Welcome to Topsail Island!

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.

topsailTopsail Beach

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

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.

northtopsailNorth 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.

Be sure to contact us at www.accessthebeach.com for the very best in Topsail Island vacation rentals. You will be so glad you did.

5 Reasons We Love Autumn at the Beach

Don’t get us wrong. We love Topsail Island at ANY time of the year. (Yes, we are biased and not afraid to admit it.) But there are some things about Fall that make the island even more special

1. Two Words: No. Traffic.

Summertime at Topsail Island can be a little…well, congested. While we love the charm and historic symbol of crossing the Swing Bridge, we do not love the traffic back up it causes on the island or mainland in the busy summer months. During the Fall, boat traffic and vehicular traffic are drastically reduced, making your trip onto the island much smoother and less rushed-to-cross-the-bridge-before-it-closes.

2. The Comfortable Outdoors

North Carolina summers get hot, hot, hot! While Summer is great for your annual dose of Vitamin D, Fall is a wonderful time for enjoying the outdoors. The water has warmed up from the oh so high temps in July but the air is cool enough to hang out on the beach ALL. DAY. No need to take a ‘break’ indoors for the air conditioning when it’s a comfy 75 degrees outside.

3. Festivals, Fishing, & Fun!

Who says you can only have fun at the beach when it’s Summertime? Once Fall hits, we have festivals galore (plus a lot of great fishing)! With the NC Spot Festival in Hampstead, the Riverfest in Wilmington, or the Autumn with Topsail festival in Topsail Beach, there are many opportunities to have fun in our area (check them all out here)!

4. Almost Empty Beaches

When school starts back up and all the Summer vacationers head home, you can pretty much expect to have a quiet beach almost all to yourself (less some locals and fishermen). Who wouldn’t enjoy a quiet day spent at the beach to catch up on a good book and relaxation? Sign. Me. Up.

5. Save Some Moolah!

As if the reasons above weren’t good enough, prices on vacation rentals drop outside of the Peak Summer season, saving you hundreds of dollars on your trip. You also can save on souvenirs at gift shops and enjoy off season specials at restaurants.

So what are you waiting for?