Discover a selection of 5,000 vacation rentals in Sunset Beach, NC that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and private pools. Prices start at $69 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in Sunset Beach. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Experience Sunset Beach at vacation home rentals

Trade the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach for its laid-back neighbor to the north. A seaside town on North Carolina's southern coast, Sunset Beach is known for its quiet, residential neighborhoods, it's sandy beaches, and a vast wealth of preserved natural beauty. Summer visitors flock to the area for its low-key charm, and you can find everything from fishing and boating to wineries and funky art installations. With a central Sunset Beach vacation rental, you'll be close to local landmarks like the Ingram Planetarium and the sprawling wetlands of the Bird Island Preserve.

Things to do

Attractions near Sunset Beach vacation rentals

After a day of fun in the sun, you'll find there's lots to see around your Sunset Beach vacation rental. Science and nature lovers can explore the galaxy at the Ingram Planetarium, or check out the area's rich natural history at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in nearby Ocean Isle Beach. Then, head to the Kindred Spirit Mailbox on Bird Island. This beachfront installation features a single mailbox with a journal, where visitors have been leaving personal notes and reveries for 30 years. You can look out over the Atlantic and compose your own entry to add to the collection.

Activities

Things to do near Sunset Beach vacation homes

Sunset Beach is an ocean lover's paradise, and it's not hard to see why. With its broad, sandy coastline, visitors flock to the area for its bounty of waterfront activities, and you'll find plenty of outfitters offering kayaks, fishing charters, and jetski rentals. The Intracoastal Waterway runs through town, offering a protected lagoon for fishing and boating. Bird-watching at the nearby – and aptly named – Bird Island Preserve is a popular pastime, and you can spot everything from pelicans and ibis to loggerhead turtles amid the more than 13,000 acres of dunes and marshland.

Day trips

Day trips from Sunset Beach vacation rentals

Sunset Beach is the ideal base camp to see the sights of Myrtle Beach. Vacation rentals are close to places like Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, a marine life attraction with dive tours, live shows, and unique marine life in naturalistic habitats, and Family Kingdom Amusement Park, a beachfront amusement and water park with rides, slides, and games. You'll also like the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade, a lively promenade near the beach with shops and restaurants, and the Hollywood Wax Museum, a museum outpost with celebrity wax figures, a souvenir store, and a mirror maze.

Weather

Climate for your stay in Sunset Beach vacation homes

Like most of the state, Sunset Beach has a humid subtropical climate, which means dry, mild winters and hot, humid summers with plenty of rainfall. Summers are decidedly warm, with regular storms and average highs around 89 degrees in July and August. Winters are cooler, and hover just above freezing between December and February. The toasty summer months are popular with visitors, and Sunset Beach vacation rentals tend to be at their priciest during this season. But the relatively warm winters mean you can score some pleasant, waterfront real estate without the high price tag.

Natural features

Sunset Beach _ and the sand played on

Unlike the more populous cities of the "Grand Strand" to the south, Sunset Beach still has a relaxed landscape that's more rural than urban. The town is made up of 2 sections, with a large barrier island separated from the mainland by the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway. You'll find plenty of marshy wetlands along the inlet, and the island itself offers sandy beaches and a fishing pier that extends 900 feet into the Atlantic Ocean. The island's also home to a 13,000-acre bird sanctuary, where you can observe pelicans, gulls, and several species of migratory birds.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Sunset Beach

The nearest airport is in Myrtle Beach Intl. Airport (MYR), located 27.1 mi (43.7 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Wilmington Intl. Airport (ILM), which is 43.8 mi (70.5 km) away.

Family friendly

Family attractions near Sunset Beach vacation homes

Sunset Beach has an array of kid-friendly places to explore on a family trip. Vacation homes are available near places like Sunset Beach Park, a waterfront park with oak trees, a fishing pier, and a veterans’ memorial, and Waties Island, an unspoiled barrier island with rich flora and fauna on quiet beaches. Kids will also like the Swamp Park, an outdoor amusement park with ropes courses, zip lines, and eco tours.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Sunset Beach?

Whether you're planning your next great adventure with friends or a romantic trip with your darling, one of these top vacation rentals in Sunset Beach is sure to tempt you:

  • "Look Forward To Spring In Ssb": This The South property comes with 3 bedrooms and is highly rated among guests. Conveniences such as a microwave oven and internet services help make your stay comfortable.
  • "Ground Level Sea Trail Golf Villa": Located in Sea Trail, this sought-after getaway has 2 bedrooms and lots of handy amenities. A fenced pool and an elevator are just a couple you'll find here.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Sunset Beach vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in or near Sunset Beach?

Punching way above its weight when it comes to character and charm, a tiny house vacation rental in Sunset Beach provides a front-row seat to big adventure. Disconnect all your tech and switch your focus to Mother Nature at one of these pocket-sized escapes:

  • Take time off and recharge at "Upscale 1926 C And O Train Caboose Tiny House Minutes To Waynesville And Asheville". Located in Waynesville, off-street parking options and a separate dining area are just a couple of the amenities included here.
  • "Tiny House Downtown New Bern" comes with a range of comforts, such as heating and a kitchen. Located in New Bern, you'll be able to live big in this small but well-designed home.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Sunset Beach?

Clock out on Friday and then forget all about the office. If you're up for some fun and relaxation, these properties in and around Sunset Beach promise the perfect weekend getaway:

  • Located 30 miles to the east of central Sunset Beach, "Southport Waterfront" appeals to nature fans and adventure lovers. Get out and discover nearby attractions, such as Oyster Bay Golf Links and Carolina National Golf Club. Then, try some activities like fishing or sailing.
  • Alternatively, enjoy some downtime at "Use Nature Walk Over Davis Canal To Get To Beach". About 20 miles east of Sunset Beach, fun activities around here include sailing and hiking and biking. Rather go sightseeing? Find time for Thistle Golf Club and Oyster Bay Golf Links.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Sunset Beach?

Studio apartments are a hard act to beat when it comes to location, convenience and affordability. Get cozy in one of these studio apartments for rent in or near Sunset Beach and take in the vibrant local culture:

  • Get out and explore from the comfort of "Private Garden Cottage In The Heart Of Historic Southport". This property is a terrific base for seeing the sights and features amenities including a stovetop and an iron and ironing board.
  • Another tempting option is "The Inn At South Harbor - Waterfront Condo With Sunrise And Sunset Views". Make use of a TV, free toiletries and other conveniences during your vacation.

When you're ready to step outside your studio apartment and cross off the sights, there's loads to keep you on the move around Sunset Beach. Into art and culture? Check out Theatre in the Park and Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Sunset Beach?

Short-term rentals are easy to find in and around Sunset Beach. Kick back for a night or two in an upmarket bed & breakfast, a cozy cottage or a large home. No matter what type of property you're looking for, you'll have plenty to select from with Vrbo. Here are some of our top picks:

  • Nice and close to the center of Sunset Beach, "Fantastic Oceanfront Enclave On Oak Island With Direct Beach Access" is great for a whirlwind getaway. While you're about, take a look at leading attractions like Jordan Lake State Recreation Area and The Preserve at Jordan Lake.
  • Wake up, make a cup of coffee and then plan what to explore around "Southport Waterfront". Cloer Family Vineyards and McIntyre's Fine Books and Bookends should be on your list if you stay at this short-term vacation rental.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Sunset Beach?

Nothing says "I love you" quite like planning a romantic weekend together. If you're eager to spend a couple of relaxing evenings away with your significant other, we've got some romantic getaways in and around Sunset Beach that will get your heart racing:

  • Put on some relaxing tunes and slow dance the nights away at "Beautiful Ocean Front Home With Stunning Views". Around 6 miles from Sunset Beach, this property has everything you could want for a romantic getaway, including winery tours and beauty services.
  • "Fantastic Oceanfront Enclave On Oak Island With Direct Beach Access" is another terrific option guaranteed to woo you. It's approximately 25 miles from Sunset Beach and has a fireplace and a nearby bay.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Sunset Beach?

Peep these large group vacation rentals in or near Sunset Beach and forget about leaving anyone off your invite list:

  • A host of amenities including a swimming pool and a kitchen make "Beautiful Ocean Front Home With Stunning Views" a top pick for groups. This expansive property has 6 bedrooms and sleeps up to 18 guests. From Sunset Beach's center, it's around 6 miles away to the east.
  • "Custom Home With Many Extras New Build For 2014 Beautiful Ocean Views" is another option that'll fit the whole crew. It's around 6 miles to the east of Sunset Beach, has 5 bedrooms and sleeps up to 19 guests. A kitchen and a fireplace are just a couple of things designed to make your group vacation even more memorable.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Sunset Beach?

Nothing says fun times like a pool does. Dust off your inflatable unicorn and browse these rental houses in or near Sunset Beach that feature this vacation essential:

  • Round up your crew and enjoy an unforgettable stay at "4 Bed Island Park House On Water". There's plenty to love about this retreat apart from its pool, such as a TV and childrens activities.
  • Spend lazy days swimming or enjoying peaceful moments beside the water at "Holden Beach House / Short 5 Minute Walk To Beach". This vacation home is another top choice and features a toaster, a separate dining area and more.

Sunset Beach has a humid subtropical climate, with average summertime temperatures fluctuating between 75 ºF and 85 ºF. But there's no need to wait until summertime to visit. Take a look at the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the ideal Sunset Beach vacation rental and organize your getaway for whenever you like.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Sunset Beach?

A family get-together should be memorable. Whether you're planning a fun escape with the kids or a long-overdue family reunion, Vrbo's large family vacation rentals in or near Sunset Beach offer a home away from home with ample space for everyone:

  • Around 6 miles to the east of Sunset Beach, "Beautiful Ocean Front Home With Stunning Views" has 6 bedrooms and sleeps up to 18 guests. It's equipped with a range of amenities, including a DVD player and towels.
  • Another top option is "Fantastic Oceanfront Enclave On Oak Island With Direct Beach Access". This large rental is 25 miles east of Sunset Beach and features a dishwasher, nearby birdwatching activities and more. With 3 bedrooms accommodating up to 8 people, there's no need to leave anyone off your invitation list.

If you're in the mood to do some sightseeing, there are lots of family-friendly attractions nearby to put on your itinerary. North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Frankie's Fun Park and Triangle Town Center are good places to start.

What are the best large houses to rent with indoor pools in or near Sunset Beach?

Add some serious indulgence to your getaway by booking someplace with a private indoor pool. These stunning large houses in or near Sunset Beach have a swimming space that's your very own, along with plenty of room for whoever you're bringing with you:

  • Book a few days or more at "Mountain Highland Retreat At The Pinnacle Inn Resort" and spend your days kicking back poolside. This roomy rental has 3 bedrooms sleeping up to 10 guests and a host of other great amenities. A sauna and a fireplace are among them.
  • Alternatively, spend your break at "4 Bedroom 2200 Sq Ft Beautiful Sea Trail Golf Resort 5 Minutes To Ocean Waves", which has 4 bedrooms and accommodates up to 10 guests. Along with that fabulous pool waiting for you inside, a water park and a swimming pool will keep everyone happy and comfortable.

If you're after more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Sunset Beach vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.