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Popular amenities for Surf City vacation rentals

Stay near Surf City's top sights

Soundside Park63 locals recommend
The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center124 locals recommend
Surf City Ocean Pier, Inc.114 locals recommend
Daddy Mac's Beach Grille120 locals recommend
Sears Landing93 locals recommend
Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar52 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Surf City

  • Total rentals

    890 properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    310 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    240 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    330 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    730 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    17K reviews

Your guide to Surf City

All About Surf City

This quiet coastal town located on Topsail Island — a 26-mile barrier island off the coast of North Carolina — combines peaceful beaches with consistently good conditions for surfing. According to local legend, pirate ships used to be a common sight here. Until World War II, Topsail Island was only accessible by boat, but there are now two bridges that connect it to the mainland. Surf City is a small, walkable section in the middle of the island with a laid-back vibe and a smattering of casual restaurants and independent shops, and a turtle rehab and rescue center.

Head to Surfside Beach at sunrise for a glimpse of surfers riding the waves, and if you’re traveling with your pooch, the nearby town of North Topsail Beach offers a number of dog-friendly beaches. The third town on the island, Topsail Beach, on the south end of the island, is even smaller and quieter, with fewer than 500 year-round residents and a skyline free of high-rise buildings.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Surf City

The best times of year to book rentals in Surf City is from mid-April to early June and mid-September to late October, when temperatures tend to be mild. October’s OceanFest is Surf City’s biggest event, a beachside live music, arts, surf, and eco festival to benefit the ocean. The month also sees the town’s lively Octoberfest and a fun run. Summer brings live music, a shrimp festival, and movies in the park — but bear in mind that the higher temperatures can be challenging for the uninitiated.

Top things to do in Surf City

Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

Locals have worked tirelessly since 1996 to achieve their dream of protecting sea turtles on Topsail Island. The center cares for sick and injured sea turtles, returning them to the wild if they are able. Tours and educational programs run over the summer months to raise money for this non-profit’s conservation operation.

Surf City Ocean Pier

Built in 1948, the Surf City Pier was Topsail Island’s first ocean pier. After being destroyed by Hurricane Fran in 1996, it reopened the next year with improvements for local fishermen including fish cleaning stations, lighting for night fishing, and a tackle shop. There’s also a grill and outside dining area for laid-back dinners with a perfect view of the ocean.

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

Sandwiched between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean, Fort Fisher is a scenic hour’s drive south of Surf City. As a protected shoreline, developments here are limited to a visitor center, boardwalk, and other essential facilities. Sweeping sands for peaceful strolls sit alongside hiking trails and marshes for birdwatching and spotting sea turtles.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Surf City?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Surf City. Choose from more than 330 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Surf City?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 310 vacation rentals in Surf City featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Do house rentals in Surf City have a gym?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 house rentals with a gym in Surf City. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there family-friendly house rentals in Surf City?

    Surf City has more than 490 family-friendly house rentals. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • Do house rentals in Surf City have wifi?

    Absolutely! We offer over 500 house rentals with wifi in Surf City. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there Surf City house rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 60 house rentals with pools in Surf City, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

  • Do house rentals in Surf City have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 130 house rentals with a bbq area in Surf City. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • How much does it cost to stay in boutique hotel rentals in Surf City?

    Experience the best of Surf City with our boutique hotel rentals, starting at about $160 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

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