Topsail Island, Surf City

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The peaceful stretches of sand on Topsail Island attract beach lovers and nesting sea turtles. Only two bridges offer access to the island, so you can enjoy the quiet here. According to legend, pirates used the island as a place to hide and then attack passing cargo ships. Some claim that Blackbeard buried treasure here. If you go searching for gold, you might find loggerhead turtle eggs instead. These precious eggs are protected by the island's Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. At North Topsail Beach, Topsail Beach, and Surf City you'll find activity rentals, restaurants, and lodging options. Topsail Island is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Surf City Edition.
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  • Just a quick drive through and beach walk. Very shabby rental houses. Tons of them, everywhere. Nice enough beach, found sharks teeth. They allow dogs and I saw people drinking alcohol. Not a place I ...  more »
  • My parents rent a VRBO right on the beach every year and my wife and I travel from Sacramento to join them and my brother's family whenever we can. We went this year (their 50th anniversary coupled wi...  more »
  • Best vacationing spot ever. Love the amazingly clean beaches, the amazing waves, the great eats, friendly people and awesome gift shops. Highly recommend the turtle hospital, pirate boat cruise, Ocean...  more »

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