Every season, visitors flock to North Carolina beaches for comfort, fun, and excitement. Whether it is a family of five or a couple’s getaway, NC knows how to entertain. One of her sought out hotspots is Wrightsville Beach. Established in 1899, it was once barely accessible before WWI, leaving her visitors to travel by boat to enjoy the shoreline.
Once known as The Banks (not to be confused with the Outer Banks), then as Ocean View Beach, the town of Wrightsville Beach was named for the Wright family who owned large tracts of land and for whom Wrightsville Sound and a small community of Wrightsville on the mainland were already named.
Fast forward 100 years and you’ll find energetic night life, a lively bar scene, four star restaurants and eclectic shops on every corner. Nestled between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, Wrightsville Beach is known for her white sands and clean waters.
Ready to get your adrenaline flowing? Slip into a wetsuit and take the Atlantic Ocean for a spin. Named one of the top 20 best surf spots in the world by National Geographic, Wrightsville Beach won’t disappoint. From beginning surfers to experienced wave-shredding veterans, an active Surfrider Foundation chapter, Wrightsville Beach Longboard Association, surf schools/camps and surfing competitions round out the local surf culture.
Lured by fishing? Wrightsville Beach boasts several world-class fishing tournaments every year as well as scenic tours and deep sea charters, allowing any visitor to enjoy the sport. Take a day and visit Johnnie Mercer’s Pier; a 1,200 foot long concrete structure that stretches off the beach and into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. With the breathtaking views, it is a Mecca for photographers. Surfers take advantage of the waves that break from the concrete pillars and fishermen call the pier home (you can bring your own tackle or rent rod and reel for the day).
From bustling night life, gourmet seafood and fun in the sun, anyone can find excitement and relaxation on the beautiful white shores of Wrightsville Beach.