Sunset Beach NC History
Sunset Beach, NC is home to the southern-most island in North Carolina and neighbors Ocean Isle Beach, NC and Calabash, NC near the South Carolina state line. Originally named Bald Beach, the Island of Sunset Beach was purchased by Mannon C. Gore in 1955 for $60,000 from the Brooks family. Two other old names of this area were Sea Trail and Long Bay.
In 1958, Mr. Gore designed, installed and operated the original pontoon swing bridge giving vehicles access to Sunset Beach. The floating Sunset Beach Pontoon Swing Bridge uniquely served as the only access to the 2 ½ mile island until the new 65 ft. high-rise, Mannon C. Gore Bridge opened for traffic November 11, 2010.
Sunset Beach, NC has been a favorite coastal destination to families for generations, a tradition that proudly continues today. The tranquil lure of the South facing, silky soft stretch of sand is exactly what beach lovers search for and can be addictive.
Sunset Beach is a fortunate member of the North Carolina Birding Trail , with multiple locations to view a variety of unique birds in their natural habitat at the coast. Boating, kayaking, and fishing are widely enjoyed and easily accessed with the new Public Boat Ramp and fishing pier at Sunset Beach.
Many of our loyal vacationers have become property owners and residents while enjoying the moderate year-round temperatures, a relaxed lifestyle, an abundance of premier golf courses, and southern hospitality found here at Sunset Beach, NC. The Businesses & Merchants Association of Sunset Beach invite you to shop, dine and stay at our unique establishments while vacationing with us for a while, or living here for a lifetime. We welcome you to come see for yourself what makes Sunset Beach, NC so special!