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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

                                                                                                      Best property in the area!

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                                                                                                      This was our 3rd year at this property and we have had a wonderful time each year. Roger, the property manager, has always been wonderful to work with. It sleeps 13 comfortably. The salt water pool is absolutely wonderful! The kitchen is well supplied.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Excellent rental

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Great house, great location! Everything you need is already there. You literally could park your car and not use it again until you are ready to leave! Walk to beach/pier is 2 minutes just as stated in description of property. Will be back before the end of the year. Kristen was a pleasure to work with and more than willing to help in any way she could. Don't think twice about renting this property, you will not be disappointed.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Great place

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                                                                                                      We vacationed at this condo again this year for our anniversary. The location is perfect, right on the beach. Beautiful view of the beach and ocean. It's on the top floor, so there's no one stomping around above you. The interior was spotless and had everything we needed (except coffee filters so take your own --- we left some there for the next guests). The bed was very comfortable and we rented the linen package and there plenty of towels for just the two of us. Very handy to have a washer and dryer right in the condo. Highly recommend this condo. Fort Fisher is a great place to visit and the ferry ride to Southport made for a wonderful day.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Aug 2016