Sunset Beach beach vacation rentals

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Popular amenities for Sunset Beach vacation rentals

Stay near Sunset Beach's top sights

Sunset Beach Fishing Pier16 locals recommend
Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center3 locals recommend
Oyster Bay Golf Links‎6 locals recommend
Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club6 locals recommend
Thistle Golf Club3 locals recommend
Bird Island Reserve11 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Sunset Beach

Total rentals

390 properties

Rentals with a pool

250 properties have a pool

Pet-friendly rentals

80 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

310 properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

9.1K reviews

Nightly prices starting at

$30 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Sunset Beach

All About Sunset Beach

Like many of the neighboring beach towns that comprise North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, the community of Sunset Beach was established in the 1950s, when developers staked out its picturesque beach as a vacation destination. But most people don’t realize how remarkable this small town’s strip of sand really is: It’s been named as one of the world’s best beaches. Stunning sunsets are only half the story of this oceanfront town, where vacation homes and cottages line a two-mile residential strip, each block with its own boardwalk. Inland, a trio of lush golf resorts draws golfers from all over the country, while nature buffs retreat to the quiet sanctuary of the Bird Island Preserve.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Sunset Beach

Like the surrounding Brunswick Islands, Sunset Beach’s weather is largely influenced by the nearby Gulf Stream, pushing balmy temperatures and warm waters its way. As a result, it enjoys a humid subtropical climate, with temperatures peaking in the high 80s Fahrenheit on either side of the summer months. Many locals get around in flip-flops during the summer, but dress in layers during the winter, when temperatures drop into the 40s. It should be noted that the Brunswick Islands lie in prime hurricane territory. If you plan to travel during hurricane season (summer through fall), keep a close watch on local news.

Top things to do in Sunset Beach

Old Bridge Museum

Until fairly recently, Sunset Beach was accessible from the mainland only via an old-fashioned single-lane swing bridge. Connected to roads on either side of the Intracoastal Waterway, the entire bridge pivoted, rather than raised, to let boats pass at scheduled times. Though this often caused traffic headaches during Sunset Beach’s busy summer season, many locals felt it reinforced the town’s relaxed pace. The former bridge was preserved when it was finally replaced in 2010 by a traditional arc bridge similar to other Brunswick Islands destinations. Now anchored on land and maintained by the Old Bridge Preservation Society, you can walk the old bridge at your leisure — without waiting on traffic.

Bird Island

Walk along the sand to the western end of Sunset Beach’s residential strip, and you’ll eventually cross over into the Bird Island Coastal Reserve, 1,481 acres of natural shoreline, marshland, and dunes. One of ten sites comprising North Carolina’s Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve, Bird Island is a safe haven for significant regional plant and animal species that are endangered, protected, or otherwise of interest, including the area’s well-known loggerhead sea turtles.


Sunset Beach’s collection of golf courses are some of the best in the region, designed by the sport’s top visionaries and enjoyed by players of all skill levels. The newest course, Leopard’s Chase, is considered one of the best in the country, while Thistle’s Scottish-themed-trio of 9-hole links are also worth a visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Sunset Beach?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 190 vacation rentals in Sunset Beach featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Sunset Beach?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Sunset Beach. Choose from more than 80 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • How much does it cost to stay in house rentals in Sunset Beach?

    Experience the best of Sunset Beach with our house rentals, starting at about $60 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Do townhouse rentals in Sunset Beach have wifi?

    Absolutely! We offer over 20 townhouse rentals with wifi in Sunset Beach. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do house rentals in Sunset Beach have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 40 house rentals with a bbq area in Sunset Beach. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do condo rentals in Sunset Beach have a gym?

    Absolutely! We offer over 40 condo rentals with a gym in Sunset Beach. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there Sunset Beach apartment rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 20 apartment rentals with pools in Sunset Beach, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

  • Are there family-friendly cottage rentals in Sunset Beach?

    Sunset Beach has more than 20 family-friendly cottage rentals. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

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