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Stay in Rental Houses at Holden Beach

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.

Beaches

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.

Outdoor Activities

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.

Events

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:

  • Bopple Race: This entertaining race takes place in October on the beach.
  • Holiday Market: Held in October at the Shallotte Farmers Market.
  • Brunswick Islands Home & Garden Show: Learn about the best plants to grow in an oceanfront landscape and how to make your own little oasis along the coast.

Weather

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.

How to Get There

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.

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                                                                                                      Recent Kure Beach Reviews

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                                                                                                      This was our first trip to Kure Beach and we can't wait to go back. Scott's condo was just right for us. The location was perfect - right on the beach and directly across the street from the rec center. We watched the sunset every night from just down the street. The ferry to Southport is only a couple miles away, as is the Aquarium and the Fort Fisher activities. The condo is spacious and comfortable. There are some incredible restaurants less than two miles away (we went to Jack Mackeral's three times and the Kure Beach Diner twice). We spent a lot of time in the chairs on the balcony (the ones in the pictures), dining, reading and enjoying the ocean. Scott went out of his way to make sure we were enjoying our stay. We would not hesitate to stay there again, and hope to do so soon!
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                                                                                                      Happy House=PERFECT!

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                                                                                                      Thank you so much for sharing your Happy Home with us!! Everything about the home was perfect. The location, the size, the cleanliness, everything!! I couldn't have picked a more perfect place. Not only was the Happy Home perfect but the owner, Kristen, is definitely my sister from a another mother!! LOL! Thank you for your kindness, your sweet texts and the new (though I feel like I've known you all my life) friendship. Me, Scott and Tiffany dog can't wait to meet you in person!! So yes, I would definitely recommend the Happy House because it really is PERFECT!!
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                                                                                                      • Stayed: Sep 2016

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                                                                                                      Rating Details: The property manager was more than helpful. The vacation rental was very clean. I was very happy with the location. I was satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: We are a family of five with kids 9,7 and 5. We have stayed in Virginia Beach, Surf City, NC and now Kure Beach. We love the NC coast and the weather was Great for our stay. The condo is right on the beach and the deck views were awesome. The beach is quiet and the waves are fun for the kids. Downtown Kure and Carolina Beach were fun at night for the family. Plenty of great places to eat any meal. Make sure to try Kate's Pancake House and Big Daddy's. Two pools on the property, one inside and the other outside. Good option for the kids. The unit is older and updating was marginal. I think if the kids were any older the unit would be too small for 5 people. There were some large bugs in the unit that I called the management company about but in the end they were no help and did not call back with a solution. Talked to another renter on the beach and they said they found a few more than we encountered. Maybe that time of the season. Would definitely return to Kure Beach in the future.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Aug 2016