Topsail, NC, USA

Topsail, NC, USA

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North Carolina's Topsail offers a tranquil island escape

Topsail is a sun-kissed barrier island just off North Carolina's coast, and is home to the tiny towns of Topsail Beach and North Topsail Beach. Topsail's vacation rentals include enormous ocean-front cottages, cozy beachside duplexes, contemporary houses and modern condos. Topsail's stretching, unblemished and sandy beachfront is ideal for sun seekers, while its nearby nature parks will captivate animal lovers. Surf City _ based at the island's northern end _ offers a slice of urban energy, and bustles with cocktail bars and seafood restaurants.

Taking it easy in sunny Topsail

Booking a Topsail vacation rental means spending plenty of time outside on the beach. The island is very narrow, meaning that whatever Topsail vacation rental you go for, you won't be far from the soft silky North Carolina sands _ the island's beachfront is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and skim-boarding. The piers in Surf City _ which stretch far out into the glistening Atlantic waters _ are great for casting a line, and there are many Topsail fishing charters on the island ready to take you offshore, where you can reel-in a few black seabass.

Wildlife and war-time history in Topsail

Nature enthusiasts can visit the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, an ecological center which conserves endangered marine turtles and provides an array of educational and interactive environmental exhibits _ you can even see some rescued turtles up close. If you're interested in military history, visit the Missiles and More Museum, where exhibits tell the story of Topsail's military heritage _ from Operation Bumblebee, a WWII-era missile-guiding station, to the modern army aircraft experimentation taking place near the island today. The museum also contains Native American artifacts and exhibits telling tall tales of Topsail's 17th-century pirates.

Spring and fall brings fine weather to Topsail

Generally, Topsail's summer months _ which run from June through September _ welcome humid highs in the mid-90s, and a mix of bright, honey-like sunshine, and heavy rain. The spring and fall seasons are mild and usually drier, so if you're after pleasantly balmy temperatures _ with daytime highs hitting the high 70s to mid-80s _ book a Topsail vacation rental throughout March to May, or October to November. Dedicated swimmers should bear in mind that, outside of the summer months, ocean temperatures do dip _ but May and September are shoulder season sweet spots for ocean swimming.

Sandy beaches and untamed wetland

Sandy beachfront runs almost the entire length of Topsail Island, giving way to scrub-specked marsh in the northern end, cut through by swirling inlets. The narrow island is dotted with public parks and recreation grounds, too, which provide lush and peaceful paradises _ such as the North Topsail Beach Town Park. Back on the mainland, just 25 miles from Topsail, the sprawling Holly Shelter Game Land boasts public forests and wetlands stretching for over 45,000 acres, where explorers can hike, bike, birdwatch, and hunt. Here, you'll spot white-tailed deer, bright red northern cardinals, and, if you're lucky, flying squirrels.