A major allure for the communities of North Topsail Beach, Surf City and Topsail Beach is the abundance of natural beauty.  Our island is thick with maritime forests, high-rises are not allowed, beautification is strongly encouraged, and the island itself is a sanctuary for sea turtles. It's not uncommon to be able to see protected nesting sites among the dunes.  And of course there is a 26 mile stretch of pristine beach to enjoy!


Topsail Island is a haven for water sports like tubing, skiing, wake boarding, fishing and other kinds of recreation. Where else can you rent a boat to see dolphins and explore creeks and bays?  Topsail Boat Rental is proud to provide competitive rates for groups interested in renting boats for kid-friendly adventures around the island.


Topsail Island, North Carolina has some of the state's most inviting shoreline for family friendly beach vacations. It hasn't always been that way, though. The island's nautical name traces all the way back to the exploits of pirates like Edward Thatch in the 17th century. Blackbeard's ship the Queen Anne's Revenge supposedly used the channel between the island and mainland to hide until merchant ships passed by. The ship's highest mast, or topsail, was the only part visible to the unfortunate sailors before they were attacked.


Treasure hunters searched the forests on Topsail island for buried treasure over the years. Now most visitors come to Surf City for vacation. It's not hard to see why. There are hundreds of vacation homes for couples and families groups looking for a getaway in a family-oriented beach community.


The island's three communities, North Topsail Beach, Surf City and Topsail Beach, all maintain a devotion to beautification and a respect for the natural environment while balancing the need for modern amenities. No trip to Topsail is complete without a visit to the Sea Turtle Hospital  where you can get up close and personal with threatened and endangered sea turtle patients who are on the mend. If learning is your speed, you can visit the Missiles and More Museum, which chronicles the time following WWII when the United States government ran a missile testing program here.


When you're ready for another flashback to that simpler time, consider rollerskating at the Topsail Beach Skating Rink, which still plays the same classic oldies it has for decades.


Don't have your sea legs just yet? No problem - take a walk out on the Surf City Ocean Pier or visit the Jolly Roger Pier.


For groups looking to get a taste of the simple pleasure of fishing on the coast, our friends at East Coast Sports can get you set up with everything from fishing licenses to the highest quality bait and tackle.

Topsail Island Activities

The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

The Jolly Roger Inn and Pier

Missiles and More Museum

Topsail Beach Skating Rink

Surf City Ocean Pier

East Coast Sports

Places to Visit

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The Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism

Treasure Realty

Things of Interest

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203 N. New River Drive

Surf City, NC 28445


Next to Topsail Island Trading Company

Across from Surf City Town Hall

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