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Topsail Island

Surf City, Topsail Island, NC
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First October Visit

Should have known sooner that summer is not the only time to visit here. We have been fortunate to... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
via mobile
Very low key place

Went during off season so not very crowded. We heard that even though it is busier in the summer... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Les V
Canal Winchester, Ohio
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“quiet beach” (17 reviews)
Surf City, Topsail Island, NC
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Should have known sooner that summer is not the only time to visit here. We have been fortunate to experience Topsail in many months of the year now. Each one is special, beautiful, and worthy of a trip. I wouldn't trade our 20+ years of...More

Thank MFauth
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went during off season so not very crowded. We heard that even though it is busier in the summer, it's still pretty low key. Stopped at several of the beaches and they were all great. No big high rise condos. Mostly rental houses.

Thank Les V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of our favorite beach towns in the world. Delightful, quiet, low stress. And beautiful with the sound as well as beach to enjoy. We go. Ack again and again. Also very welcoming to dogs.

Thank Dana B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We always have a family reunion in Topsail Island every October. I love waking up to the sunrise and watching the dolphins chasing the shrimp trawlers. Folk can fish, fly kites, catch some rays, collect shells or read a book on this quaint and quiet...More

Thank Angela P
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Topsail today with our 2 young grandchild and 2 Dobermans. There was hardly anyone on the beach and we were able to walk and play with our dogs for miles! The sun was out so it made the 50 degree day very comfortable....More

Thank shugarshar
Reviewed November 8, 2017

There are no major attractions at Surf City. It is a family oriented town with modest hotel accommodations. By that I mean that there are no 4 star hotel available in the Surf City area. If you want a lot of activities for adults and...More

1  Thank JamesDanielF
Reviewed November 8, 2017

We went during off season so can't comment on what it's like during the summer but the beach was beautiful and great for walking during low tide. Very friendly locals and fun to watch all the fishermen.

Thank cmem
Reviewed November 7, 2017

26 miles long and not very wide. Most establishments, restaurants and gift shops, were closed. You are right on the water, so that was great. Would not want to be there during tourist season...liked the solitude

Thank millgals
Reviewed November 3, 2017

I have been visiting Topsail Island for years now....the beaches are beautiful and it has the perfect funky little beach town (Surf City). I much prefer the south end of the island, where the tiny town of Topsail Beach is. It is quieter, has a...More

Thank emmi331
Reviewed October 24, 2017 via mobile

Amazing! Great fun, sun and family. Andrews Produce is a must stop.. homemade ice cream, and homemade canned goods, fresh and local fruits and veggies. The beaches are not crowded and easy parking. Hometown feel.

Thank Vanessa A
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July 26, 2017|
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Response from 537shawnaw | Reviewed this property |
There are some waves and they are definitely better for younger kids--- think of Myrtle Beach type waves BUT smaller with a much more relaxing and way better maintained Beach Front Space, sand, and way less of a crowd... More
Julie W
April 4, 2017|
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Response from EdRockster | Reviewed this property |
Yes. One is indeed around the middle of the island. It's smaller but on the same side of 210 as the beach. Another is just a few miles south of the north bridge near Sneed's Ferry. It's larger, features some trees, and has... More
Austin P
March 16, 2017|
Response from gwayne409 | Reviewed this property |
Daddy Mac's if you can get in. Most romantic? Go to Thomas seafood and produce buy some mussels (frozen) and make some linguine with mussels in wine sauce and eat on your deck watching the sunset