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Long term monthly, Waterway view

Long term monthly rental. This cozy retreat has a living/dining area complete with a full kitchen. King size bed in private bedroom. Washer/dryer in unit. Community pool and exterior elevator. Close to beach. Includes all utilities.

$65 per night
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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.

$77 per night
  1. Entire rental unit
  2. Upper Downtown
The Downtown Hideaway-Private Apartment-Clean

Live like a local at the Downtown Hideaway! This modern, luxurious, and cozy apartment is walking distance to a handful of highly-rated restaurants, bars, and breweries! Wake up in the morning and stroll down the block to Bespoke Coffe.. then grab a tasty bagel at Tugboat Tony's...and enjoy your breakfast by the breathtaking Cape Fear River!

$135 per night

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Wilmington vacation rentals

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Elephant on Market Wilmington 2 King BR + Parking
$191 per night
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Beachy Blue Bungalow
$48 per night
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  2. Wilmington
❤️New+Clean Studio Apt In Historic Dist-Walk 2 Cafe
$95 per night
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The Retro Room- Private Suite with bathroom
$62 per night
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  2. Wilmington
Hip Loft in the Heart of Downtown
$162 per night
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202 Interested in Intracoastal
$135 per night
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Quiet Carriage House in Wilmington.
$97 per night
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The Zen Den - A Private Oasis room w/ Bath
$62 per night
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Heart of Historic Downtown! Great 1 Bedroom Apt. H
$99 per night
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  2. Upper Downtown
The NoFo Loft
$141 per night
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  2. Wilmington
The Weekender
$80 per night
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Riverfront Wilmington condo
$119 per night

Beach house rentals in Wilmington

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Parker #2-Parker #2:Inexpensive,oceanfront unit near the pier with spanning ocean views
$137 per night
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Seaside Sanctuary
$196 per night
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  2. Wrightsville Beach
"Heaven on Heron"
$251 per night
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  2. Wrightsville Beach
Waterfront Home with incredible Sunrise & Sunset
$391 per night
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  2. Wrightsville Beach
Sunset Cottage-JULY 10TH WEEK OPEN!
$993 per night
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Serenity Now! Family friendly--steps from WB!
$807 per night
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  2. Wrightsville Beach
Reel Simple-Reel Simple: Classic beachfront cottage feels like home with plenty of room
$429 per night
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Vintage Mid-Century Beach Cottage
$325 per night
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  2. Wrightsville Beach
Sunset Spot- SUMMER DATES LEFT! Sound views!
$629 per night
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  2. Wrightsville Beach
Seagull's Nest-NEW LISTING! JUST STEPS TO OCEAN!
$614 per night
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🏖 2BR 2BA Wrightsville Beach Condo w Ocean Views🏖
$473 per night
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  2. Wrightsville Beach
Chequers-Chequers: Experience a true classic Wrightsville Beach cottage built in 1940
$514 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.


How do I get around Wilmington?

Wilmington International Airport (ILM) is located just north of the city, serving eight destinations across the Midwest and East Coast. Alternatively, you’ll find additional options via one of the other major airports in the region: Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), which is a little over two hours northwest; or Charleston International Airport (CHS), about three hours south. Wilmington’s Wave public transportation network features 16 bus routes, shuttles, and free trolleys circling downtown. There’s also a local water taxi route, and taxis and rideshares are common. Pedestrians and cyclists take advantage of the Gary Shell Cross City Trail, which connects many of the city’s recreational and cultural points of interest. Metered parking is abundant, and parking is often free after business hours.


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.