Destination guide

Fixin’ to soak up the sun and fun in Wrightsville Beach

As a random fact, Wrightsville Beach along the Atlantic Ocean is allegedly one of the world's top surfing destinations. So not surprisingly, there's a huge surfing culture where everyone maximizes their days by hitting the waves and soaking up the rays. Y'all can take in the popular annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla, or simply sit back and enjoy those picturesque ocean views just yonder. Check out the local history, attend a festival, or try your hand at fishing. There's so much fishing! Get your adventure on with some wreck diving or go kitesurfing in those perfect waves.

Things to do

Get your beach, history, and sweet tea fixes here

Don’t let Wrightsville Beach fool you. Y'all ready know it has a spectacular 4-mile stretch of beach with plenty of parking, but this Tarheel destination is also a history lover’s dream come true. Visit the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, and then head out yonder to several attractions listed on National Register of Historic Places, including the circa-1855 Bradley-Latimer Summer House, the Cape Fear Civil War Shipwreck Discontiguous District, and the quaint James D. and Frances Sprunt Cottage built in 1937. Plus, there are several local parks where you can enjoy more of those filet biscuits and sweet tea while picnicking.


Y’all get ready to surf, fish and eat bo rounds ‘til no end

This oceanfront paradise has more than enough activities to keep even die-hard water enthusiasts busy. Besides sailboating along the Intracoastal Waterway or fishing off Johnnie Mercer's Pier, you can try kitesurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, and windsurfing, or take a scuba-diving adventure to any one of the 200 offshore wrecks. Pick out a joint where you can indulge on a Cajun filet biscuit with bo rounds and a classic Tarheel sweet tea. Plus there’s the annual NC Oyster Festival, Festival by the Sea featuring arts & crafts, and RiverFest, which comes complete with fireworks.


Local forecast: sunny skies 216 days per year

Wrightsville Beach can get downright hot during summer, with average temperatures hitting the high 80s. This sweltering heat attracts the most visitors, but it's also good to know summer coincides with the Atlantic hurricane season, which peaks from mid-August until October, so things may get a little blustery. You'll find the lowest prices when booking Wrightsville Beach vacation rentals during the spring and fall, when temperatures are more pleasant. During winter, lows will dip down to 34°F, but there's only an inch of snow annually, so sorry folks, no snowmen.

Natural features

Lots of birds, seashells, and turtles

Just 12 miles east of Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach is known for its world-class surfing and scenic beach offering colorful sunsets. Home to just under 2,500 residents, visitors can enjoy a small town vibe while doing cool things such as bird watching and hunting for seashells on nearby Masonboro Island, where treasures could include the Scotch Bonnet, the state’s official shell. Loggerhead sea turtles nest annually from May through August, but the turtles can be shy. With all this and more, It’s not surprising Wrightsville Beach vacation rentals are so popular!

Can I find a vacation rental around Wrightsville Beach?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,811 vacation rentals near Wrightsville Beach. From 677 Houses to 868 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 near 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 near Wrightsville Beach:

  • Wilmington Beach: 1,253 vacation rentals
  • Shell Island: 222 vacation rentals
  • Ocean City Beach: 378 vacation rentals
  • Historic District: 78 vacation rentals
  • Airlie: 48 vacation rentals

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

Can I rent Houses near Wrightsville Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 677 Houses near Wrightsville Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals near Wrightsville Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 868 rentals available
  • Cottages: 69 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 69 rentals available

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

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

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 769 rentals with pool available near Wrightsville Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

    Can I book a vacation rental directly online or instantly near Wrightsville Beach?

    Yes, HomeAway offers a selection of 1,811 vacation rentals to book directly online and 1,316 with instant booking available near Wrightsville Beach. Don't wait, have a look at our vacation rentals via our search bar and be ready for your next trip near Wrightsville Beach! 

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