Café de Mar is a sister restaurant to Wilmington’s popular K-38 Mexican Restaurant, and this smaller eatery features an effortlessly cool collection of drinks, snacks, and sweet treats. Perfect for an early morning, or even an early afternoon breakfast or caffeinated pick-me-up, this little café is a popular coffee-house style spot for visitors who are cruising the central shops and restaurants of Wrightsville Beach.

The menu is light but fairly filling, with a focus on breakfast burritos and biscuits. Hungry patrons can fill a pre-surf appetite by feasting on a classic fried chicken, bacon, sausage, or egg and cheese burrito, or can try something a little different, like the Huevos Rancheros with crispy bacon, green onion, jalapeno and salsa fresco. The biscuits are equally tempting, with classic variations like sausage, egg and cheese, and summertime patrons can wash down a meal with a refreshing iced coffee, a frozen java, a fresh fruit smoothie, or a cold milkshake, that can come in more unique varieties like Chai, or Grom - which boasts Ghirardella Chocolate & Caramel Syrup. A favorite destination for local surfers before they head for the waves, this chic little coffee shop and light breakfast joint that’s open all afternoon is the perfect spot to refuel before a trip to the beach. 

Wrightsville Beach
  • Monday9:00am-5:00pm
  • Tuesday9:00am-5:00pm
  • Wednesday9:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday9:00am-5:00pm
  • Friday9:00am-5:00pm
Masonboro Island Coastal Estuarine Reserve

Masonboro Island Coastal Estuarine Reserve

Situated on the edge of the Cape Fear Coastline in between the bustling towns of Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach, the Masonboro Island Estuarine Reserve is a unique slice of undeveloped and natural barrier island shoreline that’s an important habitat for countless coastal species. Hard to reach but wonderfully isolated, visitors who make a trip to this literal deserted island will be rewarded with great shelling, beautiful landscapes, and miles of beaches to go around.

New Hanover County Arboretum

New Hanover County Arboretum

The New Hanover County Arboretum, located on the outskirts of Downtown Wilmington on Oleander Drive, is a peaceful retreat for nature lovers everywhere. With seven acres of greenery, and gorgeous foliage that changes with the season, every visit offers a new way to experience the native and beloved plant life of Wilmington in a perfectly tranquil setting.