Surf City has been the commercial heart of Topsail Island for over 60 years. The town has grown from a small fishing village that was home to a small handful of families to a year-round community of some 1,900. Visitors enjoy Surf City as “the way the beach used to be,” quiet and serene. Cross our historic "swing bridge," step back into the past and begin your family tradition.
Generations of visitors have enjoyed Surf City, because of its clean and uncrowded beaches that have become a hallmark of the town. Here visitors enjoy the touch of sand on their feet, the scent of the breezes or the constant motion of the waters as they stretch toward a deep blue sky. They may spot a pod of dolphin passing by or a flock of shore birds passing overhead.
Lying west of Surf City, Topsail Sound and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway separate the island from the mainland. This narrow body of water, with its nearby estuaries and wetlands, provides the perfect setting for canoeing, kayaking, skiing and fishing.
A variety of indoor and outdoor dining facilities features coastal Carolina cuisine. Local fare ranges from shellfish and finfish to uniquely seasoned surf, turf and poultry. Whatever you enjoy, whatever your budget allows, Surf City can provide it. The central business district offers a surprising choice of shopping opportunities -- from boutiques that carry a variety of distinctive gifts to specialty shops featuring foods, souvenirs, resort wear and items for recreational activities.
Located just off the southeastern North Carolina coast, halfway between Jacksonville and Wilmington, NC, Surf City is easily accessible from I-40 and US Route 17 via NC Highways 50 and 210.