Spending time in and around the water is an important part of life on Topsail Island, as evidenced by the many water attractions and activities, including boat tours, kayaking, windsurfing and fishing. While swimming and surfing are allowed at Topsail Beach, there are no lifeguards on duty at any time. Alcohol is allowed on the beach, but glass containers are prohibited.
You may bring your dog with you to Topsail Beach, but it must be on a leash if you wish to visit the beach between May 15 and September 30. At other times, your dog must be under voice command. You must remove any waste your dog produces while at the beach, so be prepared - bring along a scoop and some plastic bags.
Surf City Beach also doesn't provide lifeguards and no alcohol is allowed on this beach at any time. All dogs visiting the beach with you must be kept on a leash and you're responsible for picking up after your dog during your visit.
There's also an ordinance against swimming, surfing, wading and bodyboarding within 300 feet of any of the fishing piers. Anyone who is caught doing so faces a fine of $100.00 for a first offense.
North Topsail Beach is also unsupervised. Dogs must be kept on a leash and under the control of their owner at all times, and if you bring your pet along, you'll be responsible for removing its waste. There's a $100.00 fine for leash law violations or failing to pick up dog waste.
Topsail Island is a charming seaside community, dedicated to preserving its identity as a place that’s welcoming and attractive to visitors. If you can picture yourself living in a place that's relatively quiet for part of the year, with an annual influx of lively tourists and vacationers during the summer season, then Topsail Island living may be right for you.