Retire in Sunset Beach, NC

Livability Score
44
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. Drift

Fiancé and I stopped by to get an iced chai tea latte and a couple sandwiches and the cafe is super cute. Very well kept, clean, prices are reasonable in...

2. Sunset Slush

Literally the best Italian ice place I've ever been to. I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting the surrounding area.

3. MMM Que Rico

Wow! What a great surprise! Tucked on a corner in the cute little town of Calabash, NC is a terrific resturant. Don't blink, you'll miss it. Mmmmmm Que...

4. Mavericks Java

Stopped here after a family vaca at Ocean Isle. Called ahead and asked them if they could accommodate a large party (17 people) and they were happy to...

5. Calabash Deli

This place should be named DELICIOUS! I order the Cuban, an let me tell you, it is delicious! The Cuban sauce that they make takes it over the top! My 11...

Golf
1. Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort

Beautiful hidden course just over the NC border. It looks like an actual plantation that's been restored. Many rolling hills with some water and sand traps....

2. Thistle Golf Club

When we first drove in to the course, I used the wrong lane. The gentleman at the gate politely said to me "The next time you come back, and you will want...

3. Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links

Just about the greatest course on the grand strand-----------beautiful environment--------intracoastal views - you are so close to the water, you feel as...

4. Crow Creek Golf Club

This place deserves a great review. Our foursome played 72 holes in Myrtle this weekend. Crow Creek was the best experience by far. Friendly help with...

5. Oyster Bay Golf Links

Oyster Bay is a beautiful course a short drive from Myrtle Beach that is associated with the Legends Golf Resort. We played the course as almost an...

Active
1. Sunset Beach

We were staying in Ocean Isle Beach but actually went next door to Sunset Beach during the day. It is a much quieter beach and the sand is softer to walk...

2. Ocean Isle Beach Town of

Single greatest place on earth in my humble opinion. I have spent 33 years at the same beach house on OIB. It's perfect for families with open beaches and...

3. Carolina Backwoods

This is a must do if u are in the area. It is a little expensive, but soooo much fun. It is also not hard to do. There were five of us, two male adults,...

4. J&L Kayak Ecoventures

What an amazing experience. We had such a great time! We did the twilight island tour-Todd was our guide and he was phenomenal. My husband and I took single...

5. Lighthouse Watersports

We did a private boat tour of the ICW! Had an awesome time and really enjoyed the history and personal references the captain made. Our guide really...

Arts
1. Jewelry By Wendy

Tucked away in a woodsy shopping plaza off the main road, my mom and I stopped in because we were early for our tea party reservation. This little shop has...

2. The Breakers

BLUF: Best ice cream in the area. Good staff. Best choices. We walked in after a Friday concert and thought it would be slammed but no one was there....

3. Museum of Coastal Carolina

Been to many museums over the decades and this one is a hidden gem! Excellent for kids and adults. Plenty of variety, from sunken ships and their treasure...

4. Ingram Planetarium

I saw two of the laser shows at the planetarium while on vacation at Sunset Beach. My group caught the Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon and The Beatles....

5. Pelican's Perch Bar & Grill

The food is just okay. Nothing was a stand out for our group. Crab cakes are primarily filler. Chicken menu items seemed to be the most tasty. The...

Shopping
1. Callahans of Calabash

I love callahans!! Many say it's overpriced, but I feel like it's a lot cheaper than some touristy souvenir places. Absolutely love the Christmas shop.

2. The GPS Store

Found exactly what I wanted at a price over 30% lower tha anywhere else. UPS 2nd day air shipping for $9.95, and it shipped the next day. Very happy with...

3. Lori's Golf Shoppe

Best ladies golf shop in the area. Large selection of clothes, bags, clubs, golf seat covers, visors.....

4. Jewelry By Wendy

Tucked away in a woodsy shopping plaza off the main road, my mom and I stopped in because we were early for our tea party reservation. This little shop has...

5. Sunset Beach Trading Company

We LOVE this store. Wish it was open year-round. You can find useful items, such as flip flops, sunglasses, etc at reasonable prices. You can find cute...

Health
1. The Transporter

Had two different drivers...one going to ILM and one on our return. Both were courteous, excellent drivers. Vehicles very comfortable. Look no further!

2. Crossfit Ocean Isle Beach

Thanks for welcoming another vacationer! Reached out before I arrived to schedule a personal training session with KJ to keep me on track for getting...

3. Oceans Massage & Skin Care

I had a wonderful experience at Oceans. Cindy was very aware of my needs as a musician and gave suggestions to better my health! The massage was thorough...

4. Sacred Willow Spa

This spa was wonderful! Very polite and friendly as well as knowledgeable staff. They also offer a great special for $100, a one hour facial and one hour...

5. Massage Therapy At Holden Beach

This weekend my boyfriend and I decided it was high time for a massage. We called David and he was very accommodating to our schedule. We both got a one...