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My family has been to Emerald Isle for years and recently my aunt purchased a condo in Carolina Beach so we've been going there the past couple of years. N. Topsail, Surf City and Topsail is located below EI and above Wrightsville (which we also like)....What is there to do in this area? Places to eat? Live music? How is the beach compared with the areas above? EI has the best beach IMO but we love the vibe of Carolina Beach plus it is close to Wilmington, Southport, Wrightsville Beach. How would you describe this area in comparison to CB and EI?

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I think Topsail Island (North Topsail, Surf City, Topsail Beach) is more similar to the Crystal Coast/Emerald Isle, but it's still close to Wilmington for bigger city stuff. It's a little sleepier than Emerald Isle. North Topsail in particular has had some bad erosion problems so avoid the end of the island there. There is some erosion at the south/east end of the island in Topsail Beach, too, but not as bad as North Topsail. Topsail Beach is super dog friendly.

We like Daddy Mac's restaurant in Surf City, mainly for the location right on the beach near the pier. Food is fine, but it's the location that does it for us.

A visit to the Karen A Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital is always nice. It's on the mainland side in Surf City.

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