Voted one of the top 10 coastal towns in their annual “The South’s Best Beaches” by Southern Living Magazine - Wrightsville Beach is located 8.5 miles from Downtown Wilmington and boasts stunning coastal blue waters, clean and spacious beaches, world-renowned surfing, unbeatable boating and fishing, and a thriving active island lifestyle. From sound to surf, the island welcomes travelers with a tranquil experience of stunning scenery and activities for everyone in the family.
The Intracoastal Waterway is easily accessible through the public boat ramp for visitors that would like to bring their own vessel, which is located to the right of the drawbridge (109 Causeway Dr.) Visitors that want to explore the inlets and creeks of the ICWW on kayaks, paddleboards and canoes can do so by launching them at any public right of way. There are a number of locally owned marinas and restaurants to stop at on the ICWW.
I-40 East is the main interstate that leads to Wilmington. The island is accessible by car via one drawbridge. Follow I-40 East to US-117 College Road. Turn left onto Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and continue onto Eastwood Road. Cross the Heide Trask Drawbridge and enter Wrightsville Beach. The nearest public airport is located in Wilmington (ILM).