Nature September 29, 2015
10 Reasons Why A Trip To Wrightsville Beach Is One You Won’t Soon Forget
Wrightsville Beach is a top destination for people in North Carolina and all over. It is easily accessible from I-40 and a little too easy to stay. From the moment you enter Wrightsville, a wave of relaxation washes over you. It will be most obvious you have entered a charming surf town with crystal blue waters and perfect temperatures.
Whether you want to spend a week by the seaside, or call it your forever home, you’ll have plenty to do here. From shopping, sailing, surfing; there are an abundant amount of activities that make Wrightsville so amazing. Wondering what to do first? Check out this great list from
Visit Wrightsville Beach.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Embark on a SUP adventure
Getting active on the water is a way of life at Wrightsville Beach, and what better way to explore the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway than by standup paddleboarding? Rent a paddleboard from one of the island’s outfitters like
Cape Fear Paddleboarding
and set off on a SUP adventure – it’s the perfect option even if you’ve never tried it before. It’s also a great way to take part in one of the fastest growing sports while still soaking in all the views.
2. Cruise the Coast
Wilmington and Beaches CVB
There’s something about gliding across the glassy water with a salty breeze blowing through your hair. Whether you’re trying to reel in a catch, experience sunset views or take a trip to a barrier island, boating has always been a favorite pastime at Wrightsville Beach. Visitors can schedule their own boating journey with
Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours
, which offers a variety of experiences including harbor sunset cruises or day trips to Masonboro Island to collect shells or spot wildlife.
3. Hang Ten
Take to the water by board and experience why Wrightsville Beach was named as one of the best surf towns in the world by National Geographic. Sign up for a surf lesson with
WB Surf Camp
and learn how to ride the waves with certified professional instructors. Wrightsville Beach, will also soon receive some major acknowledgment in the world of surfing: the island will be recognized as the birthplace of surfing in North Carolina and as the “Pioneer in East Coast Surfing” during a historic highway marker unveiling on Oct. 18.
4. Dock and Dine
“Dock and dining” is big at Wrightsville Beach. Because the area is surrounded by water on all sides, everything – even eating – caters to the boating culture. Check out the many waterfront
offering this unique convenience including Bluewater Grill, Dockside and many more!
5. Explore the Nightlife
When the sun goes down, the nightlife at Wrightsville Beach heats up. If you’re looking for live entertainment and a fun night out on the weekends, there’s no need to step off the island. Located next to Johnnie Mercer’s Pier,
The Palm Room
features a lineup of entertainment from local and regional bands throughout the year. Through the end of September, listen to live music on the Crystal Pier at
, and groove on the patio at
Bluewater Waterfront Grill
overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway well into October.
6. Cast a Line
Why not partake in one of most popular activities on the island while seaside – world-class fishing? The waters surrounding Wrightsville Beach are home to some of the best offshore and inshore fishing in North Carolina. Embark on a fishing voyage with
Feel Good Charters & Adventures
where an experienced captain and crew will leave you with a big smile and an even bigger fish.
7. Catch a Sunrise
Wake up early to take in the spectacular sunrise at Wrightsville Beach. Experience the breathtaking pink, orange and yellow colors above the glistening blue water from your balcony or your paddleboard, and soak in the serenity.
8. Shop 'Till You Drop
While here, make plenty of time to
Wrightsville Beach is known for its chic boutiques and surf specialty stores, such as Hallelu, Sweetwater Surf Shop and Redix. For a little more variety, hop over the bridge and explore the shops at The Forum and Mayfaire, and the village shopping experience at Lumina Station.
9. Attend a Signature Event
If you’re a foodie, head over to the
4th Annual Taste of Wrightsville Beach
where Wrightsville Beach chefs are preparing to face off on Oct. 10. The event will feature more than 30 tasting booths serving samples of everything from fresh seafood and frozen yogurt, to North Carolina craft brews and seasonal wines. For a full listing of Wrightsville Beach events to attend as a group, check out the
online event calendar.
10. Set Sail
Looking for a group adventure? Charter a sailboat with the company of close friends. Let an experienced captain with
Wrightsville Performance Sailing
guide you around the iconic Wrightsville Beach shoreline for a half day or full day full of fun, sun and unforgettable views. You may even want to opt for a lesson if you’re ready to take the helm yourself!
What are your favorite things to do in Wrightsville? Tell us in the comments below!