The town of N. Topsail Beach was established in 1990. The narrow stretch of land is home to less than 1,000 full time residents. The pristine beaches, beautiful landscapes, and relaxed lifestyle here make this small ocean side town one of the best places on earth to live.
According to legend, pirates used to hide in the sound area between Topsail Island and the mainland. When a ship approached the island, the pirates would attack the ship and take its rich cargo for themselves. Eventually, the pirates' secret spread over the Atlantic, and ships approaching the island would look for the "top sails" of the otherwise secluded pirate ships. When top sails were visible upon a ship's approach, the ship's crew would prepare for a pirate attack or turn away.
The pirates hiding out in the sound are long-since gone. In their stead are jet skis, swimmers, and fishermen trolling the waters for that next big catch. The area is rich with locally-owned restaurants, eclectic shopping, and a sense of calm unlike any other tourist destination along the Atlantic coast.
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