Since the mid 1800’s Wrightsville Beach has been a favorite beach location for visitors from all over North Carolina and the Southeast. Originally a prime fishing grounds for hardy souls willing to row or sail to this barrier island from the mainland, Wrightsville Beach has become both a popular tourist location and the home of many year round and seasonal residents. Last year National Geographic named Wrightsville Beach as one of the world’s 20 best surf towns.
From a single building housing the third oldest yacht club in America in 1854, Wrightsville Beach transitioned into a summer tourist Mecca with grand hotels and The Lumina, famous during the Big Band era of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo and Bennie Goodman where it became known after the turn of the century as the “Showplace of the Atlantic”. Wilmington residents would take the Beach Car Trolley from Historic Downtown to the Lumina Pavilion for entertainment.
There are 3000 year round residents swelling to 40-50,000 people in the summer time. The water at Wrightsville Beach during the summer is a sparkling translucent shade of seafoam green. Wrightsville truly is a world-class beach with a national reputation on the rise.