Your Bucket List

For nearly 100 years, families near and far have come to love the community known as Holden Beach. As one of three barrier islan

Your Bucket List

For nearly 100 years, families near and far have come to love the community known as Holden Beach. As one of three barrier islands located on the southern coast of North Carolina, Holden Beach has welcomed visitors to enjoy the natural environment and good old southern hospitality.

Here's our Holden Beach Bucket List.  What will be on yours ?



We welcome you to a lifestyle of serenity at  
Holden Beach
Holden Beach is a gem of a vacation destination. Accommodating a world of outdoor sports and interests, with crystal clear beaches that are uncrowded even during the busiest summer days, the island was recently ranked as one of the top family friendly beaches in the country.
An ideal launching point for boating, kayaking, fishing, surfing, and any number of sandy and salty past times, Holden Beach is a nationally acclaimed barrier island that is a perfect escape for families who want to throw on the flip flops, spread out the beach towel, and enjoy the laid-back, coastal scene.

Plan an Adventure Day

Location. Location. Location !  
Holden Beach is close to Wilmington NC and Myrtle Beach NC.  Both boast plentiful shopping, and lots of fun adventures within an hour’s drive from Holden Beach.
Enjoy a show at one of the many venues such as Carolina Opry, tour the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington followed by dinner on the Riverwalk, visit Historic Southport, enjoy an ecological wonderland at the Shallotte River aerial adventure park, explore our local lighthouses, check out the events at Ingram Planetarium. Jet Ski, Kayak, Wind-Surf, Boogie-Board, Enroll in Surfing School. There’s so much to do in the Holden Beach area. 
We’ve got a lengthy list of age-appropriate suggestions.  Ask us ! 
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Take a Day Trip


There are over 125 superb golf courses within a one-hour drive from Holden Beach. Courses range from very challenging to those that are more fun for the higher-handicap golfers . The Myrtle Beach area is perhaps the best region in the United States to find a course just right.

Few oceanfront sights are as well-loved as a Boardwalk teaming with families, cotton candy, hot dogs, and amusement park rides.
Nothing says “summer” quite like a visit to Myrtle Beach’s seaside boardwalk.  Along with 1.2 miles of walkable boardwalk, the downtown Myrtle Beach area is home to tons of great shops, restaurants, hotels, rides, attractions, and entertainment. Known as “the heart of Myrtle Beach,” the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Entertainment District has something for people of all ages to enjoy




Try Your Hand at Saltwater Fishing

Whether it’s fishing from the pier, beach, or deep-sea fishing you’re interested in, Holden is the place to be.  Anglers will find plenty of opportunities to reel in a big catch at the Holden Beach Pier. With ample room, even in the height of the summer tourist season, the Holden Beach Fishing Pier will inspire any angler to get off the beach chair, grab the rods and reels, and start casting.

Or, go for the max adventure on a fishing charter, either for inshore angling or for a deep-water experience in waters as far out as the Gulf Stream. Holden Beach’s Charter Boat Captains are dedicated to offering the best fishing experience possible to experienced fishermen or those who have always wanted to try deep sea fishing! Full-day, 1/2-day and shorter sport fishing excursions are available.  

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Explore Nature 

With plenty to see and do such as fishing along the pier, watching the sea turtles in their natural habitat, seeking the perfect seashell, or simply lounging in the sand, Holden Beach is the not just a tranquil vacation destination but a location that embraces and understands nature.

The island is a sea turtle habitat and during the hatching season (May to October) those who don’t mind staying up late at night can witness one of nature’s most interesting pleasures – watching hundreds of small sea turtles "boil’ out of the sand and marching to the ocean.

Interested in more local nightlife? Head to the beach. One of the most popular after dark activities is ghost crab hunting, and all a prospective hunter needs to participate is a flashlight and a love of the great outdoors. Take a nocturnal expedition of your own and introduce yourself to these skittish but abundant local natives.

Make connections with the natural world at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Wake to a beautiful misty sunrise, let your footprints be the first of the day. Toast the brilliant colors of a perfect sunset.  Explore.  Experience.  Appreciate.        




Make Special Family Memories

Ranked by National Geographic's TRAVELER Magazine as one of the country's top 10 family beaches, the appeal for the island comes from its' quiet position between the port city of Wilmington, NC and the bustling scene of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Make plans to take the Olden Holden Bike Tour! The tour consists of three different bike routes, totaling approximately 20 miles, each with its own special beauty and history. Along the routes, you will find numbered signs, which signify special points of interest.

Boating, fishing, jogging and hiking the island are very popular activities. Shell hunters can find so many that the kids will fill up the car when they pack to return home.