Island Escape, No Passport Required

Live the island life in Wrightsville Beach. Elevate your beach vacation where amenities are plentiful and wellness activities and adventures on land and water are abundant. Families can explore uninhabited islands aboard themed scenic cruises. Adults toast to the sunshine with surf-inspired specialty drinks while the kids hit the water on surfboards or standup paddleboards at a day camp. Taste the island life with fresh-caught seafood on the Crystal Pier, enjoy sunset dinners at the marina or take an epic island excursion to dinner on a private island. Make the most of long nights at local outdoor concerts. Embrace the active island lifestyle that embodies Wrightsville Beach or kick back with the family beside crystal blue waters. Escape to one of the 'South's Best Beaches' as voted by Southern Living readers and book your own getaway in our slice of island paradise.

This fall, venture beyond the beach and experience things you know and love with friends, or try something new for two with a collection of unique activities to experience off the beaten path. Find your early morning zen with beach yoga on the Crystal Pier then take in fall hues on The Loop. Mild weather, fewer crowds and warm ocean temperatures make it the perfect time to take an eco-tour to Masonboro Island. Find dining experiences that extend beyond your average beach fare. End the day with a scenic sunset cruise then toast to the island life with craft cocktails and local brews. 



Fall Feasts and the Great Outdoors

With fall quickly approaching, vacationing here at this time of year revolves around food and the great outdoors with an abundance of activities. Start your day with Beach Yoga on the Crystal Pier and enjoy sweeping ocean views alongside an all-levels yoga class. Make the most of mild temperatures and take in marsh and Intracoastal waterway views walking or jogging the island's 2.5-mile Loop. Dine at island foodie favorites that rival city epicurean experiences as menus change with the season. Venture to the new upstairs Admiral's Deck at Shark Bar & Kitchen and indulge in oysters on the half-shell and the fresh catch of the day, including Pan-Seared Mahi Mahi or Crispy Soft Shell Crabs. At Blockade Runner Beach Resort's EAST Oceanfront Dining, sea-to-table cuisine meets eclectic surroundings with tropical-themed murals decorating the walls, lush gardens and peek-a-boo ocean views. Hop aboard an eco-cruise to uninhabited islands or book a catered dinner on a private island. When the sun goes down, sip craft beer at the local tavern and enjoy seasonal live music on an oceanfront pier or at a waterfront restaurant. Whether on a couples or friends' getaway, make the most of fall in this year-round beach town.

End of Summer Escape

Enjoy an end-of-summer escape to Wrightsville Beach with these trip ideas for the whole crew. Outdoor concert series define evenings on island time. Boogie down with your whole gang every Thursday through August during the WECT Sounds of Summer concert series at Wrightsville Beach Park or step right off the docks and enjoy a Sunday afternoon of live music beside the Intracoastal Waterway at Bluewater Waterfront Grill, running through September. The newly renovated Oceanic showcases live music on the Crystal Pier Friday nights and Sunday afternoons through September. Savor the breezes while swaying to live tunes beneath the live oaks at nearby Airlie Gardens during Airlie Gardens Concert Series. Bring chairs, blankets and pack a cooler to enjoy musical acts ranging from a Beatles cover band to Appalachia-inspired folk, every first and third Friday through Sept. 20. Plan now to see one of the only all-female surfing competitions on the east coast, The Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic, Aug. 24-25.

Fun Family Activities

Take your beach trip past the sand and shore and get active with a number of day camps and kids programs. Hop aboard with the whole family and say 'arr' with Pirate Don Juan Cortez in search of buried treasure on Masonboro Island with Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours. Full service hotels and resorts offer a number of kids' camps. Blockade Runner's sandcampers' half-day kids' camp includes rotating daily activities with kayak or SUP lessons, arts and crafts in the garden and beach treasure walks. Ages four-to-twelve can enjoy a variety of fun at the Holiday Inn Resort which include crafts, games, dinner and a movie. Make fun family memories at Wrightsville Beach Park. Kids can swing, slide and play on the large playground and adults can practice their serve at the tennis and pickleball courts. Splash and play at the Children's Fountain in Harbor Way Gardens then enjoy rest and relaxation, paved paths, large trees and more amongst gorgeous scenery.

Taste of the Island Life

There are countless opportunities for dining island-style on a Wrightsville Beach vacation. Have fresh seafood and Atlantic Ocean views from the Crystal Pier at Oceanic Restaurant or step right off the shore and nosh on classic beach treats like hot dogs from Trolly Stop with 1,000 combinations possible and 13 different toppings. Cool off with an afternoon sweet treat for the whole family at Kohl's Frozen Custard. Schedule a romantic dinner for two at 22 North and enjoy locally sourced coastal cuisine with a menu that changes daily based on fresh catches or try classic options like lobster mac n' cheese and fried green tomatoes. The newly renovated South Beach Grill boasts southern industrial vibes with a dog-friendly patio that is the perfect place to watch boats in the harbor while trying freshly caught seafood from the daily chalkboard specials. Grab a cook-it-yourself steam bucket from Topsail Steamer filled with your choice of shrimp, crab legs, andouille sausage, corn on the cob, red bliss potatoes and more to enjoy back at your beach house rental.

Seas the day

Hang ten in the birthplace of surfing in North Carolina with family-friendly surf lessons and day camps that make it easy to get out on the water. A group surf lesson through WB Surf Camp is a fun way to spend a day surfing while family and friends cheer you on from the shore. Receive more advanced instruction with a private surf lesson through Indo Jax Surf School. Sean's Private Surf Instruction provides an opportunity to capture your surf experience via drone or GoPro photography during a one-on-one lesson. Epic Excursions will take you to gentle, scenic waterways where you can embark on a guided paddleboard tour. Let the moonlight guide you during an LED SUP tour with Wrightsville SUP. Mariners can sail the day away with adventures and lessons from Blockade Runner Sailing School or Wrightsville Performance Sailing. From surf to sound, summer is the perfect time to see for yourself why Wrightsville Beach is known as a watersports hub.

Island Nightlife

Embody the island life with plenty of ways to make the most of long nights. Sip cocktails in lush poolside gardens at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort or enjoy an assortment of surf-inspired cocktails, margarita pitchers and ocean views at Oceanic's new Jetty Bar. Kick back and take in sunset views from the second-floor deck of Bluewater Waterfront Grill watching boats cruise along the Intracoastal. Step next door for a classic beach bar experience at The Palm Room where weekend live music lets you dance the night away or party with the locals at an assortment of beach bars including Lager Heads and Jerry Allen's Sports Bar & Grill. End the evening with a late night burger and local craft beer on the patio of Poe's Tavern. 

Places to Stay

Don't let the season pass you by, plan your getaway to Wrightsville Beach with a variety of lodging options. Newly renovated offerings from boutique hotels to full-service resorts showcase something for everyone or pack up and head out with the whole family and book a vacation beach home or condo rental. Find the perfect island retreat for whatever vacation you're seeking.