Destination guide

Beach fun in Topsail Island vacation home rentals

The serene beaches and small-town charm of Topsail Island make it an ideal spot for a laid-back beach getaway. Whether you’re looking to explore maritime forests, get out into the water, or experience the dining and shopping in town, Topsail Island vacation home rentals put you close to all you need for a coastal retreat.

Things to do

Best excursions near Topsail Beach vacation homes

From outdoor adventure to coastal shops and culture, Topsail Beach has a diverse range of attractions to suit any traveler. Vacation rentals are available near such sites as the Surf City Ocean Pier, Inc., a premier fishing spot on the edge of the island, and the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, a wildlife facility that focuses on the huge population of sea turtles in the area. Soundside Park, a quaint area with a playground, fishing pier, picnic shelters, and boat launch, is great for families, and the Seaview Pier has some of the best fishing spots on the island.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor adventure near Topsail Island vacation homes

With its beautiful waters, diverse landscape, and long stretches of shoreline, Topsail Island offers a range of outdoor recreation opportunities for both land and sea. Swimming, kayaking, canoeing, boating, waterskiing, and paddleboarding are popular options for the water, while nature walks, hiking, biking, and outdoor sports are great on land. With the abundance of fish in the area, Topsail Island is a premier destination for anglers.


Best beaches near Topsail Island vacation homes

Topsail Island and its neighboring towns have beautiful stretches of shoreline for playing, sunbathing, and swimming near your summer rental. Sea Haven Beach, an Outer Banks strand with white sand and numerous seaside shops and amenities, is a lovely spot for an ocean retreat, and West Onslow Beach, a quiet spot with gentle surf and soft sand, is ideal for families. Ocean City Beach, a historic area near a Marine Corps base, is a popular spot for swimming and sightseeing. North Topsail Beach Town Park is a family-friendly destination with a sandy shore, calm waters, a playground, and picnic areas.

Restaurants and bars

Best restaurant areas near Topsail Island vacation homes

When it’s time to refuel, Topsail Island has endless dining options to choose from. Fresh seafood with waterfront views, authentic Low Country fare, craft beer, and Southern favorites can be found in restaurants throughout the area, turning your breakfast, lunch, or dinner into a unique local experience. No matter your craving, vacation homes are available near the best restaurants the island has to offer.

Family friendly

Family fun near Topsail Island vacation homes

Topsail Island is a prime spot for family-friendly beach vacations, complete with many educational and natural attractions near vacation homes. The Missiles and More Museum is a seasonal history museum in a former missile plant with exhibits on local heritage and military history, and the Hampstead Kiwanis Park, a community green space with a large playground, ball fields, picnic areas, and nature trails is a great way to take in the scenery. Alligator Bay, a swamp lagoon, has endless opportunities for fishing and kayaking in a unique environment. Permuda Island, an unspoiled spot with a history that dates back to 300 BC, is home to many sea birds and wildlife, which can be viewed from the water by boat or kayak.

Where to stay around Topsail Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,101 vacation rentals near Topsail Island. From 782 Houses to 32 Cottages, 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:

  • Emerald Isle: 578 vacation rentals
  • Wrightsville Beach: 646 vacation rentals
  • Wilmington: 2,201 vacation rentals
  • Topsail Beach: 1,544 vacation rentals
  • Surf City: 1,027 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:

  • Emerald Isle: 578 rentals
  • Wrightsville Beach: 646 rentals
  • Wilmington: 2,201 rentals
  • Topsail Beach: 1,544 rentals
  • Surf City: 1,027 rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Topsail Island?

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

  • Wrightsville Beach: 1,810 rentals
  • Surf City Pier: 1,174 rentals
  • Seaview Pier: 1,100 rentals
  • Hammocks Beach State Park: 707 rentals
  • Camp Lejeune Main Gate and Visitor Center: 504 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Topsail Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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