Destination guide

Enjoy Topsail Beach in vacation home rentals

Covering the southern part of North Carolina’s Topsail Island, Topsail Beach lives up to its name. The wide sands are a pleasure to bask on, and there’s also plenty of history to explore on these shores – something which military buffs are sure to find especially fascinating. There are Topsail Beach vacation rentals to suit all tastes, too. Fancy a large, oceanfront house with expansive decks where you can sit back with a cold drink and gaze out at the surging waves? You can have that. Or perhaps you’d prefer a rustic seaside cottage with a hammock in the garden? The properties here certainly make the most of the coastal location.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Topsail Beach vacation homes

Beach-lovers and water babies come to Jekyll Island in their droves during the summer, so Jekyll Island vacation rentals can be hard to come by in these months; book early to enjoy sizzling days on the sands, as average temperatures inch into the low 80s. Winters are short and temperate, with the days providing ideal conditions for outdoor exploration. Fall is the best time to visit Jekyll Island—temperatures are warm, days sunny, and cheap Jekyll Island vacation rentals easier to find. Trips to the beach are still on the cards, and you'll also benefit from off-season rates.


What to do near your Topsail Beach summer rental

When it comes to popular activities in Topsail Beach, the clue’s in the name. The wide, sandy stretch of beach is a big slice of bliss for visitors – whether you want to lie back and work on that tan, plunge into the waters, or show off your surfing skills. Anyone with a passion for fishing will also be well served in these parts – just book your spot on a boat and head out to catch sea bass, snapper, and mackerel. You can even take kids on special, educational fishing excursions that might give them a lifelong love of the sea. And don't worry if fishing isn't your thing, because you can also book tranquil evening cruises on these serene waters. Bring your own beer and wine, and kick back on the high seas.

Day trips

Day trips from Topsail Beach vacation homes

Topsail Beach is an ideal base camp to explore the attractions of Wilmington. Vacation rentals are only a short distance from places like Battleship North Carolina, a museum on a World War II battleship with artifacts and exhibits, and Airlie Gardens, a massive garden with unique blooms and walking trails. You can also visit Bellamy Mansion Museum, an antebellum home with a Victorian garden and slave quarters, and Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park, an amusement park with a water park, go-kart course, laser tag, and other fun.


Best time to travel to Topsail Beach vacation rentals

If you don't mind soaring temperatures, and rather like the idea of long, lazy days on the beach, then summer is the time to book a Topsail Beach vacation rental. The warm, pristine sands and lapping waves will soothe all those cares away. The season also sees market stalls pitch up, and not to mention music festivals and the island’s showstopping 4th of July fireworks. That said, you can also head over a bit earlier, in the spring months, for fine weather and fewer crowds.

Natural features

Island-hopping around Topsail Beach

Topsail Beach sits on a barrier island off the coast of North Carolina, and the geographical location makes for entrancing, dreamy sunrises and sunsets. It also means you can explore other, lush land formations across the coast, including Lea-Hutaff Island. Take a boat over to this wild, uninhabited island, which is a nesting ground for sea turtles, and a popular spot for birders and beachcombers. Look out for dolphins on the way over, too.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Topsail Beach

Fly into Wilmington, NC (ILM-Wilmington Intl.), the closest airport, located 17.5 mi (28.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Jacksonville, NC (OAJ-Albert J. Ellis), which is 31.6 mi (50.8 km) away.

Family friendly

Family fun near Topsail Beach vacation rentals

Families can experience an array of memorable attractions near Topsail Beach vacation homes. The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, a conservation center with rescued sea turtles and educational programs, and Soundside Park, a quaint park with a playground, boat launch, and fishing pier, are 2 of the top attractions. You'll also like Sea Haven Beach, a white-sand beach with a variety of shops, restaurants, and amusements.

Where to stay around Topsail Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,553 vacation rentals near Topsail Beach. From 958 Houses to 368 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Topsail Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Topsail Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Topsail Beach:

  • Shell Island: 228 vacation rentals
  • Ocean City Beach: 379 vacation rentals
  • Historic District: 78 vacation rentals
  • Airlie: 48 vacation rentals
  • South End: 335 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Topsail Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Topsail Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Missiles and More Museum: 1,601 vacation rentals
  • Wrightsville Beach: 1,815 vacation rentals
  • Surf City Pier: 1,179 vacation rentals
  • Seaview Pier: 1,099 vacation rentals
  • Johnnie Mercer's Pier: 2,304 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Topsail Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Topsail Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 958 Houses in Topsail Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Topsail Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 368 rentals available
  • Cottages: 63 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 63 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Topsail Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 485 vacation rentals with pool available in Topsail Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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