Topsail Beach, NC

Topsail Beach (80 miles from Beaufort, NC), located on the southern end of Topsail Island between Surf City and New Topsail Inlet, is a small, seaside community with a quaint shopping district and uncrowded beaches.

As you meander through town, you will probably notice several three-story, concrete structures with no characteristics of beach architecture. These are the observation towers of Operation Bumblebee, the post-World War II research-and-development project for Navy guided missiles. The theory proven by Operation Bumblebee seeded the technology of our national space program. Rockets were launched from the pad that has now become the patio of a local motel! The Assembly Building on Channel Boulevard was built to assemble rockets tested during the 1940’s project. It is now the Topsail Island Museum and community center, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

Two of the island’s biggest annual events are headquartered in Topsail Beach: the King Mackerel Tournament in August and the Autumn with Topsail celebration in September. Shopping here is a pleasant pastime, as is dining out. For family fun, take the kids miniature golfing or grab a fishing rod and surf cast near the inlet. You’ll catch a variety of fish from spot to flounder! The beach is beautiful, with plenty of room for building sand castles, strolling or just frolicking. On a clear day or night, you can see all the way to Wrightsville Beach.