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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 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

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 Sunset Beach

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


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

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Sound Side With Sunset View
average rating of 4.677419 based on 31 reviews

Great view, great beach house

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful labor day weekend at Backwater Macs. Plenty of room, great view of the sound, and little extras that made it more enjoyable. Extras were the bikes to ride, the kayak to explore, the charcoal grill, and the crab pot on the dock. It was easy to pass the time when not on the beach. House has 4 queen beds that were comfortable. 2 bathrooms were good. Outdoor shower was good for rinsing beach off.

We had a wonderful family weekend and would recommend Backwater Macs. The walk to beach is a little long but enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location! The house was clean and comfortable. We had a great time.

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful views.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful stay and the house had everything we needed/wanted! The view was remarkable and we loved sitting out on the porch in the morning. Thanks so much for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tranquil getaway for family

  • 5 of 5

With its location on the intercoastal waterway, this home is beautiful and quiet. Mary Jane and Harry are unusually generous hosts: we enjoyed their umbrella, beach chairs, cart, bicycles, and kayak as well as their four-bedroom home. With the tranquil loveliness of the setting and the options for activity, it's the best of Sunset Beach in one property.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from 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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.