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Our area consists of two coastal counties in southeastern NC, Onslow and Pender County.

Onslow County A place like no other, where nature’s been kind, the past truly fascinating and the present a source of continuing pride. Come for a day, a week or forever! You’ll find a warm welcome in this remarkable coastal paradise. You can catch a ride on an ocean wave where pirates used to roam, paddle a wilderness river as Native Americans did 500 years ago.

See newly hatched baby sea turtles start their life’s journey to the sea along the Topsail Island beaches. Explore historic sites and museums and take pride in our US Marine Corps and the largest Marine Expeditionary Force in the World housed at Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station. Onslow County hosts the northern most and the youngest beach town on Topsail Island which is North Topsail Beach, incorporated in 1990 as a town and has become a family vacation paradise to thousands from the northern and mid-western states.


Pender County A place of scenic beauty with a variety of historical attractions, ecological activities and hometown festivals. When you map your trip here, you will find lodging from beach homes to bed and breakfasts either on the beach or in one of the small towns. Pender County hosts two of the Topsail Island Beach Towns, Surf City which was chartered in 1949 and is the commercial hub of the Island and Topsail Beach which was incorporated as a town in 1963. Enjoy incredible golfing, fishing and water sports. Take a boat ride out in the crystal clear ocean or explore our Intracoastal Waterways. Kayak and canoe on our rivers and tributaries where you may see some of our unique wildlife. From Moore’s Creek Battlefield, a pivotal patriot victory of the Revolutionary War, to the beaches of Topsail Island, there is always something to see and do. Be prepared for a slower pace when you experience the natural beauty of Pender County.


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Sneads Ferry This traditional fishing village in Onslow County, known around the state for its abundant seafood, Sneads Ferry’s fishing industry brings in a whopping 385 tons of shrimp each year, making it the county’s largest seafood producing town. It’s a ranking the town holds proudly – and one it celebrates each August with the popular Shrimp Festival, in its 42nd year in 2012. This fishing hamlet’s seafood doesn’t stop with shrimp, however. Sneads Ferry is a virtual diner’s paradise. Indigenous treats include clams, scallops, oysters, mullet, spots, grouper, flounder, soft shell crab and sea bass. Sitting just across from Topsail Island’s northern most tip, the town also holds the title of being the county’s oldest settlement. Settled around 1775, the site was first known for its vital ferry operation across the New River beginning in 1725. Today the town has an ever - growing population of active duty, retiree and civilian employees of Camp Lejeune. Retirees have continually flocked to this area from all across the country due to moderate climate year round, low property taxes and affordable waterfront property. Its location, only 35 minutes to I-40 and just off US Hwy 17, makes access to the larger cities just a short jaunt down the road.


Wilmington just 30 miles to the south and Jacksonville only 25 miles to the north allow an abundance of shopping and dining choices. Major hospitals and the most advanced medical care facilities can be found in either of these easy accessible cities. Sneads Ferry’s waterfront charm, community spirit and rich history make it a great place to live or just visit.

Topsail Island It’s all one island but with three distinctively different towns: North Topsail Beach, Surf City and Topsail Beach. Sun drenched and stunning with white powdery beaches and 26 miles of sun, sand and surf all here for you to enjoy, Topsail Island is both the ideal getaway and the perfect home for beach lovers. Topsail enjoys a mild climate that makes for ideal year-round weather and relatively warm surface and water temperatures to accommodate most any outdoor activity. For the astute investor, Topsail Island has a diverse inventory of properties to choose from and is definitely a place to consider a purchase. With the great rental histories of the vacation homes along the beach, not only does it make owning a piece of paradise affordable, it can also be profitable. Topsail is located on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, the 26 mile long barrier Island averages about 1500 feet wide. Situated just across the Intracoastal Waterway with access across two bridges, one at North Topsail Beach, which is a modern high span bridge, and the other at Surf City, which is a swing bridge, Topsail Island is 136 miles south of Raleigh, 30 miles north of Wilmington and 25 miles south of Jacksonville— and is close to paradise.

Climate Our area enjoys a mild climate that makes for ideal year-round weather and relatively warm surface and water temperatures to accommodate most any outdoor activity. Golfers are seen on the many local courses 12 months out of the year. The mean daily temperatures are in the 70’s even in April and October. They’re usually in the 80’s or higher during May, June, July and August with refreshing ocean breezes to make your day at the beach more inviting.




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