With travel restrictions slowly being lifted, you may be eager to find ways to get out of the house while still maintaining a safe social distance. Whether you’re looking for a couples’ weekend retreat, a trip with friends, a solo road trip or a fun family getaway, Wrightsville Beach is the perfect destination for a quick road trip to the coast.

Known as North Carolina’s most accessible beach and a convenient drive for travelers in North Carolina and nearby states, Wrightsville Beach is the perfect home away from home for an active staycation. Plus, many lodging properties have adopted enhanced safety and cleaning protocols to ensure an optimal visitor experience. 

Read on for our guide to 48 hours of adventure and relaxation in Wrightsville Beach. 

Disclaimer: The below businesses are subject to changes in hours and open/closed status as a result of COVID-19. References to dine-in services are based on restaurants operating at limited capacity. Please visit our COVID-19 page for updated information and be sure to confirm individual businesses are open prior to making plans.


Settle In

Check in for a weekend getaway to remember at one of our island lodging options. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway for two at a resort with amenities or a spacious place for the whole family, there are plenty of options to meet your vacation and safety needs. 

Browse our wide selection of vacation rentals to find the perfect spot to dip your toes in our crystal blue water. From private pools and peaceful patios to fresh linens and fully stocked kitchens, you’ll feel right at home in Wrightsville Beach. 

Wake up to waves crashing on the shore at one of our full-service hotels. In accordance with Intercontinental Hotels Group’s Travel Advisory Policy, the Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach has implemented enhanced cleaning, food safety and social distancing measures throughout the property. The Blockade Runner Beach Resort has also intensified efforts to ensure safety and cleanliness, in addition to opening doors to common spaces to allow fresh salt air to circulate. Shell Island Resort is working closely with local entities and health experts to ensure maximum health and safety procedures are being followed. 

Many lodging properties have also participated in Count on Me NC, a public health initiative designed to educate and train businesses on safety procedures and guidelines. Find a list and map here of area businesses that have completed industry-specific training. 


Rise and Shine

Wake up early and grab a quick breakfast at Zeke's Beans & Bowls, where you’ll find a selection of refreshing acai bowls and juices to fuel your day. Then, head to the beach to catch the sunrise over the ocean before kickstarting your day with a weekend wellness activity. 

  • Grab your yoga mat and take your practice outdoors on the beach or at Harbor Way Gardens, or join a small group class with Be Unlimited Yoga on the Crystal Pier. 
  • Walk, jog or run The Loop or head to the beach for a run along the shore. 
  • Rent bikes for a ride the whole family will enjoy. 
    • Cruise along the 15-mile Gary Shell Cross-City Trail, a primarily off-road trail offering picturesque views of the Intercoastal Waterway.  
    • Or, set out on the River to Sea Bikeway for an adventure that will take you from Historic Downtown Wilmington to Johnnie Mercers Pier. 

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Afternoon Adventure                       

Head to Trolly Stop to choose from their famous selection of more than 1,000 creative topping combinations on five different types of hot dogs, or grab some of the famous chicken salad from Robert’s Grocery for a scenic picnic. After lunch, set out for an excursion on the water. Known for world-class watersports and crystal blue waters, Wrightsville Beach offers both adventurous and relaxing waterside experiences. 

Dinner to Remember

Visitors staying in a vacation rental will enjoy a trip to Motts Channel Seafood to select their favorite fresh catch for a casual dinner prepared at “home.” If available, dine outside at one of Wrightsville Beach’s scenic alfresco options, or pick up dinner and dine seaside at your vacation rental or hotel.

  • Choose from the constantly evolving menu of Southern-inspired specials at South Beach Grill, open for dine-in service with a limited number of reservations as well delivery and curbside pickup.  
  • njoy stunning views while dining in at Wrightsville Beach’s standalone beachfront restaurant, Oceanic Restaurant also offering takeout and delivery for its coastal classics. 
  • Or, take in panoramic views of the Intracoastal Waterway as you dine on the catch of the day from The Bridge Tender.

End the evening with a sweet treat at Kohl’s Frozen Custard, where you can enjoy sundaes, shakes, smoothies and banana splits. 


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On the Water

Wrap up your trip with a kayak rental from Wrightsville Kayak. Paddle on the calm waters along the salt marsh lining the Intracoastal Waterway, or take a remote island adventure to Masonboro Island Reserve, the longest undisturbed barrier island ecosystem in southern North Carolina. 

Or, embark on a private excursion with one of our island adventure companies: 

4x3 Blockade Runner Sailing Adventures

Blockade Runner Surf to Sound Adventures


A Quick Bite

Before you head home, grab a final island bite at one of our local favorite eateries. Feel the sea breeze as you dine outdoors at Bluewater Grill or Dockside Restaurant, or indulge in local favorites by dining in or grabbing takeout from Shark Bar & Kitchen, located next to Johnnie Mercers Pier. Or, spice up your weekend with sizzling fajitas or blackened tuna tacos at Tower 7 Baja Mex, available for dine-in service, online ordering and curbside pickup. 


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If you’re itching to set your watch to island time, Wrightsville Beach is the perfect escape for a socially distanced getaway or active staycation.