Whether you’re on the water or exploring by land, scenic views abound in Wrightsville Beach. Capture and share the area’s beauty by visiting some of our most Instagrammable spots, from gardens and nature preserves to waterfront dining and more.
Read on to discover Wrightsville Beach’s top Insta-worthy spots:
Stretching 475 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, the Crystal Pier offers panoramic beach views perfect for any photo opp. The free walking and fishing pier is also home to Oceanic Restaurant, serving coastal-inspired cuisine and specialty cocktails along the covered alfresco dining space. And, if you’re a fan of the hit television series Dawson’s Creek, visit the pier to see the real-life location where the show’s opening credits were filmed.
Wander through an acre of native plants and luscious flowers at Harbor Way Gardens. Snap a photo of the gorgeous Witherspoon Roses, donated by an island resident, or discover the Plant it Pink Garden, a reflective retreat filled with pink blooms to celebrate and honor breast cancer survivors. Stroll through the oceanfront gardens at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, where you’ll find local flora and fauna on the lush, expansive lawns, perfect for a tranquil sunrise shot or scenic daytime picture.
Johnnie Mercers Pier
Cast a line and capture a picture at Johnnie Mercers Pier, the first concrete pier in the state. Take in sweeping views in the heart of Wrightsville Beach as you watch professional and amateur anglers reel in their next catch or try to snap a picture of nearby surfers as they shred the gnar. Stroll along the pier at sunset for an Insta-worthy golden hour shot.
Explore the longest undisturbed barrier island ecosystem in southern North Carolina. Masonboro Island Reserve protects coastal habitats and is home to the beautiful barrier island, salt marsh and tidal creek ecosystems. Meander along the island’s trails to the undisturbed ocean beach and see if you can capture a picture of a loggerhead or green sea turtle – but be sure to be a responsible visitor. Only accessible by boat, kayak or canoe, the reserve makes for the perfect daytime adventure with stunning views around every corner.
Adapt Kitchen & Juice Bar
Your phone eats first at this island juice bar! Take a snapshot of your nutritious breakfast bowl or superfood smoothie at Adapt Kitchen & Juice Bar, where your meal looks as good as it tastes. For the ultimate Insta, try the Blue Majik Smoothie Bowl, an ocean-hued bowl topped with banana, pineapple and coconut chips, or capture a beautiful latte art shot with an Organic Matcha Latte.
Wrightsville Beach Mailbox
Found on the north end of the island, the Wrightsville Beach Mailbox has long been a landmark along the beach, captivating both locals and visitors. Countless people have ventured to the mysterious mailbox to leave love letters to strangers, share their fond beach memories or simply write down their hopes and dreams. This dreamy mailbox makes for the perfect photo.
Take in sights of the inner island’s waterways and marshes while getting active around The Loop, a 2.45-mile paved trail around Wrightsville Beach. Enjoy a run or light stroll along the Intracoastal Waterway, Banks Channel and beautiful salt marshes, and be sure to take advantage of the many photo opportunities along the way. This scenic route offers a walking or jogging experience you won’t find anywhere else. View a map of The Loop here.
Wrightsville Beach Marina/Dockside Restaurant
Calling all film buffs and food lovers! Visit Dockside Restaurant, a frequent filming location for popular television shows and movies including Nicholas Sparks’ The Choice. A Wrightsville Beach tradition for more than 30 years, Dockside is perfectly perched on the water’s edge, providing stunning views of the marina and Intracoastal Waterway in a unique, inviting atmosphere. Snap an Insta-worthy selfie or capture happy hour views while savoring the best of local seafood like the crab cakes or fresh catch sandwich.
Take your photo game to the next level while taking a road trip to North Carolina’s most accessible beach at these top Instagrammable Wrightsville Beach spots.