Situated between the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean, Wrightsville Beach is Wilmington’s prized retreat for coastal living, recreation, and natural splendor. Though merely five miles in total, Wrightsville Beach provides residents, locals, and visitors with a vast selection of water sports and leisurely activities. Pristine sand and waters allow for sports such as surfing, parasailing, windsurfing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and jet skiing; however, many visit for a simple stroll or bike ride along the ocean shore. There are numerous sites to fish throughout Wrightsville Beach, with Johnny Mercers Fishing Pier— a public day-rate fishing pier— being perhaps the most popular. For those interested in boating or sailing, the area also has no shortage of marinas.
Wrightsville Beach is equally beloved for “The Loop”, a 2.45 mile path for running or walking that encompasses the town’s scenic marshes. The nearby Wrightsville Beach Park provides additional offshore exercise amenities including four tennis courts, multiple sand volleyball courts, a playground, and open green spaces.
Integral to Wrightsville’s small-town beach culture is its walkability to restaurants and markets, such as local favorites Tower 7 and Robert’s Grocery; however, Wrightsville Beach is also in close proximity to Wilmington dining, retail, and recreational centers such as Mayfaire, The Forum, and Airlie Gardens. Residential options include a range of modern homes, traditional beach houses, and charming cottages that frequently possess commanding views of the ocean or sound.