Each time your cross over the bridge to Sunset Beach, you will be reminded to slow down and relax as you enter into a more laid-back atmosphere. A special attraction of Sunset Beach is the quality of the sand which is a beautiful powdery-white. The island has a home-like feel and quiet surroundings, but there is still plenty to do and see. Take a walk on the beach at sunset, and learn for yourself why it is called “Sunset” Beach. Due in part to the beaches southern exposure, as are all the Brunswick Beaches, they afford some of the most beautiful and breath-taking sunrises and sunsets in the world.
The mainland area at Sunset hosts the Ingram Planetarium, as well as many stores and restaurants. Golf abounds in this area which includes the Sea Trail Golf and Conference Center. One of the most beautiful gems is Bird Island, an undeveloped and secluded island that can only be accessed by land by way of Sunset Beach. Bird Island is one of the last undeveloped barrier islands and is home to a large variety of wildlife. Many indigenous species live on the island, many of which are endangered, almost completely isolated from man. The island is the perfect window to the past of the area, giving visitors a glimpse back into time, before the islands up and down the coast were lined with condominium developments and high-rise hotels.
The majority of the Sunset Beach permanent residents make their living from the fishing, shrimping and crabbing of the waters that surround the village. Village residents are also famous for the custom fishing nets made on the island. People come from all over the world to buy the handmade nets.
Sunset Beach is becoming a favored destination for vacation or full time living because of its easy-going lifestyle, multitude of recreational activities and proximity to larger cities. Real estate whether on the island or the mainland is moving rapidly as it is throughout Brunswick County.