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Wrightsville Beach and pier

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Wrightsville Beach and pier, North Carolina NC

Description

Wrightsville Beach is a popular beach with a pier where people go fishing. The beach is a wide expanse of slightly mucky sand, backed by fairly plain beach houses. The water is not clear but it is a pretty blue-green color. From a distance the water looks very bright and turquoise. It was slightly hazy when I was there. 
Fairly large waves make for some nice bouncy swimming. Lots of families with kids gather on weekends so there will always be kids to play with. Bring big shovels and lots of sand toys, for hours of fun!
The side streets that lead to the beach also lead to the intracoastal waterway, so you can walk from the beach on one of the streets to the intracoastal very quickly. You can also walk the beach all the way south where it curves around and becomes an intracoastal beach. There is a long jetty at the south end of the beach.
Shell collecting is not the greatest at this beach but there are some broken shells here and there.
Stop at Lumina Station, a small shopping plaza, on the way to the beach to get a yummy breakfast sandwich at Port City Java. 
For a more narrow beach with brightly colored beach houses and slightly better shells, check out Kure Beach. For lots of ice cream shops and an amusement park on a boardwalk, check out Carolina Beach. A top-notch aquarium can be found 45 minutes south at Fort Fisher.
For a college town scene, eat dinner at Front Street in Wilmington, or one block from Front Street on the Riverwalk
For incredible gardens with a cool breeze, check out Airlie Gardens, a nine minute drive from Wrightsville Beach.

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Fine sand and grasses, as you enter the beach.
Fine sand and grasses, as you enter the beach.
Playing on the shore by the pier in the morning light.
Playing on the shore by the pier in the morning light.
Kids playing on the shore.
Kids playing on the shore.
Nice waves!
Nice waves!
Lots of people at the beach.
Lots of people at the beach.
 

Directions

Wrightsville Beach and pier are located at 23 E Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480. This pier is also called Johnny Mercer's Pier. There is a parking lot with meters, but you must arrive before 8am on summer weekends to get a spot. Take the left fork when you come over the causeway to get to this beach.

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Last Updated: Tue, 05 Jun 2018 23:46:25 GMT