Wrightsville Beach is a town in New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States. Wrightsville Beach is just east of Wilmington and is part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,593 at the 2000 census. The town consists of a four-mile-long beach island, an interior island called Harbor Island, and pockets of commercial property on the mainland.
Naturally 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.