Located along the intracoastal waterway in North Carolina, Topsail Island is a 26-mile long barrier island, encompassing beautiful sandy beaches as well as a pristine natural habitat for the local wildlife. Topsail Island is an hour north of Wilmington and a pretty straight-forward drive.
Topsail Island has a unique history that children and adults alike love to learn about. The island is said to have gotten its name from pirates that used to hide between the island and mainland. It’s said that merchant ships eventually caught on to the pirates in-wait and started to lookout for the tops of their sails visible in the distance, hence the name “topsail.”
Topsail Island comprises three distinct beaches: Topsail Beach, Surf City, and North Topsail Beach. Each of these areas offers unique views, sounds, and atmosphere. Nevertheless, each one also offers incredible vacation home rentals with fantastic oceanfront retreats.
First, get to know the island a bit so you can decide which area of Topsail is perfect for you and your traveling crew.
WHAT ARE THE TOWNS OF TOPSAIL ISLAND BEACHES?
An exciting array of activities & restaurants can be found just minutes away from any of our North Topsail Beach houses. we provide you with the unique ability to customize your vacation to fit your particular style & preferences. Our guides can not only help you plan and navigate your trip, but also show you the rich culture and history of the community.
NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH
When summertime rolls around, itâ€™s time to take a break from the hustle, bustle and stress of your life. If youâ€™re dreaming of blue water, a sandy beach, cool pink sunrises and fiery red sunsets, dream on over to North Topsail Beach. Theyâ€™ve got everything youâ€™re looking for.
In the middle of the 26 mile long Topsail Island, youâ€™ll find Surf City. Generations of families have enjoyed the uncrowded, unspoiled beaches, ocean sunrises and laid-back vibe. Surf City is all about the water. Almost any water sport or activity you can dream of, you can...
Local legend tells us that Topsail Island got its name from the top sail of pirate ships. Apparently, that was all that was visible from the sea as they lay in wait for ships to come by.
Topsail Island Travel Guide
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