Topsail Island is a little piece of paradise for those who want a beach getaway with out the glitz and hustle of the larger tourist designations.

The island is approximately 26 miles long and consists of three towns – Topsail Beach, Surf City and North Topsail Beach.

All three towns offer seclusion and tranquility but Surf City is where you will find the majority of restaurants and gift shops.

Surf City also has three grocery stores, one on the island and two on the mainland, while the other two have convenience stores. There is another grocery store in the area which is located on the mainland in Sneads Ferry, just across the waterway from North Topsail Beach.

Each town boasts beautiful sandy beaches as well as access to the Intracoastal Waterway, which runs behind the island. There are also ocean fishing piers located in each town as well as boat launches.

Several nice privately owned hotels are available on the island. The only chain hotel, a Holiday Inn Express, is located across the North Topsail Beach highrise bridge in Sneads Ferry. There are many beach houses that can be rented – both big and small – and condominium complexes for lodging, too.

There is a museum and an arcade on the island in Topsail Beach and Surf City has a putt putt golf course on the mainland but there is not a lot in the form of organized recreation and tourist traps. There is a nice community center on the mainland in Surf City that offers activities and the sea turtle hospital, which is currently located in Topsail Beach, will be located behind it. For more museums, malls, movie theaters, bowling alleys and such, one must travel to one of the nearby cities, Wilmington or Jacksonville, which are only about 40 minutes away.

Local seafood abounds in the restaurants on the island and in nearby mainland areas. Down home cooking and traditional southern fare is also plentiful.

If you are looking for somewhere to get away from it all and enjoy the beach and coastal living, Topsail Island is the place for you.