Wrightsville Beach is a town in New Hanover County, North Carolina, U.S.A. The town consists of a four-mile-long beach island, an interior island called Harbor Island, and pockets of commercial property on the mainland.
The primary attraction to Wrightsville is the beach itself. Johnny Mercer's Pier, located in the middle of Wrightsville Beach, is considered to be an excellent place for fishing. The pier used to be wooden, but was destroyed by Hurricane Fran in 1996. It was rebuilt with heavy concrete and opened in the early 2000s. Surfing is also very popular. The four primary hotels on the beach are The Surf Suites, Shell Island Resort, Blockade Runner and Holiday Inn Sunspree. There are several restaurants, stores, a gourmet grocery store and several marinas on Wrightsville Beach, and Harbor Island.
Wrightsville Beach lies south of Figure Eight Island, separated by Mason Inlet, and north of Masonboro Island, separated by Masonboro Inlet.
Open Water Swimming
The Pier-2-Pier Race is a 2-mile point-to-point ocean swim in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina in memory of Ryan Alea Young. The annual Pier-2-Pier Race is hosted by the Wilmington Family YMCA and the Cape Fear Aquatic Club on 10 September 2016.