Nightlife on Holden Beach

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Do you have a vacation planned to Holden Beach, and you’re looking to have a kid-free night? Then look no further as we have found several places that you won’t want to miss. Staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals will keep you close to the fun. Let’s look below at our picks for the nightlife here on Holden Beach.

Castaways Raw Bar & Grill

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Castaways Raw Bar & Grill is in the heart of Holden Beach, right across the street from the ocean. Here you’ll find a comfy seat with a view of the ocean and some delicious food & drinks. You’ll find items on the menu: Beer, Cheese Nachos, Fresh Seafood, Cheeseburgers, and more. Plus, listen to the live music they have, watch a game on the big screen or just sit back and relax. What a great way to “Get Lost” while on vacation for a kid-free night!

Mermaid’s Island Grill

Another great spot-on Holden Beach is Mermaid’s Island Grill. You’ll find them just under the Holden Beach Bridge, and you won’t be bored with the amount of fun they have to offer. With a full bar, live music, a tropical drink in your hand, and karaoke…there is something for everyone. Mermaid’s Island Grill has some great items on the menu, including Firecracker Shrimp, Gyro Chicken, Burgers & more. Think of the fun you’ll have on your night out in town.

Inlet View Bar & Grill

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Inlet View Bar & Grill is in nearby town Shallotte and has breathtaking waterway views. During the summer, they have live entertainment on Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights for you to enjoy. Sit down, order some food, and relax as you take in the views of the water while listening to some great tunes. Make new memories with your loved ones this summer at Inlet View Bar & Grill!

While the nightlife on Holden Beach isn’t like it would be in nearby towns, it’s the perfect vacation place for all. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to stay with us in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to hear what you did on your next vacation to the island.

Don’t Miss the 2022 Holden Beach Concert Series



It’s hard to believe that the 2022 Holden Beach Concert Series will begin soon. This year you and your family can stay in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals and will be able to enjoy live music. Holden Beach is an excellent destination to vacation with your family, and there are many things you can do together. Let’s look below at the details of the 2022 Holden Beach Concert Series.

2022 Holden Beach Concert Series Lineup

Don’t Miss the 2020 Holden Beach Concert Series
  • May 29th – Carolina Kool
  • June 5th – The Main Event Band
  • June 12th – The Embers
  • June 29th – Continental Divide
  • June 26th – The Tams
  • July 3rd – The Extraordinaires
  • July 10th – The Entertainers
  • July 17th – Chairman of the Board
  • July 24th – Band of Oz
  • July 31st – Carolina Breakers
  • August 7th – Blackwater Band
  • August 14th – North Tower
  • August 21st – Gary Lowder & Smokin Hot
  • August 28th – Too Much Sylvia
  • September 4th – Cat 5

A Little More Information on the Concert Series

Don’t Miss the 2020 Holden Beach Concert Series

The Holden Beach Concert Series has been going on for years, and it’s where you and the family can go listen to live music for free. They will be on every Sunday evening beginning at 6:30 pm and ending at 8:00 pm. Every week the concerts will be held at the Pavilion that is under the Holden Beach bridge. There will be refreshments for you and your family to purchase, so be sure to bring some cash with you. When it’s time to head out to the concert, bring your beach chairs or towels to sit on as you listen and dance together!

Summer is quickly coming, and now is the time to book your family vacation with us. We still have plenty of Holden Beach vacation rentals that will accommodate your whole family. We look forward to seeing you and your family this summer and hope to see you at the concerts too!

Book Direct & Save on Your Vacation Today

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Are you and your family planning a vacation to Holden Beach this year? We need to tell you why you should #bookdirect with us if you are. Many online third-party vacation rental sites can add a 5%-20% additional fee to your reservation. We know that your vacations are significant and may limit how much you can spend each year. We at Holden Beach Vacations wants to make sure that you get the most out of your money when visiting Holden Beach. The only way that you’ll be able to enjoy your vacation without getting hit with that unexpected fee is by booking direct today!

A Little About #BookDirect Day

On February 2nd, 2022, we celebrate the 5th Annual Book Direct Day, which was created to help educate vacation rental guests on the benefits of booking directly through an owner or Property Management Company vs. using a Third-Party agency such as Airbnb, HomeAway, VBRO & TripAdvisor.

While you may recognize these big-name companies and their gimmicks in helping you save money, you will soon learn that they will charge you a fee for using their website. Who wants to pay extra just to try and save a little money? Some of the expenses that you may incur when you book with an OTA can range from 5%-20% of the total cost of your vacation rental, which in turn can cost you thousands of dollars extra depending on which rental you choose.

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Why You Should Book Direct with Us

When you book direct with Holden Beach Vacations, you will not only speak with one of our vacation specialists who are local to Holden Beach and can give you the best information on the area. We know all the details on each property because we have personally been to them. We can provide you with our recommendations on where to dine, play, shop, and visit businesses in the area. Our office is conveniently in the Holden Beach area, so if any problems arise while you’re on vacation, we’re here to help.

How You Can Book Direct with Holden Beach Vacations

You will find that booking directly with us at Holden Beach Vacations is easy as 1, 2, 3! We encourage all guests to book their vacations directly through our safe & secure website, www.holdenbeachvacations.com or call our office at (800) 842-6949. Rest assured that we will never charge any hidden fees, and we will always provide you with the best available rates on our professionally managed vacation rentals. We don’t want you to have to pay anything extra so that you can use that money to go out to eat or explore the area. We understand that your money is precious, and we can help you see that your vacation to Holden Beach is the best one it can be each year!

Are you ready to plan your vacation today? #BookDirect with Holden Beach Vacations today to have the best-planned vacation year after year!

Fun Things to Do in Holden Beach this Spring Break

Fun Things to Do in Holden Beach this Spring Break

Are you and your family vacationing to Holden Beach this Spring Break? If the answer is yes, then we at Holden Beach Vacations can tell you all the fun things you can do. Spring Break this year for many are between April 2nd through April 11th, 2021. Staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to where the fun is at. Let’s look below at a few of the fun things that are happening around Holden Beach this Spring Break.

Easter Egg Hunt

Fun Things to Do in Holden Beach this Spring Break

If your family is heading to the North Carolina Coast for Easter this year, then you won’t want to miss the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. This year the egg hunt will be held at several different locations throughout Oak Island. It will take place on April 3, 2021 beginning at 9:00 am and ending at 1:00 pm. This year will be a little different compared to previous years as you need to go to the Recreation center on April 1st to grab your packet. They will be practicing social distancing during this event so be sure to read everything that comes in the packet for your family. The Easter Egg hunt is free of charge and is one that your family won’t want to miss this year on your Spring Break vacation.

NC Azalea Festival

If you are looking for a fun day that you can spend time with your family in the area, head on over to the NC Azalea Festival in Wilmington. Located about 45 minutes north of Holden Beach is where you can enjoy this fun free festival. The NC Azalea Festival will be from April 7th – 11th, 2021 and is one you don’t want to miss. Think of the fair like food and amazing vendors that will be lined up for you to browse. Take home a few things from several local vendors to remind you of this fun spring break trip!

Beach Fun

Fun Things to Do in Holden Beach this Spring Break

Your Spring Break vacation isn’t complete without spending some time at the Beach. Spend the day or a few days at the Beach while you soak up the sun and allow the kids to play in the surf. Let the kids build a few sandcastles or hunt for shells together. Bring a book and sit under the umbrella as you watch your kids play close by. Pack your lunch for the day and eat it with the family on the beach and getting to spend as much time as you can outdoors. Make new memories on this Spring Break vacation with the family!

While there are many other fun things happening this Spring Break on the North Carolina Coast and in Holden Beach, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation with us at Holden Beach Vacations, now is the time. We look forward to seeing you and your family this April having the time of your lives!

3 Kid-Friendly Restaurants to Try in Holden Beach



Do you and your family have a vacation planned to visit Holden Beach this year and are looking for an excellent kid-friendly restaurant? Then look no further as we at Holden Beach Vacations have picked three restaurants that we recommend you try. Staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to some of these fantastic restaurants. Let’s look below at our top 3 kid-friendly restaurants to try on your next visit to Holden Beach.

Patronies Pizza

3 Kid-Friendly Restaurants to Try in Holden Beach

Pizza from Patronies Pizza happens to be a great kid-friendly restaurant on the island. Pizza is a favorite among the kids and adults, as it’s easy to find something on the menu that everyone will love. Not only will you find pizza on the menu, but you’ll find some other great items too. Some of the things you will find on the menu are pizza, heroes, pasta dishes, and more. Patronies also have a great kid menu to choose from, such as chicken tenders and fries and spaghetti. Let’s not forget about their dessert menu, which offers your family cannoli’s, cheesecake, and more!

Simply Barbecue

Another favorite kid-friendly restaurant located in Holden Beach would have to be Simply Barbecue. Known for having a fantastic menu to choose from, including their family meals to go, this restaurant is one of our top picks. Some of the food that your family can enjoy is their pulled pork sandwich, St. Louis Ribs, their dinners to feed the whole family, and more. You can also purchase their “Old Man” dinner, which includes pulled pork, brisket, rack of ribs, sides, cornbread, and an apple crisp. Simply Barbecue is a favorite among the locals, too, and we had to include this in our kid-friendly restaurant’s list.

The Scoop

3 Kid-Friendly Restaurants to Try in Holden Beach

If you’re looking for a great kid-friendly restaurant that offers not only breakfast and lunch items but sweets too, then The Scoop is for you. Kids of all ages love eating at this restaurant as it’s perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Some of the items you’ll find on the menu are Bagel Sandwiches, Burritos, Waffles, Hot Dogs, and Sandwiches. If you’re looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, then be sure to try out their ice cream. They have fresh waffle cones, brownies, muffins, floats, and homemade ice cream. We can promise you that this restaurant will become a favorite for your family too! Right now, it is taken out only, but don’t let that stop you from trying this fantastic restaurant out.

While there are many other kid-friendly restaurants located in Holden Beach, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to stay in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals, now is the time. We look forward to seeing you and your family on your next vacation and giving these restaurants a try!

Fun Summer Activities to do near Holden Beach



Do you and your family have a summer vacation planned for Holden Beach? If you do, then we want to share a few fun activities around the area. Staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals will allow you and your family close to some of the activities. Let’s look below at some of the fun summer activities you can do near Holden Beach.

Tour H2O

Fun Summer Activities to do near Holden Beach

If your family likes to try new things on the water, then head on over to Tour H2O. They have pontoon tours and Kayaking tours available this summer. Rent a pontoon boat for 2 hours and enjoy your time on the open waters enjoying the quiet time. You may even get to see a dolphin or two while you are on tour. They also have kayaking tours where you can do a self-guided tour or a guided tour. This is a great way to see Holden Beach via the water and make new memories with the family.

Rent a Jet Ski

Another fun activity that you and the family can do is rent a jet ski. This is a high activity that is perfect when you have older kids. This is a way that everyone in the family can enjoy some time out on the Intracoastal Waterway. Holden Beach Jet Ski Rentals will be able to help you and your family enjoy your time spent together. They will be able to show you a safety orientation, and with your rental, you will have life vests and a full tank of gas to enjoy the day. Holden Beach Jet Ski Rentals are located in Supply, NC, just a short drive away from your vacation rental.

Fish the Day Away

Fun Summer Activities to do near Holden Beach

Fishing is a high, fun outdoor activity that your family can do together. Head on over to the Holden Beach Fishing Pier located in the heart of Holden Beach. This fishing pier was founded in 1959 and allowed you and your family to enjoy time together, making new memories. Bring the fishing rods, bait, sunscreen, and drinks with you. Think of the fun you can have, even if you don’t catch anything. Capture the memories on camera as you enjoy a new adventure this summer.

While there are many other things that you can do in the Holden Beach area, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your Holden Beach vacation rental yet, now is the time. We hope to see you and your family as you make new memories at the beach this summer!

3 Free Things Your Family Can Do this Summer in Holden Beach



Do you and your family have a vacation to Holden Beach this summer and are looking for some fun things to do? If so, then we at Holden Beach Vacations can tell you about three things you can do with the family for free. Staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to where the fun is. Let’s look below at what those three things are you can do together as a family in Holden Beach for free.

Climb the Oak Island Lighthouse

3 Free Things Your Family Can Do this Summer in Holden Beach

Have you and your family ever visited the nearby Oak Island Lighthouse before? If not, then you are missing out on one of the best views in the area. Taking a tour of the lighthouse is how you will be able to climb to the top. And best yet, the tours are free! One of the things that we recommend to all of our guests is to make reservations for the tours. Since they are free, they do fill up quickly, and during the holidays, it could be hard to request. Be sure to take your camera with you and your phone so that you can capture the memories and views from the lighthouse.

Enjoy a Hidden Gem

Anytime you go on vacation with the family, sometimes finding new places in the area is the best part. If you’re looking for a new park to head to, then we suggest trying out Sailfish Street Park. Located along the Intercoastal Waterway is where you will find this park along with another park, Sanddollar Park. Both are hidden gems when it comes to parks where you can watch boaters go by, fish a little, and enjoy the beach. You may even get to see some dolphins come to say a quick hello and other cool wildlife. Spend the day at one of these parks and see how your family likes them.

Building Sandcastles

3 Free Things Your Family Can Do this Summer in Holden Beach

This activity that your family can do together and is free is to build a village of sandcastles. When staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation homes, your family will be close to the beach. For many of our staff remembers going to the beach with our families and building sandcastles.  Give each one of the kids something to build with the sand and then take a fun video or picture with each castle. Think of all the new memories that will be made by just creating a sandcastle together on your next vacation!

While there are many other fun things that you can do for free in the area, these are the few we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your next family vacation to visit this summer, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family and hear all about the fun things you did!