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

Young couple enjoying beer and sunset in a beach bar

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.

3 Best Places to Eat Breakfast at in Holden Beach

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Do you and your family have a vacation booked to Holden Beach this year? If you do, allow us to share our top 3 picks to grab breakfast from while on vacation. Staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals will allow you and your family to be close to some of these great restaurants. Let’s look below at where we think are the three best places to eat breakfast on Holden Beach.   

The Scoop

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If you’re on the hunt for a good bagel shop near Holden Beach, then look no further. The Scoop is in Supply, NC, and has some fantastic items on its menu. There is something for everyone, from the classic cinnamon raisin & plain bagels to their sundried tomato and jalapeno cheddar ones. You can also get a bagel sandwich, burritos, and waffles for breakfast. They also serve lunch daily, giving you a break from the beach and sun to enjoy some time together. Don’t miss out on this fantastic restaurant on your next trip to Holden Beach.

Archibald’s Deli

Archibald’s Deli is another excellent location where you can grab breakfast in Holden Beach. While they do have a small breakfast menu, it’s still one that we had to mention. From getting to dine on some sandwiches, you can also enjoy croissant sandwiches and fresh items from the bakery. And if you’re in the mood for a few other things during the day, you need to check out the rest of their menu. Think of the food you’ll get to taste before heading home from vacation.

Macie & Ethel’s

southern breakfast complete with waffles, eggs, bacon, orange juice and grits

One of the best places to get breakfast at Holden Beach is Macie & Ethel’s. This is a southern kitchen restaurant, and we can tell you it’s a favorite among our guests. Located in the heart of Holden Beach is where you’ll find this quaint restaurant to grab a bite to eat with the family. Some of the items you will find on this menu are fried green tomatoes, brunch with eggs, bacon, pancakes, etc. Think of the fun your family will have at this restaurant while getting that great southern hospitality.

While there are many other places to grab breakfast or coffee, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next stay with us in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals, call us. We can’t wait to hear what restaurant your favorite for breakfast was while on your family vacation to Holden Beach!

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!

Spend Thanksgiving in Holden Beach this Year

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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

Spend Thanksgiving in Holden Beach this Year

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

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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 in Holden Beach and nearby towns will be hosting their own Thanksgiving Day dinners. Some of those restaurants are The Boundary House in Calabash, Ports of Call in Southport 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

Spend Thanksgiving in Holden Beach this Year

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!

Fun Things to Do this 4th of July on your Holden Beach Vacation



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

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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

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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!

Family-Friendly Adventures in Holden Beach

Family-Friendly Adventures in Holden Beach

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.

Jet Skiing

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

Family-Friendly Adventures in Holden Beach

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!

Horseback Riding

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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!

What To Do When It Rains On Your Beach Vacation



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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
    10 Things to Do When it Rains on Vacation
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 
    10 Things to Do When it Rains on Vacation
  5. 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. 
    10 Things to Do When it Rains on Vacation
  6. Bowling, Arcades & Mini-GolfPlanet 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. 
    10 Things to Do When it Rains on Vacation
  7. 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.
    10 Things to Do When it Rains on Vacation
  8. 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.

Plan Your 2021 Family Vacation Today

Plan Your 2019 Family Vacation Today

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.

Budget Time

Plan Your 2019 Family Vacation Today

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.

Vacation Rental

Plan Your 2019 Family Vacation Today

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

Plan Your 2019 Family Vacation Today

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!

4 Reasons You Should Book a Holden Beach Vacation Today

4 Reasons You Should Book a Holden Beach Vacation Today

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

4 Reasons You Should Book a Holden Beach Vacation Today

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.

Reduce Stress

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

4 Reasons You Should Book a Holden Beach Vacation Today

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!

Don’t Miss These Fun Events Happening in October

Don’t Miss These Fun Events Happening in October

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

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

39th Annual North Carolina Oyster 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!