Holden Beach, NC was voted one the family-friendliest beaches by National Geographic Traveler’s magazine. Limited public access keeps the beaches uncrowded.
While Holden Beach is quiet, there is still plenty to do in the surrounding area. Wilmington, NC is 35 miles north and Myrtle Beach, SC is 35 miles south. And if you are a golfer, there are over 125 golf courses within a 1-hour drive to choose from.
General information about Holden Beach can be found at: hbtownhall.com/newsite/Visitors.htm
Activities at Holden Beach
The Beach: Holden Beach features eight miles of pristine, sandy beaches perfect for sun bathing or relaxing and reading a good book. It is a family friendly beach with mild waves making it a great place to swim, skim board and body surf. On the beach, enjoy playing in the surf, building sand castles or taking a long walk or jog along the beautiful strand.
Biking: If you enjoy biking and history you will love the “Olden” Holden bike tours. There are three routes of varying lengths (3 ½ miles, 5 miles and 10 miles) that explore the rich history of Holden Beach and are marked with numbered signs. There are several detailed maps available at any of the local shops. hbtownhall.com/pdf/oldenholden.PDF
Boating: From sunset cruises to early morning fishing charters, Holden Beach offers a variety of options for getting out in the open water or exploring the marshlands.
Golfing: There are over 125 golf courses within an hour’s drive of Holden Beach, so it’s easy to find a course that’s right for you. With nearby Lockwood Folly Country Club (open to the public) this four-star (as rated by Golf Digest magazine) 18-hole, par-72 course is fun for the whole family. And for those who are not as serious about golfing, there are several putt-putt options as well. Click here for a listing of golf options.
Fishing: There are many fishing options available to you at Holden Beach. You can fish from the pier, the beach or try deep-sea fishing. There are many charter options to choose from, most offering ½ and full-day options.
Turtles: Holden beach is a designated turtle sanctuary and is known for its reputation as a nesting beach for loggerhead sea turtles. Loggerheads nest from May to September. The baby turtles hatch from July to October. When the babies hatchet is called a “turtle boil” as it looks like the babies are boiling out of the sand. During the evening hours, volunteers from the Holden Beach Turtle Watch Program guard the nests and are also available to answer questions about the turtles and their efforts to protect them. Seeing these cute tiny turtles being born is an unforgettable experience for the whole family.