Incorporated in 1963, the town Topsail Beach is named for its location on Topsail Island. It reaches from Surf City’s town limits to the southernmost tip of the Island. Not only does it have some of the best beaches but is also home to several restaurants including the original “Beach Shop & Grill”, a general store, unique shops, Jolly Roger Fishing Pier and the Islands only bookstore, Quarter Moon Books. Locally owned and operated motels offer views of the ocean or the sound. The town also has its own marina and boat ramp where visitors can participate in all kinds of boating, water sports and fishing. If you are more into relaxing and long walks on the beach, you will find an abundance of shells to take home with you.
Topsail Beach is also home to the famous Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center where they care for and rehabilitate sick and injured loggerheads and other species. Once they are well, they release them back into the ocean. It is an emotional but rewarding experience to watch them go free. A short walk from the Sea Turtle Hospital is the Missiles and More Museum where you can learn all about the Island and its history. They can tell you what those interesting tall white rectangular buildings are located all over the island.
The third weekend in October, the town hosts “Autumn with Topsail” that features juried artists displaying and selling their work.