If you're looking for a great, uncrowded beach experience, consider the Topsail Island communities of Surf City, Topsail Beach and North Topsail Beach. Tucked away off the beaten path, Topsail Island offers 26 miles of barrier island beach. We've recently added 20 Beach Place Realty North Carolina vacation rentals to Perfect Places.
It's a surfer's haven, and you can either join in or watch as they cruise the water looking for the perfect wave. Or, you can join the fishermen and cast a line of one of the piers. It's always a treat taking your fresh catch back to your vacation rental for a delicious meal.
After surfing, fishing or just enjoy endless hours of beach time, be sure to check out the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Topsail Beach. There are also the fascinating Missiles and More Museum, which displays items from the islands history as a secret missile launch site during World War II.
On the north end of the island is North Topsail Beach. In the middle is Surf City, and at the southern end is Topsail Beach.
The name of the island dates back to the era when Pirates like Blackbeard ruled the waves and hid their ships between the island and the mainland. Merchant ships eventually started looking for the pirates' topsails peeking over trees on the island.
If you're looking for a little shopping and other non-beach activities, you'll find shops and restaurants in Surf City and Topsail Beach. Wilmington, Jacksonville and USMC Camp Lejeune are just a short drive away.
Visiting Topsail Island is all about feeling your toes in the sand, the gentle breeze, and enjoying the refreshing waves. You'll have quite beaches and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.