The name Topsail Island
dates back to the 1700s when the area was home pirates, including the infamous Blackbeard. Pirates often hid their ships behind this island to ambush passing merchant ships loaded with goods. Once the merchants caught on, they began watching for the tops of the pirates' sails peeking over dunes—hence the name Topsail!
Topsail Island is a 26-mile long barrier island off the coast of North Carolina
. It is approximately 140 miles south of Raleigh, 25 miles north of Wilmington and 28 miles south of Jacksonville. The island contains the communities of North Topsail Beach, Surf City and Topsail Beach. There are only two ways on and off the island: the first is a high rise bridge on the North End and the second is a swing bridge that carries visitors into Surf City.
Today, Topsail Island is a popular vacation destination and the best kept secret on the Crystal Coast. With the tremendous variety of vacation rental houses and condo rentals
available on the island, vacationers can choose from luxury oceanfront accommodation with a pool to affordable beach cottage vacation rentals. Accommodations are available oceanfront, ocean-view, or on the canal, but as the island is narrow all
accommodations are within walking distance to the ocean.
The island is famous for its beautiful beaches. Water enthusiasts will find plenty of activities to keep them busy on Topsail. One can surf, sail, fish, kayak and swim
, or spend the day clamming and finding scallops. There is great crabbing along the island too. Topsail Island is also a sanctuary for sea turtles and tours of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
are available. Stop be the center and see a variety of endangered sea turtles.
Come to Topsail to enjoy a laidback seaside lifestyle! If you’re looking for an oceanfront condo rental or cottage, a pet-friendly vacation rental, or accommodation with a swimming pool
then Topsail is for you. Check the listings on Owner Direct Vacation Rentals and book the vacation lodging for your next get-away now!
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