We have been going to the Sunset Beach area since the mid-90's. I'd guess at least 45 times for as long as a month at a time. The area has grown and offers a wide range of options in life style. Shopping and dining is very good within 30 minutes or less. Home prices and overall costs are far less that the Northeastern USA. Check the demographics and you will see the general makeup of the area. Many retirees, but also a balance of younger working families. It is still on our list as a place to live!