North Carolina is known for its beautiful beaches. Over 300 miles of picturesque barrier islands make the North Carolina’s coastline a beach lover’s paradise. If you enjoy white sand, lighthouses, and crystal-clear water, you’ll love the area — especially Wrightsville Beach. There is a little something for everyone, from history buffs to athletes and thrill seekers. Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, or as a family, there’s plenty to do and see. Wrightsville Beach is a small, relaxing, upscale island community. These are three tips for traveling to Wrightsville Beach.
Plan Your Trip but Be Flexible
Some travelers like to be spontaneous when they travel and other people like to carefully plan out every detail of their trip. We recommend trying to find a balance between the two. Some thoughtful planning ahead of time will keep you from having regrets after your vacation because you missed out on some once-in-a-lifetime activities. So start by looking at all of your options for things to do and see and then narrow it down to your favorites. Next, start researching airfare and accommodations. Making reservations well in advance is usually much easier on your budget.
Visit Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is world-famous and should top your list of things to do in the area. At a height of 210 feet, it is America’s tallest brick lighthouse. Visitors enjoy climbing the 248 cast-iron steps to the top, where the view of the ocean below is spectacular. In 1999, the Atlantic ocean was taking its toll on the historic structure so it was actually moved 2,900 feet inland. This amazing feat rescued it from the sea’s ongoing erosion.
The lighthouse’s black and white stripes are renowned worldwide. There are many other lighthouses in the area to see as well, but Cape Hatteras is the most popular.
Find the Best Cuisine in Wrightsville Beach
No trip to Wrightsville Beach is complete without eating at the Bridge Tender Restaurant. It’s a favorite place for surf and turf for locals and tourists alike. Situated at the foot of the Wrightsville Beach Drawbridge, the restaurant has a beautiful view from both the outdoor patio and inside dining area. You’ll enjoy the incredible waterfront view as you please your palate with the finest local cuisine. The comprehensive menu features tasty appetizers, fresh seafood, mouthwatering Angus beef steaks, and decadent desserts. This will be a dining experience you’ll never forget.
After you’re finished eating, take some time to stroll through the charming unique boutiques of the area and take in all that Wrightsville Beach has to offer. It’s an amazing little town that’s rich in culture, fascinating history, art galleries, and plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities. You can hike, bike, kayak, or walk along the beachfront to take in the breathtaking sunsets. Have your camera charged and ready because you’re going to need it. Just one word of caution: The perfect weather, delicious dining choices, and fun-filled activities may make you want to stay forever.