johnnie Mercer's Pier to the north and the more traditional wooden Crystal Pier to the south.  Read more»

Fathom Way to Go
U.S. Road Trips: The South

Roadside diners, Blue Ridge mountains, Main Street, biscuits, banjos, and more. With the help of friends and admired travelers, we compiled a list of weekend road trip destinations in the southern United States. Are we there yet? Read more»

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Wrightsville Beach Featured on Top List of Stateside SUP Hubs

Endurance athletes, thrill seekers, and the yoga set have all fallen for stand-up paddleboarding. Find your perfect match at Wrightsville Beach. Read more»

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22 of the Best Surf Shops in the World

Annex Surf Supply in Wrightsville Beach rounded out the Details/Style Syndicate list of the 22 best surf shops in the world. Read more»

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Carolina Cup Gallery
The 2015 Carolina Cup lived up to the hype. More than 700 racers from 40 different states and 20 different countries came to Wrightsville Beach to test their skills at the East Coast’s—and one of the world’s—largest races ever. Read more»
Walter Magazine
Taste of Keylime Pie At Bluewater Waterfront Grill Wrightsville Beach
Keylime pie is a true art form. Pastry chefs need to find the perfect balance of sweet and tart with the lime. What truly brings it all together though is the graham cracker crust. Store bought just won’t do. A standard pie crust should be banned. The best crusts are the ones made from scratch by breaking up graham crackers and mixing them with butter among other things. The keylime pie at the Bluewater Waterfront Grill in Wrightsville Beach, NC did just that.Read more»
Parents Magazine
Holiday Inn Resort Named one of the 10 Best Budget Beach Resorts
Want to go somewhere - anywhere - warm? Parents teamed up with TripAdvisor to find beach resorts that have a track record of fab reviews from families and hot deals to stretch your vacation fund. The Southern hospitality starts at check-in at the Holiday Inn Resort on Wrightsville Beach when your child receives a toy-filled sand bucket and you're offered lemonade for the family. Read more»
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The Wrightsville Beach Mailbox; a love story
Those simple words written on the outside of a mailbox launched an 11-year love story at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. In 2003, Bernie and Sidney Nykanen decided to place a mailbox and a bench at their favorite spot on the north end of the beach. They supplied pens and small notebooks inside the mailbox along with instructions to 'leave a note.' In this time the mailbox served as a repository for love notes, marriage proposals, notes of joy, notes of sadness, notes to lost loves - in all the meditations left by strangers filled over 200 journals. Read more»
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Romance Reinvented: The Wrightsville Beach Mailbox
This romantic travel story takes you to Wrightsville Beach, home of the famous beach mailbox that sparked hundreds of love notes and journals expressing traveler’s thoughts for more than a decade! Read more»
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The “Wright” Place is at Wrightsville Beach
Whoever said that planning a family vacation was too stressful hasn’t planned a Wrightsville Beach vacation. Read more»
Getaways for Grownups
Four Rooms With a View
Nestled between the sandy waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the marinas of the Intracoastal Waterway, Summer Sands Suites offers easy-living atmosphere and beachfront access. Read more»
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Wrightsville Beach – Stand Up Paddleboarding’s East Coast Hot Spot
While stand up paddleboarding (SUP) may be new to some, it’s certainly not new to Wrightsville Beach. Over the last few years the island has become one of the nation’s top spots for those who have taken to the sport. Read more»
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10Best Beaches of the Carolinas
The town of Wrightsville Beach has enough stuff to find everything you need without all the tourist traps you don't particularly want. Read more»
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The 10 Best Surf Lodges in North America
The tiny island of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, has an unusually rabid surf culture owing to its consistent swells, clear water, and surprisingly high-profile contingent of surfers Read more»
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10Best: Beach Resort Kids’ Clubs
Wrightsville Beach, located on an island between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, is scenic on all sides, but for Sandcampers, pirate booty trumps pristine beauty. Read more»
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The Last Best American Beach Towns
A great beach town must have shores that are spacious, picturesque, relatively uncrowded, and clean. Wrightsville Beach is one of seven of America’s last best beach towns. Read more»
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Wrightsville Beach Play List
With world-famous watersports and outdoor activities, island life is alive in North Carolina’s most accessible beachRead more»
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10BEST Visits Wrightsville Beach, NC
When you hear the word"beach," you may think of Southern California or sunny Florida, maybe even a tropical South Pacific Island. While these places have undeniably beautiful beaches, some of the best -- and most accessible -- in the continental United States can be found in the Carolinas. Wrightsville Beach, located along North Carolina's I-40, is considered one of the best beaches in the world for surfing and water sports, and the seemingly endless stretch… Read more»
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“Fishing at Wrightsville Beach”
Fishing is great at North Carolina's most accessible beach - especially pier fishing. Read more»
Men's Journal
Best Summer Adventures
With its salt marshes, protected ocean waters, and consistent waves, Wrightsville Beach is North Carolina's most naturally gifted watersport hub, an undomesticated destination for canoeists, kayakers, and surfers. Read more»
Visit NC
“North Carolina’s Ocean Piers”
North Carolina is blessed with 300 miles of pristine coastline, where fishing and many other water-based activities are world-class. Read more»
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Travel Spotting: Wrightsville Beach
Welcome to one of the most beautiful and serene beaches on the North Carolina coast. Embrace a coastal culture that is all about—a deep breath of life, unhurried experiences and adventures, right here in Wrightsville Beach. Read more»