Sunset Beach North Carolina

nc towns
and beaches

alphabetical listing


ATLANTIC BEACH

 

AVON BEACH

 

BALDHEAD ISLAND

 

BEAUFORT

 

BUXTON

 

CALABASH

 

CAROLINA BEACH

 

CAROVA

 

CASWELL BEACH

 

CEDAR ISLAND

 

COROLLA BEACH

 

DUCK

 

EMERALD ISLE

 

FORT FISHER

 

FRISCO

 

HAMMOCKS BEACH

 

HATTERAS

 

HOLDEN BEACH

 

INDIAN BEACH

 

KILL DEVIL HILLS

 

KITTY HAWK

 

KURE BEACH

 

NAGS HEAD

 

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH

 

OAK ISLAND

 

OCEAN ISLE BEACH

 

OCRACOKE

 

PEA ISLAND

 

PINE KNOLL SHORES

 

ROANOKE ISLAND

 

RODANTHE

 

SALVO

 

SANDERLING

 

SHALLOTTE

 

SOUTHERN SHORES

 

SOUTHPORT

 

SUNSET BEACH

 

SURF CITY

 

TOPSAIL BEACH

 

TOPSAIL ISLAND

 

WAVES

 

WILMINGTON

 

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH

 

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welcome to sunset beach nc

Sunset Beach is the most southern island of the South Brunswick Islands and of the North Carolina Barrier Islands. And town of itself. The population was 1,824 at the 2000 census. Since most of Sunset Beach and the adjoining Bird Island coastal reserve encompass a barrier island, the only way to get there from the mainland is by crossing a bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway and adjacent marshland.

 

 

The road onto Sunset Beach comes to an end at Sunset Blvd. just across from the main entrance onto the beach, graced by the Alantic Ocean which spans in front of you as far as the eye can see. The view is only made more dramatic by the east-west alignment of the island, like the other South Brunswick Barrier Islands. Although it was the last area island to be developed, Sunset Beach has remarkably grown to an almost built-out stage of developement.

 

Sunset Beach, incorporated in 1963, is the smallest and quietest of three barrier islands which together, make up the modestly famed South Brunswick Islands. But with its wide snow-white sand beaches, huge dune ridges, and marsh areas, Sunset Beach continues to have a very natural and secluded feeling. An uncommon coastal scene, this small sequestered island is crowned with a naturally wide, gently sloping, white sand beach and a shroud of undisturbed sand dunes.

 

The Town consists of both mainland neighborhoods and a barrier island of approximately 1200 homes. Two of the larger mainland neighborhoods in the Town are golf course developments at Sea Trail Resort and Sandpiper Bay. The island is primarily home to vacation rental cottages, although there are close to 100 full time residents as well. three miles of coastline in North Carolina.

 

The Town of Sunset Beach is actually comprised of much more than the island alone. Several square miles of mainland offer a variety of necessities, amusements, and educational activities. Residents and visitors frequent the many local shopping centers, golf courses and dining spots and find comfort in the security of first-rate local medical facilities. Cultural, spiritual, and educational activities are all nearby, including Ingram Planetarium.

 

Calabash, the Seafood Capital of the World,is just a few miles away. Bird Island, which is a natural area and 1300 acre State Preserve on the barrier island, is connected to Sunset Beach and reachable by boat, walking, or biking along the beach and is home to Loggerhead turtles. The shoreline, dunes, maritime forest, and marshland are also an important habitat and nesting area for various species of birds that are threatened or endangered. One can walk from the public parking area and gazebo at Sunset Beach, along the Bird Island beachfront, all the way to South Carolina.

 

The Town of Sunset Beach is dedicated to preserving the small-town character of its community. The fundamental goal is to preserve the tranquility of our coastal environment--which has become the basis for visiting and living in Sunset Beach while improving the overall quality of life through controlled and orderly growth.

 

Only three miles long, Sunset Beach is known for its wide brach strand and thick sea oats which attract hundreds of shore birds. Bird Island is an undeveloped barrier island at the west end of Sunset Beach beside the North Carolina and South Carolina line. Wildlife thrives here, some of which are endangered or threatened, and adding plans for an excursion on this haven of nature is recommended. This unadulterated setting is a natural habitat and nesting ground for the abundant coastal wildlife, including the endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtle and beloved Wood Storks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Carolina Coastal Living 2014