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Topsail Island North Carolina

Topsail Island is a 26-mile barrier island just off the coast of North Carolina, an Outer Banks community. It contains North Topsail Beach, Surf City and Topsail Beach. Along with its thick maritime forests, Topsail Island is also is a sanctuary for sea turtles and known for its beautiful beaches.

The island lies in two counties: Onslow County in the north and Pender County in the south. There are only two ways on and off the island: the first is a high rise bridge on the North End and the second is a swing bridge that brings you into Surf City.

Topsail Island's name is supposedly derived from its nefarious history, however, this is still debatable among the locals on the Island. According to popular belief, 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. There is a legend that Blackbeard hid his treasure on Topsail Island and that prior to WWII, treasure hunters searched for the hidden gems and gold throughout the islands' maritime forests.

Rental Managers in Topsail Island North Carolina

Island Real Estate by Cathy Medlin

Island Real Estate by Cathy Medlin


At Island Real Estate our Topsail Island vacation rentals consist of oceanfront homes, townhomes, oceanfront condos or cottages, a pet-friendly..  learn more

Coastline Realty

Coastline Realty

Blue Mountain Lake ~ Tupper Lake

Coastline Realty specializes in Vacation Rentals, Long Term Rentals and Real Estate Sales on Topsail Island and the greater Sneads Ferry, North..  learn more

Sea Shore Realty Group Inc.

Sea Shore Realty Group Inc.


Comprised of three unique beach communities: Surf City, Topsail Beach, and North Topsail Beach; there is a venue that meets the taste for all..  learn more

Today, Topsail Island is one of North Carolina's untapped paradises, only 30 minutes north of the historic seaport of Wilmington. The Island offers a wide range of excursions from endless miles of beaches to dolphins jumping at sunset, marvel at the dunes and peaceful island. Topsail offers challenging fishing from its pier and channel fishing for trout.

Relaxing activities include biking, kayaking, golfing and local history of famous pirates. Home to the loggerhead turtle and brown sea pelican, vacationers shall explore the rich pirate history of treasure and lore - thus the name, Topsail Island.

Many beach rental homes are available at affordable price points compared to luxury hotels that will accommodate families and gathers of friends alike. If you are looking for a secluded, rich in history get away that is off the beaten path and ridden with history, folklore and pleasure, a Topsail Island Vacation Rental is definitely the place for you.


Map of Topsail Island North Carolina