Known for its crystal blue waters and vibrant community, you’ll find an island destination where quality and wellness converge in Wrightsville Beach. With unique health and wellness activities naturally built into the charming seaside town, there’s no need to abandon your fitness goals while seeing the sites on vacation.
Grab your yoga mat, bike and walking shoes, and head to Wrightsville Beach to create your own Do-It-Yourself wellness retreat.
Fuel up for a day of adventure with a superfood smoothie, wellness shot or organic juice from the plant-based menu at Adapt Kitchen & Juice Bar, located inside Robert’s Grocery. Or, grab a refreshing acai bowl, frozen yogurt or juice from Surfberry. For lunch, find a bite across the drawbridge where Carolina meets California cool at Cruz. A member of the Live Eat Surf restaurant family, you’ll find seafood, salads, sandwiches and late-night bites in a laid-back coastal atmosphere. Enjoy your night out at EAST Oceanfront Dining, where you can try vegetarian and seafood-centric dishes made from fresh, locally caught and harvested ingredients. Located in the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, the restaurant features peek-a-boo ocean views that will perfectly complement your delicious and nutritious dinner.
Explore the Outdoors
Roll out your yoga mat and take in the sounds of the Atlantic Ocean with a yoga flow on the Crystal Pier or, test your balance with stand-up paddleboarding in one of the best “SUP hubs” in the country with a class or lesson from Wrightsville SUP.
Enjoy the wonders of uninhibited marine life by grabbing a kayak and paddling out for a remote island adventure on Masonboro Island Reserve, the longest undisturbed barrier island ecosystem in southern North Carolina. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the birds, fish, invertebrates and sea turtles that call the reserve home.
Back on land, take a walk along the shoreline at the far north end of the island to find the Wrightsville Beach mailbox. Filled with memories and musings from visitors’ past, relax on the nearby bench to read through the collection of letters, poems and stories. You may even consider leaving a note of your own.
Time for Adventure
Get your adrenaline pumping while you cycle along the 11-mile River to the Sea Bikeway that follows a scenic route starting at Johnnie Mercers Pier and stretching to Historic Downtown Wilmington. Local outfitters offer affordable bike rentals for all skill levels.
Set sail for a day, sunset or night cruise with an experienced captain from Wrightsville Performance Sailing. Or, learn sailing theory, basic sailboat maneuvers, knots and much more from Blockade Runner’s Sailing School. Charter a boat from a local diving company to explore sunken sites under the seas. From offshore reefs, ledges and underwater habitats to shipwrecks and giant prehistoric Megalodon teeth, you’ll find a day full of offshore exploration.
Hit the tees and engage in some friendly competition on the links at the nearby, revitalized Wilmington Municipal Golf Course. Designed by Donald Ross, one of the world’s most influential golf course designers, this public course with a par of 71 on 18 holes is a challenge seasoned golfers and amateurs alike will enjoy.
Wherever your adventure takes you, be sure to take advantage of the many wellness activities and unique trip ideas Wrightsville Beach has to offer.