Clean, wide beaches here provide the setting for all sorts of water sports. Surfers dominate fine morning waves while newbies take lessons on the beach before hitting the respectable swells. Kayakers, parasailors, paddleboarders, bodyboarders, and windsurfers all share the waters here while shoreline runners and walkers hit the sand, which is also perfect for sunbathing, sand-castle building, and people-watching. Anglers can cast lines from the surf or the Johnny Mercer
concrete fishing pier. Get to the beach early; parking lots jam up by 9 am in summer. Meters cost $2 per hour (free after 6 pm) and take nickels, dimes, and quarters, and you can get change at the Parking Office at 5 Live Oak Street. Keep time on the meters; parking enforcement is strict. Amenities: food and drink, lifeguards, parking (fee). Best for: sunrise, sunset, surfing, swimming, windsurfing.
N. Lumina Av., Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, 28480, United States