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. Put Topsail Island into our Surf City trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Surf City.
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  • Should have known sooner that summer is not the only time to visit here. We have been fortunate to experience Topsail in many months of the year now. Each one is special, beautiful, and worthy of a tr...  more »
  • Went during off season so not very crowded. We heard that even though it is busier in the summer, it's still pretty low key. Stopped at several of the beaches and they were all great. No big high rise...  more »
  • One of our favorite beach towns in the world. Delightful, quiet, low stress. And beautiful with the sound as well as beach to enjoy. We go. Ack again and again. Also very welcoming to dogs.  more »

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