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Take Advantage of Our Summer Specials

Holden Beach Implements Beach Renourishment Project

Summer feels like it has just begun in our area and with it only being July and there are still plenty of vacation home rentals for the rest of the summer! Many love to flock to the beach every summer and Holden Beach isn’t any different. The area has so much to offer whether it is happening in our town or surrounding areas you will enjoy your vacation.

A Coastal Dream is a newer property that we have to offer you and we have availability in July and August. Not only is this a new construction, but you also have access to a pool! This is a beautiful home that makes you feel like this is home sweet home and not only has granite in the kitchen but it has details that will make you want to stay here for years to come! “A Coastal Dream” is perfect for larger families or families who want to bring friends along to stay for the week! You can sleep up to 8 and comes with 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths. This home does have close beach access but does not allow pets and is a non-smoking property. Don’t let this one slip away from you this summer!

Waters Edge 431-B is available the last two weeks of July into August and is a smaller family or if a couple wants to head to the beach for a week to enjoy some relaxation. This property has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and sleeps 4. If you book any vacant week in July or August 2018 you will receive $300 off the regular weekly rate! Waters Edge 431-B is a condo and you will have an opportunity to walk to the beach, you will have covered parking which whenever it rains will help and has an easy walk to the fishing pier. Please note that this property does not allow pets and is non-smoking. Don’t let this deal pass you by!

Carolina Dreaming is one of our oceanfront properties and has so much to offer you. If you book any vacant week in 2018 you will receive $500 off the weekly rate. What an amazing deal! Who wouldn’t want to wake up and walk out onto one of the covered porches and have coffee looking at the ocean. This home has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms which can sleep 11 people! What a perfect property to have a family vacation to help end the summer and it’s perfect for a larger family. Not only is the property oceanfront but it also has an elevator, an enclosed outside shower and has a private walkway to the beach. This property does not allow pets and is non-smoking.

Blue S'kai Vacation Home

Blue S’kai is another beautiful property that we have to offer you. With 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms that sleeps 15 people can sleep all you need. And with the special of book any vacant week in August or September 2018 you will receive $400 off the regular weekly rate. With an open floor plan that allows you to spend time in the kitchen and still can see others who are relaxing in the living room. This is a newly renovated property and you will be able to experience beautiful views of the intercostal waterway, ocean and marsh. Who wouldn’t want to see that every morning? If you have kids or possibly “big kids” then they will love you more if you book this property because it includes a game room. There is so much more that this house offers you.

We do have other properties for you to be able to book for the rest of the summer into the fall that we’d love for you to check out. We want you to want to come back for years to come!


Rip Tide Awareness Week

Rip Tide Awareness Week lasts from June 4-10, 2018. The following information about rip tides and currents is from the NOAA site and is quite valuable. It’s important to know what to do if you or a family member encounters a rip tide (also called rip current) so you’ll be able to disengage from it and return to safety.

For families that are vacationing at the beach, 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 people visiting from other areas.

Rip Tide Awareness Week
Rip tides are powerful currents of water that move 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 tides 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.


Holden Beach Concert Series for Summer 2018

Holden Beach Concert Series for Summer 2018
Every year the Holden Beach Concert Series takes place at the Holden Beach Pavilion on Jordan Blvd. The series offers free live performances by local musicians every Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. through September 3, 2018.
Come out and dance a little and meet friends! The music ranges from beach music to jazz to oldies and some good old rock n’ roll. It’s a great way to end the weekend and wind down.
Refreshments are on sale to help fund the events, so plan on having dinner.
2018 Holden Beach Concert Schedule:
May 27th – Steve Owens & Summertime
June 3rd – Jim Quick & Coastline
June 10th – The Fantastic Shakers
June 17th – Band of Oz
June 24th – The Main Event Band
July 1st – Blackwater Rhythm & Blues
July 8th – The Tams
July 15th – The Entertainers
July 22nd – Carolina Breaker
July 29th – The Catalinas
August 5th – The Tonez
August 12th – The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
August 19th – Too Much Sylvia
August 26th – Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot
September 2nd – The Imitations
Holden Beach Concert Series for Summer 2018
In case of inclement weather, concerts may be cancelled. To check cancellations, please visit www.bcparks.recdesk.com or call 910-253-2031.




Where to Find Bike Rentals Around Holden Beach

Everyone loves a beach vacation but do you make the most of it you’re here? This year, don’t just spend all of your time lounging on the beach and playing in the surf. Rent a bicycle from one of the businesses below and go exploring! There’s so much to see here you can’t even imagine what you’re missing!
Where to Find Bike Rentals Around Holden Beach
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! You’ll discover the sand is the best for riding on during low tide right after the full moon.
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.
If you’re planning that vacation and haven’t booked a place to stay yet, take a look at our vacation rentals on Holden Beach and the nearby areas. We’re sure to have the perfect place to accommodate you on your beach vacation.


Spring is an Ideal Time for a Beach Vacation

If you’re dreaming of a vacation April is the perfect month to enjoy some time away at the NC coast! With spring upon us and the early arrival of Easter this year (April 1st) there  are events taking place all around Holden Beach NC from the Azalea Festival in Wilmington to the Days at the Docks Festival in Holden Beach. Choose your Easter vacation accommodations on our site then choose the dates you want to come and book your rental online. It’s just that easy!

Easter at the Old Sunset Beach Bridge
Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Old Bridge Preservation Society is sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt, so bunny hop over to the Sunset Beach Town Park on Saturday. The members of the OBPS Special Events Committee have planned a number of activities and games for attendees. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance. Admission is free and all are welcome. Photo opportunities will be plentiful. Events take place at the Sunset Beach Town Park beginning at 1:00. If the weather looks questionable, call 910.363.6585 before venturing out, as we don’t want anyone disappointed.    For more information please check the Old Bridge Preservation Society website, oldbridgepreservationsociety.org or call 910-363-6585.

Spring is the Perfect Time for a Beach Vacation
The 2018 North Carolina Azalea Festival
April 11, 2018 – April 15, 2018
The 71st Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival will be held April 11-15 in the nearby greater Wilmington area. The festival is a celebration of Wilmington’s outstanding gardens, artwork, culture and rich history. Since its inception in 1948, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has blossomed into an extended weekend celebration that attracts more than 300,000 people and generates more than $51 million for the local economy. The annual fstival showcases the rich array of artwork, gardens, history and culture in the community through recreational, educational and family-oriented events. For more information on the upcoming 71st Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival, visit www.ncazaleafestival.org or contact Executive Director Alison Baringer at (910) 216-9400.

Spring is the Perfect Time for a Beach Vacation
Holden Beach Days at the Docks Festival
April 28 – April 29, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Days at the Docks is the Holden Beach way to kick off the Spring and start the vacation season. Enjoy many arts & crafts vendors and food vendors, live music and entertainment, a cardboard box paddle race, hermit crab races, and the world famous “Bopple Race.” There will be lots of activities for the entire family and a children’s area for the kids. The Cardboard Box Paddle Race and Hermit Crab Races will be on Saturday and the Family Fun Run and the Bopple Race will be on Sunday. Free admission and free parking. The event is held at Jordan Blvd under the Holden Beach Bridge. For more information, check the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association website.




Holden Beach Vacation Rentals with Hot Tubs

There’s nothing quite as soothing as soaking in a hot tub. Whether it’s after a day of golfing on your vacation, shopping ’til you drop or just to help you to relax and sleep better at night, a hot tub can work wonders for you.
If you’re looking for vacation rentals in Holden Beach that has a hot tub check out the following available properties. These area subject to change at any given time so check back often and run your own search of available properties.

Holden Beach Vacation Rentals with Hot Tubs

Sundance is a 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom, oceanfront home that sleeps up to 10 people comfortably. Located at 169 Ocean Blvd West Holden Beach, NC, this property has everything you could dream of. There’s a private swimming pool (heated by electric heat pump September 1 – Oct 31 and March 1 – June 1). This homes boasts whirlpool tubs, game room with pool table and ping pong, king size beds, elevator (extra charge), washer/dryer, and more. Outdoors you’ll enjoy the two covered porches, sundeck, two showers (one with h/c water) and your own private walkway to the beach.
Holden Beach Vacation Rentals with Hot Tubs

Seaduction is a 6 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom, oceanfront home that will comfortably sleep up to 12 people. Located at 181 Ocean Blvd West Holden Beach, NC, this home offers gorgeous coastal views. Indoor amenities offer central heat/air, dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer, ice maker, a gourmet kitchen, 2 living rooms (each with a big screen color cable TV with surround sound), color cable TVs, DVD/VCR combos, high-speed internet access, stereo and telephone. Outdoor features include 3 covered porches, 2 outside showers (one enclosed with h/c water), parking underneath the house, elevator (with $250 deposit), whirlpool tub, sundeck and private walkway to the beach.
At Alan Holden Vacations we also have a large selection of homes with swimming pools, some with optional heat available during the off-season months. Contact us for more information.


Where to Find Accessible Homes in Holden Beach

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.

Where to Find Accessible Homes in Holden Beach
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.

Where to Find Accessible Homes in Holden Beach
‘Why Not?’ is a cozy 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom oceanfront home located at 1043 Ocean Blvd. West. Enjoy the ocean breeze as you relax on the deck while taking in the view. This single level home accommodates up to 8 guests. Amenities include central heat/air, washer/dryer, microwave, dishwasher, cable TVs, DVD player, VCR, telephone and wireless internet access. This home also has a ramp on the oceanside providing wheelchair access to house. Enjoy the ocean views on the covered porch or open deck. This is a non-smoking home.

We also have a large number of vacation homes in Holden Beach that come with elevators, making it easier to travel from one floor to another.


Spending Christmas and New Year’s in Holden Beach

This is the time of year that puts nearly everyone in a festive mood. It’s the combination of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ with all the colorful decorations and gifts we exchange with each other and the arrival of a brand new year. Here at Alan Holden Vacations Christmas and New Year’s in Holden Beach is one of our most favorite times of the year. When you’re looking for holiday accommodations, look no further than right here in Holden Beach.

Spending Christmas and New Year's in Holden Beach
We think this is an awesome time to be visiting the beach – especially this year with the mild temperatures. Maybe the family you were hoping to stay with over the holidays hasn’t the room due to unexpected guests arriving and now you’re looking for vacancy somewhere. Or perhaps on a whim you up and took a holiday vacation. That’s a super idea! Take advantage of our specials!

If you find yourself looking for a last minute holiday rental over Christmas and New Year’s be sure to give us a call and we can give you a great price on any length of stay. Make your reservations on our website and take advantage of last minute rates.

Spending Christmas and New Year's in Holden Beach
For those who are still Christmas shopping we have an idea that would help you out when you have that very special person close to you that has everything. How about the gift of paid accommodations for two to Holden Beach, North Carolina! We have a large number of oceanfront accommodations, any of which would be ideal to light up someone’s life this season! It’s truly a phenomenal gift to give that special person in your life!

Give us a call at 800-720-2200 or 910-842-6061 and we’ll help you secure the perfect accommodations for you and your family over the holidays. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!


The Most Popular Holiday Events Taking Place Around Ocean Isle Beach

It’s that favorite time of the year when the holidays are upon us. This time of the year is  filled with preparations of all types from planning and shopping to wrapping gifts and maybe even dreaming of some time away.  If you’re planning on treating yourself to a getaway to Holden Beach, NC, you’ll want to secure your holiday vacation rental soon thru Alan Holden Vacations. While you’re at it, be sure to check out the most popular holiday events taking place in the area. They only come around once each year!
You’re going to be pleased with the off-season rates on accommodations this time of the year. You will save a bundle and we know at this time of year you could stand to do that! Take all the money you’ll save on your accommodations and treat yourself to a good time this holiday season. Here are the top holiday events in the area.
Ocean Isle Beach Christmas Tree Lighting

1. The Ocean Isle Beach Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting takes place on Saturday, November 25. The holiday parade kicks off at from the Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot at 2 p.m. Following the parade the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at the Causeway, along the mainland side of the bridge, across the street from the Fire Department at 4 p.m. Then Santa will make an appearance at the OIB Fire Department from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Come out and enjoy this free community event!
Ocean Isle Beach Christmas Flotilla

2. Join us on Saturday, November 25, 2017 for the 14th Annual Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla. This boat parade starts at 5:30 p.m. in front of Inlet View Bar and Grill and proceeds down the Intracoastal Waterway to the commercial canal in front of Sharky’s Restaurant where the judging will take place. The boats will be all “decked out” for Christmas!  After the awards a Christmas party with live music will be provided by Sharky’s.  There will be items for auction and T- shirts will be available.  Boat entries require a $25.00 donation.  For more information or to enter a boat, call 910-612-7799 or 910-612-2793 or visit www.OceanIsleBeachFlotilla.com
Ingram Planetarium Holiday Laser Light Show

3. Beginning November 23, Ingram Planetarium will present its Holiday Laser Music Show at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This show features colorful laser images displayed on the domed ceiling of the Sky Theater accompanied by holiday music that includes such classics as Sleigh Ride, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Winter Wonderland, and Jingle Bell Rock. The holiday laser music show runs through the end of the year and is appropriate for all ages. Admission to laser music shows is free for Planetarium members. Non-member per-show admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for ages 3-4, and free for ages 2 and under. Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach, NC. For more information, call 910-575-0033 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.
11th Annual Christmas Train Show in NC

4. Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue in Ocean Isle Beach will be hosting their 12th Annual Christmas Toy & Train Show on Friday, Dec. 1 from 6-9 p.m.; Sat & Sun, Dec 2-3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sat & Sun, Dec 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Layouts include the smallest “Z” scale toted in a suitcase to larger N, HO, O and G-scale models in over 20 different layouts. Train enthusiasts and kids of all ages will enjoy this fun event. Displays are highlighted with authentic train sounds, adding bells and whistles to an already popular pastime. There will be baked goods, train vendors, a train raffle and Santa Claus! Free admission. Donations welcome. Location: 758 Longwood Road, Ocean Isle Beach, NC.
airlie gardens

5. Gather the family for a stroll through the Enchanted Airlie Gardens in Wilmington to enjoy holiday flowers, festive lights, live music, a working model train and more.  This festive celebration of the holidays is held Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2, 8-10, and 13-22, 2017. There are two run-times per evening: 5-7 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The 5-7 p.m. ticket holders may arrive no earlier than 4:45 p.m. & no later than 6 p.m. You must exit by 7 p.m.The 7-9 p.m. ticket holders may arrive no earlier than 6:45 p.m. & no later than 8 p.m. You must exit by 9 p.m.
All of us at Alan Holden Vacations would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday season!



Why Not Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition in Our Holiday Vacation Rentals

As the days get shorter and the promise of a new season is at our doorstep, thoughts turn to the upcoming holiday season. Now is the time to make plans for a Thanksgiving getaway where you can begin a new family tradition this year. At Alan Holden Vacations we have nearly 300 vacation rentals for you to choose from. You’ll have your choice of single family homes, condominiums and duplexes that include oceanfront homes, second row homes, canal front or a dunes location. You’re sure to find the perfect holiday vacation home where you can turn this holiday season into the best ever!
Why Not Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition in Our Holiday Vacation Rentals
Did you know that Holden Beach and Brunswick County, NC area is one of the east coast’s premier golfing destinations? Bring your golf clubs with you when you come because Brunswick County is home to over 30 golf courses! When you’re done playing our area courses, drive south to Myrtle Beach and there are over 110 more courses to be played!
You won’t find all the commercialism, flashing neon signs or high-rise buildings in Holden Beach. We’re a small and quiet “family beach”. Our beach town has been recognized by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as one of the “38 Best American Beaches” and was rated 9th out of all U.S. beaches in the “Family Beach” category. We’ve also been classified as one of “America’s Top Ten Family Beaches!”
Why Not Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition in Our Holiday Vacation Rentals
Since 1756, when the Holden family purchased the island from England for 50 shillings, the Holden’s have been promoting natural coastal development and welcoming new guests to this beautiful paradise by the sea.
We invite your family to come spend the holidays at Holden Beach and be a part of our family of guests and staff at Alan Holden Vacations. Book your rental, pack your bags, grab your sunglasses and come visit us. We look forward to meeting you!