How To Plan the Perfect Topsail Island Vacation

Plan, prepare, and enjoy! 

Now that you have chosen Topsail Island as your vacation destination, let our team at Ward Realty help with the fun part. We are experts on everything there is to do, see, and eat here on Topsail and we love sharing what we have learned with our guests. 

Our blog is absolutely full of great information so we suggest you browse the topics to learn more about ... well... just about everything! We have rounded up a few of our most informative blog posts here to get you started. 

If you haven't booked your vacation rental yet, our number one suggestion is to BOOK EARLY. Our best rentals get snapped up quickly so now is the time to browse our available rentals, determine the size of your party, figure out your budget, and book it. This is especially true if you have specific requirements (like a rental that is pet-friendly or if you need special accommodations like an elevator). 

Once that is done, the rest of your vacation will fall into place. Read on to learn how! 

Popular adventures

Vacation is the perfect time to try something new, and we have rounded up several unique adventures here. There is something for every interest and budget. 

Try beach yoga, informative boat tours, jet ski rentals or a attend a sea turtle release! 

Popular Adventures You Must Have On Topsail | Ward Realty

Places to eat

Instead of frantically scrolling your phone for restaurants with good reviews (while your family stares at you with hungry faces), plan ahead and eat at one of our favorite Topsail restaurants! Make a list before you visit and enjoy checking them off once you arrive. Read over this post, too! 

The 10 Best Places To Eat On Topsail Island | Ward Realty

Dog-friendly vacation

Want to bring your dog on vacation to Topsail? Read our blog about how to keep them safe from beginning to end. 

We even list local vets, link you to a dog park and spell out our leash laws. Be sure to book a pet-friendly rental early as they are limited and go quickly. 

How to Have the Perfect Dog Friendly Topsail Island Vacation | Ward Realty

Adult's Night Out

If you are lucky enough to have some built-in babysitters in your group (ahem ... grandparents or teenaged cousins, perhaps), you have no excuse not to enjoy Topsail nightlife! 

Enjoy our unique restaurants and bars to kick your vacation up a notch. 

How to Have the Best Adults Night Out | Ward Realty


Read this blog to learn about surfing lingo, where to rent equipment, where the best spot to surf is, and much more. 

Topsail Island is getting a reputation as a great place to surf and for good reason. Catch some sick waves this summer! 

Everything You Need To Know About Surfing On Topsail Island | Ward Realty


Topsail is a fisherman's paradise all year round, with various offerings from the sea depending on the season. You can fish from the shore, from a pier, or from a boat. 

Fishing is a family-friendly, cost-effective activity and you can rent fishing equipment locally. 

Everything You Need to Know About Fishing On Topsail Island

Travel Insurance

It's not fun to talk about but you should make travel insurance part of your vacation plan. It protects you not only in the case of a hurricane or storm, but also in the event of death, sickness, job loss, damage to your vacation home and roadside service! 

Protect Your Topsail Island Vacation With CSA Vacation Insurance | Ward Realty

Topsail on a budget

Read our comprehensive list of everything you can do on Topsail Island and keep your budget on track. 

We have tracked down all of the free and inexpensive activities so you don't have to. 

How to Enjoy a Topsail Vacation On a Budget | Ward Realty


We have some of the most stunning golf courses in the state, right here in Eastern North Carolina! 

This blog post outlines four of our favorites, including details about their clubhouses and amenities. 

Topsail Island: Why The Best Golf Begins Here | Ward Realty


Not every day needs to be a beach day. Take some time to browse our local shops, pick up a gift for your house-sitter, and enjoy the air conditioning for a bit! 

Our shops offer plenty of unique finds and are a great way to spend the day (and support our local economy). 

6 Awesome Shops That Will Satisfy Your Retail Appetite | Ward Realty

Family-Friendly Topsail

If you are at the beach with small children you need safe, fun activities to make them happy! 

Here is an amazing list of our top picks, like mini-golf, playgrounds, roller skating, piers, markets and parks. 

The Most Popular Family Friendly Places in Topsail | Ward Realty   

Our team at Ward Realty Vacation Rentals hopes that this roundup of things to do, eat and see on Topsail has gotten you excited about your next trip to the island. 

If you have any questions please never hesitate to contact us. We are here to help! 

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