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Spending the Holidays in Holden Beach NC

When it comes to holidays, not everyone has a large family nearby to celebrate the occasion with. For some, family is a long distance away and some simply can’t afford the time or expense to travel there. Too many others are estranged from family members for one reason or another. There are many people that simply don’t celebrate the holidays in any meaningful way at all. Well, we believe that it’s never too late to begin a new tradition.Spending the Holidays in Holden Beach


These days, many things are being redefined from the way we’ve always known things to be. Change is a good thing, right? Nothing says we have to celebrate Thanksgiving by bringing our family around the table to have a meal together. Sure, it’s the traditional way of celebrating it but new traditions within families are being developed all the time. Maybe it’s time for your family to make some.


We can’t think of any better place to start a new tradition than to celebrate a holiday in one of our Holden Beach vacation rental homes. The first year it could be just your immediate family. In subsequent years, you can invite extended family or just your friends. Some people join with other couples to celebrate and enjoy a weekend together. It’s a memorable way to spend a holiday.


Our home rentals are available right on the ocean or set back from it. All come fully furnished and beautifully decorated with beach decor. We provide many photos of our holiday beach rentals right here on our website so you can see first hand the interior and exterior of the various properties.

Spending the Holidays in Holden Beach NC

The kitchens in our vacation rentals are well equipped with everything you need to prepare a simple meal or an extravagantly elegant candlelit dinner. There’s a large grocery store in Holden Beach where you can purchase any supplies you need for meal prep, too.


With Myrtle Beach, SC, to the south and Wilmington, NC, to the north, you’ll be just a short drive from a vast assortment of entertainment, shopping and dining venues available to you. Whether you opt to rent beach bicycles and pedal along the water’s edge, play a few rounds of golf on any of the golf courses located nearby or head out on a fishing charter for the thrill of the big catch, there’s always plenty of things to do around the Brunswick Islands of coastal North Carolina no matter what time of the year it is.



Featured Property: At Ease

This month’s featured property is At Ease. A 3 bedroom, 2 bath home located at 598 Ocean Blvd. West in Holden Beach NC. You’ll feel relaxed and completely at ease when you stay in this vacation rental just steps from the oceanfront.

Featured Property: At EaseThis two story, second row home has been recently redecorated and really shines now! The open concept home provides a reverse floor plan so you’ll have the best coastal views from the living areas. Walk to the other side of the living room and the marsh and Intracoastal Waterway also provide you with relaxing views.

The large decks will beckon to you to come sit a spell and relax with a good book, your iPad or even a pillow. You’ll have your choice from three decks! Other amenities that this home provides are ceiling fans in every room, covered parking, a covered deck with a porch swing and two sun decks, full size washer/dryer, enclosed outdoor shower with hot water, all appliances, and central heat and air conditioning. If you come during the mid and prime seasons you’ll also have bed linens included in the rate.

Featured Property: At EaseSpecial rates on this month’s featured home, At Ease, are: Resort Season $1400, Travel Season $1550, Mid Season $1650, and Prime Season $1750.

If you’re interested in more details about this property or any others that you see on our website, give Holden Beach Vacations a call at 800-720-2200 or 910-842-6061. If it’s more convenient for you, we can also be reached through the Contact Us form on our website. We’d love to hear from you to discuss your upcoming vacation plans and how we can help you!


Why You Should Join the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol

If you’re looking for a way to volunteer your time and make a difference you should join the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol. You’ll be patrolling for mothers laying a nest, stranded or injured sea turtles and unattended hatchlings. While patrolling you will have the support and back up of those experienced in working for the Holden Beach turtle watch program year after year.

Why You Should Join the Holden Beach Turtle PatrolFounded in 1989, this all volunteer, nonprofit conservation organization monitors and protects the sea turtle population on Holden Beach, North Carolina.

Every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. throughout the months of June, July, and August, the Educational Committee hosts a Turtle Talk that is open to the public. These free programs are held at the Town Hall in Holden Beach at 110 Rothschild Street near the bridge. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All programs are free of charge. Donations will be accepted.

Why You Should Join the Holden Beach Turtle PatrolTurtle Talk focuses on the life cycle of the sea turtle, and how the Holden Beach Turtle program aids in the preservation of these sea turtles. A short video is shown following by a question and answer segment. Several turtle artifacts will be on display. Informational handouts with additional information will be available.

There’s also a Children’s Turtle Time on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. beginning June 25 and running through August 6. Special program for children 3, 4, 5 and 6 years old. There will be stories, crafts and games. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

We encourage you to come join us and learn more about these sea turtles that nest on our beach and how you can help. Whether you decide to be a part of the Turtle Patrol or not, you’re still welcome to attend the Turtle Talk.


10 Best Reasons to Check Us Out on Facebook

Have you visited our Alan Holden Vacations page on Facebook yet? As of right now there are 2,350 people that have Liked our page and are able to stay up-to-date with what is going on with us and our properties. Want to know what makes our page so special? We’ll give you 10 good reasons why you should visit us on Facebook, too!

10 Best Reasons to Check Us Out on Facebook

1. Like us on Facebook and when we post to our page you’ll see it in your newsfeed right away.
2. Be among the first to be notified of any special deals we have on our vacation rentals.
3. Our Feature Friday posts special properties to our Facebook page every Friday.
4. Read the great reviews that our prior guests have posted to our page and see all the nice things they say about us.
5. Like our page and be notified about local events in Holden Beach NC like the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol that is held every Wednesday night throughout the summer months.
6. Find us on Facebook then follow us to Pinterest! We’re in all the social networks!
7. Are you looking for ideas of things to do while on vacation here? See what other people are saying on our page.
8. We respond! If you post a comment on our page, we’ll reply to you fairly quickly.
9. Did you read our “Guide to a Better Holden Beach Vacation” that we posted on our Facebook page? Check it out!
10. Get in the mood. The vast number of photographs and artwork on our Facebook page are enough to get anyone in the mood for that upcoming beach vacation!


Featured Property: Doc’s LegAsea

Every week we select featured properties and showcase them on our website. Following is one of these extra special properties that we’d like to tell you about. You can view the others by following the Featured Properties link on our homepage.

Holden Beach Featured PropertyDoc’s LegAsea is a 4 bedroom home with 3 bathrooms that sleeps up to 8 people comfortably. This is a single family home that sits second row and offers gorgeous views. You’ll have 4 king size beds when you rent this beautiful home that comes with all the details you’d expect to find in a vacation home such as this.

This two-level home is located at 148 Ocean Blvd. West in Holden Beach, North Carolina. You’ll enjoy the peacefulness of sitting in the porch rockers while enjoying an ocean breeze.

Featured Property: Doc's LegAseaAmenities in this home include central heat and air, dishwasher, microwave, icemaker in fridge, washer/dryer, cable TV, stereo, DVD player, VCR, telephone and wireless internet access. Bed linens are provided for weekly rentals only during mid-season and prime season. The various outdoor amenities include an open deck for sunning yourself, covered porches (one off of 2nd floor king bedroom), outside shower with hot/cold water.

You’ll be close enough to walk to the nearby bike rental shop and get yourself some wheels to ride around the island on. In fact, why not do that when you Renting Bikes on vacationarrive and keep your rentals for the week. Everything is close enough to either walk or ride your bike to including restaurants and summer concerts at the pavilion. You won’t have far to go to get to the beach either. The beach access is located right across the street.

Check our website at for availability on this month’s featured property. We offer military discounts and senior citizen discounts on our rentals. If we can assist you in any way please call us at 800-720-2200 or 910-842-6061 or fill out the “Request More Info” form and send it to us. We’ll be back in touch very quickly.


Featured Specials on Vacation Rentals

You can save a lot when you take advantage of one of the many properties we have with Featured Specials going on. Each month more are added to the list so check back often. This month we’ll highlight a few properties here for you.

Carolina Sun - Holden Beach Vacation RentalCarolina Sun is a four bedroom, two bath home that sleeps up to 10 people. This second row home is located at 115 Ocean Blvd E Holden Beach, NC. You’ll save 10% off the weekly rate for the remaining available weeks in 2014 if you hurry. You’ll enjoy the ocean view from this cozy beach home. Amenities include central air, dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer, 3 cable TV’s, DVD player, stereo and WIFI. Outdoor amenities include enclosed outside shower with hot/cold water, private open deck in back and covered front porch, parking under house and beach access across the street. Staying here you’ll be in close walking distance to restaurants, shops and summer concerts under the bridge. This home is non-smoking and does not allow pets. Bed linens are included on weekly rentals during Mid and Prime seasons only.

Holden Beach Vacation Rental - Sand DollarBring your boat along with you when you take advantage of the special rates on Sand Dollar. $100 off all vacant weeks through August 2014. Dock your boat and relax on the porch at this 3 bedroom/2 bath canal home located at 126 Sanddollar. Enjoy the ease of single level living. This home accommodates up to 6 people. Amenities include central heat and air, dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave, icemaker, cable TV, flat screen TV’s in all bedrooms, stereo, 3 DVD players, VCR and free wireless internet access. Outdoor amenities include a covered porch and open deck, fenced backyard and outside shower with hot and cold water. This is a non-smoking home.

Super deals on Holden Beach vacation rental propertiesTake advantage of 15% off any vacant weeks in June and August 2014 when you make your reservations now to stay at Ain’t Life Grand. Enjoy the beautiful ocean and marsh views and relax while sitting on the porches. This home provides 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, accommodating up to 10 guests. Amenities include central heat and air, dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer, icemaker in fridge, cable TV’s, DVD player, VCR, wireless internet access, telephone and stereo. Beautiful hardwood floors in living areas, dual shower heads in master bath, stainless steel appliances, front and back covered porches, enclosed outside shower with hot and cold water and covered parking. Private beach access is directly across street. This is a non-smoking second row home. Bed linens are included on weekly rentals during Mid and Prime seasons only.

The fastest way to take advantage of these great rates is to call us at 800-720-2200 or 910-842-6061 and make your reservations. At Alan Holden Vacations we’d be happy to talk with you about your vacation needs for your family so you’re sure to pick the right vacation rental in Holden Beach.




Join us for the Day at the Dock Festival

Day at the Dock, a family festival

Spring is here and with the warmer weather comes the annual Day at the Dock festival. Join us this Saturday April 26th & Sunday April 27th under the Holden Beach Bridge for two days of live music, street vendors and family fun galore. Free to the public, this year’s festival adds more local vendors and events for attendants. New for 2014 are the King Mackerel and Flounder Fishing Tournaments, both feature cash prizes for the best catch. Also making their debuts this year are the Horse Shoe and Cornhole Tournaments. This weekend’s festival also offers plenty of excitement for the kids, featuring inflatable slides and bouncy houses as well as face painting and a Home Depot workshop. One event that is always popular with the kids is the Bobble race. The race is scheduled to take place around 3 p.m. Sunday; participants can buy a Bopple up until race time from any of the street vendors. A chance on a Bopple costs $1 each, or you can buy six chances for $5. At the designated race time, the Bopples will be dropped off of the Holden Beach Bridge into the Intracoastal Waterway. The first Bopple to cross the finish line wins a fabulous prize. This year’s musical guest includes the Fat Jack Band, Legree Graham Band, the Parkton UNC Praise Band, and Pantastic Steel. Of course there will be plenty of dancing lead by The Fabulous Daddy O’s who will be performing at the Holden Beach Pavilion. Here is a detailed list of event times. Saturday, April 26 9:30-12 p.m. Fat Jack Band will perform 9 a.m. Registration begins for Cardboard Box Paddle Race 12-2 p.m. WWZZ Live Broadcast 1 p.m. Cardboard Box Paddle Race Begins 1:30-4 p.m. Legree Graham Band performs 6 p.m. Street Dance with The Fabulous Daddy O’s Sunday, April 27 8 a.m. Worship Service 9:30 a.m. Motorcycle and Car Show 10-12 p.m. Parkton UNC Praise Band 12 Noon Rock the Dock Singing Competition 1- 3 p.m. Pantastic Steel 3 p.m. Bopple Race 3:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony and Closing Announcements

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Our New Vacation Rentals Website Launch!!

Hello everyone, We wanted to announce the launch of our new Alan Holden Vacations rentals website! We upgraded our website with an total makeover to make it more user friendly with a lot more features. We can still be found at the same web address Alan Holden Vacations and we think you will love it. Our new website now allows you to book a rental property, digitally sign the lease agreement instead of waiting for it to get mailed to you, and also log in at any time to make payments toward your vacation. You will also be able to see what payments have been made. Another cool function we added is that on any and every house we have, you can “Like” it and it will be added to your Facebook profile page for your friends and family to see. You will also be able to pin a house photo on “Pintrest“! Be sure to follow us on Facebook We post photos and videos of the beach almost daily so please check us out! Hope to see you back here at Holden Beach this summer! Sales on the island are picking up slowly so if you are thinking about buying a home come see us at RE/MAX at the Beach!

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2012 Rental Brochure

Sorry it has been a while since my last post. But I wanted to make a very important announcement. Our new 2012 Vacation Rental Brochure is available for viewing, downloading and printing on our website You can also email it to family and friends.

The spring weather has returned back on our little island. These past few weeks we have had temps from 65-85 degrees! The water is starting to warm up and it will soon be time to get back in the water.

Sales and building have also picked up in the last few months. Please be sure to visit our Re/Max at the Beach sales page at and check out all the great deals we have on and around the area. We also have a link on our page to see Short Sales and Foreclosures. Now is a GREAT time to buy!

Please make your arrangements for your summer rental if you have not done so already. Things are booking up quickly and we don’t want you to miss out. Hope to see you back here very soon. Also please join our Facebook page at or just search for Holden Beach Surf Report and Alan Holden Vacations. We try to upload lots of videos and photos of the surf and the surrounding area.

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Get Ready for Summer in Holden Beach!!

It is hard to believe that the summer months are fast approaching. It seems like summer 2010 just ended. Time to get those beach chairs, umbrellas and coolers out of the garage again! It has been a long, wet, cold winter here on Holden Beach this year. We are all glad that we can get out of the house and get some fresh air and maybe mow the grass. Ooops! Did I just really say mow the grass? I don’t enjoy mowing the grass a whole lot, but it is nice to get outdoors and enjoy smelling the crisp salt air again.

Over the past few weeks the traffic here on the island has been steadily increasing little by little on the weekends. Today is Good Friday (Easter Weekend) and the traffic has REALLY picked up at the gas stations and grocery stores in the last few hours. The weather looks like it will be in upper 70’s to mid-80’s over the next several days. The visitors look anxious and excited to be back at one of their favorite destinations and we are so glad to have everyone back.

Don’t forget about Days at the Dock on May 7, 2011. Started in the 1980′s, the Springtime festival called “Day at the Dock” host over 50 arts and crafts vendors and a dozen food vendors. This year the event is being held May 7th, with vendors selling their wares from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm under the Holden Beach Bridge.

Day at the Docks is FREE to the public with FREE parking and FREE live entertainment all day. This year there will be a King Mackerel Fishing Tournament, inflatable rides for the kids, huge kites flying overhead and a horseshoe tournament.

Around 3 pm (depending on the tides), the world famous “Bopple Race” takes place. Buy your “Bopples” from any merchant prior to or at the festival for a dollar. The Holden Beach Mayor Alan Holden and fellow commissioners toss the “Bopples” from the atop the Holden Beach bridge and let the currents carry them toward the designated finish line. If your Bopple is first or second to cross the finish line, you win a handsome prize. What’s a “Bopple?” Sorry, you’ll have to attend to find that out.

Don’t forget to join our Facebook page if you are on Facebook. Just search for “Holden Beach Surf Report” and “Like” us. Feel free to ask us questions, post photos from your trip to Holden Beach or just say Hi! Don’t forget to check our “Specials” page if you are wanting to come to HB and have not made arrangements yet.