more than 25

Distinct Beaches


miles of estuarine coastline. the second largest estuarine system in the United States.


miles of ocean shoreline.

Over 100

species of sea, marsh, wadding, and shorebirds that can be found on the coast throughout the year.

North Carolina beach and waterfront access map

Visit NC official link

National Weather Service Experimental Beach Forecast Webpage

know before you go

Rip currents are strong, narrow, seaward flows of water that extend from close to the shoreline to outside of the surf zone. They are found on almost any beach with breaking waves and act as “rivers of the sea,” moving sand, marine organisms, and other material offshore. Click one of the links below for more information from the National Weather Service.

Town of Topsail beach

Town of north topsail beach

town of Surf city