Topsail Island is a 26-mile barrier island along the coast of North Carolina. It’s a popular vacation spot because it’s quiet and not filled with as many tourist attractions as other nearby beach towns. There are a few campgrounds and small hotels, but an excellent, home-away-from-home way to vacation in Topsail is to rent a house. Check out these top five tips for snagging a cozy spot on this little island paradise.

  1. Find Lodging Near the Topsail Pier


    Topsail Island is a favorite fishing spot. Whether you enjoy surf fishing, tossing a line off of the fishing pier or hiring a charter boat to head out into the open water, you’ll find tons of opportunities for fishing. A vacation rental near the Surf City Pier ensures that you’re close to all of the fishing action and can have easy access to your bait and tackle needs. The pier is 937 feet long, features two fish cleaning stations and even has a spot for you to grab a bite to eat. It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can fish to your heart’s content while on vacation.

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  2. Look for Topsail Beach Rentals Within Walking Distance of Restaurants

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    One of the best things about vacationing on Topsail Island is that it’s a small town without a ton of chain restaurants, supermarkets and big-box stores. In fact, there are only a handful of restaurants on the entire 26-mile island. From fresh seafood to barbecue to a slice of pizza, you’ll find a wide array of cuisine to excite your taste buds. Most of the restaurants are situated in Surf City. Opt for a vacation rental in this area so you can walk or bike to grab a bite to eat.


  3. Be Ready for the Sea Turtles

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    May through August is sea turtle season. It’s the time of year when adult turtles trek up the shore to lay up to 150 eggs in a nest. They can nest anywhere on the coastline, so a beachfront rental is sure to give you a front-row seat to this interesting form of nature. As a visitor to the island, you can attend one of the Turtle Talks, sign up as a volunteer to look for tracks or watch nests and even witness the release of a rehabilitated sea turtle back into the Atlantic Ocean.

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  4. Find the Ideal Spot to Watch the Sunrise or Sunset

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    The location of Topsail Island means that you can catch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean each morning and the sunset over the Intracoastal Waterway. If you’re an early bird who’s up with the sun, then opt for a vacation rental along the ocean. If you prefer to watch the sun go down while enjoying a glass of wine and nice conversation, stick to the side of the island along the Intracoastal Waterway.

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  5. Stick Close to the Cities

    Are you interested in shopping or checking out the nightlife? While there are a few shops and bars scattered around the Topsail Island area, it’s mostly known for its quiet and serene atmosphere. If you’re looking for a bit more action, then you’re not too far away. Topsail Island is a long island with only a few places to access it by road. Choose a spot near Surf City for easy access to the bridge and highway to reach Wilmington, located about an hour south. Opt for a rental in North Topsail to reach Jacksonville, which is about a half an hour north.