Not only do you deserve a vacation, but so do your four-legged friends. Wrightsville Beach is home to pet-friendly restaurants, adventures and places to stay, so be sure to bring the whole family along on your next trip to our picturesque town – including the dog!

Four-Legged Adventures

Take part in Wrightsville’s Beach active lifestyle and explore the island on foot with your favorite four-legged companion. Most of the island is easily walkable for pets and owners, so be sure to take a detour to check out what catches your eye. Walk, jog or run with your pup around The Loop, a nearly 2.5-mile trail that goes through the heart of town and alongside many of the island’s most scenic spots. Spend the day playing on the beach, where leashed dogs are welcome October through March. If you and your furry-friend feel at home on the water, rent a standup paddleboard from Cape Fear Paddleboarding or Wrightsville SUP and cruise through the sound. Sail out to sea on a chartered boat tour with Epic Excursions or enjoy a sunset cruise alongside your furry friend with Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours.


Treats for Everyone

With plenty of pet-friendly restaurant options, there is no reason to leave your pet behind when you grab lunch, dinner or a drink. Sip, shop and snack at The Workshop, a pet-friendly café where you can also browse the unique fossil jewelry made from local treasures found on the owners’ scuba adventures. Enjoy a burger and a local craft brew on the dog-friendly patio at Poe’s Tavern. Named after Edgar Allen Poe, the tavern is home to some unexpected but tasty burgers. Jerry Allen’s Sports Bar & Grill offer bites for lunch, dinner or even a late-night snack, all of which you can enjoy on the pet-friendly covered patio. Or, enjoy a sunset dinner overlooking the scenic Banks Channel at South Beach Grill with your furry friends. Guests can come by boat or car to enjoy the freshly caught seafood on the dog-friendly patio.


Relax with a drink in hand in the pet-friendly beer garden at Lighthouse Beer and Wine, which offers more than 600 wine and 800 beer selections. Or, head to Wrightsville Beach’s first taproom, Flying Machine, which offers two dog-friendly areas where guests can enjoy a good brew and a bite to eat from the coastal modern menu.


Perfect Pet Palaces

Spend your nights relaxing and recharging at one of the island’s pet-friendly hotels or vacation rentals. Conveniently located in the middle of the island, Summer Sands Suites offers guests easy access to numerous nearby adventures. It also provides adjoining family suites, so the whole crew has plenty of room to spread out.

Wrightsville Beach is home to an extensive selection of vacation rentals to suit everyone’s needs, including those traveling with pets. Sprawling beachfront homes are ideal for those who enjoy early morning runs on the beach where Fido is welcome on a leash October through March. Rentals with private docks are great for spending days casting a line alongside your canine companion. Many of the island’s finest rentals are pet-friendly, so check the listings to find your perfect home-away-from-home.


Wrightsville Beach is proud to be pet-friendly and dog-approved! Visit our active island town and enjoy your vacation without the stress of a pet sitter or boarding kennel.