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Topsail Beach

Take the boardwalk down to the ocean at Topsail Beach. This quiet beach community of 500 residents is located on the southernmost tip of Topsail Island, a 26-mile barrier island off North Carolina’s coast. The beach comes with a laidback vibe (high-rise development is prohibited here). It’s also a great place to find some of the best conch seashells on the East Coast that wash up after a storm, particularly in the late summer or early fall.

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