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The area around the Cape Fear coast is one of the most populated tourist areas along the North Carolina coastline. Much of this is due to the large amount of commercialism near the coast, but doesn't overpopulate the beaches. Residents and tourists can get the best of both worlds enjoying the pristine beachs while residing only a few minutes drive from the amenities of the city.

The beach communities are not crowded - even throughout most of the summer - and are the perfect haven for sun worshipers to spend a day listening to the waves crash on the shore. The many estuary reserves along the New Hanover County coastline are also a great, unpopulated spot to catch some rays or look for seashells. Avid fishermen and sportsmen enjoy the beaches near Wilmington because the area offers many different piers, flourishing fishing spots and great waters for recreational activities. Whatever you're looking for in a vacation destination, the beaches near Wilmington will provide you with everything you want.

Wilmington's historic downtown area is the perfect location for a trip off the island where you can stroll down the streets encompasses by large live oaks and Victorian style architecture in both the homes and the churches of the downtown area. The historic district encompasses nearly 230 blocks and showcases mansions, old grave sites and landmark buildings. For a romantic evening, many enjoy taking a horse drawn carriage or trolley tour of the culturally rich area after eating at one of the many waterfront fine-dining restaurants. If you prefer a day trip with the children, employ one of the intriguing Wilmington natives to take you through a walking tour of the city. The Bellamy Mansion is one of the biggest attractions in the downtown area and is often a location for weddings. Built right before the Civil War, the home is one of the most magnificent examples of antebellum structural design. After the fall of Fort Fisher, Federal troops overtook the mansion as their headquarters. It now stands as a museum presenting the history of the area as well as celebrated artisans.

For more adventure and folk lore learn about the many ghosts of Wilmington;how they lived and now how they haunt the area. The Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington and the Haunted Pub Crawl offer a great and mysterious night of fun. With the largest historic district in the state and alleyways that have seen life for nearly 275 years, it's no wonder there's such an exciting business built around the local past. The walk is an hour and a half long family safe and tours the historic area to show the many "haunted"homes. Explore the Bellamy Mansion, travel through St. James graveyard to hear about the many ghosts who haunt their grave and investigate Gallows Hill to discover the many "trapped souls" who have yet to resolve their wrong-doings. It is a fun way to learn about the history of the area, in a harmless yet mystifying environment.

Riverboat cruises on the majestic Henrietta III have two sightseeing cruises and a lunch cruise for those interested in seeing an Intracoastal Waterway tour of the greater Wilmington area. Displaying the finest in southern hospitality,these cruises are perfect for special occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays or just a day of fun. While traveling along the Cape Fear River, enjoy delicious seafood cuisine while you learn about the history of the area. You might even catch a glimpse of the Battleship North Carolina. Visit Topsail Beach and see if your family can find the famous pirate Blackbeard's treasure; he was rumored to have hid his treasures throughout many of the places on the central coast.

The island communities on the New Hanover coastline such as Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach illustrate much of the local flavor of the area. Fishermen come to these shores to enjoy the many fish who call these parts of the Atlantic Ocean home. Deep sea cruises and private charters abound in the area. The proximity of the Gulf Stream, about 40 nautical miles off shore, coalesce with the cooler Atlantic to generate a great spot for many different species of maritime wildlife. Snapper, red drum, mahi mahi and flounder are often found off these beaches. Surf fishing also proves a popular sport whether it's done with a string and some fish heads or with a net. There are many different piers along the beaches such as the Surf City Pier and Bait Shop, which combined with a cooler stocked with lunch and your favorite beverage, can be the perfect day to many.

For a different type of adventurous day, you can rent nearly any type of water sport equipment in the area. Take a kayak or a boat to the tidal flats of Figure Eight Island and discover the unspoiled landscape of the private area or go fishing near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Few beaches along the North Carolina coastline allow vehicles on the actual beach; Kure Beach is one of them. Cruise out on the sand in your four wheel drive vehicle (after paying $10 for a day pass) and drive up to the access point of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The amazing maritime museum and aquarium is located right on the coast. Spend a morning discovering the waves, then walk to the aquarium to explore the many different species of animals who call the waters of the Atlantic home. Experience the large touch tank where you can get and up close experience with these beautiful creatures or visit the tanks that house some of the scariest creatures in the sea: sharks.

You and your family can explore the beauty and tranquility of the beach and the rich culture of the historic downtown area while vacationing/living in a seemingly remote beach community. You'll never be far from many different amenities - no matter what the appetite. Hundreds of restaurants, educational activities, environmentally-based activities and just plain fun are waiting for you to discover along New Hanover's coast.

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By Paul Coffman

Wilmington NC Beaches Real Estate

24 Shore Dr, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$3,500,000

24 Shore Dr, Wrightsville Beach

Experience a view like no other from this ideally located home on Harbor Island at Wrightsville Beach. Enjoy expansive water views and magnificent sunsets from this 3 le...

  • Beds 5
  • Baths 7.0
  • Courtesy of Intracoastal Realty Corp.

123 South Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$3,295,000

123 South Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach

Very rare opportunity to own one large lot at 100 feet or 2 -50 feet lots that are very deep with a very good dune line. Property is zoned R-2 and has potential to build ...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 4.0
  • Courtesy of Intracoastal Realty Corp.

101 West Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$3,000,000

101 West Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach

Premier Wrightsville Beach location consisting of three residential lots totaling 0.61+/- acres (PID #s: R05716-010-024-000, R05716-010-025-000, R05716-010-026-000). This...

  • Beds
  • Baths
  • Courtesy of Coldwell Banker Commercial Sun Coast Partners, LLC

101 Circle Dr, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$2,995,000

101 Circle Dr, Wrightsville Beach

Exceptional soundfront Wrightsville Beach estate nestled on the deep water 'Lollipop' featuring private sandy beach with minimal current for all-season water enjoyment. M...

  • Beds 10
  • Baths 9.0
  • Courtesy of Hardee Hunt & Williams

329 Atlantic Ave, Kure Beach NC 28449

$2,795,000

329 Atlantic Ave, Kure Beach

This is a very unique property with lots of potential for the right buyer. This oceanfront property is one of the best built properties on the East Coast. This includes ...

  • Beds 6
  • Baths 8.0
  • Courtesy of Island Blue Properties

1905 North Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$2,495,000

1905 North Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach

Soundfront coastal cottage with deepwater boating access now available on the lolli-pop in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Sandy soundfront beach with private boat ramp, wetslip,...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 3.0
  • Courtesy of Hardee Hunt & Williams

502 North Channel Dr, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$2,395,000

502 North Channel Dr, Wrightsville Beach

Welcome to your dream home! Experience pure luxury from the moment you open the front door. This beautifully custom-designed home has it all with absolutely stunning view...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 5.0
  • Courtesy of Intracoastal Realty Corp.

1 Confidential, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$2,300,000

1 Confidential, Wrightsville Beach

One of a kind opportunity on Wrightsville Beach. Fully leased 9 unit apartment building sitting on 2 R-2 lots. Live in one and rent the others, condo the units, or redeve...

  • Beds 2
  • Baths 1.0
  • Courtesy of Intracoastal Realty Corp.

107 West Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$2,200,000

107 West Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach

A beautiful 1 of a kind furnished, custom home offering panoramic views of Keanan's Creek, Lees Cut & Banks Channel. This 4600 sq ft home w/1000+ sq ft of porches/decks i...

  • Beds 5
  • Baths 6.0
  • Courtesy of Intracoastal Realty Corp

2634 North Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$2,150,000

2634 North Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach

Outstanding ocean & sound front views w/3 decks ocean side. Due to water leak, owners took opportunity to completely update entire home. New hardwoods, carpet, cabinets,...

  • Beds 6
  • Baths 5.0
  • Courtesy of Bryant Real Estate

32 West Henderson St, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$1,995,000

32 West Henderson St, Wrightsville Beach

Life doesn't get much better than calling 32 W Henderson home! Huge covered porches with heart pine floors provide the perfect place to entertain or to catch a nap overlo...

  • Beds 5
  • Baths 5.0
  • Courtesy of Intracoastal Realty Corp

16 East Charlotte St, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$1,995,000

16 East Charlotte St, Wrightsville Beach

Located in one of the most popular areas of Wrightsville Beach, this home offers spectacular oceanfront views & high quality construction. It is within easy walking dista...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 3.0
  • Courtesy of Intracoastal Realty Corp.

12 North Channel Dr, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$1,899,000

12 North Channel Dr, Wrightsville Beach

Expansive water views from this soundfront 4BR/4BA home located on Harbor Island in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Enjoy year round water access and the best of the beach lifest...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 4.0
  • Courtesy of Hardee Hunt & Williams

1707 North Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$1,899,000

1707 North Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach

Enjoy wrap around porches on this sound front home on almost a half an acre on the waters of Lollipop Bay. Lots of space for off street parking plus a large garage/storag...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 3.0
  • Courtesy of Realty World-Cape Fear

1406 Carolina Beach Ave North, Carolina Beach NC 28428

$1,749,500

1406 Carolina Beach Ave North, Carolina Beach

Appropriately named Waves of Grace', this ocean front property boasts 9 bedroom, 6 baths, unbeatable views, and an ocean-side pool with a stone patio. The home is Fully F...

  • Beds 9
  • Baths 6.0
  • Courtesy of Coastwalk Real Estate, LLC

6 Cowrie Ln, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$1,695,000

6 Cowrie Ln, Wrightsville Beach

Welcome home! Unbelievable ocean views await you from this Wrightsville Beach cottage. Located on a very large lot, the possibilities are numerous. Grandfathered first fl...

  • Beds 6
  • Baths 3.0
  • Courtesy of Intracoastal Realty Corp.

504 North Channel Dr, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$1,689,000

504 North Channel Dr, Wrightsville Beach

Amazing WATERFRONT home in Wrightsville Beach on prestigious Banks Channel. Enjoy deep water dockage, concrete bulkheads so much more with this beautifully restored home...

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 3.0
  • Courtesy of RE/MAX Essential

828 South Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$1,650,000

828 South Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach

Malibu meets Manhattan. A style of it's own as smooth as single malt scotch. Nothing like it on the island. Crisp contemporary architectural design. Yacht like woodwork ...

  • Beds 3
  • Baths 4.0
  • Courtesy of Hardee Hunt & Williams

20 East Henderson St, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$1,595,000

20 East Henderson St, Wrightsville Beach

Want a single family oceanfront home at Wrightsville Beach for under $2mil? This is your only option. 5BR/5BA oceanfront home is a steal at only $1,595,000. Priced as ...

  • Beds 5
  • Baths 5.0
  • Courtesy of Gulf Stream Realty

530 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$1,580,000

530 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach

Priced to sell and a great opportunity to own a 1926 Wrightsville Beach landmark in prime location! This cottage has 46+/- feet of water frontage with sound access and bo...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 5.0
  • Courtesy of Intracoastal Realty Corp.

101 West Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$1,500,000

101 West Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach

Premier Wrightsville Beach location consisting of two residential lots totaling 0.38+/- acres (PID#s: R05716-010-025-000, R05716-010-026-000). This is the former site of ...

  • Beds
  • Baths
  • Courtesy of Coldwell Banker Commercial Sun Coast Partners, LLC

2 Pelican Dr, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$1,449,000

2 Pelican Dr, Wrightsville Beach

Gorgeous panoramic views from this sound front lot with boat dock in place. Boat dock has 4 slips. Great views from the front and the back of the property and a house can...

  • Beds
  • Baths
  • Courtesy of Intracoastal Realty Corp

103 Island Dr, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$1,429,000

103 Island Dr, Wrightsville Beach

This home is pure luxury that you deserve! This is a gorgeous 4 bedroom 5-1/2 bath home that has breathtaking sunset views of Banks Channel. Many of the luxury features i...

  • Beds 4
  • Baths 6.0
  • Courtesy of Intracoastal Realty Corp.

1 West Greensboro St Unit A & B, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$1,429,000

1 West Greensboro St Unit A & B, Wrightsville Beach

Wright Holman built duplex. 10' ceilings. Open floor plan, two decks. Ocean view from private deck off MBR. Excellent rental history. Have best of both worlds--keep ...

  • Beds 6
  • Baths 6.0
  • Courtesy of Bryant Real Estate

20 Pelican Dr Unit A & B, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480

$1,399,000

20 Pelican Dr Unit A & B, Wrightsville Beach

Rare opportunity to own both units on Pelican Dr! A total of 6 bedrooms; 2 full bath, 2 half baths and 4 boat slips with 1 lift. These two units are evenly split and curr...

  • Beds 6
  • Baths 4.0
  • Courtesy of Intracoastal Realty Corp.

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