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Sound Side With Sunset View

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 BR 2BA with view of sound and ICW

Backwater Macs is a charming beach house with four bedrooms and two baths situated on the sound/icw side of sunset beach. After a day on the beach, golfing or shopping, just relax and spend your evenings in a rocking chair on the screened in porch watching the sun set over the marsh. Backwater Mac’s has one of the best sunset views on the island.

With a dock out back you can use the kayak to explore the calm backwaters of sunset beach island. You can also paddle to the uninhabited Bird Island to look for turtle nests and the ever popular kindred spirit mailbox. (the mailbox is filled with notebooks, pens and pencils along with the stories and tales of all the travelers who’ve journeyed to this place. Each entry begins with the phrase “dear kindred spirit.”)

The beach is an easy 5 minute walk or a 1 minute bike ride (there are 4 bikes available under the house). The expansive beach is sure to please everyone in your group. The 40th street access is the last access path on the west side of the island and is very quiet. Young adults can easily walk to the pier to shop or drop a hook from the pier. But if that’s not your thing, then plop your chair down, get out your book and just breathe. Young children can easily be watched while they run wild on the beach.

Things to do?

Golf: Sea Trail and Oyster Bay are minutes away and there are at least 10 other golf courses within 15 minutes.

Putt putt golf: is at the base of the inland side of the bridge. Our kids grew up playing there every time we went to the beach. Now it boasts a grill with an awesome menu and is very child friendly.

Fresh seafood: Bills Seafood is on the inland side of the bridge and has been an icon at Sunset Beach for years. Crabby Oddwaters is up the outside stairs and is a fun restaurant/bar that overlooks a creek. If you go to Crabbys, be sure to check out the biggest local shell collection we’ve ever seen.

Shopping: First, there is Island Breeze on the inland side of the bridge. You’ll find high end trendy clothes and accessories for both men and women. An outlet mall is located in north myrtle beach about 20 minutes away. Barefoot Landing hosts cute shops and restaurants on the ICW. Or head to Myrtle Beach for the crowds and shops.

More Details

Harry and Mary Jane McCracken
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Harry and Mary Jane McCracken

Harry and Mary Jane McCracken have lived in Cary, NC for 30 years and have vacationed at Sunset Beach for the last 28 years. Their two boys grew up crabbing on the dock, riding their bikes all over the island and swimming and surfing in the ocean.

Harry and Mary Jane McCracken purchased this house in 1985

Why Harry and Mary Jane McCracken chose Southern Coast

This is a very special place for our family. It is far removed from the hustle and bustle but still close enough to Myrtle Beach for some shopping or rainy day visits to the aquarium and other tourist spots. Golf courses galore...

It's a great value for your family.

What makes this house unique

Boat dock. Unobstructed view of the marsh and sunset. Great neighbors. One of the widest beach you will find in NC. The beach faces south and is growing in size. You can easily walk to Bird Island for very private sunning or picnicking. Our end of the beach is lightly population compared to other locations on the island.


Sunset Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Outdoor shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • 4 bedrooms all with queen beds. Sheets and towels are not provided.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shelling
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking


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(27 traveler reviews)

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Sound Side With Sunset View
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 27 reviews

Perfect for a family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Sweet home, that has everything you need for a peaceful get away!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waxhaw, N.C.

Comfortable, well-equipped accommodations--and helpful owner & neighbor

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Backwater Macs, which was comfortable, well-situated, and equipped with many perks that a family would love. We're a stodgy older couple that felt no inclination to use the many perks (including bikes, kayak and boogie-boards), but enjoyed the comfortable accommodations and surroundings. Walkability to the beach and a scenic, quiet screened in porch overlooking a marsh was all we needed for bliss. I also found the owner to be extremely accommodating, as I stupidly locked the keys in the house our first day (too many distractions -- that's my excuse) and he called a neighbor who very kindly walked over to open the door for me. He was easy to reach, and quick to act.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our vacation at Backwater Macs

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our week's stay at Backwater Macs. The grandchildren said it was the best family vacation they have had so far. The cottage was very comfortable and appeared to have recently been updated. We enjoyed sitting on the screened-in porch and eating the crabs that were caught at the end of the dock. Trips to the beach, shopping, bike riding, kayaking, playing miniature golf, enjoying the beautiful sunsets, eating at some great restaurants, and sightseeing helped us make some wonderful family vacation memories. Thank you, Harry and Mary Jane McCracken, for letting us share your lovely treasure!

Elneta and Bill Spell

Leesburg, Florida

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, amazing view

  • 4 of 5

It was a great location, with a great view of the marsh. The house was clean and well decorated, with good appliances.

The only downside are the occasional creepy crawlers (we saw and killed a few roaches)

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: As property owners, our goal is to make our guest's stay as enjoyable as possible. When issues arise we stand ready to take action immediately to solve problems. We are only a phone call or email away, easy to work with and responsive. The McCrackens
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Quaint house overlooking the tidal creeks With a wonderful sunset every evening!

  • 4 of 5

All systems worked well in an older house-well equipped!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Trip

  • 4 of 5

Our family had a great time at Backwater Macs... it was so peaceful. We really enjoyed crabbing off the dock. The house was perfect for our family. Clean and all amenities we needed.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Damage Deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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