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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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                                                                                                      Great condo on a quiet stretch of the beach

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                                                                                                      My family of five stayed for a week at this property, and thoroughly enjoyed the stay. The condo sits on the south edge of Kure Beach, which is a bit less crowded than areas further north. We had plenty of space to spread out on the wide beach without much distraction. Sunrises are beautiful, and the deck overlooking the beach was a great place to spend the late evenings watching the moon over the ocean. The amenities were just what we needed: laundry, full kitchen, and two bathrooms. The pool across the street gave my kids an alternative to the salt water, and we used that several times. The condo is a 30-minute walk up the beach to several bars and restaurants, and just minutes away by car. If we vacation in Kure Beach again, we'll certainly rent this condo.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Happy House is AMAZING & a HIDDEN GEM!!!

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                                                                                                      My family and I decided to head to the beach last minute after seeing that the weather was going to be beautiful. We were searching for a pet friendly house and happened to luck out that "Happy House" in Kure Beach was available during our requested dates. I had contacted Kristen and within an hour she called me back and set up a reservation for us to head down the same day! We had an instant connection and she was such a pleasure to work with. It also really meant a lot that she was open to us bringing our little pug with us. She sent us a bunch of links to local info for researching on the car ride down, which was GREAT to start getting ideas. As soon as we got to the house, we were sooooo impressed! It was sparkling clean and I felt like I stepped into an episode of HGTV! Kristen has impeccable taste and spared no expense with making this house absolutely beautiful and cozy. She told us that all we needed to bring was our clothes and beach towels! She was RIGHT...the house was stocked w/ great smelling shampoo, conditioner, body soap, hand soap, TP, paper towels and K-cups. My 11 yr. old. daughter was so excited to finally get a chance to make coffee in a Keurig! We would make coffee each morning and relax in the beautiful sunroom as we planned our day. As for supplies, Kristen has you covered....there are a bunch of beach chairs and a super cool wagon to pull all of your supplies down to the beach! One of our favorite touches was that there were bikes to ride! We had so much fun riding down to Ft. Fisher in the evenings.... it was a special touch that created lasting memories! The beach is super close... just a short 4-5 minute walk... there are also some great restaurants, a fun arcade, and an ice cream stand within walking distance. I highly recommend heading to Big Daddy's and sitting on the porch near the fountain to try some fried pickles and a drink! Also, check out the muscles at Freddie's...they are AMAZING! Make sure to head to Ft. Fisher one evening close to sunset...it is so beautiful and QUIET! You will feel like you are on an island all your own! One of my fave parts of the trip was meeting Kristen. She was so nice, hospitable, and we ended up becoming virtual friends! She takes great care of her guests! We started a hashtag on instagram for Happy House while we were there...... make sure to tag your memories to share w/ others and check out some pics by searching #HappyHouseKB We will be back!!
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
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                                                                                                      Gorgeous Home, Incredible Owner, Your Perfect Vacation

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                                                                                                      We had a wonderful, summer family reunion in this beautiful, modern, quiet, beachfront home that is on one of the most beautiful beaches in the U.S. Not only is this house fully equipped with everything you might need, the owner, Kerri, goes above and beyond to ensure you have a wonderful vacation and anticipates anything you might think you need, want or desire. Kerri, thank you for your warmth, generosity, thoughtfulness and availability. In the many years we have used VRBO, this home and owner are clearly the best experience we have ever had. Thank you!
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