Ward Realty Blog

Expert Guide: Plan Your 2022 Topsail Island Vacation

Now is the time to plan your 2022 Topsail Island vacation. Today's blog will outline a step-by-step plan to make this daunting process a little less overwhelming. So, bookmark this blog, start your checklist, and you're on your way to an amazing Topsail Islan... View the full post »

Holiday Shopping For a Beach Lover? Great Gift Ideas Here!

When you live in a place like Topsail Island, your whole shopping list is full of people who love the beach! Today's blog will feature a few GREAT gifts that will make your beach-lovin' friends and family smile this holiday season (or any time).We always try ... View the full post »

Topsail Island Rentals: 5 Reasons You Should Book Direct

When you start the process of booking a vacation, where do you begin? A simple Google search of "Topsail Island rentals" will bring up several options, including the big rental sites like VRBO, AirBnb and Expedia. But ... scroll a little bit further. Now, you will se... View the full post »

How to Share Vacation Costs With Friends and Family

Traveling with others can save you money!  When you take a vacation with friends or family, you can split the big expenses (like the cost of the vacation rental). Not only that, you can work together to create a meal plan that saves you money (and cuts your work ... View the full post »

10 Things Every Beach House Rental Should Have

At Ward Realty, our rentals have all the "good stuff".  A vacation rental at the beach is expected to provide certain amenities and features. At Ward Realty, we guide our homeowners to include specific things as they set up their beach homes as vacation rentals. ... View the full post »

Here Is Where to Launch Your Paddle Board or Kayak on Topsail Island

Whether you rent a kayak or paddle board from a local company or bring one from home, today's blog will list the best places to launch on and around Topsail Island. Exploring Topsail Island by kayak or paddle board is an excellent way to get to know the area. The... View the full post »

Dog-Friendly Topsail Island: Where to Eat, Drink and Play!

Topsail Island is super dog-friendly! In fact, it is surprisingly easy to find restaurants, bars, coffee shops, bookstores, dog parks, and vacation rentals that allow well-behaved dogs. Today's blog will highlight some of the best places to bring your dog on and a... View the full post »

Everything You Need to Know About Riding a Bike on Topsail Island

Topsail Island is a great place to ride a bike!  Whether you bring your own ride from home or rent a bike once you arrive on the island, biking is a great way to explore Topsail at your own pace (without having to fight for a parking spot). Book your Topsail Isla... View the full post »

How to Have a Kid Friendly Vacation on Topsail Island

Topsail Island is the perfect place to vacation with your family.  It's clean, quiet, and safe. There is plenty to do, from learning about our local nature, tasting delicious seafood, enjoying ice cream at the park, or simply playing on the beach – kids lov... View the full post »

Preparing for a Beach Day with a Baby or Toddler

Babies and the beach - A winning combination?  Does the thought of bringing a baby or toddler to the beach strike fear in your heart? You might be picturing sand in every crevice, the toddler running headfirst into the ocean, and sunscreen in her little eyes.&nbs... View the full post »

Unique Beach Activities You Never Thought to Try

What do you "do" at the beach?  If your day simply involves laying down a towel and watching the waves roll in .... well, ok. That is actually pretty great. But, if you want to add some extra fun to your beach day, this is the blog for you! We have fun ideas to t... View the full post »

How to Bring your Boat on Vacation to Topsail Island

Did you know that you can bring your boat on vacation? Today we offer you a basic guide to bring your very own boat to Topsail Island. Ward Realty offers several beautiful vacation rentals that include boat docks. We will also inform you about local marinas and public... View the full post »

The Official Topsail Island Ice Cream and Bakery Pub Crawl!

Vacation is all about fun, and what is more fun than an ice cold milkshake, a delicious pastry, unique candies or a fantastic ice cream sundae? Topsail Island is home to almost 30 different places to enjoy ice cream, candies and other sweets, many within walking distance o... View the full post »

Rules and Regulations of Topsail Island You Should Know

Can I build a fire on the beach? Are dogs allowed? Can we drive in the sand?  These are just a few of the many questions we get from our guests on Topsail Island. In today's blog, we will address these queries and more! Then, you can plan your Topsail Island ... View the full post »

Super Fun Games to Play in the Pool

Pools can be fun, but have you ever had your kids whine that they are bored? In the pool? Yep, it happens! Today we have gathered a few super simple but FUN games your crew will enjoy. We tried to find games that don't require a lot of special equipment (aft... View the full post »