Can you believe that the 4th of July is just around the corner? And we know that you must be getting excited to spend time at the beach. This year many of the fun things are coming back so your family can enjoy your vacation. Staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals will keep your family close to the action. Let’s look below at what fun things are happening around the area this 4th of July.
NC 4th of July Festival & Fireworks
The NC 4th of July Festival & Fireworks are typically held in Southport, NC, but many of the events will be happening on Oak Island this year. Start the 4-day festival head on over to Oak Island to celebrate their Beach Day on July 1st. This will include a full day of games, food, and entertainment that begins at 8:00 am. Fireworks will start at 9:00 pm over at the Oak Island Pier, where everyone will be able to social distance. On Saturday and Sunday, you can experience the Red, White & Blue Car Show, a tradition for many to attend, and many other things that day. The Fireworks display will conclude a wonderful Holliday weekend from the Oak Island pier and be seen for miles, and you don’t want to miss that.
Ocean Isle Beach 4th of July Parade
Another fun event that is happening nearby is the 4th of July Parade at nearby Ocean Isle Beach. Beginning at 3:00 pm, you’ll be able to see the fun decorated golf carts, cars, bikes, and more head down past the Coastal Museum and down 2nd Street. This is a tradition that many families love to sit back and watch. The Ocean Isle Beach fireworks display on July 6th this year. This is a free event that your family can attend and think of the fun you’ll have to spend with the ones you love.
Day at the Beach
If you’re looking for something to do a little more low-key, then head to the beach for the day. Pack the cooler full of drinks, water, and snacks for everyone to enjoy. Pack lunch for the day, and be sure to have enough snacks, sunscreen, and beach toys for everyone. Hunt the sand for the perfect spot, set up the umbrella, beach chairs, and towels. Then just sit back and relax as you allow the kids to play in the sand and on the shoreline. Just have a good time spending your time together on this 4th of July trip to Holden Beach this year!
While there are many other fun things that you can do this 4th of July in the area, we wanted to share these with you. Book your next trip to stay with us in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals today. We can’t wait to hear all about your trip and how you spent your 4th of July with family!
Are you and your family headed to Holden Beach for a vacation soon? If the answer is yes, then we must tell you all about the family-friendly adventures that you can try in the area. From water-sports to checking out a lighthouse, there is something for the whole family. Staying with us in one of our Holden Beach vacation homes will keep your family close to where the fun is at. Let’s look below at a few of the family-friendly adventures in Holden Beach.
Have you ever tried something new that is fun and exciting with the kids before? We can tell you that finding things that even the teens in the family can be a little challenging when on vacation. But head over to Holden Beach Watersports and do something that you’ve never done before, rent a few jet skis. Your family can rent each jet ski for either ½ an hour or 1 hour and be sure to bring your camera with you. Of course, you don’t want to forget your swimsuits, towels, shades, and sunscreen before your time on the water. What a great new memory that every family can do when you visit the area!
All Hands-on Deck
Another fun day is heading to Wilmington for a quick trip onboard the Battleship North Carolina. This is a wonderful day trip and even a great educational trip too that all families love to check out. What was once used in combat during World War II is now a great local attraction that many loves to climb aboard. Here your family can step back in time as they learn of the history of the ship and become part of the crew for the day. Then when finished exploring the ship for the day, head over across the bridge and check out the waterfront of Downtown Wilmington. Don’t let this adventure slip by as your family can learn all about the Battleship North Carolina!
Old Baldy Lighthouse
Many locals who love to try something new with their own family is heading over to Bald Head Island for the day. Here is where your family can check out Old Baldy Lighthouse which is located on Bald Head Island. To be able to access the island you will have to take the Ferry over to it and there are many things you can do while there. Not only can you check out the oldest lighthouse, but you can also take a tour. No matter what you find to do on the island, you will want to be sure to bring with you a backpack, sunscreen, hats for everyone in the family and a camera. This is where new memories are made forever, and your family will want to do this every year!
Another great option that you and your family can do is head on over to Grayce Wynds Farm Wild Horse Preserve in Supply, NC. This Wild Horse Preserve is one of the best ones on the coast of North Carolina and offers many people different experiences. From their farm tour to taking a day long ride to the Rachel Carson Reserve, there is something for everyone. Many times during the year they will offer different events that you can experience too. Be sure to contact the Grayce Wynds Wild Horse Preserve before heading over for your day of fun.
There are many other fun adventures that your family can do while you vacation to Holden Beach, but these are the few we thought you’d like. If you still haven’t made your Holden Beach vacation home reservation yet, now is the time. We can’t wait to see your family on your next family adventure to Holden Beach!
Nobody expects it to rain on their vacation so most people don’t plan for it. If you don’t have a list of ideas of things to do during inclement weather you’re going to be sitting in your vacation rental with nothing to do but watch tv. We have a list of 8 super ideas for things you and your family can do if it rains on your vacation while you’re in Holden Beach North Carolina.
Bring the Movies to You – Redbox offers unlimited movies that you can rent and watch right in your vacation rental. Pick up a half dozen or so and spend binge-watching while relaxing. You will find two Redbox Kiosks at the Walgreens on 1138 Sabbath Home Rd. SW in Holden Beach.
Walk in the Rain – As long as there’s no lightning or thunder in the area, grab an umbrella, put on flip flops, and go for a walk along the beach. Location: Just outside your door.
Visit an Art Gallery – The Kd Morris Art Gallery & Wine Shop is where you’ll find an eclectic assortment of fine art, jewelry, pottery and other collectibles made by regional artists along with boutique wines from around the world. Location: 3422 Holden Beach Rd., Holden Beach.
Check out the Museum of Coastal Carolina – The Museum of Coastal Carolina has many themed galleries with outstanding dioramas and exhibits about the natural history, environment, and culture of the Coastal Carolinas. Special programs held daily. Location: 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach. Right now they have limited hours so be sure to check their website before heading over for the day.
Ingram Planetarium is where you can experience Laser Light & Music Shows, free science-related programs, learn about the prehistoric adventure of sea monsters, and enjoy star shows. Location: 7625 High Market Street, Sunset Beach, NC. Right now they do have limited hours so be sure to check their website before heading over for the day.
Bowling, Arcades & Mini-Golf – Planet Fun offers 32 lanes for bowling, laser tag, indoor mini-golf, jungle gym, bounce house and more! Location: 349 Whiteville Road, Shallotte, NC. Please note that right now they are operating at 50% capacity so if you can get in immediately just be patient.
Broadway at the Beach – There is something for everyone here and you’re guaranteed to spend an entire and part of the evening staying occupied with shopping, dining in a large assortment of restaurants, and enjoying amusements such as MagiQuest, Ripley’s Aquarium, Palace Theatre, WonderWorks and so much more! Location: 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC.
Barefoot Landing – More than 100 shops and restaurants for the whole family’s enjoyment. There’s plenty to see and do including a reptile park, live music, and a carousel. Attractions include Alligator Adventure, House of Blues, Alabama Theatre, and so much more! Location: 4898 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC.
We want you to make the most of your vacation whether the weather is beautiful or it’s pouring rain. If you’ve been considering a move to the area, there’s nothing like a few rainy days to get vacationers perusing the local real estate. Get in touch with us at Holden Beach Vacations if you’d like to look at properties now or in the future.
2021 will be here in a little over a month and it’s time to plan your 2021 family vacation. The temperatures may be cold right now, but soon it will be perfect vacation weather. Take advantage of planning your next family vacation to Holden Beach early to get the most out of your vacation. It’s always nice to have your Holden Beach vacation planned early so you can enjoy it.
The first thing that you will want to get a handle on is your budget. Planning any vacation can take a lot of time, but if you know what you can afford it will help. With a little bit of budgeting and knowing when you would like to go can take a bit of financial stress away. To get things started, have a family meeting to see what the family would like to do on vacation. For example, if you’d like to do a few activities and dine out, add that to your budget. Purchasing gift certificates before you leave on vacation will help keep you on track. You will have a peace of mind knowing that you can relax while on vacation rather than stressing.
One of the many advantages of booking your next family vacation to Holden Beach now is the choices you have to choose from. With many different vacation rentals to choose from you will be able to find the perfect one. No matter what kind of rental you are searching for, we have the right location for you. Here are a few other advantages you have booking with us over a hotel:
Location – We are able to offer you more options in a home than a hotel can. Whether you’d like an oceanfront home, second row home, pet-friendly home, we have them for you. You won’t get the “standard” view as you would from a hotel room.
Kitchens – All of our vacation homes offer you the perfect kitchen for your vacation needs. From small kitchens to large kitchens, you will be able to prepare and cook your meals here for your family.
Size – When you vacation, we understand that size does matter for your family. We wouldn’t want you all to be in one room, so finding a home that can accommodate everyone is just what you will get.
Amenities – Many of our homes have pools, hot tubs, grills, and other fun things for you to do. Vacationing in a home much more pleasant than a hotel room and you still can enjoy the fun.
Plan Your Actitivies
Many families like to plan their activities out before they even book their vacations. Sometimes your plans can change if it rains, so always remember to make a backup plan. There are so many different activities that you and the family can enjoy while you vacation. From heading over to Magic Mountain to enjoying some mini golf, there is something for everyone. And we are about 45 minutes from North Myrtle Beach if you’d like to try a few restaurants there. Being prepared for your vacation can help you and your family enjoy it a little more.
Now that you and your family have come up with a plan, it’s time to book your 2021 vacation. With the ease of booking your vacation online, we want to help make this vacation the best it can be. If you should need any help with booking your vacation, please contact one of our Vacation Specialists today at 800-842-6949. We hope that your family will be able to find the perfect Holden Beach vacation rental today for your next vacation!
Are you and your family looking to escape life at home this holiday season? If you are, let us share with you why you need to spend Thanksgiving in Holden Beach this year. Staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals will allow you and your family to spend more time together. Let’s look below at how you and your family can enjoy your holiday week here in Holden Beach.
Room for Everyone
One of the best benefits of staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals is knowing there is room for everyone. We have large enough homes to bring the whole family, including the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. All of our homes have full kitchens that, if you choose to cook Thanksgiving Dinner at your vacation rental, you can. From families with pools to staying in an oceanfront room, we have just the right vacation home for you to stay in.
Go Out for Dinner
Since you will be on vacation, then instead of worrying about cooking Thanksgiving Day dinner this year, let someone else do the cooking for you. Many local restaurants here in Holden Beach and nearby towns will be hosting their own Thanksgiving Day dinners. Some of those restaurants are The Boundary House in Calabash, and Causeway Gourmet will serve Thanksgiving Dinner in the area. Just think of not having to clean up after Thanksgiving Dinner this year.
Relax & Enjoy
Another great reason you should spend Thanksgiving in Holden
Beach this year is to relax and enjoy your vacation. The beaches will have
plenty of space for you and your family to go and enjoy the sand. While you can’t
get into the water because it will be a little too chilly for you, the weather
will be the perfect temp for you to get a little sun. Be sure to bring still
your umbrellas, beach chairs, sunblock, and toys for the kids to build their
sandcastles for the day. Relax back at your vacation rental by watching a few
movies or playing some board games together. The options are endless when you visit
Holden Beach for Thanksgiving this year.
While there are many other reasons why you should take your vacation to Holden Beach this Thanksgiving, we wanted to share these with you. IF you haven’t booked your Thanksgiving Day vacation yet, give us a call today. We can’t wait to hear about your memories that you have made this holiday season with us at Holden Beach Vacations!
Fall has arrived on the North Carolina Coast but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy the warm sun, sand and the crisp air. Coming to Holden Beach during the fall months can be just as exciting as coming to the beach during the summer months. The beaches aren’t as crowded, and you can still have a great time with the kids. Staying in one of our Dog Friendly vacation rentals will keep your family together for some new memories to be made.
Spend More Time Outdoors
During the fall, the days are filled with school, work and going back and forth with the kids to activities. Coming to the beach during the fall will allow your family to go gadget free and enjoy more time outside. The beach is a great place where you and the family can enjoy the great outdoors by doing a few new things you’ve never done. A few of the things you can take advantage of in the area are the Battleship North Carolina, Fort Fisher State Historic Park and the NC Maritime Museum in Southport.
Celebrate a Holiday or Special Occasion
Celebrating a holiday or special occasion is another way
that you should book a vacation to Holden Beach. A few of the holidays that are
coming up are Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s which are all a great
reason to visit the area. Many of the local restaurants have special menus for
Thanksgiving Day dinners and even Christmas dinners. Celebrating these special
times with the family can become a new tradition for vacationing at Holden
Beach for years to come.
Did you know that when you go on vacation to the beach it
can help reduce stress? Vacationing is a great way that you can reduce stress
in your life. Many families who go on vacation may find that if they leave
their work at home and let go of using computers or handheld devices for the
week. This in return will allow them to relax, enjoy life and enjoy the quality
time they get having the week off of work. When they go back home and back to
work, they don’t seem so stressed out and they can enjoy life as usual.
Family Time is Important
Spending time with the family is very important for any
family. Often times at home it’s hard to get away from work, school or
activities to spend some quality time together. Vacations are important to all
families as they are able to relax and decompress from life at home. Spending the
day at the beach, watching the kids play in the sand and build castles and
while the parents are joining in. Just relax, let the kids have a good time and
enjoy time spent together will allow you to spend quality time together.
There are many other reasons why you should book a vacation
to Holden Beach today, but these are just a few reasons we thought you’d like.
If you still haven’t booked your next vacation to stay in one of our Holden
Beach Dog Friendly vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you
and your family on your next vacation as you sit back and relax!
Are you and your family taking a vacation to the Southern Coast of North Carolina in October? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you about the fun events that are happening locally. Staying in one of our Condo rentals will keep you and your family close to where the fun is happening. Let’s look below at some of the fun events that are happening during the month of October on the coast.
39th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival
The North Carolina Oyster Festival is well known to many who visit the area during the fall months. This is the 39th year that the festival has been going on and you won’t want to miss it this year. The North Carolina Oyster Festival is being hosted in Ocean Isle Beach which is just a short drive from Holden Beach on October 19th & 20th. There will be plenty of things that everyone in the family can enjoy such as arts & crafts, live entertainment and of course the one reason to visit, oysters. This is a festival that you will want to return to year after year for the amazing things you can enjoy at the 39th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival!
Boo at the Beach
If you have kids in your family, then this event is for you.
The Town of Holden Beach is hosting “Boo at the Beach” this year and it’s an
event your kids are going to love. Happening on Saturday, October 19th
at the Pavilion is where you can bring the family for some trick or treating
fun. This event is from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and is fun for everyone in the
family. Some of the fun things that will be happening at the event is carnival games
and candy. And to help make the day even better is they will be providing a
Free 5K Color Run beginning at 9:00 am. What a great day of fun to spend and
make new memories with the family together with joining in this fun event!
Fun Day at Sunset at Sunset Festival
Sunset Beach is hosting their very own fall festival this
year called “Sunset at Sunset Festival”. This is a community block party with
many local vendors and locals who like to celebrate fall at the beach. You can
get several things from this festival from food to live music there is
something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Plus you will be able to get
several different arts & crafts from local vendors to give as a gift or you
can keep them to remember this fun trip. This even will be happening on October
5th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Don’t miss this fun day spending it
with friends and family.
No matter what kind of event you’re looking for on your next family vacation, we can tell you these events above you won’t want to miss. If you haven’t booked your next family vacation to Holden Beach this October, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you make new memories together by joining in the fun events happening locally!
Do you and your family have a vacation planned to Holden Beach soon? Spending as much time with the kids while on your vacation can help you make new memories. Staying in one of our Oceanfront vacation rentals will keep your family close to the surf and sand. We have come up with a few beach activities that the whole family can enjoy below.
Build a Sandcastle Fort
Building a sandcastle is what many families love to do
together but why not do something a little different. You and your family can
build a sandcastle fort and make it fun for everyone. Grab the buckets and shovels
and little sandcastle molds and make a fort like nothing you’ve ever seen
before. Be sure to add a mote around the fort and add plenty of water to it.
This is a great way to make new memories with the family and something fun for
Hopscotch in the Sand
Play a classic hopping game with the family by the shore.
Use a piece of driftwood or a stick to draw the blogs along with their numbers.
You can use seashells as markers, and you can hop along the shore and play this
fun game. The sand may be a little hot so be sure to wear flip-flops or water
shoes to keep your feet from burning. What a great new tradition to play with
the family on your next vacation.
Bowling in the Sand
Enjoy a fun game of bowling to the beach by creating your
own bowling alley in the sand. Bring a small ball to the beach, draw the lane
with a stick and dig 10 holes in the shape of a triangle. After you have your
bowling alley made, it will be time to play a nice round or two of bowling with
the family on the beach. This can be played at any time of the day as your kids
get to enjoy bowling on their own lane, they made themselves.
Build a “Snowman” from Sand
While it’s not quite time for the cold and snow, but you can
still build a snowman from sand. With a bucket, sand, shovel and some ocean
water, you have all the items to build the perfect snowman. To add the finishing
touches to your snowman, have the kids collect shells and driftwood to add as
the face and arms. Be sure to have loads of fun and take as many pictures as
you can to capture the memories.
Build a Fort
Building forts or tents at home in the living room is always
fun for everyone, but why not bring that idea to the beach. Bring a small
blanket, sheet or a few good towels down on the beach along with some chairs.
Then help build a tent or fort on the beach and let the kid’s imaginations run
wild. This can be a great way to give the kids a little shade while enjoying
the sun and the sand.
There are many more fun family activities that you can do on the beach together, but these are just a few we’d share. If you haven’t made your reservations for your next family vacation to Holden Beach, check out our Oceanfront vacation rentals today. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you make new memories in Holden Beach!
Are you and your family vacationing to Holden Beach for the 4th of July celebrations? If the answer is yes, then you will be in for a treat here in Brunswick County. Many families love to come to Holden Beach every year to celebrate the fun holiday with their friends and family. Staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals can help you save money and still have the whole family stay with you. Let’s take a look at what some of the fun things that you and your family can do while you stay with us below.
4th of July Celebration in Ocean Isle Beach
Head over to Ocean Isle Beach on Thursday, July 4th
where you and your family can watch the 4th of July Parade that will
be held at 10:00 am. Here you will be able to see the spectacular decorated floats,
golf carts, bicycles and more in which will be judged and awarded a prize. If you are in search of fireworks while you
are vacationing with us, then head over to Ocean Isle Beach Pier on July 3rd.
Don’t miss the fun that Ocean Isle Beach has to offer you on your next family vacation
to Holden Beach.
Southport 4th of July Festival
Every year the City of Southport has a wonderful 4th
of July celebration that begins on July 1st and ending on July 4th,
2019. Here you and your family will be able to enjoy several different things
such as the Flag Raising Ceremony, Veteran’s Recognition Ceremony and so much
more. There will be plenty of things for the kids to do as there will be
entertainment, games and even a pancake breakfast. Make visiting this festival
for years to come as there is something for everyone to celebrate!
Wilmington has some great fireworks display that you don’t want to miss this year. There are many different places where you and your family can sit down and relax to watch the annual 4th of July fireworks. One of the best places to sit and watch them would be at Battleship Park or even on the deck of the historic Battleship North Carolina. Bring a blanket or towel to sit down and enjoy the amazing display. Another great place to watch them is Riverfront Park near downtown. The fireworks will begin around 9:00 pm so come downtown and grab a quick bite to eat and go grab yourself a nice spot by the waterfront to watch the fireworks display. What a fun evening to spend in nearby Wilmington with the family.
While there are many other fireworks displays going on July 4th, these are the ones we thought you’d enjoy. If you still haven’t found a place to stay for your vacation, then check out some of these Holden Beach vacation rentals today. We look forward to seeing you and your family on your next vacation.
While summer doesn’t officially start until June, a certain guest starts checking in for oceanfront stays as early as May 1st. Each year, hundreds of loggerhead sea turtles come to the shores of Holden Beach and the other Brunswick Islands to lay their nests and eggs, which will hatch sometime before October 31st. And when you stay in one of our oceanfront Holden Beach rentals, you may have the opportunity to see a nest or even a turtle.
Holden Beach Sea Turtle Nesting Season
Many of the local residents’ love turtle nesting season not only for the warm weather, but also because it means that they’ll start seeing their favorite quests roaming the beaches. Turtle nesting season in Holden Beach starts on May 1st and ends on October 31st each year and is the one of the most magical times to be on the North Carolina coast. Female sea turtles only leave the water to lay nests once every two or three years, and will lay anywhere from two to seven nests per season. Each nest will contain about 120 eggs, however many of them will not actually hatch.
How to Find Sea Turtle Nests on Holden Beach
The first thing that you should know about finding sea turtles and sea turtle nests on Holden Beach is that you should never approach a nest, turtle, or hatchling if you come across one. Try to keep a safe distance so that you don’t disturb the animal, and if it appears to be in distress please contact the Holden Beach Turtle Watch’s 24 hour hour emergency hotline at 910-754-0766.
Your best chance at finding a sea turtle nesting is to venture out onto the beach at night, just be sure to leave your flashlights off. Any light shining on the beach could disorient nesting turtles, and many will not lay eggs on a beach if there’s too much light pollution. Additionally, nesting loggerhead sea turtles rely on the light from the moon for navigation, and manmade light pollution can severely limit their ability to get around. If you’re staying in an oceanfront rental or are close to the beach, we ask that you turn off exterior lights at night, and do your best to keep curtains closed if lights are on inside. It may sound silly, but even the smallest amount of light can make or break sea turtle nesting season.
Holden Beach Turtle Patrol
Also known as the Holden Beach Turtle Watch program, the Turtle Patrol is a group of volunteers that help discover, monitor, and collect important data about the loggerheads that come to shore. They start making morning rounds up and down the beach starting May 1st, searching for the first of the nests. So if you happen to see someone riding a red ATV early in the morning, it’s likely the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol!
Once the Turtle Patrol has identified a nest site, they make sure that it is in a safe, ideal location. If it isn’t, then they will carefully reconstruct the nest exactly as it was made by the mother sea turtle in a better location, before safely transporting the eggs. Once the nest has been deemed safe, it is marked off and labeled for safety, and one egg is taken to have its DNA examined.
Even though we’re not members of the Turtle Patrol ourselves, we love to walk the beaches in search of these awesome creatures. In fact, we encourage all of our guests to be their own independent “turtle scout” while on vacation in Holden Beach. The best way to find hidden sea turtle nests is to look carefully for small tracks left behind by mother sea turtles. Pay careful attention to look out for two small sets of tracks, running in opposite directions to and from the sea as this is a telltale sign of loggerhead activity. Just remember to not get too close if you find one!
How You Can Help Protect Our Loggerhead Sea Turtles
The locals on Holden Beach take protecting our loggerhead sea turtles very seriously as they have made their home on our beautiful shore. To help us keep them safe and sound, here are a few rules to follow while you are vacationing to Holden Beach during turtle nesting season:
Please keep your distance from the turtles nest and the mothers who lay the eggs.
Don’t disturb the nests or the grating that are covering the nests. These grates help keep predators away from the eggs and hatchlings.
Don’t use your flashlight on your phone and don’t leave the outdoor lights on overnight at your oceanfront vacation rental. The turtles use the moonlight to help guide them to the ocean and any other lights will distract them from what they came to shore to complete.
Please clean up after your day at the beach and don’t leave any of your beach equipment on the beach overnight. This can prevent sea turtles and hatchlings from freely navigating the beach.
Please keep the beaches clean from any trash or plastic on the days you spend at the beach. We like to keep our beaches free of trash to help with the new hatchlings as much as we can.
If you see a mother who is in distress, injured or unmarked nests, please contact the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol at 910- 754-0766.
While there are many other things that you can do while on vacation to Holden Beach during the turtle nesting season, these are the most important ones we wanted to share. If you haven’t made your family vacation to Holden Beach yet, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family on your next vacation to our beautiful Holden Beach this summer!