Welcome to Topsail Island, Pender County, NC!
Unpack the car and get settled into your home away from home.


We’re a little biased, but we treasure our Topsail Island coastline, and we hope you enjoy your visit with us or visit with us soon!

We have been nationally recognized as one of the top five beaches in the U.S., Topsail Beach has wide beaches, even at high tide. The town was mission control for the development of rocket and missile technology. It is home to the Missiles and More Museum, which offers programs for the family.

Surf City is the big city of Topsail Island, Surf City is a bustling beach town known for its wide sandy shores, excellent surfing conditions, and vibrant local shops and restaurants
and home to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, a North Carolina Visitor Attraction of the Year.

Topsail Island is home to a great many water sports activities – fishing and kayaking charters, paddle boarding, and more. Inland, we have two rivers – the Black River and the Northeast Cape Fear River, which provide countless streams, creeks, and coves for perfect fishing.

Beach Activities include:
Surfing: Topsail Island's beaches offer excellent waves for surfers of all levels. Surf lessons and equipment rentals are available at various surf shops in Surf City.
Fishing: Whether from a pier, shore, or boat, fishing is a popular activity in Pender County. You can catch a variety of fish, including flounder, red drum, and Spanish mackerel.
Kayaking and Paddleboarding: Explore the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway or the marshes and creeks that wind through Pender County's coastal areas. Equipment rentals are also available at our various surf shops along the island.
Beachcombing: Keep an eye out for seashells, sand dollars, shark teeth, and other treasures washed up on the shore, especially after low tide.
Birdwatching: Pender County is home to a diverse array of bird species, including herons, egrets, and pelicans. Bring your binoculars and head to one of the many birding hotspots along the coast.

If history is your thing, Pender County is home to the first North Carolina victory over the Loyalists in the Battle of Moores Creek. Moores Creek National Battlefield is Southeastern North Carolina’s only national park and worth a visit! If you have an Outlander TV series or book fan in your household, they will love Moores Creek!

If you’re a foodie, you will love the fact that we are the Seafood Capital of the Carolinas and home to the NC Blueberry Festival. Our locally-owned restaurants pride themselves on fresh and delicious dishes. If you like craft beer, we have the Salty Turtle Co. and various taprooms and wine bars.

Our county seat is the Town of Burgaw, the town Hollywood loves. Burgaw has been the backdrop for movies and television series, including Silver Bullet, and Tammy, and series such as Under the Dome and Revolution. Lionsgate recently finished filming Welcome to Flatch in Burgaw. You can take a free walking tour with our app at https://pocketsights.com/tours/tour/Burgaw-Hometown-Hollywood-Downtown-Burgaw-Pender-County-Film-Tour-4013.

You’ll find a nice mix of relaxation and adventure in Pender County. There’s so much to explore in our great outdoors. 

Thank you for your interest in the Carolina Coastline of Topsail Island.

Visit us and Find your Treasure in Pender County! Be sure to Like our Facebook pages, Pender County Tourism, Visit Pender, and Visit Topsail for specials and upcoming events.

Find a printed copy of our visitor guide located at your accommodation, many of our local shops, attractions, the Surf City Visitors Center, or the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce. Or send us a request for a copy to be mailed to you!  

Here is a link to our  2024 Visitor Guide .

When visiting, if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 910-259-1278 or email us at