Remarkable Wrightsville Beach

One of National Geographic Traveler’s “Last Best American Beach Towns”

Just a 25 minute drive from the gated community of Compass Pointe, Wrightsville Beach has been a popular destination for vacationers for more than 100 years. Blessed with an uncommon ambience that feels at once delightful and dramatic, the impressive Atlantic Ocean’s brings an abundance of natural beauty with perfect size waves and pale ribbons of white sand as seagulls, pelicans, and dolphins produce a nature show worthy of a documentary film.

Live an active lifestyle with delightful beach activities like stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, surfing, swimming in the clear Coastal Carolina water, jogging around the John Nesbitt Loop, fishing, or strolling along the peaceful shoreline. With excellent restaurants with fresh seafood and an array of nightlife options, you’ll never run out of things to do!

Wrightsville Beach Collage

Surrounded by the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean

Wrightsville Beach is situated between the private island of Figure Eight and uninhabited Masonboro Island, which is part of the NC Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve System. Once only reachable by rail car, Wrightsville Beach is now easily accessible, and its golden shores are only 25 minutes from CompassPointe.

Whichever direction you look on Wrightsville Beach, you will capture the beauty of white, sandy beach, and clear, blue water. One of National Geographic Traveler’s “Last Best American Beach Towns” and “World’s 20 Best Surf Towns”, Wrightsville Beach is known for its supreme water sports and surfing. This beach is the perfect family destination for those who enjoy uncrowded, quiet beaches where you can watch the sunrise or sunset in peaceful solace. And, if you want more out of your daily beach trip, enjoy award-winning restaurants, shopping, taking a walk on Johnnie Mercer’s Pier, or surf fishing in the Masonboro Inlet.

Stay fit jogging around the John Nesbitt Loop, a 2.45 mile scenic loop with views of the gorgeous intercoastal waterway. Enjoy a live concert on a summer night at the outdoor amphitheater or relax with a cold one in the beer garden at Lighthouse Beer and Wine. Try kayaking, paddle-boarding, or take the kids on a treasure hunt or eco-tour. On Sundays you can enjoy the sunset while listening to live music and watching the boats pass by on the deck of Bluewater Grill.

Annual events at Wrightsville Beach include Bark in the Park, Lumina Daze, and the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla, a Thanksgiving weekend lighted boat parade that attracts more than 50,000 people to the area.