For cruisers, Wilmington (west side of the ICW) and Wrightsville Beach (east side of the ICW) offer a convenient stopover for replenishing, dining or sightseeing. Marinas line both sides of the ICW beginning immediately south of the Wrightsville Beach Bascule Bridge and just off the ICW on Motts Channel, but a word of caution: This is a popular stopover so make a reservation in advance.
Exploring all the great restauarants is an excellent adventure here and we definitely have our staff favorites. On the mainland side of the ICW the venerable Bridge Tender steakhouse serves steaks and seafood with a spectacular panoramic view of the ICW. They have been in business since 1976 and are a favorite for both lunch and dinner (910-256-4519). Directly on the ICW on Harbor Island is Bluewater Waterfront Grill, a sprawling two-story restaurant that serves a great meal near Wrightsville Beach Marina (910-256-8500). On the beach we prefer Oceanic, a high-end seafood spot offering outdoor dining on the rebuilt historic Crystal Pier (910-256-5551). Transportation required.
The Waterway Guide Team has gained extensive boating knowledge over the years, and now we are sharing all of the tips, skills and tools we’ve picked up along the way!