9 Reasons Why Topsail Island is the Best Beach in NC

9 Reasons Why Topsail Island is the Best Beach in NC

North Topsail, Surf City, South Topsail, it’s all part of the best beach in North Carolina.

1. The sunsets.

Topsail has the best sunsets out of any beach in North Carolina. Hands down.

2. The shark’s teeth and seashells.

You can always find a large amount of cool shells and shark’s teeth every beach trip. I have found that it is not like this at every beach, only at Topsail. Shell hunting tip: check out the point on the south end of the island every morning for the best shell selection. You might even come across a hidden mailbox with notes in it while shell hunting down there.

3. The food.

From Max’s pizza with the pepperoni under the cheese to the seafood at Breezeway and even having the experience of eating outside at Sears Landing, Topsail has some of the greatest restaurants any beach in NC has to offer. The best part about the food in Topsail is that the restaurants are all local. Also, there is a brand new doughnut shop in the Surf City part of the island...what could be better than doughnuts and the beach?

4. The Fourth of July.

Every year Topsail and neighboring town, Holly Ridge, rotate between who does fireworks on the fourth and who gets to do them on the fifth. Basically this means two whole days of celebrating our great nation at the beach. The Fourth is also fun in Topsail because the beach is full of people decked out in red, white, and blue, blaring country music, and playing cornhole and swimming all day. Some parts of the town even have mini Fourth of July block parties (okay maybe that's just my family and our neighbors but it’s still pretty fun).

5. The small town atmosphere.

Topsail is a small island which gives it a small town, everybody knows everybody kind of feel. It’s really easy to make life long beach friends here because you have the opportunity to see the same people out on the beach every summer.

6. The ice cream.

Growing up, we went out to get ice cream EVERY single night and admittedly we still do. It often feels like the whole island has the same idea because the lines are always out the door at every ice cream place on the island. Don’t let this discourage you though. It’s an unspoken rule to wait in the line no matter how long it may be because ice cream always tastes better at Topsail.

7. The best of both worlds.

Because Topsail is an island, in most cases you can see both the ocean and the sound from wherever you are staying. This is pretty awesome because you can watch the sunrise over the beach and the sunset over the sound without having to go too far. You also can go from playing cornhole on the beach to jet skiing in the sound without having to walk too far so you really do get the experience the best of both worlds.

8. Outdoor movies.

On certain nights of the week Topsail this has cool thing called “Summer Movies in the Park” where they play movies on a big blow up screen at a park that sits on the sound. The best part about this is that the movies are FREE. Tip: if you are vacationing at Topsail with bae, I highly suggest going to an outdoor movie together, even if it is Cinderella and even if you have seen it 100 times already you should still go. But, if outdoor movies aren’t your thing then I suggest going roller skating or playing a game of putt-putt.

9. The memories.

Whether you go for a week or a weekend, I promise that you will make some great memories with the people you love at Topsail Island. After spending 19 summers on the island, I know I sure have. From Fourth of July block parties, running into friends from all over NC, adventuring with cousins and swimming during hurricanes, I can honestly say that spending my summers at Topsail Island has been one of the best things ever.

North Topsail, Surf City, South Topsail, it’s all part of the best beach in NC and I highly recommend planning your next beach vacation to Topsail Island.

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The last thing I want is a brokenhearted driver telling me their sob story.

Uber is a very convenient and efficient service that many of us use at some point. Riding in an Uber, there is a multitude of colorful drivers that you will meet, some are awesome, others… not so much. That being said, let us dive into the variation of Uber drivers based on my own observations.

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2. The Soccer Mom or Dad

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4. Daredevil

Run. Just run and don't look back. This driver is pretty much out to kill you. They are constantly breaking hard, running lights and signs, maybe they don't even have seat belts in the back, oh and they whip those corners harder than whip cream. Personally, I've had a driver that has driven in the grass to get past a light because the light was yellow, and cars were stopping… not to mention she also did not have a seat belt in the front seat so I was basically a human rag doll.

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Much like the doctor who characters of the same name, these drivers are highly forgettable. They may say high but will never spark up any more of a conversation than that. This is their job, they are going to do it and they do not need to talk to you to do so.

6. The Conversationalist

If you don’t like talking this driver may just be your worst nightmare. They love to talk and get to know you. They want to know your major, what classes you are taking, everything under the sun… maybe even your blood type? There are pros to this driver. This driver type can provide you with a lot of helpful information and insights. They may even be a new networking connection you make.

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8. The Catcaller

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All in all, just be nice to drivers and don’t forget to tip them every once and a while (unless they are the worst).

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