Sunset Beach is the last of the Brunswick Beaches you can stop to see before crossing over into South Carolina. This three mile long barrier island provides a more secluded and nature-oriented setting, with a labyrinth of salt marshes and beach foliage stretching north and south, guaranteed to be pleasing to the eye.
One of Sunset Beach’s claims to fame was as the home of the last pontoon bridge on the East Coast. The one-lane bridge proved to be as much of a tourist hot-spot as the actual beach itself, with many visitors lining up on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway to photograph the bridge and to watch it swing open each hour to let waterway traffic pass through. Though visitors and locals alike loved the bridge for its quaint, non-commercial appearance that seemed to fit in perfectly with its surroundings, its days as an efficient travel route soon came to a close. Unable to keep up with the droves of summer tourists and after countless breakdowns resulting in further issues and mounting frustrations, the Sunset Beach Bridge was finally retired in November 2010, when the brand new, two-lane Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge opened. Visitors can still visit the historical pontoon bridge in its temporary resting spot below the new bridge.
Though the island of Sunset Beach may lack some of the flash and commercialism seen in surrounding vacation areas, there are many choices for vacationers and locals alike to choose from just a short drive off of the island. Ocean Isle Beach and Calabash, the seafood capital of world, are just a few short miles away and North Myrtle Beach is only twenty minutes further south. The mainland portion of Sunset Beach offers several delicious restaurant choices, as well as some unique shops where you can find a great vacation souvenir. An ice cream shop and miniature golf course will have the young ones clamoring for some non-beach time fun, and a few local, championship golf courses will have the adult golfing enthusiasts taking a rain check on catching some waves.
There are many other great outdoor activities to be enjoyed on Sunset Beach. The Sunset Beach fishing pier will lure fishermen both beginner and advanced to come and wile away the day catching an array of fish. For those interested in exploring the Intracoastal Waterway, kayak tours and rentals are available to allow you to get up close and personal with some of the hidden treasures of the marshes. Perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the rarely spotted wild goats that roam the small marsh islands. For those who enjoy walks on the beach, a trek to Bird Island at low tide will be worth the trip to catch a glimpse of the beautiful scenery, birdlife and some of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll see anywhere. Walkers can also visit the Kindred Spirit Mailbox on Bird Island and write down some of their vacation memories in the journals left inside.
Sunset Beach is unique in that it maintains the southern charm and feel of a small town, while still providing visitors with a myriad of fun and enjoyable things to do. Its central location between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington gives both vacationers and locals alike the opportunity to partake of big city offerings just a drive away, but welcomes them back to the peaceful and relaxing setting that we all crave on vacation.Come visit Sunset Beach today and stay in one of our premier resort rental homes. We offer only the best vacation rentals on Sunset Beach.
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