Topsail Island: A Look at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center

Surf City is home to one of the few sea turtle hospitals on the entire East Coast. The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center is a 13,600 square foot facility open for public tours. Get up-close with loggerhead and other sea turtles being nursed back to health and, if your timing is good, get to see recovered sea turtles return home to the Atlantic. Jean Beasley, Director of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center in Surf City, is pictured here with friend and real estate broker for Intracoastal Realty, Craig Stinson.


The Beasley Center is located in the heart of the Topsail Region, an area comprised of six distinct communities in two counties located between Wilmington and Jacksonville. For more information regarding The Beasley Center, please visit their website.

Hampstead, NC is an unincorporated community on the mainland in Pender County adjacent to Wilmington. Hampstead has been growing significantly in recent years attracting people looking for life on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW), high quality schools, and its calm lifestyle, and ease of getting to commercial centers in Wilmington.

Holly Shelter is an incorporated community in the middle of the Topsail Region. Located on the mainland in Onslow County, Holly Shelter is known as a friendly destination for retired military and for enlisted families with one spouse working in Wilmington and the other in Jacksonville. Holly Shelter has some spectacular communities nestled along the ICWW. Holly Shelter is definitely a hidden gem of the region.

North Topsail Beach was incorporated in the 1990s and is almost an exclusively residential community on the north end of Topsail Island. This part of the island is known for mostly newer construction and a great summer influx of visitors looking for a quiet week away at the beach.

Surf City is the heart of Topsail Island. This incorporated town is located in Pender County on the island and mainland. Surf City decided a number of years ago to invest in water infrastructure and it has paid off, making the town the commercial center of the region and also home to a fast growing year-round residential population. In coming years, Surf City will host a new high-rise bridge to the island, replacing one of the only remaining swing bridges on the East Coast. In addition to high quality Pender County schools, the town is host to a new satellite campus of Cape Fear Community College.

Sneads Ferry is an unincorporated community adjacent to Jacksonville and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Sneads Ferry is known as a quiet village with an active commercial shrimping fleet. You can visit the docks and watch shrimp boats leave and return while eating fresh catch at some of their famous restaurants.

Topsail Beach is an incorporated town on the south end of Topsail Island. Topsail Beach is a classic North Carolina beach town with dog-friendly (even horse-friendly!) beaches and a wide variety of homes from classic beach cottages to new construction.

With a new office in Surf City, Intracoastal Realty is dedicated to serving the communities in the Topsail Region. If you are looking to relocate or make an investment in the region, Intracoastal Realty is here for all your real estate needs.  Call with further questions about the beautiful Topsail Region.

Article By:
Craig Stinson Intracosatal RealtyCraig Stinson
Broker / REALTOR, Intracoastal Realty
Direct: 910.524.2679

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