The trolley system that ran from downtown Wilmington was once the only mode of transportation (besides boat) to reach Wrightsville Beach. And even then, Wrightsville Beach was the most popular choice for residents of Wilmington and neighboring towns. When it comes to summer homes up and down Lumina Avenue, there are many families who have owned a small piece of paradise here for many generations.
The charm of Wrightsville Beach has been alive and well since the early days. Many North Carolinians then and now consider it one of the best beach towns to visit in the summer. Developed for an affluent residential community, the Town of Wrightsville Beach has a year round population of just under 3,000 residents. In summer, the beach becomes the “#1 Favorite “N.C. Beach Destination” by WRAL Out & About Voters (2016) and “where the rich go on weekends” by The Wall Street Journal (1999). Wrightsville Beach over the years has maintained its residential charm, honored its traditions, and kept its beaches clean.
Wrightsville Beach is just a five mile long island, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean, Banks Channel, and the Intracoastal Waterway. Fishing, surfing, paddle boarding, boating, and kayaking enthusiasts never have a shortage of water for their hobby of choice. And if they decide to enjoy the day on dry land, they can walk or run “The Loop”, a scenic 2.5-mile path the circles the public park and natural marshes of Wrightsville Beach.