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Topsail Island may be small, measuring at just 26 miles, but the barrier island’s beauty and saturation of pure quaintness make it a top travel destination in North Carolina. From oyster joints to tiki bars, the food scene is solid, but folks come here to find serenity amongst the well-preserved lands. Sea turtles and their eggs are prevalent among the sands, and a major initiative here is their protection. Convinced to book your next escape? These are the best rentals, from VRBO to Airbnb, on Topsail Island.

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3944 Island Drive 3944 Island Drive
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3944 Island Drive

3944 Island Drive

Modern beach vibes dominate the multi-bedroom home, which sleeps ten in comfort. The airy kitchen with glimpses of the ocean out the windows is a match from heaven. The balcony is accented with Adirondack chairs, and seemingly presses directly against the water and sand horizon—there’s a next level of relaxation to be found by embracing the cooler night breezes. It’s also one of the cheaper options on our list.

Rescue Retreat II Rescue Retreat II
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Rescue Retreat II

Rescue Retreat II

Standing boldly amongst native trees and open space, the four-bedroom home is excellent for beach bunnies who like a little space to themselves. A private beach is part of the package when renting this particular dwelling, so you won’t be dealing with heavy traffic or crowded sands. Now that’s an escape.

Sound n' Sea Sound n' Sea
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Sound n' Sea

Sound n' Sea

Perhaps perfect for the next family reunion, this towering beach home peers over Stump Sound, which provides both an attractive backdrop, and a water activity haven. Bring your boat and launch off the personal dock, or toss the kayaks and paddleboards in. With a capacity to sleep 16, guests can spread out amongst multiple bedrooms, tree surrounded decks, and a spacious kitchen and living room. The sound is a peaceful place to be, while also having an optimal set up for plenty of fun.

Beachfront With Charm and Luxury Beachfront With Charm and Luxury
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Beachfront With Charm and Luxury

Beachfront With Charm and Luxury

Cheery colors adorn the four bedrooms and living spaces of the prime situated rental, which offers a beachfront location. A mini boardwalk of sorts extends from the glorious deck, which is spacious and equipped with seating, and a toasty hot tub. And yes, soaking while listening to the gentle roar of the ocean is incredible.

Oceanfront 5-Bedroom with Hot Tub Oceanfront 5BR/4.5BA with hot tub
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Oceanfront 5BR/4.5BA with hot tub

Oceanfront 5-Bedroom with Hot Tub

An ultimate modern, coastal cottage, the color patterns consists of aquas, gentle greys and pastels. Everything feels new and polished, from the intricate exterior with gorgeous entry staircase, to high ceiling rooms with views of the sea. An open recreation space on the home’s lowest level offers a ping pong table and ample storage. A flawless mix of beach and a home-like feeling, the rental is beyond welcoming.

3739 Island Drive 3739 Island Drive
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3739 Island Drive

3739 Island Drive

Coming in lower in price than other stilted beauties with a water view, the abode can house up to 10 amongst its stacked levels. Getting to the sound consists of taking a short walk down a proximal pier, but your very own private pool sits right outside the door. Elegantly shaped, the secluded oasis is consistent with the sweeping island surroundings, and extra seating makes for the best spot to enjoy a family meal.

Turtle Watch - Pet and Family-Friendly Oceanfront Gem Turtle Watch - Enchanting Pet and Family Friendly Oceanfront Gem
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Turtle Watch - Enchanting Pet and Family Friendly Oceanfront Gem

Turtle Watch - Pet and Family-Friendly Oceanfront Gem

Adorable with diagonally paneled walls in light grey, the home’s best feature is the large living room windows that frame the outside beach. An expansive deck, grilling area and direct walkway to the beach ensures much time will be spent in the North Carolina sunshine. Priced affordably, it’s a steal, and you can even bring the family pet.

Your Beach Oasis Awaits-SEA-clusion Your beach oasis awaits! SEA-clusion
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Your beach oasis awaits! SEA-clusion

Your Beach Oasis Awaits-SEA-clusion

Three bedrooms and two baths traditionally present at this relaxed oceanfront duplex in Topsail. The living room gives its statement via a 10-foot wide glass door, which frames the sea and sand. This also serves as a portal to the outside wooden deck, where one can enjoy a margarita whipped up in the fully equipped kitchen. All the comforts from home are here.

703 By The Sea 703 BY THE SEA
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703 BY THE SEA

703 By The Sea

Beautiful in blue on the outside, then dressed from ceiling to floor with knotted wood on the interior, the coastal cozy combo just works, to make this super-snug bungalow a big win for its budget-friendly price. And yes, it really is right by the sea, with a pathway leading directly down to the sand. Whether for a small family with young ones who need easy access to the beach, or just as a scenic getaway for a couple, this VRBO is a rare find.

Chasn' Surf Vacation Rental - Secluded Paradise Awaits You Chasn' Surf Vacation Rental - Secluded Paradise Awaits You
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Chasn' Surf Vacation Rental - Secluded Paradise Awaits You

Chasn' Surf Vacation Rental - Secluded Paradise Awaits You

Tucked away amongst quirky crooked live oaks that provide relief on hot summer days, the VRBO property has the most pretty, naturally lit, indoor dining space. Four bedrooms can sleep eight, and there’s plenty of space to recreate outside on the deck. An outdoor shower constructed from rugged stone is a relaxing spa-like treat at the end of the day at the salty beach. This abode would be considered budget-friendly for the area.

Escape From Reality - 3-Bedroom House Escape From Reality
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Escape From Reality

Escape From Reality - 3-Bedroom House

Wood-paneled ceilings and stark white walls give this home a somewhat ship-like feel. A group of six can lounge in coastal style at this VRBO property. Ample space under the stilted home is conveniently for storing sandcastle building supplies and floats. Walk up the stairs to be greeted by a wooden deck and comfy chairs for watching the sunset.

Risky Business: 4-Bedroom Oceanfront RISKY BUSINESS: 4 BR / 4 BA oceanfront in Topsail Beach, Sleeps 8
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RISKY BUSINESS: 4 BR / 4 BA oceanfront in Topsail Beach, Sleeps 8

Risky Business: 4-Bedroom Oceanfront

Porthole windows and a double-deck welcomes from the exterior, and when entering, a splash of powdery blue immediately gets one in the beach vacay spirit. Bunk beds, ocean-view suites and a kitchen any chef would approve of are complemented by the five-star location. Eight people, plus two pups are permitted to stay at the swoon-worthy home, and depending on the time of year, it can be snagged for under $150.

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SQUIRRELLY BANANA

Squirrelly Banana

Vaulted ceilings, a modern fireplace, elegant light fixtures and rooms with balcony access right beside the beds—this home might be the most luxe on our list of best Topsail Island rentals. Everything is polished from the glimmering floors to the spa bathrooms, and like our other picks, the location is sheer perfection.

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