Not only do you deserve an island escape, but so do your four-legged friends. With its pet-friendly restaurants and active adventures, Wrightsville Beach invites you to bring your furry travel companion along for an elevated island getaway.

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 take a detour to check out whatever catches your eye. Walk or jog with your pup around The Loop, a nearly 2.5-mile trail around the heart of town, offering scenic marsh and water views and shade from live oaks. Spend the day on the beach, where leashed dogs are welcome to play on the sand and splash in the crystal blue waters from October through March. If you and your furry friend feel at home on the water, rent a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) from Cape Fear Paddleboarding or Wrightsville SUP and cruise through the sound. For another water adventure with your pooch, book a guided tour or sunset cruise with Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours aboard the Shamrock, a pet-friendly catamaran.


Treats for Everyone

With plenty of pet-friendly restaurants and breweries, there is no reason to leave your pet behind when you grab a meal or drinks in town. Sip, shop and snack at The Workshop, a pet-friendly café where you can also browse unique jewelry made from fossils found on local diving adventures. On the dog-friendly patio at Poe’s Tavern, enjoy a tasty burger and a local craft brew. Jerry Allen’s Sports Bar & Grill offer bites for lunch, dinner or even a late-night snack – all of which you can enjoy while catching the game on its pet-friendly covered patio. Or, savor a fresh seafood dinner at South Beach Grill, where you can catch a beautiful sunset over the Banks Channel from the dog-friendly patio. Public docks are available across the street for dock-and-dine service.


Relax with a drink in hand in the pet-friendly beer garden at Lighthouse Beer and Wine, which offers an expansive beer and wine selection. Or, head to Wrightsville Beach’s first taproom, Flying Machine Oyster Bar, 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 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 with pristine surroundings.


Wrightsville Beach is pet-friendly and dog-approved! Visit our active island town for a getaway that far surpasses the typical beach vacation – and eliminates the stress of a pet sitter or boarding kennel.