Destination guide

Get in your Wright mind with a stay in Wrightsville Beach

Just a 20-minute drive from Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach is easy to get to and yet feels a world away. Maybe that has something to do with the drawbridge you have to cross to get here from the mainland. Or maybe it's that you get to cross even more water, the Banks Channel, to reach the town's soft, sandy beach. The year-round population is just 2,500, and the low-key, friendly atmosphere means it doesn't feel too crowded even when it's crowded. Book your Wrightsville Beach vacation rental and get ready to relax.

Things to do

Wrightsville Beach history is something to Wright home about

Wrightsville Beach is more than just a beach town. It's home to a vibrant community of year-round residents who take pride in their history. Speaking of homes, take a peek at that history with a visit to the Bradley-Latimer Summer House, built in 1855. You can gaze at it enviously from the outside, and when you want to get a closer look at the way things used to be, head to the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. Are the kiddos tired of the 19th century? Take them to Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park for water rides, mini-golf, and laser tag.


For fun in the sun, you're in the Wright place

It's easy to be active in Wrightsville Beach. The beach itself is clean, sandy, and lapped by crystal clear water. It's a popular destination for surfers, kite boarders, and stand-up paddle boarders, and Johnnie Mercer's Pier is a beacon for amateur and experienced fishermen. The family-friendly community offers events like pirate treasure hunts, surf camps, and ecotours, and adults who visit without kids enjoy an easy-going nightlife. Plenty of restaurants overlook the marina and have docks for your fishing boat as well as freshly caught dinner and island-themed cocktails.


Winter surf or summer sun, whichever is Wright up your alley

Temperatures soar into the 90s during the humid summers in Wrightsville Beach, and that's when you'll see families and vacationers flocking to the area from Wilmington and everywhere else, too. Fall might be the seasonal best-kept secret. While the water is still warm through October, the price of Wrightsville Beach vacation rentals sink. By the time December rolls around, the town has a deserted feel, but enthusiastic surfers still hit the waves. Water temps stay chilly through spring, but visitors love walking, biking, and dining by the sea.

Natural features

Locals aim to do Wright by their feathered friends

Your Wrightsville Beach vacation rental will be surrounded by more opportunities to commune with nature than you can shake a shrimp at. Masonboro Island, just south of town, is the largest undisturbed barrier island on North Carolina's southern coast. Loggerhead and green sea turtles hang out on the beaches, and the Audubon Society seeks to protect the habitats of birds like black skimmers, Wilson's plovers, and least terns. Travel west to Wilmington and treat yourself to a walk through the Airlie Gardens, a collection of camellias, magnolias, wisteria, and more.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Wrightsville Beach

The nearest airport is in Wilmington, NC (ILM-Wilmington Intl.), located 7.7 mi (12.4 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Wrightsville Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 650 vacation rentals near Wrightsville Beach. From 261 Houses to 254 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Wrightsville Beach are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Wrightsville Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Wrightsville Beach:

  • Shell Island: 238 vacation rentals
  • South End: 350 vacation rentals
  • Parmele Isle: 236 vacation rentals
  • South Harbor Island: 212 vacation rentals
  • Wilmington Beach: 1,284 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Wrightsville Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Wrightsville Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Wrightsville Beach: 1,843 vacation rentals
  • Johnnie Mercer's Pier: 2,339 vacation rentals
  • Wrightsville Beach Museum of History: 2,306 vacation rentals
  • Carolina Beach Boardwalk: 3,335 vacation rentals
  • Kure Beach Pier: 3,402 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Wrightsville Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Wrightsville Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 261 Houses in Wrightsville Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Wrightsville Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 254 rentals available
  • Cottages: 40 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 40 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Wrightsville Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 186 vacation rentals with pool available in Wrightsville Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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