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Cottage in Wilmington
Wonderful Cottage-Big Backyard - Pet Friendly!
Cute downtown cottage with large, shady backyard, and just 1-3 blocks away from some of the best the city has to offer. Now with optional gas fire pit and gas barbecue grill! Propane tank fee applies. Just 8 blocks (about a 15-minute walk) to the Riverwalk! Enjoy the large backyard, lounging about under the towering oak trees in Adirondack chairs. Close to all the best Wilmington offers. Pet friendly (dogs only)
$70 per night
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Guest suite in Wilmington
The Lodge in the Woods 10 Min to Beach & Downtown
PARTY POLICY: The Great Escape is nestled in a very quiet neighborhood and no parties of any kind are permitted. Violations of our house rules such as excessive noise, smoking inside, or extra guests will lead to a fine of $250, cancellation of your reservation, and your immediate removal from the property. If this is not an issue, please send a request or instant book. We would love to host you!
$76 per night
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Condo in Wilmington
Cape Fear River View - Central Downtown - Parking
Cape Fear River Condo cannot be beaten with its location! It's a short walk to all restaurants, bars, breweries, and entertainment downtown Wilmington offers. The best feature of the space is the beautiful view from the balcony! Enjoy your morning coffee on the rocking chairs, or end the night with a glass of wine while enjoying a fantastic Cape Fear sunset.
$127 per night
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Stay near Wilmington's top sights

Photo of Battleship North Carolina
Battleship North Carolina438 locals recommend
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Mayfaire10 locals recommend
Photo of Johnnie Mercers Fishing Pier
Johnnie Mercers Fishing Pier46 locals recommend
Photo of Wilmington Riverwalk
Wilmington Riverwalk140 locals recommend
Photo of Airlie Gardens
Airlie Gardens237 locals recommend
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Oceanic132 locals recommend

Wilmington vacation rentals

Condo in Wilmington
Riverside Condo Historic Downtown Wilmington
$104 per night
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Condo in Wilmington
Beautiful River View - Central Downtown - Parking
$134 per night
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Private room in Wilmington
The Zen Den - A quaint Private Oasis room w/ Bath
$51 per night
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Condo in Wilmington
Historic Masonic Bldg w/4 windows facing Front St
$85 per night
Condo in Upper Downtown
The NoFo Loft - Top Floor & Cozy 1BR Downtown ILM
$92 per night
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Home in Wilmington
Stylish Cozy Tree House Pet Friendly!
$71 per night
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Condo in Wilmington
✨ Downtown Port City River Roost w/FREE parking ✨
$106 per night
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Guest suite in Wilmington
King Bed* Private Entrance* Close To DT/Beach
$46 per night
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Condo in Wilmington
Private Apartment, Short Walk to Downtown
$69 per night
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Condo in Wilmington
Luxury Loft
$132 per night
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Condo in Wilmington
Chez Vous - Historic Downtown Loft
$103 per night
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Condo in Wilmington
The Wilmingtonian on Front
$82 per night
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Beach house rentals in Wilmington

Home in Carolina Beach
No Bad Daze - 1 Block To Beach
$79 per night
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Home in Carolina Beach
"Candlewood Sands" cottage suite #2
$100 per night
Home in Wilmington
Atlantic Coast Dome Home Across from Sound w/ View
$87 per night
Home in Wilmington
Creative music room near the beach with 3 bedrooms
$165 per night
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Home in Wrightsville Beach
Wrightsville Getaway | Unbeatable Location & Views
$275 per night
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Home in Wrightsville Beach
25 West Downstairs
$130 per night
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Private room in Wilmington
Suite Serenity ~ Private Room and Bath
$90 per night
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Home in Carolina Beach
Paradise Island Escape-3 mins to Beach/Boardwalk
$101 per night
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Home in Carolina Beach
The Beach House on Snapper
$182 per night
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Home in Carolina Beach
Fabulous penthouse condo only steps to the beach.
$210 per night
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Home in Wilmington
Morning View on Bradley Creek- Waterfront
$197 per night
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Home in Wilmington
Ranch by the Ocean!
$100 per night
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Downtown Wilmington vacation rentals

Condo in Wilmington
The Original Diamond Feed Store Airbnb
$79 per night
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Condo in Wilmington
Stunning River Views
$111 per night
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Guest suite in Wilmington
The Rustic Retreat 10 Minutes to Downtown & Beach
$76 per night
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Condo in Wilmington
1914 Stable Skylit Urban Studio Historic Downtown
$105 per night
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Rental unit in Wilmington
★ Chic Riverside Condo-2 Blocks from Water-Parking
$77 per night
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Guest suite in Wilmington
Suite Sound @ Greenfield Lake!
$58 per night
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Condo in Wilmington
Gorgeous Riverfront Condo
$96 per night
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Condo in Wilmington
Riverside Loft
$95 per night
Home in Wilmington
The Lovely Loft - Walk to Downtown
$90 per night
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Rental unit in Wilmington
The Glass Garden • Unique Downtown Apartment
$121 per night
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Condo in Wilmington
Retreat on Front Street
$58 per night
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Rental unit in Wilmington
Private Apt 5 Min From DWNTN - Clean & Cozy!
$59 per night

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.


When is 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.


What are the 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.