Topsail Island is a 26 mile long resort island off the east coast of North Carolina– just north of Wilmington, NC. Both residents and visitors alike consider Topsail Island a “hidden treasure” for two reasons. One being that the beautiful serene beaches are uncrowded and surrounded by local mom and pop stores, which makes for a truly peaceful place to vacation or live. The second reason is for the legend that Blackbeard hid his treasure on Topsail Island. Prior to WWII, treasure hunters searched for the hidden gems and gold throughout the islands’ maritime forests.
Topsail Island (locally pronounced Tops’l) is said to have gotten it’s name from the popular belief that pirates used to hide in the channel between the island and the mainland waiting for merchant ships loaded with goods to pass. The pirates would attack the ships and claim the cargo as their own. Eventually the merchants became aware of the hiding place and began looking for the topsail, which was supposedly the only part of the pirate ship that could be seen by the passing victim.
Topsail Beach is located on the south end of the island. Topsail Beach is home to the Missiles and More Museum, which exhibits Operation Bumblebee when the U.S. Navy took over the island during World War II. Operation Bumblebee was the beginning of the space program for the U.S Government. With it’s rich history, Topsail Beach is a popular residential and tourist destination. Topsail Beach is known for is laid back, retro vibe.
Surf City is located in the heart of the island and is home to the Surf City Pier where visitors can get a scoop of ice cream and walk or fish on the 937 ft pier. Surf City is a popular tourist attraction with several shops and restaurants within walking distance of each other. Surf City also features one of the island’s iconic symbols — the swing bridge. Right next to the swing bridge, is Soundside Park where concerts, outdoor movies and other special events take place year round.
North Topsail Beach
North Topsail Beach is located on the north end of the island towards Sneads Ferry. In fact, it has an adjoining high rise bridge with Sneads Ferry. North Topsail Beach is home to 2 resorts — Villa Capriani and the St. Regis — and the Sea View Restaurant and Fishing Pier (one of the longest piers in North Carolina). North Topsail beach is known for uncrowded and serene beaches and some say it’s the best place to look for shark teeth along the sand.
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