Vacation rentals in Holden Beach

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Popular amenities for Holden Beach vacation rentals

Stay near Holden Beach's top sights

Holden Beach Fishing Pier14 locals recommend
Inlet View Bar & Grill47 locals recommend
Castaways Raw Bar & Grill38 locals recommend
Provision Co46 locals recommend
Mermaids Island Grill30 locals recommend
Holden Beach General Store7 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Holden Beach

  • Total rentals

    400 properties

  • Rentals with a pool

    110 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    80 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    390 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    3.6K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $80 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Holden Beach


Sandwiched between Oak Island and Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach is a slip of an island that separates the Intracoastal Waterway from the Atlantic Ocean. Home to fewer than 700 residents, it’s one of the mellower North Carolina beach towns of Brunswick County. For years, Holden Beach forbade the construction of buildings taller than 35 feet, so it retains a small-town feel and has long been a favorite choice for quiet family beach getaways in the summertime. With Shallotte Inlet to the west and Lockwoods Folly Inlet to the east, this barrier island is rife with coastal waterways just begging to be explored by boat or kayak: you may spot nesting sea turtles, shorebirds fishing for their lunch, and even the occasional dolphin. When you’ve had enough of the water and white-sand beaches, there are some 125 golf courses within an hour’s drive.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Holden Beach

Summer days in the North Myrtle Beach area are hot, humid, and breezy, with average highs in the upper 80s Fahrenheit. The water temperature is not far behind, reaching a bathtub-like 82 degrees in August. Summer is also the region’s wettest time of year: Holden Beach gets nearly half its annual rainfall in August and September alone, and it’s always a good idea to be mindful of tropical storms during hurricane season, which runs from June to November. Spring and fall are ideal times to stay in one of the area’s vacation rentals, when temperatures are mild and it’s not too humid. Winter nights can be downright cold, so pack something cozy. When swimming, always be careful of dangerous rip currents.

Top things to do in Holden Beach

Holden Beach and Fishing Pier

Holden Beach’s eight-mile strand offers simple pleasures: sunbathing, swimming, surfing, crabbing, or just taking a leisurely sunset stroll. Be mindful of sea turtles nesting in the sand dunes. Anglers can cast a line off the pier (fishing licenses and live bait are sold on-site). If you’re thinking of traveling with your dog, note that pets are not allowed on the beach during peak season (May to September) except after 5 p.m., and they must be leashed at all times.

Intracoastal Waterway

On the back side of the island, the Intracoastal Waterway offers a whole different vibe, with waterside restaurants and marshy ecosystems that are fun to navigate by kayak or paddleboard. You can also fish the ICW from a fishing pier at the end of Jordan Boulevard.


Brunswick County is home to more than 30 championship golf courses, including nearby Lockwood Folly Country Club and Carolina National Golf Club.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do house rentals in Holden Beach have wireless internet?

    Absolutely! We offer over 360 house rentals with wireless internet in Holden Beach. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Holden Beach?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 160 vacation rentals in Holden Beach featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there family-friendly vacation rentals in Holden Beach?

    Holden Beach has more than 390 family-friendly stays. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • Are there Holden Beach vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 110 vacation homes with pools in Holden Beach, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Holden Beach?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Holden Beach. Choose from more than 80 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Do house rentals in Holden Beach have air conditioning?

    Absolutely! We offer over 360 house rentals with air conditioning in Holden Beach. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • What are the most popular amenities for House Rentals in Holden Beach?

    Enhance your stay in our House Rentals with the most popular amenities: over 360 homes with a kitchen, over 360 homes with wireless internet, over 360 homes with air conditioning, and more. Indulge in the ultimate retreat, tailored to your preferences.

  • Do house rentals in Holden Beach have a kitchen?

    Absolutely! We offer over 360 house rentals with a kitchen in Holden Beach. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • How much does it cost to stay in house rentals in Holden Beach?

    Experience the best of Holden Beach with our house rentals, starting at about $80 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Are there vacation rentals near Holden Beach's top attractions?

    You're in luck! Stay at the heart of it all with our vacation rentals near Holden Beach's top attractions. We offer over 1,720 vacation rentals near Provision Co, and over 1,430 vacation rentals near Inlet View Bar & Grill, and so much more! Experience the best of Holden Beach right on your doorstep.

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