With four miles of white sand, it’s easy to see why Topsail Beach has been drawing in the crowds since before World War Two, when visitors would have to arrive by boat. Just north of Wilmington, Topsail (pronounced Topsal) Beach forms a significant part of the Atlantic side of a 30 mile long barrier island.
Backed by private homes, there are 20 public beach access points onto Topsail Beach, which comprises a deliciously straight run of clean white sand alongside attractions such as the 250 yard fishing pier. Sunbathers and swimmers have plenty of space to explore, with the southernmost tip (Serenity Point) being preferred by locals because of its secluded feel and uninterrupted views.
Loggerhead turtles nest on Topsail Beach late at night between April and September. The community is also home to the Missiles and More Museum, since Topsail was used for the US’ first space research projects in the late 1940s.
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