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We Have Homes Offering Senior Citizen Discounts

If you’re one of those people who are dreaming of spending part of this winter somewhere warmer we can give you 131 reasons why you should come to Holden Beach, North Carolina. We have 131 fabulous properties where seniors can take advantage of a Senior Citizen Discount and save big!

These properties contain many single level homes, ocean front homes, and homes with perks like swimming pools and hot tubs. Come stay with us in one of these lovely homes and this just might be the best winter of your life! Check out the following small sampling of what we have available. Then look online at the rest of the collection.

Beach Homes Offering Senior Citizen Discounts

Nautilus is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath home on Ocean Blvd. West that sleeps 4. It’s located oceanfront and offers phenomenal coastal views. This quaint beach home is idea for couples and offers one-level living. Relax on the porch or in the hot tub while enjoying the views.


Oceanfront Homes Offering Senior Citizen Discounts

If you’re looking for a winter rental that comes with a swimming pool take a look at Sundance. This 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home is located on Ocean Blvd. West. The pool is heated by electric heat pump from September 15 – Oct 31 and March 15 – June 1. This spacious oceanfront home can accommodate up to 10 guests and includes a private bath with whirlpool tub and a freestanding hot tub. Optional elevator use is also available.


Homes with Docks Offering Senior Citizen Discounts

Offering the convenience of single story, the canal-facing home of Me Too, has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, sleeping up to 6 people comfortably. Located on Sand Dune Lane this home is dog friendly and allows smoking on the premises. Both a fixed and floating dock will provide easy access to use your boat on the Intracoastal Waterway for a fun day of fishing.


If we can answer any questions you may have please call Alan Holden Vacations at 800-720-2200 or 910-842-6061. We look forward to having you spend the winter with us!




Holden Beach Implements Beach Renourishment Project

Holden Beach Implements Beach Renourishment Project

If you’ve always loved vacationing on Holden Beach, North Carolina, you’ll be happy to know there’s going to be much more beachfront to enjoy soon! Fox Wilmington news recently reported on the project slated to cost $15 million and said it is the most extensive beach replenishment project in the town’s history.
Town Manager David Hewitt explained the need for the replenishment project by saying, “It’s about storm protection, wildlife habitat and just more beach to have fun.”
Half of the money needed will come from increased property taxes on Holden Beach, the rest from an occupancy tax and FEMA relief bond. For a family in a $500,000 home, it will mean an additional $350 a year on their tax bill.
Holden Beach Implements Beach Renourishment Project

“We view this type of project as infrastructure,” Hewitt explained. “Just like a road, water, or sewer lines for a beach community, a nourishment project is infrastructure.”
Cathy Moffitt’s family has been vacationing in Holden Beach for four generations. “We love it here. It’s our escape,” Moffitt said. “But you can’t help but notice the ocean is creeping closer than it used to be.”
The replenishment project will widen Holden Beach by about 80 feet over a four and a half mile stretch. That’s 1.3 million cubic yards of sand.
Holden Beach Implements Beach Renourishment Project

“In terms of being able to provide storm damage protection, that’s always a proactive measure,” Hewitt said. “But just like beaches, worldwide, the town of Holden Beach is not immune to erosion and the threat of storms.”
The replenishment project is slated to kick off November 15 and run through April. Town leaders hope it has a life cycle that runs through 2032.

If you’re staying in one of our Alan Holden Vacation Rentals know that the renourishment project won’t affect your vacation plans at all. The beaches will still be open and we’ll be doing business as usual.


Rip Tide Awareness Week

Rip Tide Awareness Week runs from June 5-11, 2016. We want to share the following information about rip tides and currents with you from the NOAA site because there’s no substitute for knowledge. Know what to do if you or a family member ever encounters a rip current and you’ll be able to disengage from it to enjoy the rest of your vacation.
For families that are planning a trip to the beach this summer, it is important to realize the dangers of rip currents before swimming in the ocean. The majority of fatalities from rip currents each year are those visiting from other areas.

Rip Tide Awareness Week 
Rip currents are powerful currents of water moving away from shore and are the leading surf hazard for all beachgoers, especially for non-swimmers. According to the United States Lifesaving Association, 80 percent of surf beach rescues are a result of rip currents. In addition, more than 100 people die annually from drowning when they are unable to escape a rip current.
Rip currents form when waves break near the shoreline, piling up water between the breaking waves at the beach. One of the ways this water returns to sea is to form a rip current, a narrow jet of water that moves swiftly offshore, roughly perpendicular to the shoreline. Under most tide and sea conditions the speeds are relatively slow, however when wave, tide and beach conditions are right, the speeds can quickly increase to become dangerous to anyone entering the surf, even the most experienced swimmers. Rip currents can be very narrow or extend in widths to hundreds of yards. The seaward pull of rip currents varies from just beyond the line of breaking waves to hundreds of yards offshore.
Some of the clues you can use to identify rip currents include:
    ~ a channel of churning or choppy water,
    ~ an area having a notable difference in water color,
    ~ a line of foam, seaweed or debris moving steadily seaward,
    ~ or a break in the incoming wave pattern.
These clues may or may not indicate the presence of rip currents. Rip currents are often not readily or easily identifiable to the average person. If you are concerned about the possibilities of rip currents occurring in the surf, it is best to ask an on-duty lifeguard before entering the water.
If you are caught in a rip current, remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly. Never fight against the current. Swim out of the current in a direction parallel to the shoreline. When out of the current, swim at an angle away from the current and toward the shore. If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim toward shore. If you are unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself by waving your arms and yelling for help.
If you see someone in trouble, don’t become a victim yourself. Many people drown each summer while trying to save someone else from a rip current. Get help from a lifeguard if one is available. If not, have someone call 9-1-1. Throw the rip current victim something that floats such as a life jacket, cooler or inflatable ball.
It is important to note that under any conditions rip currents can occur and beachgoers should know how to swim and to heed the advice of beach patrol before entering the surf. When areas of rip currents are marked with signs, respect the signage and avoid the area.


2016 Summer Beach Concert Series in Holden Beach

One of the most popular events taking place during summer in Holden Beach is the summer beach concert series. People from all around the area to attend these free concerts — many coming to dance while others just come to sit and enjoy listening to the music.

2016 Summer Concert Series in Holden Beach

Concerts are held every Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Holden Beach Pavilion on Jordan Boulevard. The concert series begins on May 29, 2016. Refreshments are available for purchase. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Concerts include beach music, oldies, jazz, blues and rock ‘n roll.

Here’s the schedule for this upcoming summer season:

May 29
The Imitations

June 5
Jim Quick & Coastline

June 12
Mark Roberts Band

June 19
Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot

June 26
The Embers

July 3
Steve Owens & Summertime

July 10
The Entertainers

July 17
Fantastic Shakers

July 24
Tim Clark Band

July 31
Band of Oz

August 7
Sea Cruz

August 14
The Holiday Band

August 21
Blackwater Rhythm & Blues

August 28
Carolina Breakers

September 4
The Imitations

In case of inclement weather, concerts may be cancelled. To check cancellations, please visit the Parks and Recreation website, or call 910-253-2031.


Where to Find Bicycle Rentals Around Holden Beach

Everyone loves vacationing at the beach but do you really make the most of it when you go? Lounging about on the beach and playing in the surf is just one small part of what a beach vacation can be. There’s so much more that you may be missing out on!

Renting bikes at Holden Beach NC

One of the most exciting things to do at the beach is to experience bicycle rentals in Holden Beach for everyone in the family. Even if you don’t own one or ever ride at home, this is your chance to act like a kid again and have fun doing it!

If you’re bringing Mom to spend a special Mother’s Day at the beach this year definitely take her to rent bikes. They come in all types and styles, the easiest of which are bike cruisers with one speed and coaster brakes. Just like the bikes she rode as a kid. Just remember that it’s a whole lot easier to ride a beach cruiser on pavement than it is on the beach!

Following are some of the places where you’ll find bicycle rentals around Holden Beach, NC.

Beach Fun Rentals
132 Ocean Blvd. West, Holden Beach, NC
Phone: (888) 355-4446

Local delivery around Holden Beach. Renting 3 wheel adult trikes, adult bikes with child’s seat, adult bikes with kid cabs, adult’s beach cruisers, 20” & 16” kid’s bikes, Trail-a-Bike, kayaks and lots more.

Couple On Beach

Boomers Rental
3468-4 Holden Beach Road SW, Holden Beach
Phone: (910) 842-1400

Open until 5 p.m. Delivery and pick up are free within Holden Beach city limits. Tricycles, children’s and adults bikes are available as are kayaks, standup paddleboards and surf boards.

Surf Unlimited
17 Causeway Dr., Ocean Isle Beach
Phone: (910) 579-1525

Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Renting 3 wheel adult trikes, kid’s 20” bikes, ladies and men’s and xl men’s bikes. Also renting bike cargo trailers, kid cab pull-alongs, bike baby seats, kayaks, surfboards and SUPS.

Fat Bike Rentals in Holden Beach

Beachway Rentals and Service
6255 Beach Dr SW, Ocean Isle Beach
Phone: (910) 579-8788

Renting adult bikes, children’s bikes, kayaks and more by the week.

Vacation Equipment Rentals
6741 A Beach Hwy, Ocean Isle Beach
Phone: (800) 516-9886

Hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open til 7 p.m. during the summer months.
Explore the area by bike. Vacation Equipment Rentals offers adult bicycles, adult bicycles with baby seats, adult bicycles with kiddie carts, adult bicycles with trailing bike, child’s bike, training wheels, helmets & more. They also offer 4 Adult Bike Packages, Bike & Surf for 2, Bike and Surf for 4 or our Sand & Surf for 2 packages!

Sunset bike rides on rentals in Holden Beach

Beach Butler
2654 Jessica Lane, Supply, NC
Phone: (910) 473-2322

Beach bikes, kayaks and boogie boards available by the week. Delivery service to Holden Beach and surrounding areas. Professional, licensed and insured.


Come Spend Easter on Holden Beach NC

The official First Day of Spring is this Sunday along with Palm Sunday. That means Easter Sunday is just a little more than a week away on March 27, 2016. Have you made your plans for how to celebrate the holiday yet? If you haven’t given it much thought it’s a good time to do so. At Alan Holden Vacations we have plenty of beautiful oceanfront properties with Easter availability that would be just perfect for your family’s holiday this year.

Come Spend Easter on Holden Beach NC
It’s a gorgeous time of the year to vacation in Holden Beach on the Southern Brunswick Islands of North Carolina. The weather is temperate this time of year and there aren’t crowds milling about. If you’re overdue for a beach vacation it’s time to treat yourself and Easter is a perfect time to do just that. Here are nearby events taking place for the holiday.
Easter Egg Hunt at Hugh MacRae Park
There will be an Easter Egg Hunt at the Hugh MacRae Park baseball fields in Wilmington on Friday, March 25, 2016 starting at 10 a.m. Sponsored by Winter Park Baptist and Wesley Methodist churches and features hunts, crafts, and more. Location: Hugh MacRae Park, 314 Pine Grove Drive, Wilmington, NC.
4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill
Join us for the 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill in Wilmington, NC, taking place on Friday, March 25, 2016. The day features goodies for kids under age 14, an appearance by the Easter Bunny, refreshments and door prizes. Free! Location: Capt’n Bill’s Backyard Grill, 4240 Market Street, Wilmington, NC. For more info, call (910) 762-0173.
Dinosaur Egg Hunt
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach will hold a Dinosaur Egg Hunt for ages 3 to 10 and offers the opportunity to create a special dinosaur egg basket as well as to search for candy-filled “dinosaur eggs”. The hunt takes place in the Aquarium garden during which you’ll meet a live baby alligator and learn about reptiles, both prehistoric and those currently stalking the earth. Hours: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission: $10.95 to $20.00. Location: NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC. For more info call (910) 458-8257.
Southport Spring Festival
Franklin Square Park
The Southport Spring Festival is being held March 25 & 26 at Franklin Square Park in Southport. The festival features activities for kids, over 130 arts & crafts vendors, raffles and live music ranging from big band to R&B and country rock. Sorry, no pets. Hours: Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Franklin Square Park, Corner of Howe & West Streets, Southport, NC.
Easter at the Old Bridge in Sunset Beach
Bring your Easter basket and meet the Easter Bunny! An egg hunt, tasty treats, fun and games, and an Easter parade are the order of the day from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. Join the fun, get your face painted, enter an egg roll or sack race contest, and enjoy decorated cupcakes, beverages, and more. Location: 109 Shoreline Dr. W., Sunset Beach, NC. For more info, call (910) 363-6585.
Oak Island Annual Easter Egg Hunt
William “Bill” Smith Park, Oak Island
This annual event is being held on Saturday, March 26 beginning at 10 a.m. Don’t miss a visit from the Easter Bunny! This free event is for children 10 and younger. Children will be divided into age groups of 3 and under, 4 to 6, and 7 to 10 years old. Location: William “Bill” Smith Park, 4410 Fish Factory Road, Oak Island, NC. For questions, please call (910) 278-5518.


Accessible Homes for Those With Physical Challenges

At Alan Holden Vacations we want everyone to be able to stay with us while enjoying a vacation to our beautiful North Carolina beaches. We realize there are many people that live with physical challenges every day of their lives and that not all of our vacation rentals in Holden Beach are accessible to them. We do, however, offer some properties that are fully accessible homes for those with physical challenges. We’d like you to check them out below and if you’d like more information about the properties, please give us a call at (800) 720-2200.

Accessible Homes for Those With Physical Challenges
Beach Walkers is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath accessible home that is located oceanfront in Holden Beach. This non-smoking home offers spacious one-level living with large oceanside sun room, ramps and a handicap accessible bath. Accommodating 12 guests with a queen bed in the first bedroom, queen and double beds with private bath and roll-in shower in the second bedroom and queen and double beds in each of the third and fourth bedrooms. Central heat and air, dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer, flat screen cable TV, DVD player and wireless internet. Other amenities include an oceanside porch, private walkway with gazebo, handicap ramp, ping pong table and outside shower.

Accessible Homes for Those With Physical Challenges
Hang Loose is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath accessible home with a sitting room that is located oceanfront in Holden beach. This non-smoking home is pet friendly. The first floor at ground level has two bedrooms with two single beds in the one and a queen bed in the other bedroom. The second floor has three bedrooms with a king bed in the first bedroom, a queen bed in the second and a queen bed in the third bedroom. Interior amenities include central heat and air, dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer, ice maker, cable TVs, digital cable service, VCR, stereo and wireless internet access. Other features include an outside handicap ramp from the first floor to the second floor, Jacuzzi tub, open and covered porch, outside shower, gas fireplace and a private walkway to the beach with a gazebo and sundeck. This home requires a $200 Non-Refundable pet fee and damage deposit.


Featured Property: A Yacht Watcher

You can be assured this month’s featured property earned its name – A Yacht Watcher – due to the fabulous Intracoastal Waterway views it provides to guests. This is one of the finer vacation properties that we offer at Alan Holden Vacations so take a look and book your reservations soon! The best places go fast!

Featured Property: A Yacht Watcher
A Yacht Watcher has 6 bedrooms, 4-1/2 baths and will comfortably accommodates up to 20 guests. This home makes an ideal rental for vacations, holiday getaways and family reunions!

There are 3 bedrooms conveniently located on the first floor with a queen bed in the first, a queen bed in the second, and 2 queen beds in the third. Also on the first floor is a large laundry area and exercise room for guests to use.

You’ll enjoy relaxing in the large master suite on the second level. A spacious kitchen and living room feature spectacular views and the open floor plan will add spaciousness to an already sizable home.

The third level boasts a second living area and 2 more bedrooms. There is a king bedroom and an extra large bedroom with 2 queen beds and 4 single beds

Picture yourself sitting on the large covered porch overlooking the private pool and waterway. Now that is relaxation! With the waterway this close boat owners will enjoy the convenience of docking their boat at this beautiful home.

Amenities in this home include a well-equipped kitchen with all appliances, washer/dryer, wireless high speed internet service, boat dock, fireplace and a swimming pool.

At Alan Holden Vacations we give both Military Discounts and Senior Citizen Discounts (Resort and Value Seasons Only) and look forward to hearing from you.


It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas in Holden Beach

This time of the year surely puts everyone in a festive mood. It’s a combination of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ with all the colorful decorations and gifts we exchange with each other and the ending of one year to begin anew. Here at Alan Holden Vacations when it’s Christmas in Holden Beach it’s one of our most favorite times of the year. We’d like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and save New Year.

Christmas in Holden Beach
Enjoying the sounds of the season is a great way to full experience the Christmas holiday. The Annual Christmas Concert at Ocean View United Methodist Church gives audiences a taste of holiday cheer and the true message of Christmas. This year’s concert, Fantasia Noel, features a variety of songs by the Christmas choir, soloists, a trio, and a piano solo by Music Director Greg Walker.

Residents and vacationers alike are invited to attend the concert at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12 and at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 13. The church is located on Oak Island, at 8400 East Oak Island Drive. A love offering will be taken, with money raised benefitting the church’s music programs.

Breakfast With Santa in Holden Beach NC
Come have Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 12 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Town Hall General Assembly building in Holden beach. Bring your camera to take a picture with Santa! Admission fee is one item of the following to be donated to the Brunswick County Animal Shelter: pet food, bleach, pet toys or hand sanitizer. Pre

Sandy Paws on Holden Beach NC
Bring your pets to get their picture taken with Santa Claus at Sandy Paws starting at 10 a.m. Get all of your pets dressed up in their holiday best and join the dog parade down Brunswick Avenue in Holden Beach. After the parade, dogs can get their picture taken with Santa. Please bring your own camera. Donations will be accepted for the Brunswick County Animal Shelter. Call (910) 842-6488 for more information.


Things To Do If You’re Spending the Holidays in Holden Beach

Maybe we’re a bit biased because this is our home but we think spending the holidays in Holden Beach this year could start a whole new tradition for you and your family. Take it from us it’s a tradition you’ll wish you’d started long ago.

From the comfort of our holiday vacation rentals you can enjoy Thanksgiving in a whole new light. You’ll have everything you need for complete holiday meal preparation or, if you prefer, dine out in one of the nearby restaurants where you can enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.


What To Do If You're Spending the Holidays in Holden Beach
Wilmington Riverfest
Riverfest is a street fair that is held each year in historic downtown Wilmington NC. This free street fair will be held November 20-22 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. It will feature plenty of food, arts and crafts, dance performances, fireworks, children’s activities, a car show, live music, and plenty more. Taking place from the foot of Market Street to Cape Fear Community College, it’s a great setting along the banks of the Cape Fear River.

The event has about 200 craft and food vendors plus fireworks, entertainment on two stages, the Great Waiters Wine Race, Run the River 8K Race, various exhibits and a children’s area. Additional Riverfest activities include a Stand Up Paddleboard Competition and the Invasion of Pirates, a kind of festival within a festival hosting a Pirates Ball on Saturday. Kids can pick up a treasure map and participate in a treasure hunt.


What To Do If You're Spending the Holidays in Holden Beach
5k Turkey Trot
The Rotary Clubs of Brunswick County will hold a 5k Turkey Trot on November 21, 2015 at 8 a.m. to celebrate the end of the season for Girls on the Run, Heart & Sole, and STRIDE participants. Come join over 100 boys and girls from grades 3rd through 8th as they celebrate their accomplishments of the season! The Turkey Trot starts and ends at Planet Fun, 349 Whiteville Road, Shallotte, NC. Entrance fee is $25.00 per runner. Race day registration is from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m. All runners are welcome.


What To Do If You're Spending the Holidays in Holden Beach
Holiday Music Shows
Each week from November 27 until December 23, 2015 the Ingram Planetarium will hold holiday music shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. These shows are free for members. Non-member prices are $9 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12) and free for ages 2 and under. Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market St., Sunset Beach, NC.


What To Do If You're Spending the Holidays in Holden Beach
OIB Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting & Flotilla
The Ocean Isle Beach annual Christmas Parade begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 28 from the Museum of Coastal Carolina. Locals call this Super Saturday because of the three big events taking place. All events are open to residents and vacationers alike.

At 5:00 p.m. the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at the Ocean Isle Beach Causeway, across the street from the Fire Department. Gather up your Christmas spirit and your best singing voice and join us for some caroling. Afterwards there will be hot cocoa, coffee and goodies at the Fire Station to await Santa’s arrival!

The 12th Annual Christmas Flotilla and Party will begin at 6 p.m. to benefit Hope Harbour Domestic Violence Shelter. Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant will host the shindig and local bands will provide music for dancing and fun after the awards.