WELCOME TO SUNSET BEACH!

 

Sunset Beach, with its sweeping views of seemingly endless sand and peaceful serenity is why we all call this Beach our home!  It’s more than just the day’s end sunsets that paint a breathtaking picture in the sky. Getting up early to greet the day at sunrise is a well-honored tradition here too. In fact, like on our other south-facing beaches, we can watch the sun both rise and set over the water. So, pick your spot on the beach early, and you won’t even have to move!

The Beach page was created so all of the many bits of information about this wonderful piece of paradise, could be found all on one page.  We sub-divided it into sections for easier access to find the answers to all of your questions.  So we hope you find the newest page to our site a great addition!

GENERAL INFORMATION

HISTORY

Located on the southernmost coast of North Carolina, between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach, Sunset Beach is the smallest of five barrier islands, only 3 miles long, known as North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands.  This seaside town got its start in 1955 when the land it occupies was bought by a property developer. Development began in earnest with the completion of a bridge connecting the beach island to the mainland in 1958.   Sunset Beach was incorporated as a town in 1963.  One-third of the town’s area occupies a barrier island between the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF THE TOWN OF SUNSET BEACH BY LAND & BY SEA

The Town of Sunset Beach invites you to visit and enjoy several points of interest in our beautiful coastal community. This self-guided tour will take you from our mainland to our island, which – we think – is the most beautiful beach in North Carolina. This tour was developed as part of the Town’s 50th Anniversary, celebrated on March 26, 2013.  Click Self Guided Tour to begin!

SUNSET BEACH BRIDGE

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 was by crossing a pontoon bridge (swing bridge) straddling the Intracoastal Waterway and adjacent marshland.

It was a wooden structure that could only hold one lane of traffic at any given time, and was the only one of its kind still in use along the East Coast until 2010. During the day in the summer, traffic would be stopped every hour, on the hour, and the bridge would open to boat traffic on the waterway for 10 minutes. At 10 minutes after the hour, every hour, the bridge would reopen for vehicular traffic again for 50 minutes. During the off-season, the bridge only opened at the request of boat traffic. While this caused headaches for those trying to get on or off the island, many locals said the bridge did, however, give the town a more relaxed feel. Historically, this had been in stark contrast to the rapid growth affecting other beach communities along the Grand Strand.

In February 2008 the NCDOT started construction to replace the old bridge with a modern, 65-foot-high (20 m) arc bridge (non-draw, non-swing). The bridge opened November 11, 2010. The old Sunset Beach pontoon swing bridge was saved by the The Old Bridge Historical Society which created a museum celebrating the old bridge and the town’s history.  The new bridge eliminates the need for a bridge keeper and provides for a continual flow of vehicle traffic on and off the island, and water traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway.

SUNSET BEACH DUNES

Sunset Beach features a wide and level strand of soft white sand with undisturbed sand dunes, a natural habitat and a nesting ground for coastal wildlife of all kinds, including the endangered loggerhead sea turtle.  The beach extends far out into the very warm summer water without sea-weed catching in your toes; beach homes sit behind the dune that preserve the breath-taking scenery, birds and other wildlife.

Stay off the dunes – they are turtle nesting grounds and protect the Island during storms.  Use only public access walkways.

WALKWAYS & ACCESS POINTS

East End handicapped accessible walkways

  • Gazebo located at the public parking area on Main Street
  • 1st Street
  • 3rd Street

East End non-handicapped accessible walkways

  • 1st Street, 2nd Street, 3rd Street
    4th Street, 5th Street, 6th Street

    7th Street, 8th Street, 9th Street

    10th Street, 11th Street, 12th Street
  • Located between the homes at the following addresses on Main Street:
    12201302, 13181404, 14141502

    15161602, 16161702, 17181802

    18161818

West End handicapped accessible walkways

  • 40th Street

West End non-handicapped accessible walkways

  • 28th Street, 29th Street, 30th Street
    31st Street, 32nd Street, 33rd Street

    34th Street, 35th Street, 36th Street

    37th Street, 38th Street, 39th Street

RULES & REGULATIONS

GENERAL BEACH RULES

From the Mayor and Town Council Members of Sunset Beach

Over the years, the popularity of our beach with both visitors and permanent residents, has grown to the point that we now need to ask all who use the beach to help maintain its charm and beauty for the future. To help us preserve and protect this wonder of nature so you and your family can enjoy it this year and your grandchildren and their families in the future, we ask you to abide by a few rules.

We have instituted these solely for your safety and the protection of the environment. Our goals are to preserve the family atmosphere of Sunset Beach and add to your enjoyment and relaxation during your visit. Again, welcome to Sunset Beach and have a safe and relaxing visit with us.  Click Sunset Beach Code of Ordinances for all of the details. 

The Sunset Beach Police Department strive to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for all of the residents and guests to Sunset Beach.  They developed this informational pamphlet to help answer some of the many questions that you might have.   

GOLF CARTS

From the Sunset Beach Police Department:  LOW SPEED VEHICLES, by definition, are any four-wheeled electric vehicle whose top speed is greater than 20 miles per hour but less than 25 miles per hour.

Please keep the following in mind when operating any low-speed vehicle, like golf carts:

  1. At no time are golf carts and/or electric, battery operated vehicles allowed on the beach strand .. this includes all E-Bikes, one-wheels and/or hoverboards.
  2. Golf cart drivers must be at least 16 yrs old and hold a valid driver’s license.
  3. Registered golf carts can be driven legally on the roadway (not the sidewalk) anywhere the posted speed is 35mph or less.
  4. All occupants must use seat belts. Young children must be in a car and/or booster seat if applicable.
  5. Drivers must refrain from operating while under the influence of alcohol, and open containers must not be found inside one of these vehicles.
  6. Golf carts must be inspected and registered in North Carolina or by a state that has identical standards as North Carolina and equipped with the following:
  • Head lamps
  • Parking brakes
  • Rear view mirrors
  • Reflectors
  • Seat belts
  • Speedometer
  • Stop lamps
  • Tail lamps
  • Turning signal lamps
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Windshield
  • Windshield wipers
SEA TRAIL BEACH PARKING LOT
  • Address:  428 1st Street, Sunset Beach
  • Open 6 am to 10 pm. 7 days a week.
  • 46 overall parking spaces:  vehicle and golf carts.
  • Access card required.  Only ONE vehicle permitted to enter per access card.
  • Passing a Property Owner’s Access Card to another vehicle to permit entry of more than one vehicle on a card is prohibited.
  • No overnight parking allowed.
  • There are parking spaces designated for golf carts only.  Along the fences on both ends of the lot, there are yellow “whiskers” along with golf cart parking only signs.  The whiskers are there to outline the parking spaces for the golf carts.
  • DO NOT park outside our parking lot (against the fence) – You will be ticketed and could be towed.
  • The Beach Parking Lot is for the exclusive use of Sea Trail Property Owners and their guests.
  • Vehicles shall be parked diagonally with the front or rear end of the vehicle along the bumpers along the south and north borders of the property. When the space along the south and north borders of the property are full, vehicles shall be parked in a center column across the lot from the west to the east allowing a lane of sufficient width for those vehicles parked on the south and north borders to be able to maneuver to exit the lot to First Avenue.
  • Any violation of the STMA RULES resulting from the use of the Property Owner’s Access Card may result in the privileges being suspended, deactivated, or forfeited, and the Property Owner may be subject to monetary penalties and card re-activation fees.
PETS & WILD ANIMALS ON THE STRAND

PETS:  While we welcome your dog joining you on our beach, we do have rules about when and under what circumstances.

    1. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 10 feet in length at all times while on public and communal property.
    2. From the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day, pets are not allowed on the beach strand from 9 am through 6 pm.
    3. It’s no fun to have wet, sandy dogs shaking on you while you are sunbathing so please be mindful.
    4. For health and safety issues, we ask that you please remove any feces promptly and deposit them in the trash receptacles.

WILD ANIMALS:  It is not uncommon to see a fox, raccoon, opossum or other wild animals here at Sunset Beach.  It is unlawful to feed wild animals and feral cats.  Please call the Sunset Beach Police if you feel threatened by a wild animal or they are showing signs of illness.

ALLIGATORS:  Do not feed the alligators, they are very dangerous.  If you see someone feeding or otherwise tampering with an alligator, CALL 911 immediately.   

SUNSET BEACH ISLAND PARKING REGULATIONS

The Sunset Beach Police Department would like to share some tips for visiting our wonderful community without incurring unnecessary fines.  Aside from our public lots, visitors can park along the right of way, unless otherwise posted.  Please follow these Sunset Beach parking regulations:

  • Vehicles must be completely off the roadway – tires completely off the pavement.  This will keep you from obstructing the bike path.
  • Parking is prohibited on the bike lane or sidewalk
  • Parallel parking only.  Make sure your vehicle is facing the same direction as traffic. 
  • No double parallel parking.  We want a nice, single line of cars on either side of the street.  
  • Do not block driveways, obstruct sidewalks and/or beach accesses, or fire hydrants.
  • Parking is prohibited on side streets, or other areas where the signs indicate not to.

Parking enforcement patrols will begin in early April and continue daily through the end of October.  Patrol officials will utilize a vehicle marked, Sunset Beach Parking Enforcement, with flashing caution lights.  Please do your part and help ensure the safety of our cyclists.

SAFETY

BEACH HAZARDS & SAFETY

A trip to the beach should be fun. Unfortunately, many people are injured or killed along our nation’s beaches by hazards such as dangerous currents, heat and lightning. The National Weather Service can help ensure you leave the beach with good memories.   Click Beach Hazards & Safety to provide you the information you need to stay safe on beaches and in coastal areas and surf zones (the area of water between the beach/shore and the first line of breaking waves).

The safety of anyone in your party is your responsibility.  Please be vigilant while swimming.  If you see someone in distress CALL 911 immediately.

BEACH PATROL & EMERGENCIES
The safety of anyone in your party is your responsibility.  If you have an emergency while on the beach, if there is a Beach Patrol in close proximity, run to them for help.  If you do not see one immediately call 911 and tell them your location (closest beach access) and they will immediately contact the Beach Patrol to come and help you.
 
The Police Department is tasked with code enforcement and the Fire Department with rescue operations and EMS on Sunset Beach.  Each department consists of two roving Police Officers and Rescue Personnel.
 

Patrols begin in April on a part-time basis.  On May 1, a 7 day/week patrol schedule begins with hours 10 AM – 5 PM (hours will be extended to 6 PM during the Memorial Day week end).

Crowd dependent patrols may revert to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only during the month of September and will cease, at some point, (again depending on crowds), during the month of October.

CABANAS, CANOPIES & SHADING DEVICES

The placement of tents, cabanas, shading devices, canopies, sporting equipment or similar items on the town’s beach strand must abide by the following regulations.  Click HERE to review so you are aware before lugging all of your ‘stuff’ to the beach!

No cabanas/canopies/ tents or recreational items shall be erected between 3rd Street through 29th Street.

Cabanas/canopies/tents shall be erected in a single line in the back row, parallel to the ocean between the trash can poles and no longer than 12ft. by 12ft. in overall footprint size.

Umbrellas (single pole) can be placed anywhere on the beach strand forward the emergency vehicle access.

Wind-driven shading devices with two points of contact, with anchored tie-down can be placed anywhere on the beach strand, forward the emergency access except between 3rd Street through 29th Street.

No cabanas/canopies/tents, baby pop-up tents, umbrellas, wind-driven or other shading devices, recreational items of any kind, or any obstructions shall be placed in the emergency vehicle access line from the trash can posts to the dune line or public beach access walkways.

No cabanas/canopies/tents, baby pop-up tents, umbrellas, wind-driven or other shading devices, recreational items shall be staged, stored, or erected prior to 7:00 AM and must be removed prior to 7:00 PM.

CAMPING AND/OR OPEN FLAMES

No camping and/or open fires on the beach strand is permitted.  No grills of any kind.  It is unlawful for any person to start, kindle, operate or maintain any open fire or flame including barbecue, charcoal, gas or other similar type of device or grill, fire pit, ski lantern, fireworks, or sparklers on the beach strand.

DUST DEVILS

I have heard of ‘dust devils’ happening on the beach. What are they?  The National Weather Service defines a ‘dirt devil’ as a small rapidly rotating wind that is made visible by the dust, dirt or debris it picks up.  Also called a whirlwind, it develops best on clear, dry, hot afternoons.  This rare weather occurrence can fling cabanas, umbrellas and belongings into the air.  Sunset Beach experienced this in August, 2023 when three separate ‘dust devils’ were reported within minutes along the beach.

FIREWORKS

NO Fireworks of any kind, this includes laser pointers and wire sparklers.  These are illegal and not permitted.  The Sunset Beach Police Department will strictly enforce fireworks.  If you are found in the possession of and/or using fireworks, they will be confiscated and you could be fined up to $500 and/or 30 days in jail. 

FISHING

No surfing or net fishing between 5th Street and 32nd Street May 1st through October 31st.

FLAGGING SYSTEM FOR RIP CURRENTS

Rip currents are the leading surf hazard for all beachgoers. The U.S. Lifesaving Association reports 80 percent of all surf rescues are related to rip currents. On many beaches, rip currents are present every day. In most cases, rip current speeds are too slow to be a danger to most swimmers. However, when wave conditions, shape of the offshore beach and tide elevation are just right, rip current speeds can reach speeds faster than Michael Phelps can swim.

Sunset Beach Patrol uses a rip current hazard flag system on our UTVs. The color of the flags will correspond with the US National Weather Service Wilmington NC daily rip current hazard forecast.

Green – Low Risk of rip currents. Wind and/or wave conditions are not expected to support the development of rip currents; however, rip currents can sometimes occur, especially around the pier.
Yellow – Moderate Risk of rip currents. Wind and/or wave conditions support stronger or more frequent rip currents. Only experienced surf swimmers should enter the water.
Red – High Risk of rip currents. Wind and/or wave conditions support dangerous rip currents. Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone entering the surf.
 
Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist under and alongside these structures.
 
If caught in a rip, remain calm. You will not be pulled under the surface of the water. Swim ONLY parallel to the shore to escape the current. As soon as you are out of the current, only then swim toward the beach. You will not make it swimming directly against the current. It will be too strong for you.

SHARK ENCOUNTERS

During The months of May through September, swim the hours from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Avoid the water at night, dawn, or dusk.  To decrease your already small chance of becoming a victim of a shark bite, observe the following rules:

  1. Always swim in a group.  Sharks most often attack lone individuals.
  2. Don’t wander too far from shore.  Doing so isolates you and places you away from assistance.
  3. Avoid the water at night, dawn, or dusk.  Many sharks are most active at these times and are better able to find you than you are to see them. 
  4. Don’t enter the water if bleeding.  Sharks can smell and taste blood, and trace it back to its source.
  5. Don’t wear shiny jewelry.  The reflected light looks like shining fish scales.
  6. Don’t go into waters containing sewage.  Sewage attracts bait fishes, which in turn attract sharks.
  7. Avoid waters being fished and those with lots of bait fishes.  Diving seabirds are good indicators of such activities. 
  8. Don’t enter the water if sharks are present.  Leave immediately if sharks are seen.
  9. Avoid brightly colored clothing.  Sharks see contrast particularly well, so use extra caution when waters are cloudy. 
  10. Don’t splash a lot.  Also, keep pets out of the water. Erratic movements can attract sharks.
  11. Use care near sandbars or steep drop-offs.  These are favorite hangouts for sharks.
  12. Don’t relax just because porpoises are nearby.  Sightings of porpoises do not indicate the absence of sharks. Both often eat the same foods. 
  13. If attacked by a shark, the general rule is “Do whatever it takes to get away!”  Some people have successfully chosen to be aggressive, others passive. Some yelled underwater, others blew bubbles.  

For more information, click How to Avoid Shark Attacks

TIDE CHART

Click HERE for the Sunset Beach Tide Chart

SERVICES

RENTALS, SHOP & STAY

The Island Market located on Sunset Beach, this is an “on island” place to shop for basic grocery items including a deli with fresh-made sandwiches, salads, and hot food items. Good wine and beer selection is available. Visit during your stay at Sunset Beach for fast service and a convenient location. Grocery delivery service available- order online and have your groceries waiting in your home upon arrival.

Sunset Beach Trading Company is an “on island” place to buy all your beach needs. A great selection of chairs, floats, rafts, sunglasses, t-shirts, and other beach souvenir items. Be sure to try their homemade fudge and their great selection of dip ice cream and shakes.

Sunset Blue is a locally owned and operated beach store with apparel, games, souvenirs and more for locals and visitors.  They sell everything from beach items and accessories to clothing and footwear to jewelry, gifts, games, specialty items and souvenirs such as decorative Sunset Beach license plates and sand in a bottle.

Sunset Slush Classic Italian Ice is located at 426 S. Sunset Boulevard in the bright yellow building!  Swing by any time you are on the beach strand and try their awesome cold treats! 

Sandcastles Sweets & Treats is located in the bright yellow building and serves candy of the utmost variety, from old favorites to new ones.  Certainly any sweet tooth can be filled easily!

Julies Rentals has a wide line of domestic wares and activity rentals, we got you covered. No need to drag all that from home when its already here waiting for you. we got it all. From bikes and wagons to kayaks, boogie boards, and even surfboards.

Sunset Inn Bed & Breakfast opened its doors to the beauty of the saltwater marsh and island life in June 2000. The quiet comfort of our Sunset Beach Hotel overlooks the marsh out towards the Intracoastal Waterway and is just a five minute walk to the ocean. Our picturesque island has a temperate climate without the brutal extremes of summer or winter. The Sunset Inn is the place to stay on Sunset Beach!

SURF WHEELCHAIRS & WALKERS

Sunset Beach has four beach “All Terrain” wheelchairs that were donated to the Town by Sunset Vision as one of their community projects.

The Town rents these wheel chairs at a very nominal rate for citizens and visitors with disabilities so that they can enjoy our beautiful beach.  The wheelchairs feature heavy duty wheels, non-corrosive plastic bearings, 2 swivel and 2 rigid wheels, padded cushion seat, user-friendly folding footrest, and an umbrella.  They are manufactured by MJM international and are made from healthcare grade polymer plastic to inhibit/control the growth of bacteria.  They are lead and latex free.

To reserve a chair for use during a visit to Sunset Beach, please call Town Hall at 910-579-6297 EXT. 1000.  For more information about renting the wheelchairs and walkers click Beach Chair & Walker Rental Information

RESTROOMS & OUTDOOR SHOWERS

There are two restroom trailers on the island; one at the gazebo and a second at the entrance to the gazebo parking lot.  These are public restrooms and FREE to use.

Please note, these restrooms are maintained by the Public Works Department so your help with keeping them clean would be appreciated.  If for some reason the facilities become damaged or inoperable, they will be closed until they can be serviced.

There are also outdoor showers to rinse off as you exit the beach at the Gazebo walkway.

SUNSET BEACH PIER

Vesta Pier (Sunset Beach Pier) is located in the center of the island and is the southernmost fishing pier in North Carolina.  Named for the buried civil war blockade-runner, Vesta, which rests in the sand under the pier, the 900 foot long pier is a favorite for anglers.  A walk on the pier offers a self-guided tour providing information about the history of the island. The cost to walk the pier is $1.00.  For more information about this tour click Pier Walking Tour

For all information about Fishing off the pier, click Season Passes, Bait & Tackle

For the pier’s full website click Sunset Beach Fishing Pier

INTERESTS & ACTIVITIES

BEACH ARTISTS

Sunset Beach Maze Man  On Sunset Beach, one particularly a-MAZE-ing artistic phenomenon has captured the fascination and curiosity of locals and visitors alike. Local celebrity artist Hunter Gibbes, better known as the Sunset Beach Maze Man, adorns the beach with his larger-than-life sand mazes. If you’re lucky enough to come across one of his intricate designs, you can face the challenge of completing it!  Click Sunset Beach Maze Man or Sunset Beach Maze Man Facebook page for additional information and pictures.

Sunset Sand Artists is an informal group who come together to make sculptures on the beach just for fun.  When Stuart Jones moved to Sunset Beach in 2018 he learned some of the sand techniques from long time beach visitors and amazing artists Steve and Karen.  Stuart then encouraged neighbors Leslie and Robin to try it out and they have now been making sculptures for over two years.  Our most recent addition to the group is Amy and she’s been working with us for over a year now.  We have several people who help on occasion and they are learning fast!

To read more about this amazing group, click South Brunswick Magazine Summer 2024 and see pages 55-58.  Also the artists encourage people to follow them on Facebook because they try to give a heads up on sculpture days.  People can also come and sit near to watch the art come out of the sand and then see it turn from a block of sand into some nice sand art.

BIRDING & BIRD ISLAND

Sunset Beach offers a unique opportunity, a walk to Bird Island. Bird Island was once a separate island accessible only by walking through shallow Madd Inlet at low tide. Today it is connected to Sunset Beach as the inlet has filled in with sand.

Bird Island is completely untouched by development as its nearly 1,300 acres of beach, marsh and wetlands were dedicated as a North Carolina Coastal Reserve in 2002 following 10 years of work by the Bird Island Preservation Society to protect it. This designation protects habitat used by several threatened or endangered species, including Kemp’s Ridley and loggerhead sea turtles, sea beach amaranth, piping plover, wood stork and black skimmer. Early morning bird walks are conducted during the summer months by persons working with the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust.

The Town of Sunset Beach is proud to be included in the North Carolina Birding Trail. Click Birding Trail Brochure for all of the information.

Also guided tours of the island are held each Wednesday in the summer.  The tours begin at the 40th St. access on Sunset Beach at 8:30 AM.  You must be able to walk 3 miles in the sand.  Reservations are not required. For more information on the Bird Island Tours, click HERE.

DRUM CIRCLE

Check out their Facebook page HERE

MUSIC ON THE PIER

Enjoy LIVE Music at the Pier!  Bring your beach chairs, blankets, picnic dinner and set up on the beach or sit on the pier ($1.00 pp) and enjoy FREE LIVE MUSIC as the pier becomes a stage! The pier grill will be OPEN with a limited menu. They also have plenty of snacks, cold beverages, beer and more on the pier.

Click Pier Events to find the schedule.

KINDRED SPIRIT MAILBOX

The best way to get to the Kindred Spirit Mailbox on Bird Island is to start at the Public Beach Access located at West 40th Street.  Take the access to the beach, and head Southwest (away from the pier). You can either walk or ride a bike, it is about 1.5 miles from the 40th Street access to The Kindred Spirit Mailbox.

The Mailbox is a little hidden but it’s visible from the beach. If you reach the rocky jetty you’ve gone a little too far.

For decades visitors to the Kindred Spirit Mailbox on Sunset Beach, NC have wondered Who is the Kindred Spirit?  The keeper of the mailbox was Claudia Sailor, a woman originating from Hope Mills, NC.

She had a dream about a mailbox in the sand and she and her boyfriend at the time planted the mailbox on Sunset Beach. Claudia Sailor maintained the mailbox in secret along with Frank Nesmith (the mailbox co-founder) since its inception.

Over time her walks to the mailbox became increasingly difficult. She began contacting local author Jacqueline DeGroot because of her local ties to the area and the mailbox.  It is featured in her novel The Secret of the Kindred Spirit. They communicated by email for years and Claudia asked Jacqueline to help replace the notebooks periodically.  Claudia passed away in Winter of 2013.

Jacqueline recruited a team of volunteers to help watch over the landmark. They walk or ride bikes to gather and replace the notebooks every week in the summer and do repairs on everything from the flag, to the dunes, to the mailbox itself.

ONE LOVE MARKET

One Love Market NC is an open air artisans and farmers pop up market located on Sunset beach at 101 W. Main Street between Sunset Blvd, & 27th Street, opposite the Pier.  The market features creators and Artisans from Wilmington to Murrels Inlet.  With live music, a craft table for young and older, the market benefits the area’s rescues: human, furry & wild!

Click One Love Market Website for all of their information.

SHELLING ON THE BEACH

North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands features miles of scenic beaches perfect for every kind of shell-hunter. From sand dollars and scallop shells to true tulips and olive shells, visitors have a unique opportunity to discover coastal treasures and collect souvenirs as a reminder of their beach vacation.  Keep reading to discover some Shelling Tips to help you find where you might find natural treasures washed up in the sand.

SEA TURTLE SANCTUARY

Sunset Beach is a turtle sanctuary, therefore all personal property must be removed from the beach strand at dark and not returned until sunrise each day so that turtles can come ashore unobstructed. This also ensures safe walking on our beautiful shore at night.

If you dig holes in the sand, please refill the sand to prevent visitors from being hurt and to ensure that turtles may come ashore without danger of falling in the hole.

Never disturb a turtle nest. Turtle nests are easily identified by the four wooden stakes and yellow caution tape encircling the stakes plus a sign indicating a nest.

Sunset Beach is home to The Sunset Beach Turtle Watch Program a private, non-profit program whose volunteers help monitor turtle nesting at the beach.  The program is staffed by volunteers who walk the beach every morning, sit at nests when the hatchlings are ready to emerge and conduct informational and educational programs.

CALL or TEXT: Sunset Beach Turtle Watch – (910) 209-1079 or Sunset Beach Police Department – 910) 579-6297 if you see any sea turtle activity on Sunset Beach day or night, (turtle tracks, nesting turtles, hatchlings, hooked turtles, deceased turtles, people disturbing the nests, etc.  Please contact us immediately!

If you see a nesting turtle, please stand back a minimum of 25 feet, do not shine lights on her, do not use flash photography, stay quiet, and hopefully, you will witness her lay a nest! Please contact us so we can come out and mark the nest and complete some data and research for the state to help protect them. Thank you for your assistance!

Informational programs, called “Turtle Time”, are free at 7 p.m. on Sunday evenings beginning in June and run during the nesting months at Sunset Properties (419 Sunset Blvd S) Parking lot – weather permitting. There is also a program on Wednesdays at noon at Ingram Planetarium.

REMINDER: Conservation work for protected sea turtles on Sunset Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 21ST04). Harassment of sea turtles, an endangered or threatened species, or their nests, is a violation of State and Federal laws, punishable by a fine up to $100,000 and/or imprisonment.
BEACH WALK WORKOUT

Click Beach Walk Workout for tips on walking in the sand and a routine to follow to have a maximum work out walking on the beach.

SUNSET BEACH PIER WEBCAM

You can visit the Sunset Beach Pier “virtually” anytime you like! Our Live “Pier Cams” are available 24/7 year-round. Use them to check out the conditions or simply consider them your own personal windows to Sunset Beach’s sand, surf and pier.

Click LIVE 24/7 Webcams to view.

WORSHIP SERVICES

Worship On Sunset Beach 2024 | 8:00 – 8:45 AM  May 26 – September 1, 2024 | Weather permitting

Services are offered by Calabash Covenant Presbyterian Church of Sunset Beach.

We are grateful to the Town of Sunset Beach and the pier owners, Gary and Teresa Massey, for allowing us the opportunity to worship God on Sunset Beach and for contributing the parking, electricity and internet to make it possible.

  • Park at Sunset Beach Pier until 9:00 AM.  Please remove your car from the pier parking lot by 9AM to prevent being towed – or better yet, stay and pay for a fishing day!
  • It is important to stay off the dunes, to keep the gazebo walkway clear and properly dispose of all trash.
  • Casual dress. bring a beach chair or towel
  • Children’s sermons with “Rachel”
  • The Beach Offering goes to support our neighbors in need in Brunswick County.   Place your offering in the black boxes on the beach.
YOGA ON THE BEACH

Yoga on the Beach taught by Kelly Sexton is held from Memorial Day through Labor Day near the 40th St. walkway.  It is Mon/Wed/Fri from 7-8:15 AM.  Cost is $10.00 and can be paid in cash or via Venmo.  Bring water, towel and sunscreen,  Bug spray is usually provided if needed.  If there is a cancellation due to weather a post will be placed on Yoga on the Beach Facebook page by 6:30 AM.