Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach is a barrier island wonderland featuring glorious beaches, great restaurants, dream homes and luxurious condos just minutes from the city of Wilmington. Ranging from 1,000 to 5,000 feet wide, this nearly four-mile stretch between Mason and Masonboro inlets features sound-to-sea views all along the way. Even better, Wrightsville Beach is a mere 10 miles from downtown Wilmington.

The off-season’s small-town feel swells when tourists and part-time residents return in spring, summer and early fall. Around 3,000 people live here permanently, but the population hits 30,000 during warmer months. Plenty of accommodations await, everything from by-the-beach motel rooms to oceanfront “sand castles.” The island is almost completely developed.

Airlie Gardens’ Signature Events

In a city like Wilmington, there is always something worthwhile to be doing, no
matter what time of year it is. That’s especially true at Airlie Gardens, the 67-acre
public garden nestled between charming, historic downtown and the bustling
beaches of Wrightsville.

Unrivaled Views Make Unforgettable Events

Oceanic Restaurant is a landmark of Wrightsville Beach, connected to the historic Crystal Pier sitting directly on the Atlantic Ocean. This unforgettable beachfront venue is located on South Lumina Avenue with direct beach access, and convenient parking located adjacent to the restaurant. The entire restaurant offers panoramic views of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and was recently renovated in March 2019 to enhance the dining experience and views of the ocean.

Oceanic Restaurant

The Oceanic Restaurant is rooted in Wrightsville Beach history for over the last 40 years, and the historic Crystal Pier it’s attached to, 40 years older than that. The pier, when first built in 1939 was the longest wooden pier in the Atlantic Ocean and even to this day, is the only wooden pier in Wrightsville Beach, expanding 475 feet into the water.

Shell Island Resort

Sometimes you feel like you want to go to the end of the world, a quiet strip of sugar sand beach and angelic white egrets floating over a maze of emerald green seaside marsh. This is Shell Island Resort at the northern tip of Wrightsville Beach, and its restaurant is a delicious slice of this Heaven on earth.

Banks Channel Pub and Grille

Part pub, part formal dining room, and serving dinner, late-night eats and weekend brunch, Banks Channel Pub and Grille, on Causeway Drive in Wrightsville Beach, has something for everyone. Televisions, a friendly bar, traditional pub tables and two pool tables fill the pub and grill in front. Linen-draped tables appoint the separate, more formal dining room.

Bento Box Sushi Bar

Bento Box Sushi Bar is recognized as Wilmington’s premier sushi restaurant. It’s also tops for authentic Asian food from Thailand to Tokyo all prepared with locally sourced all-natural or organic ingredients when available.


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