Incorporated in 1963, the town of Topsail Beach is located on Topsail Island, NC, and boasts a friendly, family oriented style of beach living. High rise development is not allowed, beautification is encouraged, and conservation of the island environment is a top priority. There are over 1200 homes on Topsail Beach, but only about 500 year-round residents. The seasonal influx of tourists increases the population to about 7,000, which helps sustain the town's motels, restaurants, gift shops, fishing pier and other businesses.
Topsail Beach near Surf City, North Carolina, and is about about half-way between Wilmington and Jacksonville. The tiny beach town became incorporated in 1963 and is known for being a common setting for 1700’s folklore involving pirates. The island was originally only accessible by boat, however that changed after World War II.
Today, Topsail Beach is home to just over 400 residents and remains vastly similar to the town it began as. Its white sandy beaches remain the biggest attraction to the town and allow for numerous activities for all ages to partake in. Boating, surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet-skiing and swimming are of the many adventures that both the locals and visitors enjoy on a daily basis. Topsail's pleasant climate allows for most of these activities to extend well past just the typical summer months.
Breezeway Restaurant, Beach Shop & Grill and Twisted Sisters Bake Shop are just a few of the beachside dining options available to Topsail Beach residents. With the controlled growth of Topsail, the town does not see as much tourist activity as neighboring cities like Wilmington and Jacksonville, and that's OK with Topsail residents who enjoy the slow pace of the local community. Within close proximity to Topsail are the surrounding towns of Holly Ridge, Surf City and Sneads Ferry, where annual festivals and celebrations include New Year’s Day Dolphin Dip, Surf City Business Expo, Fourth of July Fireworks & Celebration, Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival and Surf City Christmas Tree Lighting. Soundside Park which is less than seven miles from Topsail and home to the Easter Egg, Movies in the Park and Summer Concert Series. Annual events hosted by the Town of Topsail include the Ocean City Jazz Festival, Topsail Island Jeep Week, Autumn With Topsail Festival, Topsail Island Holiday Lighted Boat Flotilla and Topsail Beach Christmas Tree Lighting.
Although this charming beach town is home to a small population of North Carolina residents, there is no shortage of fun to be had.
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