If you love water, white sands, and a small-town feel, then Wrightsville Beach may just be the spot for you and your family. This approximately 4-mile long barrier island was incorporated in 1899, but has been accessible and enjoyed many years prior.Wrightsville Beach has long been a family-friendly destination with a special lure for people seeking the relaxation and laid-back attitude that the town provides.
The full-time population on Wrightsville Beach is only slightly greater than 2,500 people. This number does, however, grow with our summer season. There is no reason to worry about lack of things to do in Wrightsville Beach, as the town thrives year-round. Its close proximity to the growing city of Wilmington allows locals to enjoy the best of both a serene lifestyle and bustling city within a 7-mile span. However, one moving to Wrightsville Beach will quickly realize that the island provides everything that you would need to never cross the drawbridge! The amenities that Wrightsville Beach locals enjoy come with a price tag ranging from around $90,000 for a fractional ownership in a condo - $5.5 Million for an oceanfront luxury home.
Wrightsville Beach has quickly risen to one of the most sought-after destinations in the world for water sports. The residents here are active and enjoy the blue waters of the Atlantic and the scenic Intracoastal Waterway. The O'Neill / Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest draws contenders and spectators from around the world. National Geographic recently named Wrightsville Beach one of the Top 20 Best Surf Towns in the World! Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) has quickly become a huge draw, and a passion for many of the residents of Wrightsville Beach. The list of watersports that Wrightsville offers is extensive. You will find local businesses offering visitors Kite-boarding, Sailing, Boating, Kayaking, SUP, and Surfing lessons and tours!
If you would rather stay dry, Wrightsville Beach can accommodate for that as well! Locals enjoy jogging and biking the sidewalk referred to as "The Loop" during all seasons and all times of day. With such a small population it is not uncommon to run into a friend or neighbor any time you head out for a walk on the Loop! The sense of community on Wrightsville Beach is immediately evident. From the small surf shops, to the restaurants, to the dive bars, locals are friendly and welcoming of both visitors and new residents alike.
Speaking of restaurants, Wrightsville Beach locals and visitors enjoy an array of fantastic food! Water lovers often hit up the casual dining at both Dockside and the Bluewater. Dockside has been a fixture on the Wrightsville Beach dining scene for over 25 years. Patrons of both of these restaurants enjoy panoramic views of the Intracoastal Waterway, and the unique ability to travel to and from the restaurants by water! Enjoy a sunset cruise right up to the docks, and cheers to the beach life! For those who are looking for a more formal location to dine, both the Port City Chop House and Portland Grille are located a short drive from the island and have proven to be excellent choices. Many business deals, birthday celebrations, and anniversary dinners have been had at each of these fantastic dining establishments.
The Town of Wrightsville Beach works hard to maintain the stunning white sands. Wrightsville Beach is often dubbed one of the cleanest beaches on the East Coast, and it is evident when one is sitting in the sand! The waters here are also a vibrant crystal blue, more like a tropical location. Visitors enjoy the ocean views from the balconies of the Holiday Inn, Blockade Runner Resort, and various rental homes.
Wrightsville Beach is a beautiful place to visit. However, if you would like to find yourself nestled in among the locals come explore with us! We would love to show you just how good life can be at the beach!