: Wilmington or Myrtle Beach
: Lockwood Folly
Holden Beach has been named one of America's best family beaches. Even on the most crowded weekends, there is plenty of room. That's because there are no high-rise condos and related urban sprawl. What you find is a long, beautiful beach and the Intercoastal Waterway for swimming and boating of all types. It's also a great spot for bike riding, jogging and even turtle watching. Within a few minutes drive are several excellent golf courses including Lockwood Folly and the Fred Couples courses at Winding River Plantation. And, within less than an hour's drive are dozens more courses and all the nightlife and shopping of Myrtle Beach and Wilmington. It's also an easy drive to the famous waterfront seafood restaurants of Calabash and the old city of Southport. The island itself has several restaurants, pubs and shops. All your immediate needs as well as more restaurants are right across the bridge or in nearby Shallotte. The summer also brings numerous outdoor concerts and festivals.