Wrightsville Beach Travel Guide

  • View from the bridge
    View from the bridge
    by wsrose
  • Beach
    by wsrose
  • learning to surf
    learning to surf
    by wsrose

Wrightsville Beach Things to Do

  • Johnnie Mercer's Pier

    This fishing pier is a real piece of Americana brought up to date by a renovation several years ago. You can walk out on the pier, go fishing on the pier, eat at the greasy spoon diner (delicious if unhealthy food!) to the accompaniment of a TV permanently tuned to ESPN, shop for beach wear and beach junk at the little store, or--best of all--play...

  • Walk "The Loop"

    "The Loop" is a 2 1/2 mile designated area for walking, jogging and bike riding. It is pet friendly and definitely worth checking out. There are small park area's set up along the way to rest if you need to. There seemed to be people on it 24/7. It is a nice way to take in the scenery and enjoy the fresh beach air.

  • Wrightsville Museum

    Wasn't too enthused with this.I should have read the brochures before going.It was basically an old cottage that someone said "hey let's fill it with beach trivia and call it a museum". And they did.I guess if you are into that life style, then seeing a half-dozen rooms of someones old furniture and some beach umbrellas and a model of a beach-front...

  • put on walking shoes or grab a bike....

    There is so much beautiful scenery within the one mile strip of Wrightsville beach (both on the ocean and the harbor sides) that you can spend several hours and lots of film taking it all in (I know we did).for those too lazy to walk or bike, you an look at the beach camera:http://www.wrightsville.com/bchcam.htm

  • The Beach

    If it's too rainy, try touring historic Wilmington which is just inland of WB.Ever seen Dawson's Creek?Then you've seen a lot of Wilmington as the series was shot there. Also, check out the battleship USS North Carolina in downtown Wilmington. Lots to do in the area but watch yourself after dark downtown. Lots of bars and the rowdies that come with...

  • The beach, of course!

    The surf was nothing to write home about on the day that I visited, but the white sand was impressive and the crowd seemed decidedly family-oriented and laid back.


Wrightsville Beach Hotels

Wrightsville Beach Restaurants

  • Incredible Exotic Tropical Asian...

    We LOVE Thai food. We also love Vietnamese food. Indochine does both extraordinarily well, and in a setting that is simply the most beautiful and evocative of what you could ever imagine a far eastern tropical paradise to look like. Located along Market Street, which is a jumble of motels, strip shopping centers and chain restaurants by the dozens,...

  • The Locals place on Wrightsville

    This place looks like a burger joint but what a nice surprise at dinner. white table cloths and candlelight set a nice mood but its casual too. The food is mostly local seafood with a creative flair.The dining room is small and I prefer to sit outside on the patio. The anchored boats in the harbor make a nice backdrop. There is a public dock across...

  • An American Grill

    This restaurant has a waterfront deck. When we were there, it was too windy and cold to eat out there, (pictured) although some people did. In the evening it would be a good place to take in the sunset. I picked this place to eat because I thought we might be able to watch the Wrightsville Beach bridge go up, but nothing happened while we were...

  • in the hotel....

    Guess they couldn't decide whether it was a cafe or a restaurant. And only a small part of the restaurant is actually on the verandah.But the food was good. The day was windy (like it often is along the beach) so we ate indoors with a great view of the beach.The restaurant is part of the Holiday Inn complex. I am not sure whether it is restricted...

  • Yum Yum - Frozen Custard

    We did not eat here, although if I had known that they made frozen custard, we certainly would have stopped. Kohl’s Frozen Custard is made fresh all day long in special frozen custard machines at each location There is a flavor of the day.They also have hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled cheese, and chicken nuggest.

  • The Best Breakfast in Wrightsville Beach

    We didn't eat here because it didn't overlook the ICW.In-season and on weekends off-season, be prepared to wait for a table. It's worth the time spent on the covered front deck, and the folks at Causeway thoughtfully provide complimentary coffee. Open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch. Breafast - 15 different omelets, served with hash...


Wrightsville Beach Transportation

  • BeverlyTyler's Profile Photo

    Wilmington, Nc is just south...

    by BeverlyTyler Written Oct 4, 2002

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Wilmington, Nc is just south of Wrightsville Beach. From Route 132, take route 74 east (Eastwood Road) onto Harbor Island, then Route 76 onto Wrightsville Beach. (74 also goes to Wrightsville Beach, a bit further north - Wrightsville Beach runs north/South).
    PHOTO: UNDER JONNIE MERCER'S PIER ALONG WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH. If you stay near to where Route 76 intersects Lumina Ave. on Wrightsville Beach you can walk to the village area for groceries and a few excellent restaurants. If you have a car or bicycle be sure to explore Wrightsville Beach from one end to the other.

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner


Wrightsville Beach Shopping

  • grandmaR's Profile Photo

    Lighthouse Beer & Wine: Your One Stop Party Shop

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 24, 2007

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I took this picture because of the name of the shop (I'm 'into' lighthouses). We do not drink, so we did not buy anything here.

    The International Beer Festival is usually sometime in mid October.

    What to buy: Hundreds of wines from around the world and over 300 different international beers as well as hard to find microbrews.

    One of North Carolina’s largest keg selections with access to hundreds of different beers.


    Official, infamous Lighthouse Beer & Wine apparel which includes: T-shirts, sweatshirts, beach towels, and hats

    Lighthouse Store
    Related to:
    • Beer Tasting
    • Wine Tasting
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner


Wrightsville Beach Local Customs

  • Stay at the Beach!

    Especially in winter, WB is wonderful!Not so many yankees!Summer sux because they've started charging $1.50/hr to park!"Welcome to Wrightsville Beach - now GO HOME!"This is the local motto, but don't let it bother you unless you're a yankee... ;-)

  • Wrightsville Beach is a...

    Wrightsville Beach is a popular hangout for university students from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, which is only a few miles away.

  • Wrightsville Beach Hotels

    7 Hotels in Wrightsville Beach

    1 Reviews

Wrightsville Beach Warnings and Dangers

  • davecallahan's Profile Photo

    no safety issues

    by davecallahan Written Apr 17, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This upscale resort area is nearly free of crime risk according to the crime reports.

    About the only crime in the area is the rip-off that the hotels do to their customers in charging such outrageous prices.

    Other than that, the area should be considered especially safe.
    Have a pleasant visit here.

    Related to:
    • Women's Travel
    • Road Trip
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner


Wrightsville Beach Off The Beaten Path

  • Day Trip to Another Era

    A great half-day excursion from the beach is a trip to Orton Plantation Gardens. We visited mid-week, in early September and had the whole place completely to ourselves! There is a self-guided tour pamphlet that gives you a map through the 20 acre gardens which surround a restored plantation house. Actually, rice was cultivated here up until the...

  • The likelihood of you visiting...

    The likelihood of you visiting Wrightsville and not seeing Wilmington is pretty low, but just in case you were considering it, DON'T SKIP WILMINGTON! It's a really cool town.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Wrightsville Beach Sports & Outdoors

  • MM 283.3 Wrightsville Yacht Club and...

    The Wrightsville Yacht Club seems to be fairly secretive - they have a website (below) but you have to be authorized to enter it.The Wrightsville Beach Marina on the other hand is on the eastern shore of the ICW, just south of the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge, they have power, water, telephone service, cable TV and Internet connections, fuel and...

  • Atlantic Marine

    Atlantic Marine is one of the largest dealers of Regulator, Edgewater, and Pathfinder boats and they also have used boats as well as storage. This is not a place that we would be interested it - primarily small motor boats. So I cannot speak to the quality of their work and I'm not absolutely sure that this is a picture of Atlantic Marine.They can...

  • MM 283 Anchorage

    The main Wrightsville Beach Anchorage is to port as you head south through the bascule bridge. Green marker "29" is the first of a series of channel markers to lead you to the Motts Channel. (This is the one we missed as it had fallen off the pole.) Follow the channel until red marker "16". Avoid the shoal as you turn to port, then anchor between...


Wrightsville Beach General

  • Beach and Boats

    The sunset.Wrightsville Beach is a beach town accessed from the mainland via a bascule bridge. They seem to have figured out that they have two separate tourist groups - the regular beach people in the summer and the boat people in the winter. And that if you let people anchor instead of insisting that they come into marinas, they will stay and...

  • Beach houses line Wrightsville...

    Beach houses line Wrightsville Beach's white sandy shoreline and provide an impressive view whether facing water or land.

  • Walk along the beautiful...

    Walk along the beautiful beach. You can walk as far as you wish and see cottages, hotels and lots of people. Enjoying the atmosphere of the beach community.


Instant Answers: Wrightsville Beach

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

21 travelers online now


Explore Deeper into Wrightsville Beach

View all Wrightsville Beach hotels

Map of Wrightsville Beach