Sunset Beach Activities

The Sunset Beach area offers something for everyone's interest! The focus on the island is relaxation; whether it's a day at the beach or sitting on a rental cottage deck catching up on reading or the family. But once you're ready for more, it's waiting for you.

Sunset Beach Activities Quick Links

In And Around Town:

Turtle Talk

We have a very active Turtle Season each year. Turtle Talk is held during the summer from June 1st through Labor Day weekend on Sunday nights at 7 pm at our main office front porch on the island-learn more about the turtles that nest here at Sunset Beach. The program is presented by the Sunset Beach Turtle Patrol. (Want to learn more about the turtle program? Check out the Turtle Patrol's website).

Wednesday Night Concerts

The Sunset Beach Concert Series is a free event held between Memorial Day and Labor Day in their NEW location at The Village at Sunset Beach. This runs 7 pm to 9 pm each Wednesday (weather permitting). Sunset Properties is happy to be one of the event sponsors-bring a chair and enjoy!

Zipline Ocean Isle Beach

Are you ready for adventure at the beach? Whether it's the largest, longest Zipline Tour on the eastern seaboard, a full 53-element Aerial Adventure Park, or a serene Eco Boat Tour, adventure is waiting for you at the The Swamp Park. Call 910-687-6100 or visit our website for reservations WWW.ZIPNPLAY.COM

Miss the old island bridge?

Go visit it and share its story with the full family on your next vacation. You can learn more about the Old Bridge Preservation Society and their offerings on the web.

How about treating someone in your family to a surfing lesson from one of the top area surfers?

Get all of the details at Carolina School of Surf website.

Yoga on the Beach

You have a chance to join in during your summer vacation. Sessions are held M,W,F at 7 am, and T,Th at 7 pm on the beach at the 40th Street boardwalk. Bring a BIG towel and water. There is a fee of $10 per class (cash only). For more information, contact Kelly at

Bird Island Coastal Reserve

located across Mad Inlet from Sunset Beach, this uninhabited barrier island is a popular destination for vacationers. You can reach it by walking along the oceanfront from the west end of Sunset Beach. The State of NC purchased this island in 2002 for conservation uses. The island was rated as one of the top 10 most unusual beaches in the world in a travel article in 2012! Visit the Kindred Spirit mailbox and leave a message!

Museum of Coastal Carolina

located at Ocean Isle. Great for the kids. Standing exhibits on the beach tides, local animals and fish. Sunset Properties is proud to be a sponsor of the 'touch tank' where kids can see and feel some of the creatures of the sea. Watch for special speakers and events that the museum hosts throughout the year.

Ingram Planetarium

This is a state of the art facility located on the mainland in Sunset Beach. It includes a theater for rotating shows about the sky and a science and education center, and a gift shop. Click on their link for show schedules.

Silver Coast Winery

This vineyard and winery is located on 40 acres about 15 minutes from Sunset Beach. Go on tours to learn how the wine is made; see art by local artists, and more. Click through for their schedule of upcoming events.

Southport, North Carolina

Is about a 45 minute drive from the island. It is a small boating town with antique shops to browse, boats to watch, and good places to eat. A Maritime Museum is located in town as well. A nice half day trip is a visit to Bald Head Island out of Southport. You reach it via a ferry, and can tour North Carolina's oldest lighthouse among other sites on the island.

Other Day Trip Ideas:

Both Wilmington and Myrtle Beach are a short ways from Sunset Beach and offer lots of activities to broaden your vacation experience. Wilmington, a historic sea port, features waterfront shops and restaurants. There are also several museums and the popular Battleship North Carolina calls Wilmington home. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina lies just a half hour from the island. Here, you'll find Broadway-style shows, outdoor shopping centers, restaurants and nightlife, and of course..GOLF! Broadway at the Beach, off of HWY 17 bypass, offers lots of great specialty stores, the famous Ripley's Aquarium, and Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville.


There are several restaurants located just off the island at the Sunset Beach bridge. There are a handful who are members of our Sunset Properties Advantage Program. Calabash home of "Calabash-style seafood" is about a ten minute drive from Sunset Beach and offers a number of additional restaurants. The theme restaurants of Myrtle Beach are also a big hit with our guests-they are a 20 to 30 minute drive from the island.

Causeway Gourmet (Ocean Isle Beach)

Great gourmet deli located before you drive over the Odell Williamson bridge in Ocean Isle Beach. Well known in the area for great service and delicious food. They feature a large menu perfect for a light lunch or early dinner. As part of our Sunset Properties Advantage Program, Causeway Gourmet offers our guests 10% off the Daily Special. 

Sunset Slush (Sunset Beach)

When you visit the island, try some refreshing Italian Ice. Sunset Slush is the ONLY place to get REAL Italian Ice in town. They have over 20 flavors to choose from, or you can mix and match for endless combinations. You'll get .50 off all menu items, and $1 off a large size with a koozie cup due to our Sunset Properties Advantage Program. Available on the island during the summer (located next to the Island Market), or on the mainland the rest of the year at their headquarters.


A great place for the family to eat-steaks, seafood, and chicken fingers for the kids! Located between Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach on Beach Drive. 

Medical Services:

Doctor's Care (843-663-2220) is located corner of Hwy 179 and Hwy 17 end of Calabash.

Novant Brunswick Medical Center (Hospital) is located on US 17 approximately 30 minutes north of the island.

Novant Oceanside Convenient Care is located in Shallotte and also offers urgent care services. (910-754-4441)

Wedding & Photography Services:

BeachPeople Weddings

Revs. David & Margo Sears are available for Nondenominational, Spiritual or Traditional services by an ordained ministers. (336) 314-0503

On The Beach Photography - Photography for ALL ages and Events. Whether "On the Beach or Front Porch Swing" - They come to you. (843) 222-9321.

Need more information? Try the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, or the area info link under "All about Sunset Beach".