Wilmington beach vacation rentals

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Top-rated vacation rentals in Wilmington

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Guesthouse in Wilmington
Haven: Intimate Treehouse on the Ground
Haven is your "tree house on the ground" that takes you under an ivy archway and opens into greenery! Sitting in heart of Wilmington, only 2 miles from Downtown and 8 miles from Wrightsville Beach, Haven provides a truly unique experience, especially for couples! This home was designed for those seeking a serene, intimate getaway immersed in nature. With a clean and modern design, the interior is truly a work of art. We invite you to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature outside the glass!
Apr 18 – 25
G$35,628 GYD per night
4.94 out of 5 average rating, 181 reviews
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Cozy Cottage Near Downtown w/ NO Cleaning Chores
The Side Piece Cottage is a cozy place to curl up after a day at the beach, downtown, or visiting loved-ones. 2 bedrooms and a fully stocked kitchen, private fenced-in backyard, and lots of vintage charm. Located 10 minutes from downtown and 20 minutes from Wrightsville or Carolina Beach. Walk to Greenfield Lake Amphitheater or take a short drive to Castle Street and antiquing, coffee, and art. Perfect spot for romantic getaways or friends getting together. You'll feel right at home.
Aug 14 – 21
G$24,268 GYD per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 154 reviews
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Guest suite in Wilmington
Harbor Oaks, rest, relax, renew...
Lovely apartment, private space. Open and spacious dining and living area. Well equipped kitchen: refrigerator, full stove/oven, microwave, toaster, blender, coffee makers, pots, pans, dishes, utensils. Breakfast makings on hand. Media room with Smart TV, comfy seating, computer work station. Large, roomy master bedroom w/ king size bed OR TRANSFORMS INTO TWO TWINS. Bath adjoins bedroom, walk in shower, no tub. Beaches, downtown Wilmington, UNCW, all within a 15 minute drive.
Nov 16 – 23
G$12,988 GYD per night
5.0 out of 5 average rating, 195 reviews

Popular amenities for Wilmington vacation rentals

Stay near Wilmington's top sights

Battleship North Carolina435 locals recommend
Mayfaire10 locals recommend
Johnnie Mercers Fishing Pier46 locals recommend
Airlie Gardens235 locals recommend
Wilmington Riverwalk138 locals recommend
Independence Mall40 locals recommend

Wilmington vacation rentals

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Crestwood Cottage
May 28 – Jun 4
G$23,274 GYD per night
4.96 out of 5 average rating, 476 reviews
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Serendipitous Studio - Entire Place
Jul 22 – 29
G$21,302 GYD per night
4.95 out of 5 average rating, 215 reviews
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PalmTreeHut
Jan 20 – 27
G$16,134 GYD per night
4.92 out of 5 average rating, 320 reviews
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Apartment in Wilmington
Downtown Riverfront Condo with Fab View & Parking
Jan 31 – Feb 7
G$28,906 GYD per night
4.92 out of 5 average rating, 355 reviews
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Condo in Wilmington
Spectacular Downtown Riverfront with Parking!
Aug 1 – 8
G$40,162 GYD per night
4.92 out of 5 average rating, 410 reviews
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Tower in Wrightsville Beach
Blue Surf
Jan 8 – 15
G$36,704 GYD per night
4.87 out of 5 average rating, 412 reviews
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Condo in Wilmington
112 MARKET STREET RETREAT Down by the Riverwalk!
Jul 29 – Aug 5
G$28,906 GYD per night
4.95 out of 5 average rating, 101 reviews
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Treehouse in Wilmington
Live in the trees! Covid vaccines required.
Aug 10 – 17
G$25,829 GYD per night
4.91 out of 5 average rating, 341 reviews
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Quiet Carriage House in Wilmington.
Dec 3 – 10
G$16,380 GYD per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 799 reviews
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Tiny home in Wilmington
Private Tiny Home in the Woods!
Dec 16 – 23
G$23,394 GYD per night
4.89 out of 5 average rating, 485 reviews
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Bungalow in Wilmington
Bladen Bungalow - Dwntwn Wilmy - Dog Friendly
Jul 28 – Aug 4
G$28,234 GYD per night
4.86 out of 5 average rating, 190 reviews
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Condo in Wilmington
The NoFo House - Elevated & Cozy 1BR Downtown ILM
Aug 20 – 27
G$26,713 GYD per night
4.96 out of 5 average rating, 350 reviews

Beach house rentals in Wilmington

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Home in Carolina Beach
The Beach House on Snapper
Mar 18 – 25
G$36,704 GYD per night
5.0 out of 5 average rating, 228 reviews
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Home in Wrightsville Beach
Serenity Now! Family friendly--steps from WB!
Aug 18 – 25
G$125,484 GYD per night
4.94 out of 5 average rating, 114 reviews
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Luminous Oasis
Aug 17 – 24
G$145,875 GYD per night
5.0 out of 5 average rating, 175 reviews
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Home in Wilmington
Comfy Outdoor Living & Family Retreat w/ Hot Tub
Apr 4 – 11
G$40,020 GYD per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 113 reviews
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Home in Carolina Beach
0.2 Miles to Beach Access | Ocean Breeze at CB
Mar 19 – 26
G$27,577 GYD per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 119 reviews
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Home in Surf City
Soundfront, Dock, Hot Tub, Privacy, Walk to Beach
Oct 23 – 30
G$82,700 GYD per night
4.92 out of 5 average rating, 213 reviews
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Eagle Point on the Bay
Feb 7 – 14
G$64,938 GYD per night
4.93 out of 5 average rating, 164 reviews
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Home in Oak Island
Oak Island Beach House #2
Sep 9 – 16
G$74,506 GYD per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 136 reviews
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Home in Wilmington
Charming Family Retreat-Great location
Apr 17 – 24
G$32,584 GYD per night
4.8 out of 5 average rating, 290 reviews
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Home in Oak Island
3 min. walk to the beach, Two Seasters Duplex C2
Mar 6 – 13
G$21,997 GYD per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 117 reviews
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Home in Wrightsville Beach
25 West Downstairs
Aug 13 – 20
G$74,125 GYD per night
4.9 out of 5 average rating, 110 reviews
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Home in Carolina Beach
COASTAL CABANA - 1 Block to beach with sound view
Sep 25 – Oct 2
G$59,605 GYD per night
4.98 out of 5 average rating, 223 reviews

Wilmington house rentals

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The Seahawk's Nest
Nov 13 – 20
G$17,484 GYD per night
4.93 out of 5 average rating, 203 reviews
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Pecan Paradise: near Beach & Downtown!
Oct 20 – 27
G$26,125 GYD per night
4.96 out of 5 average rating, 146 reviews
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Esther's Garden Between Historic Downtown & Beach
Aug 12 – 19
G$29,535 GYD per night
4.96 out of 5 average rating, 114 reviews
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The "Hygge" Beach House at Midtown_Hot Tub & Pets!
Aug 10 – 17
G$84,379 GYD per night
4.98 out of 5 average rating, 127 reviews
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The Midtown House
Jul 20 – 27
G$39,587 GYD per night
4.96 out of 5 average rating, 204 reviews
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Home in Wilmington
2BR/1B cottage minutes to downtown, beach
Jul 11 – 18
G$19,360 GYD per night
4.92 out of 5 average rating, 113 reviews
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No Up-front Pet Fees: Wilmington Pet Friendly
Apr 8 – 15
G$30,714 GYD per night
4.99 out of 5 average rating, 195 reviews
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Haven By The Lake
Mar 15 – 22
G$24,761 GYD per night
4.85 out of 5 average rating, 189 reviews
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The Rustic Pearl by the Sea
Oct 22 – 29
G$32,940 GYD per night
4.89 out of 5 average rating, 149 reviews
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Cozy studio - fully separate but attached space!
Mar 11 – 18
G$20,705 GYD per night
5.0 out of 5 average rating, 108 reviews
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SongBird Nest w/ outdoor hangout near DT & Beach
Apr 20 – 27
G$32,267 GYD per night
4.9 out of 5 average rating, 242 reviews
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Walker's House
Oct 21 – 28
G$30,869 GYD per night
4.97 out of 5 average rating, 37 reviews

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Wilmington

Total rentals

2K properties

Rentals with dedicated workspaces

1K properties have a dedicated workspace

Rentals with a pool

250 properties have a pool

Pet-friendly rentals

740 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

1.3K properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

103K reviews

Your guide to Wilmington

Introduction

Wilmington is a colonial city with a cosmopolitan heart. Officially established in 1739, the city is integrated with the Cape Fear River and has a popular 1.75-mile Riverwalk, considered one of the best in the country. But it’s Wilmington’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean that lures many visitors. Bordered by 31 miles of shoreline defining Cape Fear, the city boasts a trio of popular beaches whose recreational activities draw vacationers from all over. Downtown Wilmington’s cobblestone streets and pre-Victorian architecture are reminders of the city’s long and colorful past.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Wilmington

Given its location along the Gulf Stream, Wilmington experiences a humid subtropical climate characterized by incredibly mild winters (highs in the mid-50s Fahrenheit) and hot, sticky summers (highs in the lower 90s). It seldom snows during the cold months, and when it does, it’s generally light and melts quickly. More notable for Wilmington is its lengthy spring, beginning in late February and lasting through May, with a beautiful show of flowers. With summer comes heat and humidity, together pushing Wilmington’s heat index toward 100 degrees at its peak, driving many visitors to the beaches. The push and pull of warm Atlantic Ocean waters and the city’s geography in relation to storm system tracks puts it in prime tropical-storm territory. If you’re staying in one of the Wilmington’s vacation rentals during hurricane season, which peaks in September, make sure you pay close attention to local weather.


Top things to do in Wilmington

Carolina Beach and Kure Beach

Located on Wilmington’s southeastern shore, these neighboring beaches comprise an area aptly named Pleasure Island for its bounty of coastal escapades. Popular with ocean sports enthusiasts, these beaches are lined with rental shops offering kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and surfboards; each has its own boardwalk.

Downtown Wilmington

Even if you’re staying on the beaches, it’s worth going out of your way to stroll downtown Wilmington’s historic district. Marking its roles in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and WWII, this living museum spans more than 230 blocks, making it one of the largest National Register Historic Places in the country. Explore on your own, or book one of the neighborhood’s many popular walking tours or horse-drawn carriages to learn as you go.

Airlie Gardens

To get an authentic taste of Southern scenery, book a ticket to Airlie Gardens on the banks of Bradley Creek, tucked onto Wilmington’s northeast side. Self-guided tours and bird hikes wind through an expansive 67 acres of paths, lakes, and landscaped gardens. Immaculately maintained for year-round visits, the gardens are filled with mossy oaks, an array of flowers and plants, and charming historic structures.

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