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Experience the best of North Carolina in Holden Beach

Adventure-seeking travelers will love Holden Beach. To one side you have the Atlantic Ocean, where you can learn to surf or experience some of the best fishing in North Carolina; and on the other, you have the picturesque Intracoastal Waterway; perfect for a relaxing kayaking trip with the family. You’ll find a wealth of attractions and nature preserves close to Holden Beach vacation rentals, like Green Swamp Preserve, where you can spot an abundance of flora and fauna; everything from the Venus flytrap to the American alligator.

Things to do

Family-friendly fun in Holden Beach

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is a fantastic place to learn all about the coast of North Carolina. A variety of exhibits explores life both on the coast and in the ocean, and there is a touch tank which kids especially will love. Admission also gives you a discount to the nearby Ingram Planetarium, which puts on a range of fun and interactive educational shows. Close to Holden Beach lies the Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson State Historic Site—a must-see attraction for anyone with an interest in colonial and civil war history.


Hit the waves in Holden Beach

For a fun day out, try your hand at surfing or paddleboarding. The Carolina School of Surf offers private and group lessons, suitable for both beginners and intermediates. For something a bit more laidback, take a relaxing trip down the Intracoastal Waterway—a great place to join a kayaking or canoeing tour. One advantage of Holden Beach vacation rentals is that you’ll have your own kitchen; the perfect place to cook up a delicious meal with food you’ve caught yourself. Charter a private fishing trip for you and your family, and you’ll be cooking up your catch of the day in no time.


Sun, sand, and adventure in Holden Beach

Winter can be very cold in Holden Beach, with temperatures averaging around 45 degrees from December through January, and during this quieter part of the year, some attractions are closed or have restricted hours. Book Holden Beach vacation rentals during the summer months—June through August—for the best beach-going weather, with temperatures that average between 75-80 degrees. Holden Beach gets a fair amount of rain throughout the year, so visit in April or October to enjoy the driest months of the year, when you’ll still be able to enjoy comfortable temperatures.

Natural features

Explore the stunning island of Holden Beach

Holden Beach is an island positioned along the coast of North Carolina. Expect amazing views as you look out across the Atlantic Ocean and a good chance of seeing dolphins frolicking in the surf. The Intracoastal Waterway not only provides fun activities to partake in, but also the chance to see wildlife like sea turtles during the warmer months. The beautiful beach of Holden Beach is clean and safe, and has even been voted the best family beach in the U.S.A.

Where to stay around Holden Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,248 vacation rentals near Holden Beach. From 1,602 Houses to 68 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Holden Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Holden Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Holden Beach:

  • Long Beach: 1,035 vacation rentals
  • Sea Trail: 171 vacation rentals
  • Cape Fear Station: 46 vacation rentals
  • Tranquil Harbour: 896 vacation rentals
  • The Hammocks: 128 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Holden Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Holden Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Holden Beach: 1,581 vacation rentals
  • Ocean Isle Beach: 1,124 vacation rentals
  • Cherry Grove Pier: 9,010 vacation rentals
  • Oak Island Lighthouse: 3,139 vacation rentals
  • The Reserve Golf Club at St. James Plantation: 3,365 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Holden Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Holden Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,602 Houses in Holden Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Holden Beach include:

  • Cottages: 68 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 527 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 68 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Holden Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,044 vacation rentals with pool available in Holden Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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