When you're planning North Carolina beach vacations be sure to consider Holden Beach. The Town of Holden Beach is located halfway between Wilmington, N.C. and Myrtle Beach, S.C. The town is situated on an Atlantic coastal barrier island, facing south onto the Long Bay region of Brunswick County.
There are approximately 900 full-time residents at Holden Beach; however, the island's population swells to over 10,000 in mid-summer. With over eight miles of clean, sandy beaches and a moderate temperature year around, the island attracts many visitors who want to experience this unique quiet family-oriented atmosphere for their North Carolina beach vacations.
There's a small commercial area on the island of Holden Beach. This is a big reason many people keep coming back year after year. While there are limited commercial establishments on the island, everything anyone could want is located within a short driving distance.
The causeway leading to the island contains numerous specialty stores and shops, and the Town of Shallotte just 10 minutes away has several chain grocery and department stores that provide all the necessities. Wilmington and Myrtle Beach are only 35-45 minutes away and if you can't find what you're looking for there, it doesn't exist.
Within a one-hour drive from Holden Beach you'll find over 125 superb golf courses. Courses range from very challenging to beginner-friendly for golfers. If miniature golf is more your speed, we have that too. North Carolina beach vacations are always chock full of things to do and places to explore.
Boating, fishing and hiking the island are very popular activities. Shelling enthusiasts will not be disappointed by all the treasurers they will find. The island is a sea turtle habitat and during the hatching season (May to October) those who don’t mind staying up late at night can witness one of nature’s most interesting pleasures when hundreds of small sea turtles "boil’ out of the sand and marching to the ocean.
There is not another North Carolina barrier island quite like Holden Beach. With its low commercial impact, hundreds of beautiful rental homes (many with dockage for fishing and pleasure boating) and a wholesome family-oriented atmosphere, you’ll be glad you chose Holden Beach for your vacation this year.