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If you are planning a beach vacation to Topsail Island especially the southern end near Surf City... read more

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Rick B
Round Rock, Texas
A mini oasis

I never heard of topsail beach and now that I've been, I'm in love. I always get an Air BNB or a... read more

Reviewed January 3, 2019
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Surf City, Topsail Island, NC
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Reviewed yesterday

If you are planning a beach vacation to Topsail Island especially the southern end near Surf City with all the fanfare and gusto of lets say Myrtle Beach stop your plans and go elsewhere. Topsail beaches are all natural which means you are going to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Rick B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was by far the worst vacation rental we've ever experienced. The house is in desperate need of repair. The black mold and mildew problem rendered more than one room completely unusable. When we contacted Treasure Realty about this, they informed us that the owner...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank glock67
Reviewed January 3, 2019

I never heard of topsail beach and now that I've been, I'm in love. I always get an Air BNB or a condo on the ocean front, so to be able to fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean and wake up to a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 551amandak
Reviewed December 1, 2018

We were down to assist in hurricane recovery efforts. Met lots of nice people facing high stress personal circumstances, yet maintaining the famous Southern hospitality. We rented a house just off the beach, with great sunrises and sunsets, even with the particles from the far...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Joseph D
Reviewed November 14, 2018

Spent a long weekend in Surf City and had a great time. The walks on the beach were amazing. Very impressed with the clean up efforts from the hurricane.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

Ward realty is a dishonest company we had a reservation with them and also travel Insurance with them there was a mandatory evacuation we never got one day there and they refuse to refund our 1,134.58 be aware before you contact them they told me...More

Date of experience: October 2018
6  Thank Mobile773995
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

We rented Sellers canal front house on Topsail Island. Due to the hurricane, the island was completely closed during the time of our vacation. The owners of the home refused to refund ANY of our money (a group of siblings own the house and each...More

Date of experience: October 2018
4  Thank 3boysVirginia
Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

Beware of your choice of owners when renting for vacation even through realty co. We lost nearly $2000. And the owners don't care. I did not have the travel insurance but now after reading it's fine print it is garbage as well. Realty co. Are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
5  Thank Patty L
Reviewed October 5, 2018

Our family has been all over the NC coast and we like Topsail Island the most. We like the wide beach, no traffic, clean oceanfront, many oceanfront options, and especially the peacefulness. There aren't too many restaurants but our family mainly dined at home so...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank yeulife
Reviewed October 2, 2018

They have been lying to us and holding our vacation money hostage for 3 weeks. Continually telling us to call back when our vacation is only 2 weeks away . Knowing full well the island is closed to all vacationers & is still under a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
5  Thank Usmc1040
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August 12, 2018|
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Response from DRLaskeyTrips | Reviewed this property |
There is some of a beach left yes. During high tide it can get tight if many people on the beach. A layer of shells shows you where tide doesn’t hit. Basically right up against the fence for the dunes.
July 29, 2018|
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Response from MargaretK1120 | Reviewed this property |
There is a sea turtle hospital that children love. You can go fishing on a guided boat or rent kayaks. There are plenty of places to eat. Wilmington is not that far away if bigger-scale entertainment is needed, Go crab... More
July 14, 2018|
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Response from indianafarmgirl2015 | Reviewed this property |
Topsail Beach is for you! I think there is a small putt putt there! That is about it. Town people are friendly and ready to answer any questions! We were considered north topsail, which was basically 12 minutes away from... More
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In the Country, NY
Gas Prices (11 Replies)
We're heading to N. Topsail Island sometime this week wondering how the gas prices are in the area. Around here they are still $4.11. Any suggestions on good places to stop on the way? Who has the best prices in the area? We do like to go to the Friendly Mart in Surf City because, well, they're so friendly. Let us know... Be there soon, can't wait!
August 03, 2008|
Response fromwhiteflea|
Virginia prices have come down a lot. Out of Fairfax county a little south on 95 you should be able to find $3.75. You may need to go away from the interstate a little to find a lower price, but they shouldn't be too alarming.
Craig S
Ottawa, Canada
North Carolina Coast in February? (15 Replies)
Our family is considering a vacation to the North Carolina coast in February. We have 2 kids under four, and are hoping for a quiet vacation (avoiding the theme park vacation this time). We're expecting it to be cooler in February (but coming from Ottawa, we're not too worried). We're narrowing down destination: Crystal Coast/Emerald Isle, Outer Banks or Topsail Island. Any tips and suggestions re: location or activities would be a huge help! Thanks.
September 25, 2012|
Response fromUNCMickey|
I love the NC coast but think you may want to do a bit more research on these areas during winter months. Check average temperatures (plus actual "real feel" temps. adding in wind chill...wind chill is huge along the coast during winter months...especially at OBX), and check for things that are open in those areas. (many restaurants, attractions, etc. close or have very limited hours during winter months) We own an NC beach home further south than any you mention... in Holden Beach, NC....More
Letcher, ky
bike rentals (2 Replies)
Will be visiting Topsail Island in a few days and I have been checking on renting bikes. I have not had any luck on finding child bikes (20") for rent. Are there a location on Topsail Island or close to the Island that rents child bikes?
June 02, 2011|
Response fromconniecat|
Good question, I'll ask around.