10 Quotes to Get You in a Summer State of Mind

We are devout summer lovers here! How about you? As winter drags on, we’re here to inspire you with what’s to come. These encouraging words will remind you of all that the summer season has to offer you with its bright sunny days and beautiful star-filled nights.

What makes summertime even better? Spending it on the beach, of course. And by beach, we mean Topsail Beach! Here is a little extra motivation to start planning your Topsail beach vacation with us today.

Cheers to sun, sand sea and all that summertime is meant to be!

Summer State of Mind

“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.”

—Henry David Thoreau

One thing about living at the beach is that it’s pretty easy to maintain a summer state of mind. Constant reminders from the ocean, salty air, and sandy shorelines remind us that a summer state of mind is easy to find here on Topsail Island. Won’t you join us?

Summer is the Best

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”

—Charles Bowden

Ah, summertime. It really brings to mind the best times in life spent wild and free, allowing you to just be. Every approaching summer is filled with the anticipation of good things to come and beach vacations to be enjoyed. Have you planned yours yet?

A Little Summer Goes a Long Way

“Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about.”

—John Mayer

The whole year revolves around the summer season with its warm sunny days and beautiful starry nights. The other seasons each have their own charm, but summertime will always be our favorite.

Sunny Disposition

“You are so much sunshine in every square inch.”

—Walt Whitman

It’s easy to have a sunny disposition when you’re on the coast of somewhere beautiful, like right here on Topsail Beach. Soak up the sunshine while you’re here and radiate its warm glow for others to see. Even when you’re not at the beach, be the sunshine you want to see in the world!

No Shoes, No Problem

“If you’re not barefoot, then you’re overdressed.”


Welcome to beach life! Spend your time being barefoot and carefree. No shoes, no shirt, no problem! You’re on island time now and the dress code is come as you are.

Summer Nights

“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.”

—Wallace Stevens

How beautiful are the summer nights where the stars are bright, the warm salty breeze is caressing your skin, with the sound of the waves serenading you? Most beautiful indeed. Summer nights are perfection in many, many ways. Come share some summer days and nights with us this summer on Topsail Island.

Warm Up, Buttercup

“I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket.”

—Kellie Elmore

Depending on where you live and what your winter has been like, you may need a nice, big, warm hug right about now! Warm yourself up right now by imagining your summer beach vacation here with us. Take it a step further by planning your Topsail beach vacation and chasing those winter blues away in an instant. Summer is coming!

Endless Summer

“I could never in a hundred summers get tired of this.”

—Susan Branch

Nope, the beauty of the beach never gets tiring whether it’s summertime or not. We get to experience plenty of endless summers on the North Carolina coast, and we love every single one of them. How many of your summers have you spent on Topsail Island? We’d really love to know!

Smell the Sea, Feel the Sky

“Smell the sea and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly.”

—Van Morrison

Delight all of your senses and immerse yourself in beach life. Take time to really breathe it all in and feel in on your skin. Its presence is unmistakable and truly does affect your mind, body and spirit. The beach is some of the best medicine known to man and the best news of all is you don’t need a prescription. Just come and get some!

Summer Afternoons

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

—Henry James

How do you like to spend your summer afternoons? Lying on the beach? Reading the afternoon away? Catching up on some much needed naps? Fishing off the pier? Swimming in the ocean? Walking miles of beautiful beach? Whatever it is that you love to do, you can find it here on Topsail Island. Summer afternoons are pretty awesome here!

Friends, Sun, Sand & Sea

“Friends, sun, sand, and sea, that sounds like a summer to me.”


This sounds like everything you need to have the perfect summer! Grab your family and friends, find your place in the sand, and spend some time by the sea this summer. Your Topsail, NC beach vacation is ready and waiting for you! Happy Summer!

Isn’t it time you booked your beach house rental in Topsail, NC? Get into a summertime state of mind right now!

New Year’s Resolutions You Can Conquer at the Beach


It’s approaching that time of year again! The New Year brings the desire to live your best life and be your best self by setting one or more goals that help you to achieve those things. Yes, it’s resolution time, friends. Have you thought about yours yet? Looking back at last year’s most popular New Year’s resolutions, we couldn’t help but notice that they could all be more easily accomplished at the beach! Check this out.

(P.S. It’s just another compelling reason to plan your next Topsail, North Carolina beach vacation today.)


The Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions

(source: MarketingCharts.com)

We’re going to break down these chart-topping resolutions that are most commonly made each year and show you how—and why—they are indeed easier to conquer when you’re at the beach. We think you’ll quickly see that you have to agree. Life really is better at the beach.


Save More Money on a Beach Vacation

You may not think of taking a vacation as a means of saving money, but when you choose a beach vacation you can actually save more money than you would on other typical vacation destinations. Why? Because many of the things you can enjoy at the beach are totally free! Walks on the beach, free. Fabulous coastal sunrises and sunsets, free. Nature trails and parks, free. Surf fishing from the shoreline (if you already have your own gear and license), free. Building a sandcastle, free. Collecting seashells, free. Kids being entertained on the beach, free. You get the idea.


Eating Well is Easy at the Beach

With the abundance of fresh, locally caught seafood every month of the year, opportunities for eating well and eating healthfully present themselves on a daily basis. Coastal living offers the beautiful bounty of the sea in all its seasons; many of which are good for your mind, body and overall well-being. Then there’s the access to locally grown produce at our beach shops and farmers markets that give you a taste of the fresh seasonal flavors and a variety of healthy options for your meals. Let’s also not forget about the many area restaurants serving up the best of what the beach has to offer.



Being Active is a Lifestyle at the Beach

There are so many opportunities to get out there and move: walks on the beach, bike rides, water sports, and other coastal adventures—all paired with a mild and temperate climate all year long. It’s incredibly easy (and fun) to maintain an active lifestyle at the beach without even trying. It just comes naturally!


The Beach Encourages R&R

Self-care is 4th on that list of top resolutions, so that translates into things like getting more rest, improving sleep quality,  minimizing stress and taking care of you. The beach  offers a more laid-back atmosphere and chilled out vibe, so that’s already a given. Then there’s that fresh salty ocean air which you’ll find is a wonderful inducer of deep, restful sleep. Finally, since you’re likely to be more physically active at the beach, it’s going to lead you on the path to better quality sleep, too.



Read More Books at the Beach

Whether on vacation in your Topsail Island rental or finding your spot on the sand any day of the week, the beach provides the perfect place to catch up on some good reads and encourages you to slow down, unplug and get back to the simpler life. Don’t we all need a little more of that? Yes, yes we do.


Friendships Blossom at the Beach

Maybe it’s because we’re more laid back here, maybe people are just happier at the beach, or maybe it’s the southern hospitality—but making new friends happens quickly and easily here at the beach. You know what they say: birds of a feather flock together. You’re sure to find some friends who share your interests, hobbies, passions and endeavors. The more the merrier!



Inviting You to Try Something New

Opportunities to break out of your comfort zone to try something new and different abound at the beach: go diving, try parasailing, take surf lessons, practice your paddleboarding skills, go deep sea fishing, or do whatever sparks your interest . The coastal adventures are endless, and your skill sets will broaden as you have the best times of your life.


Take Up a New Hobby by Land or by Sea

Along the same lines as learning a new skill, you can take up a new hobby during your time on the beach. Shell collecting? Shark tooth hunting? Sea turtle monitoring and rescue? Wreck diving? Sailing? Fishing? Whatever floats your boat (literally and figuratively), you’re sure to find something that suits you here at the beach.


So What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

We want to know! If you don’t already have one, maybe you should just make your resolution to spend more time at the beach. Look at all you will accomplish by just being here! We hope to see you on the sand soon.


Your next Topsail, NC beach vacation awaits. Find the Topsail Island vacation rental that is perfect for you and your family—and book it today! Happy New Year!


Inspiring Beach Quotes That Will Make Your Day

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The beach is a never-ending source of wonder, inspiration and hope. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite inspirational beach quotes that are sure to brighten your day and draw you back to the sun, sand and sea. Beach lovers beware: If you’re not already at the beach, you’ll want to be after reading these beloved quotes.

Add Color to Your Sunset

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” –Rabindranath Tagore


Draw Lessons from the Storm

“Storms draw something out of us that calm seas don’t.” –Bill Hybels


The Heart of Man is Like the Sea

“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides, and in its depths it has its pearls too.” –Vincent Van Gogh

Find Yourself in the Sea

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.” –e.e.cummings


Follow the Sun

“At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.” –Sandy Gringas


The Power of the Sea

“Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.” –Robert Henri

Nature’s Simple Treasures

“Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard.” –Psyche Roxas-Mendoza


Tied to the Ocean

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.” –John F. Kennedy


Embracing Solitude

“To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.” –Jeanne Moreau

Young at Heart

“Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.” –Michelle Held


Ocean Memories Linger On

“Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.” –Anonymous


On Beach Time

“Isn’t it strange, the way time moves? I could stand here and watch the sea crash beneath me for hours and it would feel like only minutes had passed.” –Sjana Elise Earp

Worth a Thousand Words

“A walk on the beach is worth a thousand words.” –Anonymous


A Cool, Quieting Thought

“I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought.”” –Helen Keller


The Dreams of Time

“Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of time.” –H.P. Lovecraft

Life by the Sea

“Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part.” –Hermann Broch


What is your favorite inspiring beach quote? Please share it with us!

How to Have the Most Fun on the Intracoastal Waterway


One of the highlights of a Topsail, North Carolina beach vacation is being so close to the beautiful waters that surround our little barrier island. Nestled between the majestic Atlantic waters on the oceanside of the island and the tranquil soundside waters of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) on the other, Topsail Island is truly a water lover’s paradise offering the best of both worlds where you can experience amazing inland and off-shore adventures.

Today, we’re putting a spotlight on the inland water adventures that await you on the ICW.

Get to know the Intracoastal waters near Topsail.

Let’s get to know a little more about the lay of the land and local waters, so you can get better acquainted this little piece of paradise on the North Carolina coast.

A Quick Topsail Island Geography Lesson

Topsail Island is one island in a chain of barrier islands located along the North Carolina coast,  midway between the mainland cities of Jacksonville, NC to the north and Wilmington, NC to the south. Topsail Island itself is situated in both Onslow and Pender counties and is home to the three seaside towns of North Topsail Beach, Surf City, and Topsail Beach with each providing a unique ambiance all its own.

Offering 26-miles of expansive shoreline, pristine beaches and a quintessential beach vacation experience, Topsail Island has quickly become a popular vacation destination for couples, families and beach lovers from all over.

It’s no wonder that Topsail Beach has recently been voted Best Little Beach Town in the USA by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest online travel site. Little Topsail Island is making a big splash on the beach scene, which is no surprise to those who know it best. It’s certainly not a secret anymore!

The Location of the  Intracoastal Waterway (ICW or ICWW)

The northeastern edge of Topsail Island is where you’ll find the New River Inlet, and the southwestern edge lies in the Topsail Inlet. The island is separated from the mainland by a series of small sounds and channels that make up a portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.

The Intracoastal Waterway at-large is a 3,000-mile inland waterway along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts of the United States, running from Massachusetts southward along the Atlantic Seaboard and around the southern tip of Florida, then following the Gulf Coast to Texas. The ICW is made up of natural inlets, saltwater rivers, bays and sounds, as well as artificial canals,  providing a navigable route for boaters along its length without many of the hazards of the open ocean waters.

Where to Access the ICW During Your Topsail Vacation

There are three public boat ramps on Topsail Island. If you want your own, then be sure to choose a soundside Topsail vacation rental that comes with stunning views and  instant access to the ICW anytime you want it. (More on that later in this post!)

  • North Topsail Beach: There is a boat ramp at the end of Shrimp Lady Lane under the high-rise bridge. The ramp is free, and there is plenty of parking.
  • Surf City: Public boat ramps are located at Soundside Park on 517 Roland Avenue right near the bridge.
  • Topsail Beach: The south end of the island also has a boat ramp offering access to the Intracoastal. The ramp, also known as Buch Marina, is located on South Anderson Boulevard just past Town Hall in downtown Topsail Beach and is set up as a self-pay, self-use ramp. 



Plan your Intracoastal Waterway adventures.

Okay, your geography lesson is done and now it’s time for on-the-water fun! Your ICW adventures are only limited to your imagination because there are so many ways to enjoy the local soundside waters.

Cruising & Sightseeing

When it comes to cruising the local Topsail waters, we highly recommend The Belle of Topsail. It’s a 55-foot replica of an 1880’s turn of the century riverboat that cruises the scenic waters of the North Carolina Intracoastal waterway and sounds. Enjoy a lower salon or an open air deck on top with a terrific view of the island and the sounds. Experience the beauty of a North Carolina sunset from the waters aboard the scenic own riverboat. This peaceful, picturesque cruise along the waters of Topsail Island is the perfect ending to a hectic day, or it could be the beginning of an exciting night! Either way, it’s a quintessential Topsail cruising experience that’s guaranteed to please.

Topsail Tiki Tours is another local favorite. The Tiki Queen Paddlewheel takes you on a 2-hour nature and history tour along the Intracoastal Waterway and the back of Topsail Island. You’ll learn about the history of the island’s lookout towers, pirates and so much more. See the gorgeous waterway areas that only those with boats typically get to enjoy and along the way keep an eye out for Topsail Island’s spectacular wildlife including sea turtles, dolphins, ospreys and pelicans, just to name a few. They also offer sunset party cruises, shelling tours on a pontoon boat, and private charters.


If you brought your own boat to Topsail Island, then you can explore the local waters at your own pace and see the sights whenever you please. Savor the coastal beauty and make time to watch the breathtaking coastal sunset as it sinks slowly into the soundside horizon. Be sure to motor on over to the Breezeway Restaurant and Sears Landing where you can pull right up and dock for your dinner.

Guided Ecotours

Paddle your way along the island on a Topsail Ecotour either on a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard. Paddle NC offers personalized guided tours for all  ages and abilities on the calm, flat waters of the sound. Their tours leave from the sound side of Topsail’s Beach Access #2. The launch area is easy to use, and surrounding water is sheltered from wind and boat traffic for an relaxing, stress-free paddling adventure.

You can also take a guided ecotour by boat with an experienced local captain who can show you around and get you comfortable on the water. Topsail Boat Rentals and Lost Treasure Eco Tours are two great options.


Fishing and Topsail Island go hand-in-hand. Spring and Fall are optimal fishing times but you can drop a line anytime you’re here. It’s especially easy to do when you choose a soundside Topsail rental with its own dock.

Alternatively, Soundside Park in Surf City offers public piers for your fishing pleasure. It’s also a great place for crabbing, too. Just don’t forget your NC fishing license!

Kayaking, Paddleboarding/SUP Rentals 

The ICW waters just beckon for you to get out and explore them. Kayaking, paddleboarding and stand-up paddleboarding are best experienced on the calm soundside waters off Topsail Island.

If you didn’t bring your own water equipment, we have some awesome local sports outfitters that will take care of everything you need for your paddling adventures. 50 South Surf Shop and Herrings Outdoor Sports are two places to rent kayaks, paddleboards, find guided tours and more.

Jet Ski Rentals

Jet skiing is a fun and exhilarating on-the-water activity. A&B Saltwater Adventures can make your Topsail Island vacation extraordinary with the ride of a lifetime on their Yamaha jet skis (they also offer pontoons, our SUP boards and kayaks). Located at Bush Marina, A&B Saltwater Adventures is a family owned and operated business with more than 20 years of experience on the water. Explore Topsail Island from the beautiful waterways and see it for yourself.




Soundfront Topsail rentals offer the best access.

So with all of the ICW fun and adventure available to you on Topsail Island, now is the time to find the perfect rental for you and your family. Soundfront and soundside Topsail rentals are the way to go if you want ICW access that’s right outside your doorstep.

Need some help? Here are three Topsail rentals right on the Intracoastal Waterway that come equipped for adventure.

Heron House  

(equipped with private boat dock and canoe)

Heron House sits proudly on the sound with large sweeping views of the Intracoastal Waterway in the Village of Stump Sound. The home provides a private dock, two large garages, five total bedrooms, (four of which contain private baths) very large sound front decks on the top and bottom floors, cozy backyard, canoes and much more. Heron House sits on a very private lot, just a few yards away from the community tennis courts and the small boat launch.

Sounds Right

(equipped with private boat dock, 2 kayaks and a paddleboard)

Sounds Right is comfortable and spacious with breath taking sunsets over the ICWW. You will love relaxing on the partially covered back deck while you watch the boats leisurely cruise by. Perfectly situated in the quiet family friendly community of the Village of Stump Sound which features a beach access, community pool, tennis courts and small craft launch. Take a short stroll past the fire pit to the private dock, which allows you to bring your boat and leave it right at your back door. There are also two kayaks and a paddleboard for your use during your stay.

Waterway Hideaway

(equipped with private dock on deep water ICW, canoes and kayaks)

Tucked back in the quiet community of Chadwick Shores, this home sits directly on the sound front with wonderful views of Topsail Island and the ICWW. Privacy, seclusion, plenty of space and direct access to the sound are just a few of the things you will find at Waterway Hideaway. Guests are welcome to use the canoes and kayak at the home. Have a boat? Bring it! This home is perfect for you. With its own private dock, you can fish until your heart’s content. A large raised deck at the end of the dock allows for sweeping views of the sound as well.


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