Holden Beach is a small coastal city located in the southeastern portion of North Carolina. Known for its quiet beaches, Holden Beach is also highly regarded for its freshly caught seafood and its rich maritime history that precedes the Civil War. Visitors to Holden Beach, North Carolina, can stay at houses, cottages or apartment rentals. These rental houses feature amenities including private decks and patios with ocean views, central air conditioning, full-size kitchens and hot tubs for relaxing in after a day at the beach.
Holden Beach is the name of one of three beaches belonging to the town. The other two beaches include Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach. These three beaches combined are sometimes referred to as the South Brunswick Islands, because they are separated from the mainland by the Elizabeth River. These beaches are home to loggerhead turtles from May through October, until the babies hatch and swim back to sea. The seven miles of beaches are prized by birders for the many beautiful birds, such as pelicans. If you'd like to check out the barrier islands of the state, you could drive to rental houses at Outer Banks, North Carolina, and spend a day exploring the sand dunes where the Wright brothers flew some of their early aircraft.
The coastal area of North Carolina at Holden Beach is a popular place for all types of water sports. At Ocean Isle Pier, you can purchase bait and spend an afternoon fishing along the coastline. Within a 30-minute drive of Holden Beach, there are 26 golf courses awaiting your first drive on the greens. Kite flying is a popular activity on the beaches due to the incoming winds. Many visitors enjoy combing the beaches for seashells, sand dollars and beach glass. During the spring and autumn, you may find shark teeth on the beach as well. If you don't mind a drive inland, you could hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park while staying at cabins in the High Country and Blue Ridge Mountains and take in the views of this ancient mountain range.
Holden Beach offers fun outdoor events from the spring through autumn, many of which are family-friendly. The annual Days at the Docks Festival, held each year in April, is a fun event that includes arts and crafts booths, food and colorful kites flown by the locals. The NC Festival by the Sea is held underneath the Holden Beach Bridge each year in October and features a parade, kids' games and live music. If you enjoy indie films, drive into the center of the state and stay at rental houses in Winston-Salem for a weekend during the RiverRun Film Festival, which is one of the nation's fastest growing regional independent film festivals. Other popular annual events to see include:
Holden Beach has cool winters, with January high temperatures in the mid-50s. Summertime at Holden Beach is hot, with July temperatures peaking at about 90 degrees. The best time to visit Holden Beach is in March through May, when the weather is warm and the summertime crowds have not yet arrived.
You can drive your own car or rent one and take I-17, NC-130 or NC-179 to Holden Beach. If you prefer to fly, Wilmington International Airport (ILM) is 43 miles away. Greyhound also has service into Wilmington, with two routes and multiple daily stops.