The coasts of the greater Wilmington NC area have long been port of call for those looking for recreation on the water.
Public marinas, lodging and eateries line the Southern coast, which mariners and locals alike call home for short or long term. Cruise along the Intracoastal. Make a pit-stop in Southport, Carolina Beach or Wrightsville Beach for fuel, live music, fresh seafood and a sunset cocktail.
Fishing continues to thrive in the Wilmington area. Billfish and inshore tournaments take place almost every weekend in the summertime. Intricate channels and waterways attract those looking to catch red drum or flounder, whether by a sport-fish boat or even a kayak! The Gulf Stream is a 3 hour trip from these parts, where marlin, sailfish and wahoo are top on the avid fisher's list.
Rated one of the worlds best surf towns by National Geographic in 2012, Wrightsville Beach is home to a number of pro and semi-pro surf contests and is a year-round destination for surfers of all types. There are popular breaks at Carolina Beach and Topsail Island as well. You can even spot the daring, and not so smart, catching a scary wave blown in by tropical storms! When the waves are flat and calm, those same waterways and channels are popular for paddle boarders. This sport has taken on huge momentum and you can find all the gear you need at one of the many local surf shops in town.