Your 2019 Guide to the Best of Topsail

Your 2019 Guide to the Best of Topsail

We’re preparing for the best year ever here on Topsail Island! If you haven’t planned your North Carolina beach vacation yet, this post will help you get started. We’re giving you a quick preview of the best of Topsail NC in 2019 with the highlights of what to expect around our Topsail towns, on our Topsail beaches, and what you need to know about our fabulous Topsail Island rentals. Best of all, it’s all in one place—right here— and easy to view at a glance.

Let’s begin, shall we?

Best Annual Topsail NC Events

Topsail Island and the greater Topsail NC area has fun, family-friendly events all year long. This is not a comprehensive list but it’s a great start on planning your Topsail beach vacation fun. We love our local festivities, activities and special events—and you will too!

(Event dates are accurate at the time of this blog post but are subject to change. It’s always best to confirm on the event site by following the links provided.) 

January 1, 2019: Dolphin Dip in Surf City

March 2, 2019: Surf City Business Expo

April 20, 2019: Easter Egg Roll at Soundside Park in Surf City

Memorial Day-Labor Day 2019: Movies in the Park at Soundside Park

Memorial Day-Labor Day 2019: Summer Concert Series at Soundside Park

July 3, 2019: Independence Day Fireworks & Celebration in Surf City

July 4, 2019: Independence Day Fireworks in Holly Ridge and Sneads Ferry

July 5-7, 2019: Ocean City Jazz Festival North Topsail Beach

August 10-11, 2019: Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival

September 2019 (Dates TBA): Topsail Island Jeep Week

October 19-20, 2019: Autumn with Topsail

Nov 2-3, 2019: NC Spot Festival in Hampstead

November 16, 2019: Surf City Christmas Tree Lighting

November 29, 2019 (TBA): Topsail Island Holiday Lighted Boat Flotilla

November 30, 2019: Topsail Beach Christmas Tree Lighting

You can find more annual events as they are added to our Topsail event calendar here.

Best Local Topsail Attractions

Family-friendly fun abounds on Topsail Island all year long. Here are a few of our favorite things to do while you’re here. Be sure to check with each Topsail attraction for their seasonal availability and hours of operation.

Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center

Missiles and More Museum

Topsail Beach Skating Rink

Shipwreck Point Miniature Golf

Patio Playground

Soundside Park

Seaview Pier

Surf City Ocean Pier

Jolly Roger Pier

Find more information about our favorite things to do on Topsail Island here.

Best Topsail Island Rentals

Access Realty has Topsail Island rentals to suit your every need and desire with the amenities that matter most to you. We also make it incredibly easy to find what you’re looking for with our vacation rental search options. Of course you can select available rentals by date and availability, but you can also narrow down your search in various other ways. Here are some of the most popular ways to search Topsail vacation rentals on Access Realty’s site.

Search Topsail Rentals By Location:

North Topsail Beach

Surf City

Topsail Beach



Search Topsail Rentals By Popular Amenities:

Wedding Friendly

Large Group Rentals

Interactive Floor Plans

Pet Friendly

Pool Access

Elevator Access

Hot Tub Access

Boat Access

Linens Included

Search Topsail Rentals By Community:

Queen’s Grant

St. Regis Resort

Summer Winds Townhomes

Surf Condos

Turtle Cove

Villa Capriani

Village of Stump Sound

Okay, so now that you have an overview of all things Topsail Island, it’s time to plan your next visit. We hope this helps you get started. We’re also here to answer any questions you may have. Hope to see you soon!

New Year’s Resolutions You Can Conquer at the Beach


It’s approaching that time of year again! The New Year brings the desire to live your best life and be your best self by setting one or more goals that help you to achieve those things. Yes, it’s resolution time, friends. Have you thought about yours yet? Looking back at last year’s most popular New Year’s resolutions, we couldn’t help but notice that they could all be more easily accomplished at the beach! Check this out.

(P.S. It’s just another compelling reason to plan your next Topsail, North Carolina beach vacation today.)


The Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions


We’re going to break down these chart-topping resolutions that are most commonly made each year and show you how—and why—they are indeed easier to conquer when you’re at the beach. We think you’ll quickly see that you have to agree. Life really is better at the beach.


Save More Money on a Beach Vacation

You may not think of taking a vacation as a means of saving money, but when you choose a beach vacation you can actually save more money than you would on other typical vacation destinations. Why? Because many of the things you can enjoy at the beach are totally free! Walks on the beach, free. Fabulous coastal sunrises and sunsets, free. Nature trails and parks, free. Surf fishing from the shoreline (if you already have your own gear and license), free. Building a sandcastle, free. Collecting seashells, free. Kids being entertained on the beach, free. You get the idea.


Eating Well is Easy at the Beach

With the abundance of fresh, locally caught seafood every month of the year, opportunities for eating well and eating healthfully present themselves on a daily basis. Coastal living offers the beautiful bounty of the sea in all its seasons; many of which are good for your mind, body and overall well-being. Then there’s the access to locally grown produce at our beach shops and farmers markets that give you a taste of the fresh seasonal flavors and a variety of healthy options for your meals. Let’s also not forget about the many area restaurants serving up the best of what the beach has to offer.



Being Active is a Lifestyle at the Beach

There are so many opportunities to get out there and move: walks on the beach, bike rides, water sports, and other coastal adventures—all paired with a mild and temperate climate all year long. It’s incredibly easy (and fun) to maintain an active lifestyle at the beach without even trying. It just comes naturally!


The Beach Encourages R&R

Self-care is 4th on that list of top resolutions, so that translates into things like getting more rest, improving sleep quality,  minimizing stress and taking care of you. The beach  offers a more laid-back atmosphere and chilled out vibe, so that’s already a given. Then there’s that fresh salty ocean air which you’ll find is a wonderful inducer of deep, restful sleep. Finally, since you’re likely to be more physically active at the beach, it’s going to lead you on the path to better quality sleep, too.



Read More Books at the Beach

Whether on vacation in your Topsail Island rental or finding your spot on the sand any day of the week, the beach provides the perfect place to catch up on some good reads and encourages you to slow down, unplug and get back to the simpler life. Don’t we all need a little more of that? Yes, yes we do.


Friendships Blossom at the Beach

Maybe it’s because we’re more laid back here, maybe people are just happier at the beach, or maybe it’s the southern hospitality—but making new friends happens quickly and easily here at the beach. You know what they say: birds of a feather flock together. You’re sure to find some friends who share your interests, hobbies, passions and endeavors. The more the merrier!



Inviting You to Try Something New

Opportunities to break out of your comfort zone to try something new and different abound at the beach: go diving, try parasailing, take surf lessons, practice your paddleboarding skills, go deep sea fishing, or do whatever sparks your interest . The coastal adventures are endless, and your skill sets will broaden as you have the best times of your life.


Take Up a New Hobby by Land or by Sea

Along the same lines as learning a new skill, you can take up a new hobby during your time on the beach. Shell collecting? Shark tooth hunting? Sea turtle monitoring and rescue? Wreck diving? Sailing? Fishing? Whatever floats your boat (literally and figuratively), you’re sure to find something that suits you here at the beach.


So What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

We want to know! If you don’t already have one, maybe you should just make your resolution to spend more time at the beach. Look at all you will accomplish by just being here! We hope to see you on the sand soon.


Your next Topsail, NC beach vacation awaits. Find the Topsail Island vacation rental that is perfect for you and your family—and book it today! Happy New Year!