Island Escape, No Passport Required

Live the island life this summer 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.

 

 

Reel in Summer Fun

From getting active on the water to lounging beside the crystal blue waters Wrightsville Beach is known for, summer here revolves around the outdoors. Wake up with Beach Yoga on the Crystal Pier, Friday-Sunday and enjoying sweeping ocean views alongside an all levels yoga class then start your week picking out fresh veggies and local produce at the Wrightsville Beach Farmers' Market every Monday. Outdoor concert series define summer 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 largest surfing contests on the East Coast, The O'Neill/Sweetwater Pro-Am, August 16-18.

Family Activities Island Style

Take your beach trip past the sand and shore and get active with a number of day camps and kids programs. Learn firsthand about the coastal ecosystem surrounding Wrightsville Beach while holding a purple sea urchin or feeling a blue crab crawl in your palm during Touch Tank Tuesdays at Fred & Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center. 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.

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.

Taste of the Island Life

There are countless opportunities for dining island-style on a Wrightsville Beach vacation. Have Sunday brunch in lavish gardens at EAST Oceanfront Dining or fresh seafood and Atlantic Ocean views from the Crystal Pier at Oceanic Restaurant. 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. With an assortment of small plates, a jaws colada or sharkberry rose margarita, Shark Bar & Kitchen is perfect for starting the night with your crew. 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. Whatever experience you choose, the water is always near when dining in Wrightsville Beach.

Wellness by the water

Go beyond the sand and shore to get active on dry land with a variety of outdoor activities. Take in the marsh and Intracoastal Waterway views from the island's 2.5-mile Loop, perfect for a sunrise jog or late afternoon stroll. 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. Discover a beach treasure at the last beach access to the north and stroll northward along the shore in search of the Wrightsville Beach Mailbox. Leave a letter or read through the notes left by others. Take time to unwind with a deep tissue massage from Alice Lawson Salon + Spa then enjoy a sunset walk on the South End of Wrightsville Beach. 

Summer Nightlife

Embody the island life with plenty of ways to make the most of long summer 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

Step into summer on a 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.