To the south of the base is the oceanfront community of Topsail Beach. Deriving its name from Colonial days when merchant vessels watched for the tops of the sails of pirate ships lurking behind sand dunes, North Topsail Beach offers beachfront living for those desiring sand, sun and surf.
Numerous condominiums and duplexes have sprung up through recent years along the miles of oceanfront, offering serene living conditions for Marines and families living there. In addition to the white sand beaches, the Topsail area offers other recreational pursuits including some of the best ocean fishing available anywhere. Sport fishermen can choose surf, pier or chartered boats to wet their lines.