Summertime in Wrightsville Beach NC

Escape to Island Time

A vacation to beautiful Wrightsville Beach embodies all the fun and freedom of summer. Take a SUP lesson or explore inlets and waterways via kayak. Sip cocktails with scenic waterfront views and dine outdoors oceanfront, harborside, or at the marina. Jog or walk The Loop, then spend a beautiful beach day relaxing seaside with the whole family. With tours to private islands, surfing and sailing lessons with personal instructors, special family programs, and watersports galore, you may never want to leave our island paradise.

What to Expect When Visiting

Thank you for trusting us with your care and safety as you resume travel this summer. We encourage you to travel and enjoy responsibly by practicing social distancing and 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 new statewide “Count on Me NC” program with the NC Restaurant and Lodging Association, Visit NC, and NC State University will provide specific guidance and training to local restaurants, hotels, and other public-facing businesses on best practices. Please find on-going updates here.

Get Outdoors This Summer

Wide-open spaces, outdoor activities, and crystal blue waters make summer the ideal time to be at Wrightsville Beach. Named one of the top surfing towns in the country, learn to ride the waves from surf camps and schools like Crystal South Surf Camp, Indo Jax Surf School, Sean’s Private Surf Instruction, or WB Surf Camp. Explore the many waterways on a standup paddleboard (SUP), kayak, or sailboat with rentals or lessons from a local outfitter. Jog or run the 2.5-mile Loop for scenic views along the island. For a true family summer adventure, kayak or take a pirate treasure hunt cruise with Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours to Masonboro Island Reserve, a barrier island with unspoiled beauty and wildlife.

A Taste of the Island

Catch striking ocean views at the Oceanic Restaurant with coastal-inspired cuisine and outdoor dining on the pier or feast on fresh seafood at South Beach Grill with water views of Banks Channel. Take in marina views at Dockside Restaurant or indulge in local seafood at the Shark Bar & Kitchen. Take home some of the freshest seafood right off the boat from Motts Channel Seafood or stop by Topsail Steamer and pick up a seafood steamer pot you can cook in your vacation rental. From oysters on the half shell to elevated Southern cuisine, the diverse array of dining options found on Wrightsville Beach is enough to make any foodie happy.

Scenic and Serene

Kids will love the butterfly house and hiking the trails at nearby Airlie Gardens, one of the South’s premier gardens. Go beyond the beach to a private island with Epic Excursions and dine by tiki torches. Try your hand at offshore fishing or learn about history on a Harbor Island walking tour. Catch the sunrise while dropping a line from Johnnie Mercers or Crystal Pier.

Endless Summer Nights

Eclectic bars, live music and craft cocktails with a view, make the most of long summer nights. Grab a glass of wine seaside at the Oceanic Restaurant and watch live music during the Summer Music Series. Poolside cocktails at Blockade Runner Beach Resort make vacation regal. Catch live music at The Palm Room or Bluewater Waterfront Grill on Sundays to soak in all the beach bar vibes, or stop by Jerry Allen's for people watching on the front deck.


Find a summer full of lodging options at Wrightsville Beach. Indulge in one of our full-service resort hotels or check out a variety of oceanfront vacation beach homes, condo rentals and motels. You'll find the perfect island retreat for any style. It’s time to escape to island time.