Did you know that North Carolina has one of the best beaches in the entire world? According to National Geographic, it’s true. Sunset Beach – located in the Brunswick Islands of North Carolina – was named one of the 21 Best Beaches in the World by National Geographic. And it’s no wonder why.

With miles of sandy beaches sandwiched between the ocean on one side and marshland on the other, and no high rise buildings or boardwalks in sight, Sunset Beach is a truly serene and peaceful place to unwind and relax. From sunbathing on the sand, to visiting Bird Island and leaving a note in the Kindred Spirit Mailbox, there is plenty to do here without all the hustle and bustle of a commercial beach.

Plus, with a wide variety of hotels available in the area, there is the perfect place to stay for everyone, whether you’re looking for luxuries and amenities or charm and ambiance.

The Sunset Inn The Sunset Inn
The Sunset Inn

The Sunset Inn (Prices & Photos)

Like a scene out of a Nicholas Sparks novel, the beautiful Sunset Inn overlooks the marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway and is within walking distance of the ocean. From the grand staircase that meets you at the front entrance, to the large, wraparound porches, this place is oozing with Southern charm, yet still offers all the amenities you could ever need including king size beds, wet bars, refrigerators and private screened-in porches with rocking chairs. The four grand rooms located in the Inn’s Sunset Beach Guest House also feature whirlpool tubs, porch swings, robes and iPod docks. In the living room, you’ll find a large selection of books to read and in the lobby, you can fill up on an endless supply of popcorn, grab a couple drinks and pick up a free movie rental at the Island Market. In the mornings, there’s a generous continental breakfast with coffee and hot tea that you can enjoy in the open dining room, on one of the spacious front porches or in the privacy of your own screened porch, all overlooking the captivating island scenery.

Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center
Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center

Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center (Prices & Photos)

If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, check out the Sea Trail Golf Resort that offers a selection of suites and vacation rentals situated along the fairways of three impeccably maintained golf courses. Each suite or villa is decorated in Southern coastal style and offers spacious floor plans that include living rooms, dining rooms, a full kitchen or kitchenette and in select units, a private balcony or porch.  In addition to the three golf courses, the Sea Trail Village Activity Center also offers lots of additional amenities like an indoor and outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness room and sauna. Weekly fitness classes are also held in the Sunset Room, which features an adjoining porch and deck that overlook the pool.

The Winds Resort Beach Club The Winds Resort Beach Club
The Winds Resort Beach Club

The Winds Resort Beach Club (Prices & Photos)

Also located in Ocean Isle is The Winds Resort Beach Club – a family owned, boutique style resort that will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a tropical paradise. From the lush banana trees, hibiscus flowers and palm trees, to the relaxed atmosphere and the oceanfront poolside TikiBar, once you check in, you won’t want to leave. The owners of The Winds pride themselves on offering a simple and playful vacation experience that is reminiscent of times gone by. With three pools including one indoors, the TikiBar, a complimentary Southern breakfast buffet and bikes to explore the island, there is plenty to do here. Plus, they offer a wide range of accommodations including oceanfront hotel rooms, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom suites, and 4, 5 & 6 bedroom resort cottages with full kitchens and large living rooms, so there is plenty of space to bring all of your friends and family!

Ocean Isle Inn Ocean Isle Inn
Ocean Isle Inn

Ocean Isle Inn (Prices & Photos)

Located in nearby Ocean Isle Beach, the Ocean Isle Inn gives you the opportunity to live like a true islander. Guest rooms offer impressive views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway on the outside and relaxing Polynesian-inspired décor on the inside, including tile floors and handmade teak furniture. But don’t let the simple décor fool you, you’ll also find plenty of amenities here including microwaves, wet bars, refrigerators, cable TV and voice mail. As a guest, you can also take advantage of a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, a heated indoor pool and oceanside outdoor pool, Jacuzzi spa and private beach access. Special packages are also available for golf lovers, which include accommodations, continental breakfast and green fees at your choice of over 100 area golf courses.