Surf City and Topsail Beach……Angler’s Paradise
In today’s hectic world of mega cruises and expensive theme parks, vacationers are discovering a more relaxing and enjoyable vacation option. The beaches of Pender County, NC, nestled in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina, Topsail Beach and Surf City have become a family vacation tradition for generations. Far more than the pristine beaches and coastal seascape, the beaches of Pender County offer memorable experiences like fishing both offshore or on one of the many estuaries and creeks that surround the island. Or you cast from of the historic fishing piers that reach out beyond the surf.
The Jolly Roger Pier and Surf City Ocean Pier offer both great fishing and a family environment. Just bring a rod and reel and cast for Blue Fish, Spanish Mackerel, and other species off the Carolina Coast. Bring a folding chair, soft drinks and packed lunch and relax while you and your family enjoy the warm ocean breeze. It’s great for all ages.
Want a little more action, then book a half or full-day fishing charter with one of our many expert fishing guides. Trips vary from deep sea fishing for Marlin and Sailfish to inshore light tackle fishing for Red Drum and Flounder. Tackle and bait are always included. All you have to do is board the boat and enjoy a day of fishing in the blue Atlantic or take a kayak ride in this beautiful setting to fish or simply enjoy the peaceful ride. You can even take a boat ride on the Intra-Coastal Waterway which runs from Massachusetts to Texas as it meanders behind Surf City and Topsail Beach.
Just minutes from the beach you’ll find Hampstead, NC, the home of the NC Spot Festival that celebrates one of the coast’s most abundant fish species, the Spot! The Spot Festival is a popular festival offering Spot Fish plates prepared the Carolina way, bands, entertainment, food vendors, arts & crafts, blow-up rides, and Hampstead’s largest Fireworks display! Hampstead is well known for its reputation for being the seafood capital of the Carolinas thanks to being the home to many local seafood vendors and a growing number of restaurants. And speaking of seafood, no beach trip would be complete without fish tacos from one of the local eating establishments like Daddy Mac’s Beach Grille, Burrito Shak, or Shaka Taco in Surf City were you can enjoy tacos stuffed with delicious seafood from the nearby waters. All are local favorites.
In between the great fishing, kayaking, festivals, and the many other actives home to the Pender County beaches, make sure you start every morning and end every evening with a stroll on one of our breathtaking beaches. The views are astounding, and you may even meet a family of sea turtles that make their home on our beaches. These protected residents are part of the wonderful character of Surf City and Topsail Beach. The community even has a sea turtle hospital in the event a turtle gets snagged or needs medical care.
So, if you’re looking for a change of pace that offers great fishing, sumptuous seafood options as well as breathtaking ocean sunrises and sunsets, the beaches of Pender County are the place for your next vacation. It’s where memories are made, and family traditions begin.