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    Topsail Island Visitor Information
    Topsail Island is a beach town in North Carolina, situated off Highway 17 between Wilmington and Jacksonville. Discovered in the 1700s by pirates, Topsail (pronounced Topsull) Island now boasts a variety of adventurous and relaxing activities for visitors.


    Topsail Island boasts a mild climate of mid-60s in the spring, 65 in the fall, cool winters, and warm, sunny summers, perfect for beach combing, seashell gathering, and hiking.

    Kayak and Canoe

    Personal boating enthusiasts will enjoy the serene waterways found in Topsail. Bring your canoe or kayak to enjoy the salt marshes, local wildlife and tributaries. Tours/excursions are also available for all experience levels.

    Scuba and Snorkel

    Escorted dives are popular choices in Topsail. View a torpedoed tanker, Confederate blockade runners, wrecks, and more while assisted by professional scuba instructors. Charters for dive trips are available. Snorkeling will bring you eye-to-eye with local fish species, including damselfish, moray eels, sea fans and conch.


    Many golf courses are available to Topsail visitors, including a Four Star course. With well-maintained greens and exciting fairways, everyone from the novice golfer to the experienced pro will enjoy their 9 or 18 holes.

    Learn to Surf

    Topsail Island offers surf school to island visitors who would like to brave the waves. All experience levels are welcome. Contact schools ahead of time to garner lesson availability--some schools are only open in the summer months and may fill up quickly. Surf shops are also plentiful, offering the latest equipment, clothing and gear.

    Where to Stay

    Topsail Island offers many vacation rental homes, from sizes appropriate to a single traveler to large families and groups. Whether you would like to be on the beach or within the heart of the town, the perfect home away from home is available via townhome, condo and hotel room rentals.


    Article Written By Filonia LeChat

    Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.

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