Surf City is a town in Pender and Onslow counties.
Many types of beach coastal properties are available for both investment and personal enjoyment.
The Pender County part of Surf City is in the Wilmington Metro Statistical area and the Onslow County part is in the Jacksonville metro Statistical area. On the 2010 census, the population of Surf City was approximately 1800. Surf City is actually located on Topsail Island. Surf City has a total area of 5.3 square miles. Of those miles, 4.2 square miles is land and 1.1 square miles is water. Through recent annexations, the town Limits have been extended on the mainland to the west of highway 17.
At one time there were four piers located in the area of Surf City. Now there is one, the Surf City Pier. The others were Barnacle Bill’s, Scotch Bonnet and Ocean City but they were all destroyed by Hurricane Fran.
Surf City Pier was built in 1948. It survived many storms, but Hurricane Fran destroyed it along with the others. It was rebuilt in and reopened in 1997. The pier now has a large assortment of bait and a full tackle shop, souvenirs and a grill with an outside covered dining area. It is 937 feet long with a 40-foot octagon at the end. There are two fish cleaning areas and plenty of good lighting for night time fishing.
Although the actual area of Surf City is small, there is still lots to do. There is the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and Southside Park. You will also find a boat rental place, boat tours, and surfing school here. There are all kinds of shopping from tackle stores to clothes and most things in between. And if you are looking for a spa you will find that as well. For night life there are several bars and clubs in the area.