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Sunset-Beach is the smallest of the three southernmost Brunswick Islands. It is located southwest of Wilmington near Tubbs Inlet and Ocean Isle Beach. As you approach the island from the mainland, a quaint wooden bridge leads you across a salt marsh to the three-mile long pristine beach that is known for its sea oats which attracts hundreds of shore birds. Beach activities abound on the island, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, boating, surfing, swimming and beachcombing. There are over 45 beautiful and challenging golf courses in the Sunset Beach area, and hundreds more just a short drive away. Many consider this part of the North Carolina coast as the "Golf Capital of the World." Sunset Beach is located in Brunswick County, which is comprised of six communities; Southport, St. James Plantation, Oak Island, Ocean Isle, Holden Beach and Bald Head Island. Each area is unique and offers a variety of specialty shops, casual dining and fine restaurants, historic tours, romantic dinner cruises, miniature golf, musical venues, amusement parks and more. Sunset Beach has a small commercial center that provides basic supplies and amenities for visitors, and it is also the only land access for the southernmost undeveloped barrier island, Bird Island. Cottages, hotels, condos and other accommodations are also available for rent on Sunset Island.

Surrounding areas: Calabash, North Carolina (3.3 mi), Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina (4.3 mi), Holden Beach, North Carolina (12.2 mi), Oak Island, North Carolina (24.7 mi), Southport, North Carolina (28.4 mi), Bald Head Island, North Carolina (30.0 mi), Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina (30.3 mi)

Sunset Beach Vacation Rentals

Sunset Beach Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Clarion Resort At Sea Trail Plantation211 Clubhouse RdSunset Beach, NC (919) 579-4350
Causeway Motel12 Cswy Dr SWOcean Isle Beach, NC5.0 mi.(910) 579-9001
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites722 Hwy 17Little River, SC5.9 mi.(843) 281-9400
Sleep Inn At Harbour View909 Hwy 17 NLittle River, SC5.9 mi.(843) 249-4848
Microtel Inn & Suites4646 East Coast LnShallotte, NC8.1 mi.(910) 755-6444
Cherry Grove Manor2104 N Ocean BlvdNorth Myrtle Beach, SC8.5 mi.(843) 249-2731
Comfort Inn-shallatte360 Whiteville RdShallattee, NC9.1 mi.(910) 754-3044
Holiday Inn Express Shallotte491 N Mulberry Rd NWShallotte, NC10.1 mi.(910) 754-3300
Ocean Drive Beach & Golf Resort98 N Ocean BlvdNorth Myrtle Beach, SC10.1 mi.(800) 438-9590
Red Roof Inn & Suites1601-B Hwy 17 NN Myrtle Beach, SC10.3 mi.(843) 280-4555
Comfort Inn1755 US 17 NNorth Myrtle Beach, SC10.6 mi.(843) 249-2490
Hampton Inn-Harborgate2112 Little Riv Neck RdNorth Myrtle Beach, SC10.6 mi.(843) 249-1997
Quality Inn & Suites1601 Hwy 17 NorthNorth Myrtle Beach, SC10.6 mi.(800) 845-0605
Twilight Motel4520 N Main StShallotte, NC10.7 mi.(910) 754-6801
Holiday Inn-n Oceanfront2713 S Ocean BlvdNorth Myrtle BCH, SC12.7 mi.(843) 272-6153
Fairfield Inn-briar Cliffe10231 N Kings HwyMyrtle Beach, SC15.5 mi.(843) 361-8000
Gray Gull Motel3263 Holden BCH Rd SWSupply, NC16.9 mi.(910) 842-6775
Hampton Inn-northwood620 75TH Ave NMyrtle Beach, SC20.0 mi.(843) 497-0077
Hampton Inn 48th Avenue4709 N Kings HwyMyrtle Beach, SC22.2 mi.(843) 449-5321
Captains Cove Motel6401 E Oak Is DrLong Beach, NC22.7 mi.(910) 278-6026
Blue Water Point5710 57TH PL WOak Island, NC23.4 mi.(910) 278-1230
Fairfield Inn By Marriott1350 Paradise CirMyrtle Beach, SC23.7 mi.(843) 444-8097
Holiday Inn Express1290 Paradise CirMyrtle Beach, SC23.7 mi.(843) 916-4993
Schooner II2108 N Ocean BlvdMyrtle Beach, SC24.0 mi.(843) 448-6229
Radisson Plaza Hotel Myrtle Beach Convention Cente2101 North Oak StMyrtle Beach, SC24.1 mi.(843) 918-5000
Hampton Inn Broadway At The Beach1140 Celebrity CirMyrtle Beach, SC24.2 mi.(843) 916-0600
Courtyard By Marriott Broadway1351 21st Ave NorthMyrtle Beach, SC24.4 mi.(800) 321-2211
La Quinta Inn & Suites1561 21ST Ave NMyrtle Beach, SC24.4 mi.(843) 916-8801
Yachtsman Resort Hotel1400 N Ocean BlvdMyrtle Beach, SC24.5 mi.(843) 448-1441
Courtyard By Marriott Myrtle Beach Barefoot Landin1000 Commons BlvdMyrtle Beach, SC24.7 mi.(800) 321-2211
Island Resort500 Ocean DrOak Island, NC24.9 mi.(910) 278-5644
Bon Villa Motel602 N Ocean BlvdMyrtle Beach, SC25.1 mi.(843) 448-1136
Ocean Front Motel510 N Ocean BlvdMyrtle Beach, SC25.1 mi.(843) 626-9473
Travelodge606 N Kings HwyMyrtle Beach, SC25.1 mi.(843) 448-7134
Emerald Shores Motel404 N Ocean BlvdMyrtle Beach, SC25.2 mi.(843) 448-3276
Country Inn & Suties At Waccamaw3516 W Hwy 501Myrtle Beach, SC25.3 mi.(843) 236-4500
Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach9800a Queensway BlvdMyrtle Beach, SC25.3 mi.(843) 449-0006
Embassy Vacation Resort3301 Central PkwyMyrtle Beach, SC25.3 mi.(843) 916-8855
Hampton Inn Myrtle Beach/West4551 Hwy 501Myrtle Beach, SC25.3 mi.(843) 236-0045
Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort10000 Bch Club DrMyrtle Beach, SC25.3 mi.(843) 449-5000

Sunset Beach Weather & Climate

Coastal North Carolina has a temperate climate with no extreme temperature variations. Summer air temperatures along the immediate coastline are usually considerably lower than those even a few miles inland. Opposite the ocean, across the narrow barrier islands behind most beaches, are the "Sounds". These protected inland waters are calm, quiet and sheltered from the sea breezes. In winter, the Gulf Stream helps moderate air temperature and coastal fronts are common, bringing warmer than expected temperatures to the coastal areas. Sometimes, strong low-pressure systems clash with the Gulf Stream and develop into major storms, causing rain along the coast and over states to the north as well. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to North Carolina to influence the weather about twice in an average year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 55°F 32°F 4.66 in. 48°F
February 58°F 33°F 3.57 in. 50°F
March 66°F 40°F 4.14 in. 55°F
April 73°F 47°F 3.06 in. 64°F
May 80°F 56°F 4.09 in. 72°F
June 86°F 64°F 5.21 in. 79°F
July 89°F 69°F 5.76 in. 82°F
August 88°F 67°F 7.42 in. 81°F
September 83°F 62°F 6.73 in. 80°F
October 75°F 50°F 3.45 in. 69°F
November 67°F 42°F 3.06 in. 61°F
December 58°F 35°F 3.79 in. 53°F

Sunset Beach Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Grand Strand airport (CRE) located about 13 miles west of Sunset Beach in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Myrtle Beach International airport (MYR) located approximately 27 miles west of Sunset Beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Columbus County Municipal airport (CPC) located roughly 29 miles northwest of Sunset Beach in Whiteville, North Carolina, the Wilmington International airport (ILM) located around 44 miles northeast of Sunset Beach in Wilmington, North Carolina, the Lumberton Municipal airport (LBT) located about 59 miles northwest of Sunset Beach in Lumberton, North Carolina, and finally the Florence Regional airport (FLO) located approximately 72 miles north of Sunset Beach in Florence, South Carolina.

Sunset Beach Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Myrtle Beach Grand PrixNorth Myrtle BeachSC10.6 mi.
Windy Hill Watterboggan ParkNorth Myrtle BeachSC10.6 mi.
Family Kingdom Amusement ParkMyrtle BeachSC25.3 mi.
Gay Dolphin ParkMyrtle BeachSC25.3 mi.
Myrtle Beach PavilionMyrtle BeachSC25.3 mi.
Jubilee ParkCarolina BeachNC37.0 mi.
Pedroland ParkDillonSC61.5 mi.
Water Parks
Myrtle Waves Water ParkMyrtle BeachSC25.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Oyster Bay Golf LinksSunset BeachNC 
Pearl Golf LinksSunset BeachNC 
Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country ClubSunset BeachNC 
Thistle Golf ClubSunset BeachNC 
Brunswick Plantation & Golf LinksCalabashNC2.8 mi.
Calabash Golf LinksCalabashNC2.8 mi.
Carolina Shores Golf & Country ClubCalabashNC2.8 mi.
Crow Creek Golf ClubCalabashNC2.8 mi.
Farmstead Golf LinksCalabashNC2.8 mi.
Marsh Harbour Golf LinksCalabashNC2.8 mi.
Meadowlands Golf ClubCalabashNC2.8 mi.
Ocean Harbour Golf LinksCalabashNC2.8 mi.
Ocean Isle Beach Golf CourseOcean Isle BeachNC4.3 mi.
Cypress Bay Golf ClubLittle RiverSC5.6 mi.
Eastport Golf ClubLittle RiverSC5.6 mi.
Heather Glen Golf LinksLittle RiverSC5.6 mi.
River Hills Golf & Country ClubLittle RiverSC5.6 mi.
Brick Landing PlantationOcean Isle BeachNC7.1 mi.
Bay Tree Golf PlantationLittle RiverSC8.4 mi.
Robbers Roost Golf ClubNorth Myrtle BeachSC8.8 mi.
Briarwood Golf ClubShallotteNC9.8 mi.
Gator Hole Golf CourseNorth Myrtle BeachSC9.8 mi.
Dye Course At Barefoot ResortNorth Myrtle BeachSC10.8 mi.
Eagle Nest Golf ClubNorth Myrtle BeachSC10.8 mi.
Possum Trot Golf CourseNorth Myrtle BeachSC10.8 mi.
Surf Golf & Beach ClubNorth Myrtle BeachSC10.8 mi.
Windy Hill Golf Hill Par 3North Myrtle BeachSC10.8 mi.
Beachwood Golf ClubNorth Myrtle BeachSC11.9 mi.
Azalea Sands Golf CourseNorth Myrtle BeachSC12.4 mi.
Aberdeen Country ClubLongsSC12.9 mi.
State Parks
Lake Waccamaw State ParkNC25.7 mi. 
Myrtle Beach State ParkSC28.8 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort FisherKure BeachNC35.6 mi.
Brookgreen GardensPawleys IslandSC46.7 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresAtlantic BeachNC115.9 mi.

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