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Crestwood CottageThe Crestwood Cottage is conveniently located between historic downtown Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach and only minutes from UNCW’s campus. This beautiful newly constructed guest house is a private, open concept, studio style space that has all the amenities you need for a one night stay or a multiple week vacation.
Oceanfront condo-3A-Pet Friendly! Linens Provided!Oceanfront, third floor condo just steps from the beach! This unit has amazing views, you can enjoy an unobstructed view of the beach all day. Located halfway between the pier and the boardwalk makes this spot just right. Sheets and towels provided! We have stocked it with new kitchen essentials and has new carpeting and bamboo flooring. This 2 bed/2 full bath condo has brand new beds and bedding. Pets are allowed with a $125 pet fee for one dog and $200 for 2 dogs.
Lumina by the Sea RetreatClassic Wrightsville Beach house offers private downstairs apartment newly renovated with all tile bathroom, separate soaking tub, full kitchen, next to Johnnie Mercer Pier. Perfect for a romantic getaway, year round vacation
Encompassing an island as well as its namesake beach, North Carolina’s Wrightsville Beach is one of the oldest established beach communities in the country, first documented in the 1720s. Its origins as a tourist town go back to 1889, when the area railroad company built tracks from neighboring Wilmington across the Banks Channel to transport visitors to the ocean. Bolstered by its natural beauty and yacht club, which is one of the oldest in the country, Wrightsville Beach began to draw regular vacationers, and an entertainment-driven construction boom followed. In the early 1900s, massive hotels opened with dance halls and entertainment, making the small beach town a tour stop for popular big bands. Though Wilmington’s neighboring beaches, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, are well known for watersports and recreation, Wrightsville Beach maintains its family-friendly allure, picture-perfect beach, and centuries-old history as one of the most appealing oceanfront destinations on the East Coast.
Thanks to its proximity to neighboring Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach is North Carolina’s most accessible beach by car — and, in turn, via airport. Just 20 minutes away, Wilmington International Airport (ILM) serves eight destinations across the Midwest and East Coast. Alternatively, travelers will find additional options via one of the other major airports in the region: Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), which is about 2.5 hours northwest; or Charleston International Airport (CHS), about 3.5 hours south, depending on traffic. The town of Wrightsville Beach has an abundance of metered parking spots, which are enforced from March through October. But especially during the warm months, bicycling is a great way to get around and explore this 4-mile-long island. Bike rentals are available around town, and many roadways include designated bicycle lanes.
Wrightsville Beach has a subtropical climate characterized by mild winters, with highs in the mid-50s Fahrenheit, and hot, humid summers with highs in the lower 90s. Summers can be sticky, pushing the area’s heat index toward 100 degrees at its peak, perfect for playing in the water. The push and pull of warm Atlantic Ocean waters in relation to storm system tracks puts Wrightsville Beach at risk of tropical storms. If you’re traveling during hurricane season, which peaks in September, pay extra attention to local weather reports.
Constructed in the 1930s and nearly destroyed after a series of hurricanes in the 1990s, Johnnie Mercers Fishing Pier was rebuilt in 2002 from reinforced concrete and is open 24/7 year-round. The modern pier is plenty wide for the crowds who walk it, and multiple spots accommodate the scores of anglers casting their lines on any given day — or night, as after-dark fishing is popular here.
Located in the heart of town and bordered by water in all directions, this family-friendly park attracts locals for tennis, basketball, soccer, and volleyball, and kids of all ages to its colorful playground. It’s also host to special events throughout the year, including Wrightsville Beach’s summer concert series.
Circling the interior of the island, this 2.5-mile fitness trail runs through the heart of Wrightsville Beach in the center of town, straddling the mainland and the namesake beach. It’s especially popular with runners, walkers, and dog-walkers. Fantastic views abound.