10 of the Best Things About an Oceanfront Topsail Island Rental

We love talking about our oceanfront rentals here on Topsail Island, North Carolina. Why? Because they are amazing! With so many beautiful accommodations right on the beach, the hardest part is choosing which one is best for you and your family. But before we get to that part, let’s talk about the 10 best things about an oceanfront Topsail rental and why it might be the right choice for you and your family.

1. Access

Front row access to Topsail’s beaches.

Not only does our company name reflect how much we value offering the best access to the beach, but we also know it matters to you as a vacationer, too. Whether you stay right on the oceanfront of Topsail or not, quick and easy access to the beach is important.

It goes without saying that choosing a vacation rental right on the ocean front or ocean side pretty much guarantees you VIP access to the beach and all it has to offer. Knowing that you can walk out your door and be on the beach within minutes is a really great perk during a beach vacation. And isn’t being at the beach what you’re here to enjoy the most?

Make it easy. Make it quick. Make it convenient. Book an oceanfront Topsail rental.


Spectacular oceanfront views from inside your Topsail Island rental.

Along with the best access to Topsail beach, you also get breathtaking views from an oceanfront rental—both from the inside and out. Looking out the window and gazing at all of that blue sparkling Atlantic Ocean water, sunny blue skies, and pristine sandy shoreline is good for the soul.

Step outside onto the oceanfront deck and immerse yourself in the coastal elements while you deeply breathe in the salty air. It doesn’t get any better than that! Ocean views 24/7 don’t get old. Ever!

view from Casa Verde

3. Amenities

Amazing Topsail vacation rental amenities.

The most compelling reason for choosing a beach vacation rental over a hotel/motel stay is the freedom to customize and personalize your stay by choosing the amenities that matter most to you and your family. Which amenities are must-haves? Which vacation rental amenities will you use most? These are the questions to ask before you book a rental.

Popular Topsail vacation rental amenities include, but are not limited to, pet-friendly rentals, beachfront homes with pools or pool access, boat access, hot tub, fenced-in yard, outdoor shower, and charcoal or gas grill just to name a few.

You can go to our Vacation Rentals heading at the top of Access Realty’s homepage, hover over it, and then slide your cursor down to hover over the By Amenities option to search our Topsail Island rentals by the amenities they offer. Alternatively, you can go right to our Oceanfront/Oceanside Rentals page and refine your search to include the amenities you’re looking for in that group of rentals. It’s that easy! Let us know if we can help you in your search or answer any questions you may have.

4. Spaciousness

Spacious and roomy for extended family and friends.

Many of our oceanfront Topsail rentals are large and spacious enough for your to bring your extended family or your friends—and share the cost. Think about the memories you can make with those you love the most. This is a really special way to share quality time together in a very beautiful place. Get those plans underway today!

We have several Large Group Topsail Vacation Rentals that are also right on the oceanfront. Check them out and start planning your next family vacation or reunion.

5. Decks

Oceanfront decks that showcase the best of the beach.

We’ve already touched on this point and it definitely relates back to #2 of this post, but it’s worth elaborating upon. Having an oceanfront deck is a pretty sweet Topsail rental amenity that you are and your family are sure to get a lot of use out of and enjoy to its fullest.

First, you can’t beat the views. Then there’s the luxury of waking up, staying in your pajamas (if you please), and sipping your morning cup of coffee out on the deck each and every morning of your Topsail beach vacation. It is a very enticing thought, isn’t it? Almost as much as the evening glass of wine or beach cocktail to indulge in each evening in that very same spot.

Sunbathe with a little more privacy, sit out there and read a book, or do absolutely nothing but relax. However you spend your time, you’ll definitely be spending a lot of it on the oceanfront deck of your Topsail rental.

view from Ocean Song’s deck

6. Sunrises & Sunsets

Bird’s eye view of Topsail Island sunrises and sunsets.

Then there are the coastal sunsets that you can view right from your beachfront rental that you absolutely won’t want to miss! Topsail Island is perfectly positioned to give you stunning sunrises over the ocean to start the day and magnificent sunsets over the sound to end your day.

While we’re on the topic of sunsets, don’t miss our previous post on where to dine on Topsail Island while taking in the best sunset views.

7. Shelling

More opportunities for shelling and beachcombing.

Do you know what two of the top shelling tips are?

1. Get out on the beach early.

2. Get out on the beach often.

You have to increase your odds! Well, that’s really easy to do when you’re staying right on the Topsail oceanfront. No extra time needed to get to your shelling spot, no need to find parking, and no extra preparation required. Just get out there as often as you can and before others get first dibs on the seashells. Those are your best shelling strategies!

You can find some more helpful Topsail shelling tips here on where and how to find the best shells on the island.

8. Fishing

Easy and accessible fishing right outside your doorstep.

When you choose an oceanfront rental on Topsail beach, you’re also gaining access to surf fishing right outside your door. Walk to the water and cast your line (just make sure you have an NC fishing license first), and fish all day if you choose.

Depending on where your oceanfront rental is located, you may also be really close to one of Topsail’s three fishing piers (there’s one in each town) giving you another easy option to fish until your heart’s content. It’s a great way to have a family fishing experience, too. The Topsail fishing piers have a blanket fishing license so you don’t need one—and all the fishing gear necessary for a great day of pier fishing, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Read more about Topsail fishing and other things to do during your NC beach vacation here.

9. Playing

Kids have a coastal playground in their front yard.

Every parent knows that the beach is one nature’s best playgrounds. With so many ways for kids to play (and learn), you don’t need much for your kids to be occupied for hours on end at the beach.

From shelling and sandcastle building to tidal pool exploring and wave splashing, the beach offers an endless array of activities for all ages and interests from toddlers to teens.

Do you want some additional fun family beach games, ideas and activities for the kids and kids-at-heart? Read this.

10. Strolling

Stroll the beach anytime you please.

One of the most loved beach vacation activities of all time is the simple but beautiful beach stroll. Walk the beach whenever you want by just heading out of your oceanfront rental and onto the beach. Stroll hand-in-hand with your sweetheart at sunset or take the whole family for a walking adventure to get your daily dose of exercise.

Walks on the beach are a quintessential beach activity and one that’s easy to do from your Topsail Island oceanfront rental.

So what are you waiting for? Take the next step and find your place in the sand today. You won’t regret it! Book your Topsail oceanfront rental and look forward to all of this and more.

Have you rented an oceanfront rental on Topsail Island? If so, what did you love most about being right on the beach?

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!

4 Really Good Reasons to Plan Your 2019 Vacation Now

4 Really Good Reasons to Plan Your 2019 Vacation Now


Planning your next year’s vacation may not be on your mind right now—but it should be! Here are some compelling reasons to start planning your next Topsail Island, North Carolina beach vacation today. ‘Tis the season to book your 2019 vacay!

1.  Vacations and vacation planning are good for you.

“We know that taking a break is extremely good for one’s mental health,” says Susan Krauss Whitbourne, an adjunct professor of gerontology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, who frequently writes about the benefits of vacation. “It puts you in a different frame of mind, gets you out of your standard patterns and can give you time with family.”

The type of vacation (and how you plan it) matters, too. If planned poorly, a vacation can actually lead to more stress. Taking the time to plan the trip can help ensure things run smoothly. According to a 2010 report, 28% of people who said they had a bad vacation also said they left planning to the last minute.

Don’t be that person! Take your well-earned vacation time and plan ahead for it to reap the most benefits from it. You deserve it!



2. Get the best selection of Topsail vacation rentals.

It makes sense that the earlier you book your accommodations, the better selection of vacation rentals you will have. If you wait too long, you’re definitely going to have less options and a more narrow selection of properties left from which to choose.

Have you heard about Access Realty’s Early Bird Booking? Many of our Topsail rental homeowners are participating in this new Early Bird Booking policy in which they are offering this year’s rate for next year! Follow the link above to read all about it and how you can grab this awesome vacation rental pricing on your favorite Topsail rental.

It’s just another reason to start planning your 2019 Topsail beach vacation today!

3. Planning your vacation early saves you money.

Speaking of saving money, planning your Topsail Island vacation early saves you in the long run by giving you the time you need to research the best deals, discounts, savings and specials. This holds true not only for your accommodations, but also the other big ticket vacation items you’re saving money for including transportation, vacation adventures, local attractions, and meals.

Draw up a vacation itinerary in advance of your trip and start penciling in the places you want to go, the things you want to do, and the experiences you plan to have. Check online for discounts and specials, follow social media accounts, and sign up for newsletters and emails from the places that are on your vacation to-do list. That way you’ll be informed of what’s happening, where to find savings and what you’ll need to know before you arrive.

If you missed it, you definitely want to read our previous post on the 20 Best Budget-Friendly Vacation Tips guaranteed to save you money.



4. You will have something to look forward to.

Last but not least, you are giving yourself and your family the gift of anticipation, knowing that you have an awesome family vacation planned for the coming year.

The satisfaction and excitement that you get every time you mark off the days on your 2019 calendar are priceless—especially when each day brings you closer to the moment when your toes are in the sand, there could be a cold drink in your hand,  and your watch can be set to island time. Cheers to that!


Start planning your 2019 Topsail, North Carolina beach vacation today! You’ll be oh so glad that you did. Let us know if we can help you get started. 


How to Plan a Topsail Pet-Friendly Vacation at the Beach

“Paws in the water, nose in the sand. Not a worry in the world, a cold drink in my owner’s hand. Life is good today!” You know that song, right? Okay, we’ve taken a little artistic license to change it to a dog’s perspective, but you get the idea.

Your dog will be happy, happy, happy during your Topsail beach vacation—and you will be too. Why? Because all of our Topsail Island beaches and towns are pet-friendly and welcoming to your four-legged family members. This makes it so easy to plan not only a family-friendly vacation but also a dog-friendly vacation where no one gets left behind.

So what do you need to know to plan a pet-friendly Topsail vacation? It’s easy! Here’s how to do it.

1. Book the perfect pet-friendly Topsail rental.

First thing you’ll want to do is find the perfect pet-friendly rental for you and your dog. You’ll want to ask yourself a few questions.

Where do you want to be?
What amenities matter most to you and your pet?
How much room do you need for everyone to be comfortable?

Next, peruse your pet-friendly accommodation options and narrow down the list to your favorites. Here at Access Realty, we have a really nice selection of pet-friendly Topsail vacation rentals to choose from, so you won’t feel limited. Take a look at what we have to offer, and go ahead and “favorite” your top picks for easy reference. You can even refine your search to include exactly what you’re looking for when it comes to amenities, location, type of rental and number of guests. We make it really easy!

Finally, once you’ve chosen the perfect rental for you and your family, go ahead and book it. Your Topsail pet-friendly rental is all yours and you can check that off your to-do list.

Are you looking for some pet-friendly rental recommendations? We can help. Take a look at these three featured pet-friendly vacation rentals available at Access Realty.

Sounds Right (click to view)
This is a new pet-friendly property on our program that is comfortable and spacious with breathtaking sunsets over the Intracoastal Waterway. You and your dog will love relaxing on the partially covered back deck while you watch the boats leisurely cruise by. It’s 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. It also offers a fenced soundfront backyard perfect for your pup.

Sundance (click to view)
This large three bedroom, two bathroom home has been one of our most popular rentals for many years. Sundance is a really affordable oceanfront pet-friendly property, boasting a large deck and a quiet location along with many other amenities making this oceanfront property a yearly vacation destination for many.

A Great Escape and Almost Heaven (click to view)
This side-by-side pet-friendly oceanfront duplex offers 8 bedrooms 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, which is really convenient when you are vacationing with your dog. We rent both sides separate or together to accommodate large groups.

2. Check out the pet-friendly things to do in Topsail.

Once your pet-friendly Topsail rental is booked, it’s time to start planning your vacation itinerary. Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? Will your dog be coming with you?

To help you with your planning, here are a few of the pet-friendly places on Topsail Island. From restaurants and cafes that allow dogs in their outdoor dining areas to doggy day spas and pet-friendly parks, you and your dog will feel right at home here on Topsail Island. We’ve also included local veterinary services nearby to your vacation rental, just in case you need them.

North Topsail Beach

Beach Bum’s Grill & Bar  – Offers outdoor seating, as well as live entertainment weekly!

North Topsail Beach Town Park

W. Rodney Knowles Park

Surf City

Camino Real Mexican Restaurant  – Offers outdoor seating in the breezeway for guests who enjoy the outdoors!

Daddy Mac’s Beach Grille – Bring your dog(s) upstairs from their oceanfront beach access to enjoy a meal on their spacious deck while watching the waves crash!

Fractured Prune Doughnuts

Kenneth D. Batts Family Park

Michaelangelo’s Pizza & Subs – Provides shaded outdoor seating in their courtyard.

Sear’s Landing Grill and Boat Docks – Spending the day on a boat or kayak?Swing by for a bite to eat in their outdoor screened porch and use their docks!

Soundside Park

Spoiled to the Bone Pet Grooming Salon

Sugar Island Bakery

Surf City Pawville Doggy Daycare & Spa

Surf City Bark Park – Features two tree-shaded play areas, one for smaller sized dogs and one for larger sized dogs. Tunnels, stairs, ramps, and plenty of space to run around – your dogs will love their time spent here!

Topsail Beach

Beach Shop and Grill – Outdoor lounge seating available for your furry friends to join you as you order To-Go!

Cora’s Isle-End Deli – Named after the owner’s dog, Cora, you and your fur family are sure to be greeted warmly at this fantastic sandwich shoppe!

Topsail Beach Town Center and Park

Topsail Island Veterinary Services

Surf City Pet Hospital 

Topsail Animal Hospital

3. Read up on Topsail’s dog-friendly beaches.

While all of Topsail Island’s beaches are pet-friendly, it’s always good to read up on what you need to know about dogs on the beach for each Topsail town. A common rule of thumb throughout all of the Topsail beaches is to keep your dog leashed and to clean up after your pet. Also, all dogs must display a current rabies vaccination tag and an identification tag. But depending on where you’re staying, it’s always best to read the pet-friendly rules, regulations and ordinances for that respective town and its beaches.

Dogs on the Beach in North Topsail Beach

Dogs must be on a leash and under the control of the owner at all times. While being walked or exercised off the premises or property of the owner or custodian, the dog must be restrained by a leash connected to a collar or harness, sufficient to restrain the dog from breaking loose. The leash is not to be longer than 25 feet in length (retractable). It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that all excrement is immediately removed and placed in the proper receptacle. Please do not leave animals locked in unattended vehicles with no provisions or climate control, as it is detrimental to their health. Cruel and inhumane treatment of animals will result in the responsible party being charged with applicable violations. The fine for leash law violations and failure to pick up dog waste is $100. Please make the beach enjoyable for everyone—both people and pets.

Dogs on the Beach in Surf City

Dogs must be leashed and all pet waste must be cleaned up. You can find more details about local pet policies in the Town of Surf City’s ordinances.

Dogs on the Beach in Topsail Beach

Topsail Beach is the only beach that allows dogs to be off a leash during the off-season. Dogs must be on a leash 20 feet or less from May 15th through September 30th. At other times dogs must be under voice command of a responsible person, but do not have to be on a leash. Pet owners must always pick up after their pet. These regulations apply to the entire town including the beach.

4. Remember these dog-friendly beach tips.

The beach is a new and unfamiliar environment for your pup, so be sure to follow these tips when taking your dog to the beach. You want your furry, four-legged family member to have the best beach vacation possible!

Protect those paw pads. 

The sand, sidewalks and parking lots can get extremely hot so be mindful of your dog’s paws and avoid hot surfaces whenever possible or apply a protective product to help protect those vulnerable paw pads from the heat.

Provide shade. 

Everyone needs a break from the sun and dogs are no exception. Dogs get overheated too! Large shade umbrellas or even shade tents are worthwhile to bring with you to give both yourself and your dog a break from the natural elements. Not only do they provide a shady spot to escape to, but they also give added protection from the wind and blowing sand.

Bring fresh water.

Plenty of fresh water is a must-have for all beach goers. Dogs can get dehydrated pretty easily so fresh water is essential. Consider bringing a lightweight, collapsable bowl in your beach bag for ease and convenience. A good supply of fresh water is the best way to prevent your dog from lapping up too much salt water, which can be harmful.

Apply doggy suncreen.

You may not think about this one, but dogs have sensitive areas that need protection from the sun. Choose a product specifically made for pets, particularly ones that do not contain zinc oxide. You can consult your vet for recommendations on suitable dog-friendly sunscreens. Dogs with pink noses and skin, light-colored coats, and shortly-shaved coats are especially vulnerable to sunburn.

Bring several leashes.

As mentioned previously in this post, be sure you’re complying with the local pet ordinances by bringing the appropriate type and length leash. Bring extras just in case you need them and to use in different locations, situations, and as backup in case one breaks. Always make sure your dog has a collar with ID, too,  just in case.

Pack a doggy beach bag.

Just like you pack your own beach bag, you may want to consider bringing one for your dog. Bring a few toys that float, a frisbee, or whatever beach-friendly favorites your pup may like. You’ll also want to bring a towel to help wipe away sand from your pet’s eyes and muzzle area. Of course you’ll want to bring pooper scooper bags to clean up after your pet while you’re on the beach. You may also want to pack some pet shampoo for easy clean-up after your day at the beach. A quick rinse and shampoo can prevent skin irritation from a day in the sun, sand and salt. A few special treats are also a nice addition to your doggy beach bag. You never know when you’ll need them!

We hope you find these pet-friendly tips for Topsail Island, NC helpful! Are you ready to start planning your next dog-friendly Topsail beach vacation? Start right here by perusing Access Realty’s Pet-Friendly Topsail vacation rentals. Let us know how we can help!