Visit Topsail Island, NC
Topsail Island is long and narrow, stretching 26 miles in length and between 500 and 1,500 feet in width. Topsail Island includes North Topsail Beach and Surf City, in addition to Topsail Beach proper.
On the north tip of Topsail Island is North Topsail Beach. The town was incorporated in 1990 and has less than 1,000 year-round residents. The northernmost tip joins the New River Inlet Channel, where vehicles are permitted to drive out onto the shore. North Topsail Beach is located in Onslow County.
Surf City, incorporated in 1949, is situated between N. Topsail and Topsail Beach proper. With land in both Pender and Onslow counties, the town is home to more than 2,000 year-round residents. The majority of the commercial development on Topsail is found here. It is now home to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, where thousands of tourists visit rescued turtles every summer.
Topsail Beach Proper, incorporated in 1963, is the smallest of the three towns and is situated on the southern end of the island. Although Topsail Beach proper only has about 500 permanent residents living here year round, it is a very popular spot for vacationers due in part to the lack of commercialization and the plethora of rental options located here.
Living the Life in Topsail Island, NC
There is a bit of history behind the name "Topsail Island." During the times when pirates roamed the waters, scavengers would hide in the inlets between Topsail Island and the mainland. When ships approached the pirates' hiding places, they would storm the approaching vessel and take control of the crew and steal their cargo. Soon, word spread that pirates inhabited the waters off of Topsail Island and ships would watch for the tips of the pirate ship's "
The most popular attraction for residents and visitors to Topsail Island is probably our beaches. Pristine white sandy beaches stretch for miles in both directions. Although the summer population typically grows to more than 8,000 residents, it's not hard to find your own quiet place along the shore from which to relax and watch the waves roll.
Other popular destinations include the Missiles and More Museum on Channel Boulevard, the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center on Tortuga Road and the Patio Playground on S. Anderson Boulevard in Topsail Beach.
Education in Topsail Island, NC
Thinking about moving to Topsail Island, NC? Residents living in Topsail Island are served by Pender County Schools. Topsail Elementary, Topsail
After graduating from high school, students in the area can begin earning college credits at the Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) or perhaps at Coastal Carolina Community College (CCCC). These community colleges offer an affordable alternative to a four-year university. Most college credits earned at CFCC or CCCC are transferable to a four-year college or university in North Carolina. Don't forget the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), which is less than an hour's drive away or East Carolina University in Greenville (which is also within driving distance).
There is Plenty to do on Topsail Island
Topsail Island is conveniently located close to shopping, restaurants, and entertainment in Wilmington or Jacksonville, NC. Residents and visitors can enjoy that small town feel in nearby Sneads Ferry or Holly
Topsail Island is dedicated to preserving the beach, beautifying its towns, and caring for the needs of local residents. There is always something to do around here, even if you don't want to spend your time in a nearby city. You can enjoy quaint shops, pampering yourself at one of our local spas, dining in one of
Homes on Topsail Island
Topsail Island real estate has managed to withstand the economic downturn with steady home prices. Whether you want an oceanfront, sound side, marsh front or inland home, Topsail Island has something for you. Home prices for
Topsail Island offers something for everyone. Young couples enjoy the beach, the local nightlife and the close proximity to metropolitan areas. Families find fantastic school systems, family-friendly
Come and experience Topsail Island and see for yourself why so many people love it here. Don't put your dreams on hold; call Treasure Realty today!