Take the main roads into Morehead City ,NC then take the bridge access to Atlantic Beach. When you are in the main intersection of Atlantic Beach you will either turn left go to Fort Macon. About 3/4 mile past the main intersection in Atlantic Beach you will see a sign for the Oceanana Motel and Pier on your right. Turn In.
This photo was taken in June and the sun does not set over the ocean but you can still get some good shots of the sun reflecting on the clouds. Best time for shots of the sun setting over the water is winter.
I was driving along HWY 58 toward Salter Path to take a sunset picture when I looked in my rearview mirror and saw this bank of clouds over the ocean. I turned around and drove to the Oceanana Pier in Atlantic Beach, NC where I was lucky to see this cloud formation just off the beach.