How to Have the Best Family Spring Break Ever

What does a successful family spring break require? That’s a really great question! It’s not just something you can throw together last minute and hope for the best. A vacation is both an investment of your time and your money, so of course you want it to be the best it can be. We have some helpful tips to ensure you have happy memories of your family spring break for years to come.

1. Choose a family-friendly spring break destination.

You really don’t want to choose the spring break locations that the college kids are choosing, right? Right! You want a family-friendly vacation destination without all of the spring break antics and indulgences.

Topsail Island, North Carolina has just what you need to get away from it all and still have fun at the beach. With a welcoming, safe and family-centered atmosphere, everyone is sure to enjoy their beach days. There’s enough to do to keep your focus on family time without too many distractions that draw everyone in different directions. We happen to think it’s the perfect family spring break destination for oh so many reasons!

Check out TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Things to Do with Kids on Topsail Island and see why families love it here.

2. Plan ahead and do your research.

Take some time to see what family-friendly activities and attractions are available to you and your family during your stay. This will help you plan your time and budget for any big-ticket items. Don’t forget to search for the free and low-cost options in the area, too.

Topsail Island offers not only miles and miles of beautiful beaches but plenty of family-friendly fun around town. Check these favorite Topsail Island attractions, annual events, and things to do.

3. Book a vacation rental instead of a hotel/motel.

Booking a vacation rental makes sense and saves you money. Why choose a hotel or motel stay when you can opt for a vacation rental that offers more bang for your buck? Think about all you can get with a vacation rental: more privacy, more space, a kitchen, laundry facilities, pet-friendly options, a personalized vacation experience and so much more. Why sacrifice any of that?

Take a look at our Topsail Island rentals and see which one best suits your family’s needs and wants.

4. Choose amenities that matter most to your family.

When you’re perusing your vacation rental options, think about the must-have amenities that you and your family will use during your spring break vacation. Whether it’s a pool, tennis courts, bicycles, hot tub, game room, boat dock, fishing pier—or whatever your family wants as part of their stay, plan accordingly. Talk together about what’s most important and prioritize.

Discuss your vacation rental’s preferred location, style, size and all the extras. Then find the best vacation rental for you and your family—one that at least meets, if not exceeds, your expectations. This is your vacation, so don’t settle for less.

5. Stay flexible.

This is not the spring break vacation of your youth when you were single and carefree. A family spring break is quite different (but in a good way!) so you have to go ahead and expect the unexpected. Keep the right perspective and know that all may not go as planned, which is almost always the case when you’re traveling with kids and teens. Focus on the memories you’re making and what will be remembered in the long run. It may not be perfect, but it can be fun, relaxing, and enjoyable for everyone.

It’s good to have a plan but it’s also important to stay flexible and go with the flow. Allow some time for spontaneous adventures while also planning ahead the best you can for the big things. Communicate with your family, discuss the options, and keep your expectations realistic.

Before you know it, your spring break vacation will be in full swing. Savor these fleeting moments that will quickly become memories. These are days you will look back upon and wish you could go back to, so cherish them.

Happy spring break to you and yours!

Let us know if we can help you plan your family spring break on Topsail Island. We’re here to help!

Topsail Island Rentals That Offer the Best of the Beach

Here at Access Realty on Topsail Island, we truly do strive to give you the very best of what our breathtaking island has to offer. We are your front row, full access pass to the beach!

Today we’re highlighting some of our most beautiful oceanfront and oceanside Topsail Island rentals with some of the best amenities you’ll want to know about.

When you see one that really catches your eye, go ahead and save it as a favorite for later. You can do that right on the property page for that rental by clicking on the green ♡Favorite button for each Topsail oceanfront rental that steals your heart. Then you can go back and review them anytime you want to. You can also compare all your favorites side-by-side if you so choose.

Then all that’s left to do is book the best beach rental for you and your guests. It’s that easy!

All About the View

Topsail Rental Highlights: 5BR, 4BA, unobstructed ocean views, sound views from master bedroom, elevator, pet friendly

The name says it all! Sleeping up to 10 people in its five bedrooms, “All About the View” is ideal for medium-sized families or groups of friends looking to get away to this peaceful stretch of serene Topsail Island.

The master bedroom is located by itself on the top level of the home. With decks on both the Eastern and Western sides of the bedroom, whoever is lucky enough to stay in this room is able to experience both the amazing sunrises and sunsets. At the end of a long day on the beach, the master bedroom guest can even relax in the jetted tub overlooking the sound.

Not to be outdone, the four other bedrooms in “All About The View” each contain great attributes with all of the four bedrooms having direct access to a deck on their respective levels.

With an elevator that runs from the ground level all the way up to the master bedroom, it’s quick and easy to reach any part of this stellar property. Superior views are waiting for you at “All About The View!”

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Almost Heaven/A Great Escape

Topsail Rental Highlights: 8BR, 6BA, two duplexes rented side by side so families can go together but “stay” separately, quiet residential area of North Topsail Beach, large oceanfront shared deck

This amazing 8 bedroom duplex is located on the quiet shores of North Topsail Beach. Sleeping up to 20 people, this home is ideal for large families or groups of friends. Just imagine sitting on the back deck listening to the ocean and having the convenience of walking to the beach on your semi-private beach access.

This home is a duplex with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, a kitchen, dining table, living room and laundry on each side. You can enter each side through the main entry doors or through the sliding glass doors on the shared oceanfront deck.

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A Pole in the Air

Topsail Rental Highlights: 4BR, 3.5BA, close proximity to the Seaview Fishing Pier

Sitting in the sand with “A Pole in the Air” is your only concern at this beautiful oceanfront home. This 4 bedroom, 3½ bath oceanfront duplex boasts spectacular ocean views from the decks on the ocean side, as well as lovely sunset views from the decks on the street side. Close proximity to the Seaview Pier allows for a fun activity for the family to walk or fish at the pier.

The oceanfront deck off of the living room has furniture for enjoying the sunrise while you drink your morning coffee or for watching dolphin play in the surf during the day. There is an enclosed outside shower with hot water on the lower deck for washing all the sand off when returning from a day on the beach. There is also a charcoal grill provided for those who enjoy cooking outdoors.

Grab your family and your fishing poles for a comfortable and fun vacation at “A Pole in the Air!”

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A Windsong

Topsail Rental Highlights: 4BR, 3.5BA, hot tub, wide oceanfront decks, elevator

If you are looking for a luxurious home with a private elevator for your beach vacation then look no further. At “A Windsong” you will enjoy lounging on the decks or using the private beach access for a day of peace on one of the quietest stretches of beach on the island.

With two large, relaxation-inducing covered decks and all the beach gear you’ll need (including beach chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, surf boards, life vests, body boards and more), “A Windsong” is the perfect place to spend a vacation unwinding!

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Casa Verde

Topsail Rental Highlights: 11BR, 11BA, 2 half-baths, pool/hot tub, movie room, large group rental

Imagine visiting a tropical, sun-filled island where you can gaze into a limitless ocean with crystal blue skies above and feel the beautiful soft sand beneath your feet. Then imagine a private resort home with every conceivable luxury and comfort provided. Now open your eyes and let the memories begin!

“Casa Verde” is one of the largest estate homes on the Carolina Coast. This home accommodates up to 34 guests (22 adults and 12 children MAX) and offers eleven spacious bedroom suites, each with their own private bath, movie theater room, elevator, heated oceanfront pool, hot tub, grilling area, and so much more.

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Flounder In

Topsail Rental Highlights: 4BR, 3BA, close proximity to Surf City pier, close enough to walk the new bridge and most restaurants/shops, oceanfront (and oceanview) pool, large deck

Appropriately named for its close proximity to the pier, “Flounder In” is located in the middle of it all! In central downtown Surf City, within walking distance to just about everything the island has to offer: shops, restaurants, entertainment and fishing.

Enjoy a meal under the oceanfront gazebo, take a dip in the private oceanfront pool, or search for seashells on the beach. No matter how you choose to spend your day, “Flounder In” provides everything you could need for a luxurious stay at the beach.

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Hemenway Dunes

Topsail Rental Highlights: 5BR, 3BA, large oceanfront deck, open kitchen-living-dining with ocean views, movie room

The coastal elegance in “Hemenway Dunes” provides a luxurious retreat that includes 5 bedrooms and 3 baths. The endless ocean views from the main living area will provide your family with a memorable vacation.

The retreat doesn’t end on the inside. Outside you will find a large deck that is partially covered. A hot and cold outdoor shower to wash offer after a relaxing day with your toes in the sand. There is a large gathering place in the backyard for the family fun to continue. The backyard offers corn hole, a gas grill and picnic area.

You will truly enjoy all the extra touches that will spoil you with luxury at “Hemenway Dunes”.

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Mo & Anita’s

Topsail Rental Highlights: 5BR, 4.5BA, oceanfront hot tub, large deck, pet friendly, small fenced dog area

“Mo & Anita’s” is a five bedroom, 4½ bathroom oceanfront home located within Surf City boasting custom touches that radiate beachside elegance. Enjoy shopping, entertainment, and dining on the quiet shores of Topsail Island.

With large glass windows across the oceanfront wall, taking full advantage of the beach atmosphere, ocean views are the rule here. From the street to the tide, “Mo and Anita’s” delivers superior luxury, comfort, and style; truly the epitome of an island getaway.

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Topsail Rental Property Highlights: 4BR, 3BA, close proximity to Surf City pier and businesses, offering special for 2019

From the peaceful morning sunrises to the golden evening sunsets, you will have it all while staying in “Parrotise.” This oceanfront duplex features four bedrooms, three baths and inviting coastal decor.

Enjoy “Parrotise” in this prime location within walking distance to a myriad of local restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, grocery stores, and retail stores. Or enjoy the fresh ocean air while strolling the 26 miles of beautiful sandy beach between your toes. “Parrotise” provides a convenient and relaxing atmosphere that will keep you coming back for years. Reserve your spot today!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out their 2019 special where you can stay 2 nights and get 1 free. (Terms: Excludes Prime Season weekly stays. Not combinable with any other offers or discounts. Contact a reservationist for more information at 910-329-9800.)

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Topsail Rental Highlights: 7BR, 4.5BA brand new property just finished construction end of 2018, pool and hot tub, ocean views from most of home, elevator, very close walk to beach access

Enjoy beautiful ocean views at “Sea-quell” in North Topsail Beach! This brand new 7 bedroom, 4.5 bath home features a private pool with hot tub, private elevator, close beach access, and amazing views of the ocean and Intracoastal Waterway (ICW).

“Sea-quell” provides an inviting blend of modern and rustic coastal charm and comfortably hosts up to 19 of your closest friends and family members! With three levels of decks on the front and the back of the home, you will be sure to enjoy the beautiful sunrises over the ocean and sunsets over the Intracoastal Waterway every day during your vacation. The private elevator provides convenience and accessibility from the ground floor to three of the four levels in the home.

This gorgeous home also offers guests a private swimming pool with attached hot tub, providing ultimate relaxation and fun. Lounge on the deck chairs and bask in the sun as you enjoy each other’s company. At the end of the day, rinse off in the over-sized outdoor shower conveniently located next to the private pool. Access to the beach is one house away.

Create memories that will last a lifetime at this beautiful beach getaway!

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St. Regis 1501

Topsail Rental Highlights: 1BR, 2BA oceanside condo that is perfect for a couple or small family, indoor community pool, restaurant inside of resort, beautiful ocean view and sound views

Enjoy a relaxing stay in the St. Regis community is a beautiful resort complex located on North Topsail Beach. This top floor condo has endless ocean views as well as sound views which is the best place to watch the sunset.

St. Regis offers so many amenities there are almost too many to name. This community features a huge luxury pool right off the beach, boardwalks that lead to a private gazebo, indoor pool for a rainy or chilly day, hot tub, tennis court, fitness center, sauna, basketball court, playground, volleyball area, business center, wireless internet throughout the complex, banquet halls available for rent, The Shrimp House (a full service restaurant), snack bar by the outdoor pool and gift shop. St Regis also offers surfing lessons and surf board rentals.

No need to load up the car with extras, St. Regis 1501 offers 4 beach chairs, a beach umbrealla, 2 boogie boards, a basketball and a rolling beach cart for Guest use. Come see why a single stay at “St. Regis 1501” is all you’ll need for a great vacation!

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Topsail Manor

Topsail Rental Highlights: 8BR, 8BA, 2 half-baths, luxury rental, wedding/event friendly, pool/hot tub, movie theater room, large group rental

Welcome to Topsail Manor, a truly unique jewel on Topsail Island. Newly constructed in late 2017, Topsail Manor is a grandiose, eight bedroom oceanfront manor that boasts luxurious amenities, spacious accommodations, and elegant coastal décor. Designed to accommodate large groups, Topsail Manor’s approximately 8,000 square feet provides the perfect venue for weddings, reunions, multi-family vacations, and corporate events.

If you thought this home couldn’t get any better, wait until you go outside! With two levels of expansive oceanfront decks, an outdoor kitchen, a pool and a hot tub…the amenities are endless. There is also a Tiki Bar down by the pool for serving up cold drinks in the summer and an oceanfront gazebo providing shade when you need to get a break from the sun.

Be among the first to experience this incredible and luxurious oceanfront manor, complete with all of the upgraded amenities you could ask for and more than enough space for all of your family and friends!

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Book your favorite Topsail Island vacation rental today!