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North Carolina beach bracket champion: Wrightsville Beach

A surfer at Wrightsville Beach on September 23, 2023. Photo: Eros Hoagland/Getty Images

Wrightsville Beach is the champion of Axios' North Carolina beach bracket, edging past Emerald Isle in the final with 54% of our readers' votes.

By the numbers: Thousands of you have weighed in on with your favorite beaches in North Carolina, and Wrightsville Beach was never close to losing against any of its matchups.

Bracket: Axios Visuals
Bracket: Axios Visuals

Maybe we should've seen it coming. Wrightsville Beach offers something for everyone, and — maybe most importantly — it's the closest beach to Raleigh.

  • The 4-mile long beach island is famous for its walkable town with bars, shops and restaurants. Its waves are among the most popular for surfing in the state.
  • Wrightsville also offers plenty of calm spots to escape the noise — especially for those who kayak or paddleboard to the nearby Masonboro Island Reserve.

Yes, but: Good luck finding a parking spot.

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