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Wrightsville Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

This picturesque barrier island offers consistent waves for surfers, a vibrant nightlife and a wide range of outdoor activities.

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, is known as the home of some of the best surf on the U.S. east coast. It also features clean, uncrowded beaches and the clear, warm waters of the Gulf Stream.

At just just 5 miles (8 kilometers) long, this island lends itself to exploring on foot. There is really no reason to get into your car with many of the best activities and attractions within walking distance of each other.

Learn about the town and its history by visiting the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. This is housed in a turn-of-the-century beach cottage. Take a look at the scale model of the town circa 1910 as well as exhibits that feature the island’s early days and its hurricane history.

If you’re in town on a Monday during the summer, stop by the Wrightsville Beach Farmer's Market. Here, you can shop for regional handcrafted items, fresh produce grown on local farms and locally caught seafood. Browse downtown shops to find anything from beachwear and surfing equipment, to unique gifts and antiques.

A short walk from downtown is Wrightsville Beach Park where you can take a surfing lesson or spend time soaking up the sun. Bring your binoculars and watch the native marsh birds and loggerhead sea turtles. Rent a kayak and take the 5-mile (8-kilometer) kayaking trail winding through the marshes. Join the locals and take part in one of the most popular island activities: walking or running “The Loop.” This 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) scenic path circles the park as well as the natural marshes.

At the end of the day, there are many options for dinner. Choose from hot dogs at the beach, to one of many eateries featuring local seafood such as mussels in blue cheese, king crab legs or clams smothered in garlic and butter sauce.

Finish the day with a visit to the waterfront. There are a number of venues featuring live music by local bands. Sip a cold beer or cocktail on an outdoor patio with sweeping ocean views.

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Shell Island Resort - All Oceanfront Suites
Shell Island Resort - All Oceanfront Suites
3.5 out of 5
2700 N Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach, NC
The price is $96 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Nestled on the beach, this Shell Island resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Figure Eight Island and Wrightsville Beach. Johnnie Mercer's Pier and Wrightsville Beach ...

4.1/5Very Good! (963 reviews)

"My husband and I had a staycation at Shell Island resort over the weekend. Highly recommended! Large suites which all have a beautiful ocean view. We did not use the indoor pool or the restaurant but those are nice amenities for a family visit. The hotel is a little bit of an older property but well-maintained. ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Shell Island Resort - All Oceanfront Suites
Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach
Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach
3 out of 5
1706 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach, NC
The price is $99 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Nestled on the beach, this Parmele Isle resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Johnnie Mercer's Pier and Wrightsville Beach. Figure Eight Island and Wrightsville Beach ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (800 reviews)

"Main areas okay but Furniture in room was bordering on shabby."…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2021

Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
3 out of 5
275 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach, NC
The price is $99 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Nestled on the beach, this Wrightsville Beach resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Johnnie Mercer's Pier and Wrightsville Beach. Figure Eight Island and Airlie Gardens ...

4.3/5Excellent! (986 reviews)

"Very unique and cool rooms. Great location and can walk to anywhere on the beach. Loved the landscaping out back around the pool and bar leading to the sand"…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

Blockade Runner Beach Resort
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Shell Island Resort - All Oceanfront Suites
Shell Island Resort - All Oceanfront Suites
3.5 out of 5
2700 N Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach, NC
The price is $96 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
Shell Island Resort - All Oceanfront Suites
Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach
Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach
3 out of 5
1706 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach, NC
The price is $99 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
3 out of 5
275 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach, NC
The price is $99 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
Silver Gull Motel
Silver Gull Motel
2 out of 5
20 E. Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach, NC
The price is $89 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
Silver Gull Motel
Inexpensive, oceanfront unit near the pier with spanning ocean views
Inexpensive, oceanfront unit near the pier with spanning ocean views
Wrightsville Beach, NC
Inexpensive, oceanfront unit near the pier with spanning ocean views
Affordable top floor oceanfront unit with amazing views
Affordable top floor oceanfront unit with amazing views
Wrightsville Beach, NC
Affordable top floor oceanfront unit with amazing views
Affordable, oceanfront unit near the pier with million dollar views
Affordable, oceanfront unit near the pier with million dollar views
Wrightsville Beach, NC
Affordable, oceanfront unit near the pier with million dollar views
Best dollar value on Wrightsville Beach, upper unit oceanfront
Best dollar value on Wrightsville Beach, upper unit oceanfront
Wrightsville Beach, NC
Best dollar value on Wrightsville Beach, upper unit oceanfront
4 bedroom just steps to the beach, pier, and everything else!
4 bedroom just steps to the beach, pier, and everything else!
Wrightsville Beach, NC
4 bedroom just steps to the beach, pier, and everything else!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.