About North Topsail Beach

Located along the spectacular North Carolina Coast, North Topsail is a 26-mile long barrier island in the Atlantic Ocean. The quiet and beautiful town of North Topsail Beach occupies the north end, one of three communities on the island. It is the smallest town of the three, with a permanent population of under 1,000 residents. With miles and miles of coastline, Onslow County Beach is the main attraction in North Topsail Beach. A wide and long stretch of soft sand with gentle breakers, it is the perfect place for swimming, boogie boarding, and sunbathing. Walk along the wooden observation deck to enjoy a view of the beach from the water, or break out your tackle box to join the local fisherman on the pier. Around North Topsail, the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway are great for water sports. While you are here, rent a speedboat to sail over the waves or water ski, or for a more relaxing tour of the region, sign up for a sunset boat cruise.

If you will be spending time on North Topsail Island, be sure to visit the following sights:

  • Missiles and More Museum: Located in a historic building and operated by the Historical Society of Topsail Island, this Surf City museum chronicles the region's history
  • Surf City Pier: Since 1948, families and vacationers have enjoyed the views from Topsail Island's oldest pier, where you can wander among gift shops or buy bait and tackle for a fishing trip.
  • Battleship North Carolina: Climb aboard this 1940s battleship docked off the coast in Wilmington for an interesting look into early 20th century warfare.
  • Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center: Learn about the wonderful world of sea turtles at this amazing rehabilitation center for injured animals.

Plan an unforgettable family trip with a vacation rental on North Topsail Beach. For your next getaway, rent an inexpensive and spacious condo with a private pool or hot tub, a beach house with sea views, or a large villa that can easily accommodate the whole family.