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How to Have the Perfect Day of Fall Fishing

Fall is here and on the North Carolina coast that can only mean one thing… fall fishing! Sure, the temperatures might be starting to cool off with the arrival of fall, but the fishing is heating up. If you love fishing, and especially love fall fishing there are few plac... View the full post »

5 Great Crab Recipes Everyone Will Love

There is something special about fresh crab and fall is the perfect time to try some new crab recipes. Topsail Island is in the heart of crab country, so we love all things crab. This week we have five great recipes that are sure to be crowd pleasers.  ... View the full post »

Discover the Wonderful World of Beach Music

When you visit Topsail Island you might hear something that sounds familiar, but just a little different. It isn't your ears fooling you, it just might be the sound of one of coastal North Carolina's greatest treasures, Beach Music. Beach music is a unique sou... View the full post »

How to Build The Ultimate Sandcastle with the Kids

There are a few things you simply must do when you spend the day on the beach with the kids. You guessed it...build an epic Topsail Island vacation sandcastle. Building a sandcastle is something every beach lover enjoys doing. All of us have fond memories of digging in the... View the full post »

10 Easy Ways to Save Money During Your Beach Vacation

Planning for a vacation is a large investment for most families. Dining out, transportation and lodging can eat up a budget quickly. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little careful planning and a few helpful tips, you can save hundreds of dollars on your T... View the full post »

How to Plan the Perfect Independence Day Celebration

It's hard to believe that another summer is upon us. That can only mean one thing; Independence Day is right around the corner. Here on Topsail Island, we know how to throw a birthday party, and there is none bigger than the 4th of July. Gather your friends and family ... View the full post »

Your Guide to Making the Perfect Shrimp Boil

The coast of North Carolina is known for a lot of things and fresh shrimp is certainly one of them. There is just something about our pristine Atlantic waters that allow shrimp to thrive. North Carolina shrimp is truly something you should try during your Topsail Island be... View the full post »

How to Make Cool and Refreshing Summer Drinks Everyone Will Love

Ah... summer on Topsail Island is right around the corner and that means Carolina sunshine, blue skies, the sound of waves and cool summer breezes. Summer is also synonymous with summer drinks. Cool, refreshing combinations of ingredients that remind us that it is not only... View the full post »

Plan the Perfect Mother's Day Celebration

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and now is the time to start planning how you will spoil Mom on her special day. Let's face it - Moms are overworked, underappreciated, and often taken for granted. This week we have some great ideas on how to spoil your mom... View the full post »

How to Take Great Pictures at the Beach

We all love updating our social media profiles with great pictures, and vacation is one of the best times to take great photos. With the advent of the smart phone (and all of their incredible features), taking awesome pictures has never been easier. This week we have some ... View the full post »

Your Guide to the Ultimate Vacation Homes

From splashy beachfront rentals overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean to smaller homes all over Topsail Island, one thing is for certain: Coastline Realty Vacations has the best selection of multi-bedroom vacation homes designed with large groups in mind. Open floor pla... View the full post »

How to Perfect the Art of the Summer Beach Road Trip

There's nothing like the classic American summer road trip. You know – the one where the kids are all packed up, dad is lost, and mom is trying to keep everyone happy? Ok, so maybe this isn't a National Lampoon movie, but we have a few tips and tricks to help you... View the full post »

Easy and Fun Beach Games That Everyone Will Love

No day on the beach is complete without gathering the family to play some great beach games. Today, we look at some of the best games to bring to the beach. The games in today's post are all simple to play and easy to take to the beach. Fall, spring or summer are all g... View the full post »

5 Calorie Shredding Workouts You Can Do on the Beach

We've all been told about the health benefits of regular exercise. Of course, if you are like most of us we try our best to keep to a workout regime while on vacation, but it isn't easy. This week we have a few great workouts that are simple and can be done anywher... View the full post »

How to Plan A Spring Beach Wedding

Have you recently said yes? Are you looking for that perfect wedding destination? If you are, we have the perfect place: beautiful Topsail Island, NC. We know that, for many of us, Covid-19 has interrupted travel, vacations and life in general. But, as cheesy as it soun... View the full post »