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Holden Beach

Ocean View Blvd, Holden Beach, NC
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Outstanding Family Beach

Beautiful beach with true family atmosphere, one of the Brunswick County island beaches. Highly... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Roanoke, Virginia
via mobile
Great Extended Family Vacation

After an absence of 10+ years, we returned to Holden Beach for a 2-week vacation with our children... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Rod J
Louisville, Kentucky
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  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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Ocean View Blvd, Holden Beach, NC
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful beach with true family atmosphere, one of the Brunswick County island beaches. Highly recommend shelling on island's East End at low tide. No hotels on island--rental properties only. Highly recommend Hobbs and Brunswick (Holden Beach Vacations) realty companies. Most rentals week-to-week, Saturday to Saturday...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

After an absence of 10+ years, we returned to Holden Beach for a 2-week vacation with our children and granddaughters. Although there have been a lot of new homes built on HB since we were last there, the beach itself remains relatively uncrowded. There are...More

Thank Rod J
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Took a week vacation with my teenage son. Rented the top floor of a duplex on a canal. Took kayaks and paddle boards out to the intercostal to fish for speckled trout. As of third week of June, beaches are not overcrowded and beach has...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Our family just returned from another wonderful week at the best beach on the planet and a beautiful beach house from HOBBS REALTY @ HOLDEN BEACH, NC. We are Beach vacationers and have settle on this location over the years both for it's family orientation...More

Thank John R
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Beach itself is beautiful, but the locals are some of the most miserably unpleasant people you'll ever meet. Lazy, crude, rude, and other less polite synonyms can describe the people in the area. Talking to someone at city hall makes a trip to the...More

Thank Ian H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is our first visit to this area and we are relatively happy with our visit. the beaches have TONS of shells...TONS!! We were able to be very picky about what we took back. There are several local restaurants to choose from, wish there were...More

Thank Dof4
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friends of our gave us their house in Holden Beach for a week. You guys need to relax and refresh they said. You need some time off they said. Well, this is the place for it. This is not your typical northeastern shore town with...More

1  Thank MaryLTRN
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Our family ventured to Holden Beach for spring break. We had never been there before, and we loved it. The beach was so clean and pretty. The houses seem to be well-maintained. There were several restaurants to check out and a few shops to explore....More

1  Thank Amber N
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

This old fashioned beach town has little to offer in the way of fine dining or clubs but it's not crowded nor noisy. With many canal as well as ocean front and ICW homes for rent, a family oriented vacation can be a pleasure. Ice...More

2  Thank Marcia S
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Nice clean, safe family beach. Parking is a little hard to find and there are no foot washes but other than that perfect beach. There are a couple beach restaurants which makes it handy. Usually a good beach to find shells.

2  Thank markfarner58
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Amanda P
Can you put up umbrellas/shade tents on this beach?
16 June 2017|
Response from Dof4 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can, but they must be taken in each evening. We took ours out one morning about 6:30 and half set it up. Beach patrol stopped, looked at it, but drove on.
where is this ice cream shop?
22 June 2016|
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Response from travelartgirl | Reviewed this property |
There are a couple places you can get ice cream. Pretty sure you can get it at the Italian ice place that is basically under the bridge. Also heard you can get ice cream at a little place right on the water just past the... More
How does Holden Beach compare to Sunset Beach? We've been going to Sunset for 30 years, but have heard good things about Holden.
7 February 2016|
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Response from beachloverskdh | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I have never been to Sunset beach. Holden beach is a very quiet family beach. Not much to do but enjoy the sand and surf. Shallotte offers some shopping and there are a few decent restaurants. The beach is pretty... More