Where to stay around Topsail Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,027 vacation rentals near Topsail Island. From 692 Houses to 186 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 Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Topsail Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Topsail Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Carolina Beach: 1,257 vacation rentals
  • Emerald Isle: 488 vacation rentals
  • Topsail Beach: 1,517 vacation rentals
  • North Topsail Beach: 933 vacation rentals
  • Surf City: 952 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Topsail Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Topsail Island?

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

  • Carolina Beach: 1,257 rentals
  • Emerald Isle: 488 rentals
  • Topsail Beach: 1,517 rentals
  • North Topsail Beach: 933 rentals
  • Surf City: 952 rentals

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

Enjoy a Carefree Getaway With a Stay at a Topsail Island House

If you have been dreaming about heading out of town and relaxing on a quiet, scenic beach, a trip to Topsail Island may be in order. Topsail Island is located along the eastern coast of North Carolina between Wilmington and Jacksonville, so you'll have access to big-city amenities and top spots for relaxation and fun in the area. Situated on a quaint barrier island, the scenic beauty of this unspoiled area will envelop you when you relax in your Topsail Island vacation house. Imagining times grilling out with your friends and family members on a back patio or deck with a barbecue grill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean may be all that you need to convince you to make a trip to this location with all the special people in your life.

Beaches and Recreation

There are numerous things to do to keep you busy with your home base as your vacation home in Topsail Island. There are miles of scenic beaches located along the channel area as well as the oceanfront coast. At the beach, you can enjoy relaxing under the sun playing on the beach, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and more. Fishing is a popular past-time here as well.


From your vacation home in North Carolina, you will be located close to the Missiles and More Museum in the Historical Assembly Building. This museum features exhibits on local pirates, Operation Bumblebee and military forts and posts in North Carolina. There are also exhibits on Native Americans as well as on women in the military. Be sure to check the hours of operation and special temporary exhibits scheduled for the museum before your visit.


Most of the culture that you will be exposed to while on vacation in Topsail Island is located just a short drive south of the island in Wilmington. Wilmington is a major hub for art and music, and you can attend the Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival if your visit runs across the first week in September each year. The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra performs at the Kenan Auditorium on the University of North Carolina – Wilmington campus. You can also check out live music at the Ironclad Brewery, the Wild Wing Cafe, the Satellite Bar and Lounge, the Fermental, the Community Arts Center, the Bellamy Mansion Museum and numerous other venues.


If you are planning a visit to Topsail Island or the Wilmington area in the near future, you may be wondering when the best time of year is to visit. You will be pleased to learn that the area has a humid subtropical climate that brings warm temperatures to the area throughout much of the year. In fact, the average high is 80 degrees or higher from May through September each year, and the lowest average high is 56 degrees in January. Likewise, the average low temperature never drops below freezing throughout the entire year. The wettest months of the year coincide with hurricane season, and the peak rainfall occurs between July and September. When planning a visit to the Atlantic coast between May and November each year, it is important to keep in mind the possibility of hurricanes and tropical storms.

How to Get There

The easiest way to travel to Topsail Island is to travel into Wilmington, then take Highway 17 northeast into Topsail Island. You can reach Wilmington by air by traveling into the Wilmington International Airport. You can also reach Wilmington by car or bus by traveling along major routes that include Interstate 40, Highway 74 or Highway 17.