New Adventures in Wrightsville Beach NC

Locals know now is one of the best times of the year to enjoy all Wrightsville Beach has to offer. With mild temperatures and miles of breathtaking shoreline, it’s the perfect time to try something new. Head out on a new twilight water tour, get out and active with wellness activities like a jog around The Loop or a kayak tour, or plan a romantic weekend with your better half. It’s the right time to take a time out at Wrightsville Beach.

What to Expect When Visiting

Thank you for trusting us with your care and safety as you resume travel to the area. We encourage you to travel and enjoy responsibly by practicing social distancing, wearing required masks and following other guidelines for your safety. With safety concerns top of mind for travelers, many lodging properties are following enhanced safety guidelines provided by corporate offices, as well as guidance from the American Hotel & Lodging Association, U.S. Travel Association, and the CDC that are designed to provide consistent cleaning safety standards. A statewide “Count on Me NC” program with the NC Restaurant and Lodging Association, Visit NC, and NC State University provides specific guidance and training to local restaurants, hotels, and other public-facing businesses on best practices. Please find on-going COVID travel updates here.

Discover New Experiences

The Blockade Runner Surf to Sound Adventure's new 40-passenger boat, the Carolina Runner is now embarking on sunset water tours and private charters. The Carolina Runner also offers a shuttle service to uninhabited Masonboro Island where the resort's Adventure Program has expanded to includes inshore fishing excursions, fat bike experiences and paddleboard excursions on the island.

Wellness-Themed Activities

A new year brings the opportunity for fresh starts. A vibrant community known for its active lifestyle, options abound for outdoor recreation. Paddle out on the water to take in marsh and Intracoastal Waterway views on a kayak adventure tour with local outfitters. Many island outfitters have wetsuits available for rent so the cooler temps won’t stop you from trying your hand at standup paddleboarding or a variety of other water activities. Stay on dry land with a jog around the island’s scenic 2.5-mile Loop or rent a bike from a local outfitter and peddle along the 10-mile River to Sea Bikeway from Johnnie Mercers Pier to Historic Downtown Wilmington.  

Coastal Wonders

See Wrightsville Beach from a new perspective with a variety of tours and eco-adventures. Catch the sunrise while dropping a fishing line from Johnnie Mercers Pier or Crystal Pier. Bring your binoculars and travel along area waterways in search of rare, migrating bird species with Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours. While strolling the beach, venture to the South End and explore the protected North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve, a favorite among beach-nesting birds and sunset seekers.  Whether you're a nautical novice or pro, let an experienced sailboat captain sail you around the island with Wrightsville Performance Sailing or try it firsthand with a class from Blockade Runner Sailing School


With ever-changing blackboard specials featuring the chef's local catch, like fresh local Grouper and jumbo Atlantic sea scallops, relax on South Beach Grill's dog-friendly, heated patio that overlooks scenic Banks Channel. Motts Channel Seafood offers fresh-caught finds and a packed take-home cooler or order a seafood steam pot to-go from Topsail Steamer to take back to the beach house rental. Featuring 20 craft beer selections, a large outdoor patio and gourmet burgers, Poe's Tavern is a sustainable brewpub with unique photos and scripts of Edgar Allan Poe's writing decorating the walls.

Romance in the Salt Air

Get away to Wrightsville Beach for a romantic long weekend. Rise and shine early to catch a breathtaking sunrise while taking a walk on the beach to the Wrightsville Beach Mailbox. Located at the north end of the beach, it has become a tradition over the years for locals and visitors alike to leave anonymous poems, love letters and prayers in this peaceful, off-the-beaten-path spot. Indulge in a memorable date night enjoying Wrightsville Beach’s colorful culinary scene, featuring everything from casual coastal cafes to high-end dining experiences. Enjoy a romantic dinner with a view marina-side or pick up takeout from Bluewater Waterfront Grill. Head to the Oceanic Restaurant to soak in the oceanfront views. For an all-inclusive weekend, reserve the Romantic Getaway package at Blockade Runner Beach Resort to take advantage of early Friday check-in, breakfast in bed, wine-paired dinner for two, a private sail charter, Sunday brunch and late Sunday checkout.


The perfect stay is on deck and waiting for you. Choose from a variety of lodging options maintaining new cleaning safety standards. Indulge in full-service resorts with special amenities like oceanfront gardens and fresh-to-table dining options. Several island hotels offer both ocean and sound-side views along with walkability to all that Wrightsville Beach has to offer. Or book a comfortable getaway—perfect for working from home away from home or distance learning—featuring all of the amenities of home with a vacation beach home or condo rental. With many vacation lodging options offering off-season rates directly on their websites, plan your getaway now to Wrightsville Beach and look for weekday stays (Sunday – Thursday) for the best savings. Reserve your spring and summer accommodations now as beach rentals are in high demand.