14 Best Vacation Rentals In Wilmington, North Carolina - Updated 2022

vacation rentals in wilmington nc

Nicknamed as ‘The Port City’, Wilmington is a lively riverfront city on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, USA. The city embraces its history with open arms and invites visitors to explore its historic brick-paved downtown streets rich in Victorian and antebellum architecture. Just minutes away from Wilmington are miles of white sandy beaches, ideal for surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and more. Wilmington’s beautiful riverwalk has plenty of shops, restaurants, art galleries and a waterfront park. Featured in many TV shows and films, and housing many production facilities, Wilmington is often referred to as ‘Hollywood East.’ Museums, gardens and many new attractions are also to be found a-plenty in this scenic city. If you don’t know where to stay, come and take a look at our vacation rental recommendations, just a stone’s throw from all the city’s attractions. From Airbnbs to bed and breakfasts, there are plenty of options available. Here are the top vacation rentals in Wilmington, North Carolina.

1. Beautifully furnished garage home with a private garden (from USD 102)

Aptly named PalmTreeHouse, this amazing vacation rental in Wilmington, NC, is nestled among palm trees and features a private Zen garden. It is situated in the Chestnut Heights neighborhood that’s known for its quiet and charming appeal while providing easy access to what Cape Fear Coast has to offer—from the establishments and attractions of the Wilmington Riverfront to the beaches.

PalmTreeHouse comes with one bedroom that can comfortably sleep up to two guests. It also features a well-equipped kitchen with everything you will need to ensure food preparation is a breeze. Other noteworthy amenities include air-conditioning, heating, a cable TV, and WiFi.

Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
439 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we loved the garden the theme of the apartment and the amenities
the apartment is very clean and has all the amenities you’ll need for a lovely getaway
the space was very clean and well-decorated
it was very clean cool and comfy
the property was well-decorated clean and comfortable
overall the space was very stylish and clean
comfortable and clean with everything you need and nice extras
the hosts are very very friendly and made us feel welcomed upon arrival
they're very gracious hosts and the place is lovely
hosts were extremely kind accommodating and sincere
the host tab and lisa were so friendly and welcoming
lisa and tab were the best host and have the sweetest animals
the location was fantastic close to the beaches and close to downtown
great location - stylish retro - super quiet
great place located in a great city
good location and comfy bed
a lovely location for a stay-cation
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2. Elegantly remodeled home in the city center (from USD 246)

If you’re looking for an accommodation to fit a large group during your Wilmington escapade, this remodeled home is the best way to go. The rental comes with three spacious bedrooms, two full baths, a bright and cozy living area, a dining area, and a fully equipped kitchen—all impeccably furnished to ensure the comfort and convenience of up to nine people. Another great feature of this rental is the large deck that’s equipped with a dining table and a grill, the perfect spot to enjoy the sun and the greeneries all around while relaxing with your family or friends over drinks and barbecues.

The property is centrally located close to many attractions, including the downtown area and the beach. It’s also in a nice neighborhood where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll and see the sights.

The Best Family & Friends Hangout & Pet Friendly!!
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
338 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire home 4 Beds 9 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 9

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wifi was great along with the added bonus of access to netflix amazon prime etc
nice three bedroom house with lovely updated kitchen excellent tv cable and internet access
the place is huge- great size kitchen living room back deck and yard
the kitchen was gorgeous and he even left coffee for us
the beds were super comfy and the location was great
divine very clean and comfortable
house was clean and comfortable
everything is very clean and updated
it was super clean stylish and comfortable
everything is very nice and clean and very roomy
ease of access and quick response from owner
great house and host highly recommend
check in was a breeze and the host was responsive and helpful
all in all brandon’s an amazing host my family and i will definitely be back
awesome communication from the owner
good location for beach
great location nice place
beautiful home super close to downtown
great location about 15 min to the beach
great house in a good location
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3. Charming duplex with a Zen garden (from USD 156)

Great for couples, small groups of friends, families, or even lone travelers, this charming Wilmington vacation home will surely make your stay as cozy as possible. It has two bedrooms to comfortably sleep a maximum of four people. There’s a fully equipped kitchen so that you can whip up snacks and meals with ease. It also features two living areas—one inside and one in the stunning Zen garden outdoors.

The property is located in the midtown area. This means many of the city’s attractions and establishments are nearby, including grocery stores, bars, shops, cafes, biking and hiking trails, and, of course, the beach. Dining options from fast food to fine dining restaurants in Wilmington can also be reached easily.

Relaxing Zen Garden
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
144 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire home 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beds were comfy couch was comfy and the location was great
super comfy sofa in the living room with tv’s in all rooms
the beds are super comfy great private back patio & we loved the koi pond
place was clean well appointed and the beds were comfortable
space was comfortable extremely clean and well decorated
inside was clean and cozy with every attention to detail
wonderful clean place i will definitely keep this stay in mind for future trips
the place was clean and in a great location
great place and a wonderful and communicative host
the hosts are great very communicative and accommodating
they were very accommodating regarding our request for an early check in and communication was great
ada was very responsive and the value is great
curt and ada were extremely helpful with our arrival and any questions that we had
relaxing location and close to everything
it’s in a good location close to a grocery store restaurants and the university
this is a great location
the location was perfect only a 25 minute drive to the beach and near downtown wilmington
great central location quiet neighborhood with lots of great shopping nearby
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4. Tranquil getaway near the beach (from USD 150)

The Pasha Casha is a charming carriage home that offers a tranquil getaway for solo travelers or couples on a romantic vacation. This home away from home in Wilmington, NC, has one bedroom that comes with a cozy queen-size bed that can comfortably sleep up to two adults. The open-plan area features a living room with a cable TV and a fully equipped kitchen. Other amenities include air-conditioning, heating, WiFi, and a private balcony.

The property is centrally located in the city with easy access to many points of interest. Wrightsville Beach, for instance, is just mere minutes away, and visiting it is one of the best romantic things to do in Wilmington. The downtown area, with its great selection of dining and shopping options, is also nearby.

Quiet getaway, minutes from the Beach and Shopping
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
212 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
nice quiet place with a comfortable bed and couch and nice kitchen
thoughtful touches attuned to guest comfort like shampoo/body soap in the shower coffee and a bluetooth speaker
the apartment was very comfortable spacious and stylish with full kitchen amenities a parking spot and separate bedroom
quaint quiet and super comfortable
very clean and crispy apartment
absolutely amazing space very clean and well stocked
it was clean fresh and well-designed
everything about the house was so clean & cozy
the place was clean and had everything we needed
matt and haley were wonderful hosts
matt and haley were awesome hosts too
the hosts were super helpful and communicative
matt and haley were wonderful hosts and extremely responsive
the hosts very easy to communicate with
great central location to everything from beach to downtown
great location only minutes away from the beach and close to the historic downtown area
an amazing beautiful place near the beach
fantastic great location peaceful and quiet but only 10 minutes to the beach or 15 minutes to downtown
great place so cute and cozy
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5. Unique carriage house with garden views (from USD 148)

The highly customized Carriage House at the White Barn compound in Wilmington has a very unique feel to it, with shiplap walls, exposed ceiling joists, butcher block counters in the kitchen and a sliding barn door to the bedroom! The house has been very lovingly and creatively furnished by the owners, complete with original artwork, but has all the conveniences required for a perfect vacation home. A full kitchen in an open-plan layout, a comfortable bed and a bright bathroom are available in this house. A sunny wooden deck overlooking the garden is ideal for your morning coffee or drinks in the evening. The house is only a two-mile drive to Wrightsville beach and ten minutes to downtown Wilmington, offering plenty of things to do.

Carriage House at the White Barn Compound
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
431 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
house had a/c which was awesome
a very comfortable place with everything you need
charlie's carriage house was clean and beautiful
amazingly clean and exactly as described
i loved the cleanliness of charlie's space
such a stylish and clean space
charlie’s spaces are creative clean and comfortable
charlie was kind polite and professional
he was so responsive and easy to communicate with
charlie was very responsive and helpful
charlie and chuck made us feel right at home very friendly and helpful
awesome place charlie was super helpful and even though our stay was short we still thoroughly enjoyed it
location is great middle of everything
cool place close to wrightsville beach brewery
great location to the beach and downtown
great place centrally located between wrightsville beach and downtown wilmington
cute cozy and fun perfect location too
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6. Cozy apartment with nature views (from USD 138)

There’s lots of charm and character to be found at the White Barn apartment with exposed wooden beams in the high ceilings and a sliding Egyptian door to the bedroom. A large king-size bed in the cozy bedroom comfortably accommodates two guests. A fully stocked kitchen with a very modern subway tile backsplash has everything you need to cook tasty meals! A luxurious bathroom and a walk-in closet are added flourishes to this house. This rustic house is just a five-minute drive from Airlie Gardens. Wrightsville Beach and downtown Wilmington are a quick short drive away too.

The White Barn Apartment
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
503 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the furniture was comfortable and impeccably decorated
comfortable bed cool bluetooth sound system private balcony
beautiful home the rustic turquoise bedroom barn door modern bathroom perfect open space concept kitchen and living area
it’s a modern space with antique finishes and all of the little things you need to be comfortable
charming and warm with everything you need but groceries for a comfortable weeks stay
place was as advertised clean and stocked
charlie’s place was very clean and very unique
it was clean and rustic yet modern
very private clean and comfortable
great barn design and clean place
charlie was a great host
charlie is a great host with quick responses and nice extra touches
charlie is a great host super responsive makes check in and out very easy
beautiful space and great host lots of nice touches to make our stay comfortable
charlie was extremely helpful and i can’t wait to book the white barn again
the location is great not too far from downtown or wrightsville beach
beautiful and interesting place to stay and close to everything
great location and a very nice place
perfect location and space for a weekend trip to the coast
really unique spot in a great location and cool amenities
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7. Convenient condo with free parking (from USD 97)

Hawk’s Nest is a snug condominium with an open-plan layout in the kitchen and living area. This one-bedroom one-bathroom apartment is perfect for two guests. All the essentials required for a comfortable stay are available in the apartment. Hawk’s Nest is very conveniently located right next to the main campus of UNCW. Many biking and walking paths are also at a walking distance from the apartment. Downtown Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, restaurants, and shops are also quite nearby.

Hawk's Nest
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
217 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire condo 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the wifi was incredible which was a nice plus
very conviently located and thoughtful touches for guests were included (linens towels wi-fi and netflix)
all the comforts of a hotel room with the added value of having a kitchen
a great deal the apartment was clean and sleek like the photos and very comfortable
it’s a very good value and i enjoyed my 4 nights on the comfortable bed
very clean and neat
the space was immaculately clean
very clean neat and tidy
clean and easy to find
nice and clean
our host was very helpful and responded promptly to our questions
we had a blast and appreciate the hospitality quick responses from the host and self-check-in process
the host was very easy to get in touch with when we needed
it was just the right kind of space to relax after my meeting
host was very responsive and aside from noisy neighbors our stay was wonderful
the location was great
great location next to campus
great location if you are visiting uncw
good location in wilmington and is not very far from downtown
nice place with a great location
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8. Upscale townhome with a pond in Lake Park Village (from USD 250)

This fully furnished, bright and cheerful house with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, located in the heart of Wilmington, is the perfect vacation home for a family or group of friends. The kitchen comes fully equipped with stainless steel appliances and the sunny outdoor deck adds a nice touch to this house in the upscale Lake Park Village townhome community. The house is at a walking distance to one the areas largest county park, Hugh MacRae Park that has tennis courts, pet play areas, playgrounds, picnic grounds, and a scenic pond. Public bus routes, supermarkets, upscale shops, and restaurants are also quite closeby.

Fully furnished Corporate Model Unit available for short or long term rental
Wilmington, NC, US
5 reviews
townhome 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there is plenty of room and pretty much equipped with all of the common items for your stay
much larger than it looks, had everything we needed, very comfortable
if you have smallchildren you will have to be worry about them not talk ,laugh loud because of neighbor next door
very spacious townhouse , very neat
very clean and comfortable
wonderful place! so clean and spacious in a great location!
beautifully decorated
the only problem was a neighbor next to it very touchy about us talking around 10:pmapparently she could hear us talking
the owners are very hospitable and helpful if needed
beautiful surroundings and within walking distance to a park
other than that the property is great and good location , close to allattractions in wilmington
convenient to grocery stores, restaurants and drugstores
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9. Pet-friendly home near the beach (from USD 115)

Conveniently located in midtown Wilmington, this pretty house has two bedrooms, a comfortable living area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a relaxing outdoor deck. A massive fenced lawn with a hammock, a fire pit and lots of shade from the trees will surely delight your kids and the family pet! This charming house is at a walking distance from some excellent local breweries, parks, shops and restaurants. The boardwalk area is just twelve-minutes away from the house. The beach and downtown area are just a fifteen-minute drive away.

Hermosa casa ubicada en el centro de Wilmington
106 reviews  Wifi Available
House 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The home is very comfortable
We only needed one bedroom but we used the second bedroom for one of our suitcases since the space was a little tight
and we enjoyed our stay during our beach vacation
It was close to downtown and the beach Easy to uber to everything we wanted to do and needed to be at for the wedding
The pups enjoyed having a yard to roam and play although one section of the fence was down for repair (we were informed ahead of time)
Everything was prristine and the bedssuper comfy
She is by far the most hospitable host I have encountered through VRBO
The azaleas and wisteria greeted me as I drove up the driveway to this Wilmington home giving me a colorful
You can tell the owner really cares about their guests
the beach or both
Host was VERY accommodating with unexpected nice special touches
Easy 10min drive to downtown or Wrightsville
Location of the house was amazing for getting around Wilmington and down to Carolina beach quickly
and we thought the location was convenient
The owners are such a pleasure to work with From the complementary wine to the soft beds
But the owner got on it right away
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10. Pet-friendly bungalow with garden

The Bamboo Bungalow is a great Wilmington, NC, beach rental that has a massive three-bedroom two-bathroom ranch house that comfortably accommodates nine guests. Done up in soothing blue tones, the interior of the house has a very welcoming vibe to it. The kitchen is fully stocked and fitted with stainless steel appliances. A beautiful wooden patio is perfect to enjoy your morning coffee, lunch, a candlelit dinner or just to watch your pets and kids run around in the adjoining lush garden!

The Bamboo Bungalow is just two right turns to Wrightsville Beach. A short drive will take you to downtown Wilmington. Shops, restaurants, and a mall are also in close proximity to the house.

Come unwind at the Bamboo Bungalow, 2 right turns (4mi) to Wrightsville Beach!
Wilmington, NC, US
13 reviews
House 11 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the outside shower was a bonus
The outside patio with the fireplace was an added bonus too
The beds were super comfortable
The Bungalow was light and airy and surrounded by a large lush lawn and shrubs and trees
The pictures accurately match the property
The house was nicely decorated and was very clean
Mimosa's Can't beat that
Owner was great to work with and very attentive to our needs
Kathryn was a great host that kept in contact with us whenever we had any questions and the house had everything we needed and more
Our grandchildren played frisbee outdoors
We traveled to Wilmington to visit our daughter who graduated in May from UNCW (and wants to make Wilmington her forever home) and to run in the Battleship NC Half Marathon Bamboo Bungalow was so ...
Such a comfortable clean and convenient home
Awesome place in a great location
It was close to everything (beaches restaurants
Property was as seen in photos No unpleasant suprises Enjoyed our stay thoroughly Close to beach and restaurant at the end of the street had brunch on Saturday with $2 00
Amazing House was just as described Located close vicinty to shopping and the beach
The neighborhood was quiet and close to everything
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11. Beautiful townhome with outdoor deck

The tasteful décor of this beautiful townhome is reflected in its color-coordinated furniture, fixtures, and fittings. The kitchen is updated, modern and fully equipped with all the essentials. The furnished outdoor deck with a grill is perfect for relaxing and entertaining. The three master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms are cozy and comfortable. The house is just a ten-minute drive to downtown Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.

Monthly Rental !5 minutes to Beach & Shopping! 3 Master Suites!
95 reviews
townhome 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The place was also equipped with everything that we needed
the 2 side properties in the back were not tidy Bottles
The online description and the images were just like the Townhouse
It was spacious enough for 5 adults and 2 children
The residence was clean and spacious; having an on-suite bath for each bedroom is a real plus; location close to restaurants malls; only draw back is 20 minute drive to beach; would surely stay ag...
Everything was ready and very clean
Very clean and nice place to stay
The house was well decorated but not cluttered and extremely clean
Loved the three en-suite bedrooms and central location to downtown Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach Linens and towels provided which was great
Otherwise house was great for everything we needed
Easy check in and met all expectations
Great location near Wrightsville Beach and nice condo layout with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths
Kitchen very well stocked including laundry soap and dish soap A little challenging to get one of the visitor spots on some days for the third vehicle
Great convenient location clean and well stocked Would stay there again
We enjoyed the home for a bachelorette weekend trip We loved the layout and the patio for all of our fun pictures
A perfect location for visits to Wrightsville Beach and downtown Wilmington
There were stores to shop at nearby
It was extremely convenient and in a great central location to everything
property manager expedited the shipment of it to us which was above and beyond the call of duty
We found the property well kept It was convenient and quiet
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12. Family-friendly inn near the beach

The Pineapple Inn, with its brick veneer exterior, exudes southern charm and has lots of room for the entire family! If you’re in the mood to just lounge about all day, the house has a lovely outdoor patio (with an outdoor grill) under the shade of the trees leading onto a large grassy garden. If exploring is on your mind, the house is just three miles from Wrightsville Beach. Downtown Wilmington is within a fifteen-minute drive and a fresh seafood market is at a walking distance from the house.

Pineapple Inn(181402)...3 miles from Wrightsville Beach!!
205 Avondale Ave
House 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

13. Well-furnished house best for families

This gorgeous four-bedroom house has been tastefully decorated with luxurious furnishings in cool and calming colors that will instantly put you in a relaxed mood. The skylights in the living area provide plenty of natural light and a lovely fireplace adds to the charm of this house. A modern kitchen and bright and airy bedrooms complete the interiors of the house. A wooden patio leads onto a huge manicured garden. As an added bonus, the house has an additional suite with a separate kitchen and living area, perfect for families or multiple groups traveling together. The house is a short drive away from Wrightsville Beach, UNCW and downtown Wilmington.

Lovely patio home 3 miles to Wrightsville Beach, newly renovated and furnished
6024 Wrightsville Ave
House 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

14. Charming house with a loft

The charm of this two-bedroom house in midtown Wilmington lies in its 25 feet (7.62 meters) high ceilings that give the house a very spacious feel. The house is pet-friendly and has an open-plan kitchen, a living area and a loft above the bedrooms and bathroom. For indoor entertainment, there is a ping-pong table in the loft and the TV in the living room has Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime to keep you entertained for hours on end! Just ten minutes from the house is Wrightsville beach and the historic downtown area. Great places to eat and a shopping mall are also just a few minutes away.

2 Bedroom 25ft Ceilings With Loft & Extra Parking!
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
565 reviews
Entire house 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great location great amenities comfortable beds perfect for our 2 families for the weekend
there is a full kitchen incorporated into the open living space making socializing and cooking easily accomplished simultaneously
everything was clean and comfortable
very clean and exactly as described
so clean and extremely well stocked
the house was very clean and comfortable
the place was super clean and well organized
the host was responsive and helpful
brandon is an awesome host
host was easy to communicate with and responsive
brandon was very helpful with questions i had
homeowner was quick with responses to our questions and most helpful
great location at a low price
great location in the wilmington area
great place in a great location
the location was great and neighborhood was easily accessible and quiet
great place good location easy to use
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Riverfront jewel - Wilmington, North Carolina

Sightsee, shop, dine, or join fun festivals – historic Wilmington offers all these activities and more! This riverfront city exudes southern charm and great places to stay. Wilmington, North Carolina has just what you need to experience the legendary southern hospitality.

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