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Holden Beach—#5 Top Family Travel Destinations
The Town of Holden Beach—Just What the Doctor Ordered!By Deborah Nelson, VRTG Publisher and Travel Writer
What do Holden Beach, and Dr. Beach have in common? Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, has named Holden Beach Best Family Beach, now nationally recognized as one of the premier "Family Beaches" in the United States. Holden Beach is primarily a residential community, with a small commercial area. What a great safe place to relax; enjoy the beach and natural wildlife in the general area. With spending that day at the beach ranked as the #1 Thing to Do in Trip Advisor, Holden Beach offers small-town charm and unspoiled beauty. You may expect clean water, blue skies, great memories, and lots of family fun.
Holden Beach is a seaside town in Brunswick County, North Carolina. With a population 575 in 2010, Holden Beach is part of the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area.
Family Things to Do in Holden Beach
Ride a kayak or canoe along the picturesque Intracoastal Waterway. Here you may watch for a glimpse of endangered loggerhead sea turtles coming up for air. In this wildlife haven, you will find something to delight your whole family. From spotting dolphins to finding ghost crabs with flashlights on evening beach walks, everyone will be easily entertained. Have lunch at one of several restaurants bordering the Intracoastal Waterway. Here, you can watch shrimp boats cruise by as they come and out to sea. Be sure to catch the North Carolina Festival by the Sea, a celebration with arts, crafts, and seafood that draws people from all over.
Family Fishing Fun
Trip Advisor ranks Ollie Raja Fishing Charter as the #2 Things to Do in Holden Beach. From some of the reviews, Ollie Raja knows how to entertain the whole family.“Our family of 4 (mom, dad, 2 sons 12 and 11 years old) went out on a 4.5 hour fishing tour with Captain Rick today. We could not have had a better day!!! Captain Rick was amazing with our boys. He told stories, taught us all how to use the different types of equipment, and was incredibly patient and kind. I was just along for the ride (and 3 hours of reading I got to do!), but by the end of the trip, even I was fishing!”
Golfing for Dad or Mom
Another top ranking things to do in Holden Beach is a well-known golf course just 15 minutes from Holden Beach. Give Dad or Mom a break where he can play golf in the well-loved Lockwood Folly Country Club. One visitor just last month shared: “I go golfing a lot, and this was by far the best course I've golfed on especially like holes 3 and 6. If you like to go off and you're on vacation this is the place to go.”
Where to Stay
If you are vacationing with your entire family, a great idea is to find an entire house. You’ll have the advantage of a kitchen, yard space, and washer/dryer, as well common areas. The Holden Beach area offers many vacation rentals, and best of all you may be able to find a home right on the beach for a week or two, or even the summer.