Being right on the beach was great ! Battling flies was not. We enjoyed having to only walk a few feet to the beach. We wondered why the rental attached to ours had a better walkway. We wouldn't have minded if the foliage was trimmed a bit. We have visited Topsail 2 times before and had minimal bugs. We even expected some. Flies and fruit flies seem like more of a cleanliness problem. The rental is not the place for little children. The spiral staircase could be worrisome. Overall, the beach access was great, the house was mediocre.