Holden Beach
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Jennifer W
4 contributions
Oct 2022
Holden Beach is a quiet and lovely beach, perfect for long quiet walks. If you are looking for a "boardwalk beach" experience with food vendors, lots of people, and an arcade you will be very disappointed here. If you are looking for big beautiful beach without crowds, this is the place. The town has recently added parking restrictions to the small island to cut down on visitors who are not saying here. It is working as intended, but as you can see from all the negative reviews - upsetting a lot of people. If you're looking for a day-trip beach, you'll probably be happier somewhere else. There are lots of great houses and some condos to rent. I've been coming here once or twice a year since 1986. Lately we stay at Captains Villas condos. They're second row (across the street from the ocean) but have a great easy dedicated beach access and a nice pool. October is my favorite time of year to visit Holden Beach. While you're in town don't miss stopping at Lighthouse Gifts on the causeway. It's a locally owned shop that has an agreement with the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol. This island is a sea turtle sanctuary. If you're here at the right time of year you may see turtles laying eggs or nests hatching (boiling). The staff at Lighthouse gifts can give you the relevant information for the time of year. They also sell t-shirts and other merch that goes to support the turtle conservation efforts.
Written 22 October 2022
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Keith D
1 contribution
Oct 2022
They now charge you to park anywhere on the island. 3 dollars an hour. If you are out walking on the beach, you have to hurry so you can be back at the car, so you don't get a $75.00 ticket. I couldn't enjoy myself constantly looking at my watch. I'll find another place to go that's more friendly, and not covered with fisher up and down the beach.
Written 10 October 2022
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James S
Findlay, OH1 contribution
Sep 2022
Perfect location to go with family or friends. Beautiful beaches and vacation homes. The restaurants we dined in were very clean and the food I would rate as a C+ to A. All in All in my humble opinion you cannot go wrong. ENJOY!
Written 30 September 2022
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Debbie C
1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Family
Friendly people and lower the parking fees. Paid for a parking spot and they still sent me a ticket for $50. And won't talk to me about. The water is always rough there.. Not a good Friendly tiwn
Written 19 September 2022
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James S
1 contribution
Aug 2022
Holden has been i vac for 30 years but now not so much ! We parked in the same spot every year to go to beach !But this time we got a parking ticket ! There were no signs anywhere ! Mind you my wife is Handicap ! Then you have Alan holden who sold out to the greedy vascar! The house we been renting for 4 years has went up a 1000 dollars more a week ! for the same time we go every year ! SO now we looking at Ocean lsle or outer banks !
Written 18 August 2022
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Kevin Z
Bolivia, NC1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
There are very few parking spaces. $15 a day to park is too much. Ticketing handicapped vehicles. Becoming very dirty. Used condoms laying in the park. I have been visiting for 30+ years and this will be the last time. They've become too greedy for money. There are very few things to do without paying an arm and a leg.
Written 9 August 2022
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Laura
Boiling Springs, NC2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Holden Beach is truly relaxing. We stay on the far west end of the island, and it’s rarely crowded. In addition to the ocean, we also have access to the Intracoastal Waterway. Our kids always enjoy jet skiing, kayaking, swimming and fishing in the ICW. We also enjoy buying local, fresh caught seafood. We highly recommend Holden!
Written 13 July 2022
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oakisland4u
Holden Beach, NC22 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
Great beach on Holden Beach , NC,
found many , many nice shells ( sand dollars) and many others on Low Tide . Many nice visitors to talked too
Written 11 July 2022
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snorkelthebay
Chattanooga, TN21 contributions
Jun 2022
love this beach; was at beach several days ago on east end and the gentleman that has been giving surf lessons the past several years has now decided that instead of being in the water with the beginners, he should stand on the beach, yell at them and blow a whistle; it was most annoying; instead of having the calming sound of waves and hearing seagulls, we were subjected to sounds like we would have heard at ballgame, whistles, cheers, yelling; while we realize that many people wish to learn to surf, and we have no problem with this, having to have my day continuously disturbed by someone blowing a whistle and yelling was not my cup of tea; and yes, we could have and did move further down the beach; but he could still be heard, quite loudly; also, since Holden Beach has now started paid parking, leaving and finding another parking spot was not an option since parking was full when we arrived and were thankful to get a parking spot
Written 23 June 2022
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truman111
Charleston, WV22 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
If the pier would have been opened would have made this visit better. Not much traffic/people (I guess we went a week before peak season) so many shops were still closed. Overall it was quite and peaceful.
Written 23 June 2022
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