5 Wrightsville Beach Attractions You Shouldn’t Miss

Whether it’s been recommended by a friend, a travel site, or through your vacation rental company, Wrightsville Beach is a crowd favorite here on the North Carolina coast. There are plenty of reasons to visit this scenic locale, but we thought we’d share a few of our favorite attractions and aspects of the coastal town that you can easily work into your vacation plans.

Take a stroll through the ages

The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History offers visitors the chance to peruse our area’s past when they need a break from the bright spring or summertime sun. Hosted by Myers Cottage, the museum plans multiple special events and children’s programs throughout the year, and even incorporates the natural environment into displays and activities.

Catch some waves

Whether you’re a novice or a skilled enthusiast, the surfing and paddleboarding community of Wrightsville Beach welcomes you! Either take to the waves yourself, or join the kids in the chance to learn from the renowned WB Surf Camp during weekly day sessions. Our town also features plenty of surf gear shops and specialty outlets, so if you forget something at home, they’ve got you covered.

See the sights

If you’ve never visited this beautiful beach town before, why not see it in style? Wrightsville Beach is home to both the Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours and Aloha Tiki Charters. There are several packages or themed tours from which you and your companions can choose, but all of them showcase the stellar beaches and atmosphere of the town and surrounding area.

Eat, drink and enjoy

Alongside Wrightsville Beach’s natural beauty is a thriving downtown bar and restaurant scene! Plan ahead or simply find a parking spot and start perusing on foot; either way, local favorites like South Beach Grill or the Bluewater Waterfront Grill provide great coastal eats and a spectacular view of the horizon.

Soak in the sun

Finally – as if you needed another reason to visit us – we come to the very best attribute of Wrightsville Beach: the sandy shores. Low-key and relaxed, the beaches here add that key element of relaxation to any spring break or summer vacation. Relax and recharge while you’re here, and the Wrightsville Beach experience will be complete.

If you’re ready to start planning your vacation, or want some local knowledge to make your trip memorable, contact us here at Intracoastal Vacation Rentals today!

Spring Break Necessities

When springtime rolls around, it’s impossible not to embrace a little time off once it’s offered. Here at the beach, we know how nice a break from school and work can be; between the sand, the surf, and the sunshine, ours is a region known for natural beauty and seaside communities just begging to be explored! So while you’re dreaming about all that our coastlines have to offer, make sure to pack all the essentials for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation experience.

Beach gear

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but don’t forget all your beach day needs when you pack for your spring break getaway! Where some waters might still be a bit chilly, our beaches have a fairly quick turnaround from winter to spring temperatures. If nothing else, the sand will be nice and comfortable on bright, sunny days.  

Sweater weather

Remember how we said that the sun comes out and warms everything up in March and April? Well, sometimes the evenings may still bring on a slight breeze or a spring rain shower that ushers in cooler temperatures. In those instances, you might be glad we suggested you bring along a light sweater or jacket, just in case.

Good walking shoes

With so much to see and experience in the coastal towns and cities themselves, the last thing you want is to continually worry about wrecking your favorite flip-flops on your daily excursions. We suggest bringing along a trusty pair of sneakers you feel confident walking in so you can fully enjoy your exploration of all that the North Carolina coast has to offer. And if you’re planning to come in April, you’ll definitely want to have decent footwear, because the renowned Azalea Festival will be in full swing starting on the 11th!

Capture the moment

No vacation would be complete without the pictures to prove it. Before you leave and hit the open road, double check that you have your camera (or at least your smartphone) on hand and ready to go with any necessary chargers and accessories. You and your friends will appreciate having the memories, and you can enjoy getting your favorite scenery from every possible angle.

If you’re still planning your spring break getaway, or even looking ahead to summer, contact us at Intracoastal Vacation Rentals for a wide selection of accommodations as well as tips for staying in the area!

Home for the Holidays

When the holidays roll around, we all have that family member (if the role doesn’t fall on our shoulders) who volunteers to host the parties, put up loved ones from out of town in his or her home, or take on the bulk of the cooking.

Next year, rather than put the pressure on yourself or another to accommodate all the revelers, why not take a group vacation? Here at Intracoastal Vacation Rentals, we have lots of housing options for families and gatherings of all sizes, and even seasonal offers to help ease some of the financial stress of trying something new in place of your traditional celebrations!

Customizable sleeping arrangements

Let’s face it – when everyone ventures to one family home, chances are that someone ends up crashing on the sofa or on a creaky air mattress on the floor because there aren’t enough rooms to give each person his or her own bed. By choosing a rental home at the beach in advance, your group can select a house that will come as close as possible to offering everyone a comfortable place to sleep, rather than relying on someone’s everyday home to make up the difference.

Borrow someone else’s kitchen

Even when all your guests pitch in to help cook or clean up after the feast, the prospect of presiding over the holiday meal can be a daunting one. There is a way to take some of the pressure off, though. By renting a vacation home for everyone, there will still be the preparation and clean-up afterward, but you won’t have to worry about monopolizing someone else’s kitchen, or vice versa. And if you really want to keep everyone’s hands out of the meal prep, North Carolina coast has some amazing restaurants and venues that would be happy to reserve space for you and yours well before the holiday season even starts!

Decorations are optional

Some people prefer the house to be completely revamped for the holidays, while others might favor a more subtle celebration. But when everyone agrees on a beach house to rent during the time off from work and school, compromises can be made so that everyone is surrounded by the accents that will make the season bright. Rather than the decorations falling solely on the host, have each member of the group bring his or her favorite decoration or tree ornament, and let the low-key part of the festivities begin.

Holiday traditions are difficult to break away from, but we encourage you to embrace new things with all of us here at Intracoastal Vacation Rentals! If you want to get a jumpstart on next year’s festivities, contact us and we’ll help you find the best house to host your holiday.

Parking at the Beach

Finding a parking ticket on your car after enjoying time at the beach can surely take the fun out of your day. Before you lock your car and carry your blanket to the beach, make sure you know the rules.

To help you avoid costly parking tickets, we are providing this summary of parking rules for each of our beach town as well as the City of Wilmington. There is also a link to the parking information page on each website. Continue reading “Parking at the Beach”