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Holden-Beach is an island located in the coastal region southwest of Wilmington, in what is known as the "Brunswick Islands" area of North Carolina. After prospering in the 1920s as a commercial fishing center, Holden Beach evolved into a popular family vacation spot known for its superb offshore fishing and full-service fishing pier for both casual and professional anglers. A two-lane, elevated bridge takes visitors from the mainland to the island, where they are greeted by eleven miles of white-sand beach in a serene, subtropical climate. It's the quintessential family seaside vacation destination. You can relax on the beach, enjoy swimming, shelling, windsurfing, sailing, biking, hiking or kayaking. Ocean Blvd. has sidewalks that are perfect for walking, jogging, inline skating or bike riding. Brunswick County has a total of 37 golf courses near Holden Beach, and bumper boats, go-karts, a waterslide and putt-putt golf are just minutes away across the causeway. Holden Beach has antique shops, boutiques and galleries to browse, and fresh seafood restaurants abound. The southern coast of North Carolina has a rich historical background, as well, and history buffs will enjoy exploring the nearby charming port towns, lighthouses, forts and museums near Holden Beach.

Surrounding areas: Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina (7.9 mi), Sunset Beach, North Carolina (12.2 mi), Oak Island, North Carolina (12.7 mi), Calabash, North Carolina (15.3 mi), Southport, North Carolina (16.3 mi), Bald Head Island, North Carolina (18.4 mi), Kure Beach, North Carolina (23.5 mi)

Holden Beach Vacation Rentals

Holden Beach Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Twilight Motel4520 N Main StShallotte, NC6.2 mi.(910) 754-6801
Microtel Inn & Suites4646 East Coast LnShallotte, NC6.9 mi.(910) 755-6444
Causeway Motel12 Cswy Dr SWOcean Isle Beach, NC7.2 mi.(910) 579-9001
Comfort Inn-shallatte360 Whiteville RdShallattee, NC7.2 mi.(910) 754-3044
Holiday Inn Express Shallotte491 N Mulberry Rd NWShallotte, NC7.4 mi.(910) 754-3300
Gray Gull Motel3263 Holden BCH Rd SWSupply, NC7.5 mi.(910) 842-6775
Captains Cove Motel6401 E Oak Is DrLong Beach, NC10.7 mi.(910) 278-6026
Blue Water Point5710 57TH PL WOak Island, NC11.4 mi.(910) 278-1230
Clarion Resort At Sea Trail Plantation211 Clubhouse RdSunset Beach, NC12.1 mi.(919) 579-4350
Island Resort500 Ocean DrOak Island, NC12.9 mi.(910) 278-5644
Cape Fear Inn308 W Bay StSouthport, NC16.2 mi.(910) 457-5989
Comfort Suites4955 Southport Supply RdSouthport, NC16.3 mi.(910) 450-8111
Hampton Inn Southport5181 Southport Supply Road SESouthport, NC16.3 mi.(910) 454-0016
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites722 Hwy 17Little River, SC18.0 mi.(843) 281-9400
Sleep Inn At Harbour View909 Hwy 17 NLittle River, SC18.0 mi.(843) 249-4848
Cherry Grove Manor2104 N Ocean BlvdNorth Myrtle Beach, SC20.4 mi.(843) 249-2731
Ocean Drive Beach & Golf Resort98 N Ocean BlvdNorth Myrtle Beach, SC22.0 mi.(800) 438-9590
Red Roof Inn & Suites1601-B Hwy 17 NN Myrtle Beach, SC22.3 mi.(843) 280-4555
Comfort Inn1755 US 17 NNorth Myrtle Beach, SC22.6 mi.(843) 249-2490
Hampton Inn-Harborgate2112 Little Riv Neck RdNorth Myrtle Beach, SC22.6 mi.(843) 249-1997
Quality Inn & Suites1601 Hwy 17 NorthNorth Myrtle Beach, SC22.6 mi.(800) 845-0605
Docksider Inn Oceanfront202 N NC Rt 421Kure Beach, NC23.5 mi.(910) 458-4200
Tradewinds Motel309 FT Fisher BlvdKure Beach, NC23.5 mi.(910) 458-8742
Holiday Inn-n Oceanfront2713 S Ocean BlvdNorth Myrtle BCH, SC24.6 mi.(843) 272-6153
Courtyard By Marriott Carolina Beach100 Charlotte AveCarolina Beach, NC24.9 mi.(910) 458-2030
Microtel Inn & Suites907 N Lake Park BlvdCarolina Beach, NC25.0 mi.(910) 458-1300
Shipwreck Lodge412 Carolina BCH Ave NCarolina Beach, NC25.0 mi.(910) 458-5557
Fairfield Inn-briar Cliffe10231 N Kings HwyMyrtle Beach, SC27.5 mi.(843) 361-8000
Amerihost Inn & Suites-Wilmington5600 Carolina Beach RdWilmington, NC27.9 mi.(910) 796-0770
The Keys @ 17th Street4129 Hearthside DrWilmington, NC29.2 mi.(910) 350-1133
Hampton Inn Medical Park2320 South 17th StWilmington, NC29.5 mi.(910) 796-8881
Courtyard By Marriott Wilmington151 Van Campen BlvdWilmington, NC29.8 mi.(800) 321-2211
Extended Stay America4929 New Ctr DrWilmington, NC29.8 mi.(910) 793-4508
Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington At Mayfaire Town Center6745 Rock Spring RdWilmington, NC29.8 mi.(910) 509-4046
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites160 Van Campen BlvdWilmington, NC29.8 mi.(910) 392-3227
Jameson Inn - Wlimington5102 Dunlea CourtWilmington, NC29.8 mi.(910) 452-5660

Holden Beach Weather & Climate

Coastal North Carolina has a temperate climate with no extreme temperature variations. Summer air temperatures along the immediate coastline are usually considerably lower than those even a few miles inland. Opposite the ocean, across the narrow barrier islands behind most beaches, are the "Sounds". These protected inland waters are calm, quiet and sheltered from the sea breezes. In winter, the Gulf Stream helps moderate air temperature and coastal fronts are common, bringing warmer than expected temperatures to the coastal areas. Sometimes, strong low-pressure systems clash with the Gulf Stream and develop into major storms, causing rain along the coast and over states to the north as well. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to North Carolina to influence the weather about twice in an average year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 55°F 32°F 4.66 in. 48°F
February 58°F 33°F 3.57 in. 50°F
March 66°F 40°F 4.14 in. 55°F
April 73°F 47°F 3.06 in. 64°F
May 80°F 56°F 4.09 in. 72°F
June 86°F 64°F 5.21 in. 79°F
July 89°F 69°F 5.76 in. 82°F
August 88°F 67°F 7.42 in. 81°F
September 83°F 62°F 6.73 in. 80°F
October 75°F 50°F 3.45 in. 69°F
November 67°F 42°F 3.06 in. 61°F
December 58°F 35°F 3.79 in. 53°F

Holden Beach Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Grand Strand airport (CRE) located about 25 miles west of Holden Beach in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Wilmington International airport (ILM) located approximately 33 miles northeast of Holden Beach in Wilmington, North Carolina, the Columbus County Municipal airport (CPC) located roughly 34 miles northwest of Holden Beach in Whiteville, North Carolina, the Myrtle Beach International airport (MYR) located around 39 miles west of Holden Beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Lumberton Municipal airport (LBT) located about 64 miles northwest of Holden Beach in Lumberton, North Carolina, and finally the Albert J Ellis airport (OAJ) located approximately 74 miles northeast of Holden Beach in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Holden Beach Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Myrtle Beach Grand PrixNorth Myrtle BeachSC22.6 mi.
Windy Hill Watterboggan ParkNorth Myrtle BeachSC22.6 mi.
Jubilee ParkCarolina BeachNC25.0 mi.
Family Kingdom Amusement ParkMyrtle BeachSC36.9 mi.
Gay Dolphin ParkMyrtle BeachSC36.9 mi.
Myrtle Beach PavilionMyrtle BeachSC36.9 mi.
Pedroland ParkDillonSC70.2 mi.
Water Parks
Myrtle Waves Water ParkMyrtle BeachSC36.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Lockwood Folly Country ClubHolden BeachNC 
Brick Landing PlantationOcean Isle BeachNC5.1 mi.
Briarwood Golf ClubShallotteNC5.9 mi.
Ocean Isle Beach Golf CourseOcean Isle BeachNC7.8 mi.
Oyster Bay Golf LinksSunset BeachNC11.8 mi.
Pearl Golf LinksSunset BeachNC11.8 mi.
Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country ClubSunset BeachNC11.8 mi.
Thistle Golf ClubSunset BeachNC11.8 mi.
Carolina National Golf ClubBoliviaNC13.8 mi.
Oak Island Golf ClubCaswell BeachNC14.7 mi.
Brunswick Plantation & Golf LinksCalabashNC14.8 mi.
Calabash Golf LinksCalabashNC14.8 mi.
Carolina Shores Golf & Country ClubCalabashNC14.8 mi.
Crow Creek Golf ClubCalabashNC14.8 mi.
Farmstead Golf LinksCalabashNC14.8 mi.
Marsh Harbour Golf LinksCalabashNC14.8 mi.
Meadowlands Golf ClubCalabashNC14.8 mi.
Ocean Harbour Golf LinksCalabashNC14.8 mi.
Lakes Country ClubBoiling Spring LakesNC16.2 mi.
Bald Head Island Country ClubSouthportNC16.3 mi.
Founders Club at St JamesSouthportNC16.3 mi.
Members Club at St James PlantationSouthportNC16.3 mi.
Players Club at St James PlantationSouthportNC16.3 mi.
Cypress Bay Golf ClubLittle RiverSC17.8 mi.
Eastport Golf ClubLittle RiverSC17.8 mi.
Heather Glen Golf LinksLittle RiverSC17.8 mi.
River Hills Golf & Country ClubLittle RiverSC17.8 mi.
Olde Fort Golf CourseWinnabowNC19.9 mi.
Bay Tree Golf PlantationLittle RiverSC20.5 mi.
Robbers Roost Golf ClubNorth Myrtle BeachSC20.9 mi.
State Parks
Lake Waccamaw State ParkNC24.9 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort FisherKure BeachNC23.5 mi.
Brookgreen GardensPawleys IslandSC57.5 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresAtlantic BeachNC104.5 mi.

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