Fall is a Great Time to Visit Holden Beach

Fall is a Great Time to Visit Holden Beach

Are you and your family looking to head to the beach this fall to experience what the weather is like? Many families love to visit the North Carolina Southern Coast during the fall months because the weather is still warm enough to enjoy the sand.  Staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals will keep you close to the beach and to where some of the fun fall festivals are happening. Let’s look below at where your family can enjoy some fun at some of the festivals happening around on the North Carolina Southern Coast.

Sunset at Sunset Festival

Fall is a Great Time to Visit Holden Beach

Head over to nearby town Sunset Beach to experience their very own fall festival. The town of Sunset Beach is hosting a community block party where your family can enjoy lots of food, fun and arts & crafts. This is the 13th year that the festival has been going on and many locals love heading to it for family quality time. From getting to listen to some amazing music all day to trying new food from many local restaurants, there’s always something for everyone. Don’t miss coming to this fun day being held on October 5th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in Sunset Beach!

39th Annual NC Oyster Festival

Don’t miss this year’s annual NC Oyster Festival happening in Ocean Isle Beach this year. This happens to be the 39th year that they have been hosting it and we can tell you that you won’t want to miss out on any of the fun. On October 19th and 20th your family can get to experience this amazing festival that will have lots of fun things for everyone in the family. From listening to live music to eating your weight of oysters there is something for everyone. And don’t go home empty handed as you explore the arts and crafts from the local vendors that will be at the festival this year. Take home one of their treasures to remember your trip to Holden Beach or give as gifts for Christmas this year. No matter what this is a festival you don’t want to miss!

Wilmington’s Riverfest

Fall is a Great Time to Visit Holden Beach

Coming back for another year is Wilmington’s Riverfest happening by the waterfront in downtown Wilmington. This fun 2-day event is one that many families who live on the North Carolina Coast love to head to every year. From getting to try new foods from many of the local restaurants to getting to watch fireworks like it’s the 4th of July. We can guarantee that no one in the family will be bored. This weekend long festival will be one that you won’t want to miss with the family. Plus, there will be a street fair, kids’ zone and much more! Just think of heading to Wilmington for the day as you explore the other festivals happening around the area.

Vacationing to the North Carolina Coast during the month of October is fun for the whole family. There is something for everyone to enjoy besides soaking up the sunshine on the beach and it’s fun to explore new places too. If you haven’t made your reservations to get away for a week or even a small getaway, now is the time. We still have plenty of Holden Beach vacation rentals that will keep your family close to all the fun festivals. We hope to see you this fall as you explore and experience what it’s like to come to the beach during the fall months!

5 Kid-Friendly Activities Perfect for the Beach

5 Kid-Friendly Activities Perfect for the Beach

Summer for kids means only one thing, it’s time for the annual trip to Holden Beach. Holden Beach is a great place to take your family vacation every year and get to spend as much time on the sand. Staying in one of our Oceanfront vacation homes will keep you and your family close to the beach. We have a few kid-friendly activities that are perfect for playing on the beach with the family below.

Tic-Tac-Toe Fun

5 Kid-Friendly Activities Perfect for the Beach

Who doesn’t love a good classic game of tic-tac-toe with the kids? But this game is even more fun when played in the sand. All you need is a stick to help draw the squares in the sand and some seashells that the kids collected from the beach to use as the X & O. What a great game to play with the kids and have a friendly game with them. Think of how much fun they can have with learning how to play the game in the sand!

Musical Towels

Another great activity that can be played on the beach and with the whole family would be musical towels. Have a towel for each member of the family and lay the towels out on the beach in a circle. We also recommend that you bring a small radio or a smartphone with speakers so you can play musical towels. Play just as you would play musical chairs but only on the beach soaking up the sun!

Build Sand Animals

5 Kid-Friendly Activities Perfect for the Beach

Instead of building the perfect sandcastle build sand animals instead. What a great way to challenge your kids to build their favorite animal in the sand. What you will need to build these beautiful animals in the sand are a bucket, shovel and your kids’ imagination. You can always split into teams and see what family member has made the best sand animal together. What a great way to spend time with the family on the beach where everyone can be in on the action.

Play Sand Skeeball

Have you ever gone to an arcade and played skeeball? This version is a little more fun and entertaining as you are playing in the sand with the kids. You will need to have a small ball that the kids can roll down the sand to go into the holes. Next you want to dig 10 holes into the sand that will be in the shape of a triangle and roll the ball down the “lane”.  Be sure to assign each hole with a point value so that you can tally up who won.

Build a Sandman

5 Kid-Friendly Activities Perfect for the Beach

Since snow is a rare sighting at the beach during the summer, it’s time to build a sandman instead. This is the kid’s version of a snowman but building out of the sand on the beach. Make sure that each child has a bucket and a shovel to help build their sandman. For the eyes and other features that you will find on a snowman you can find right there on the beach. Grab a few shells for the eyes, smile and buttons down the sandman. Find a piece of driftwood for the nose and hands. And finally, if you happen to find some seaweed, use that as the scarf on their sandman. Take a picture with each kid sitting or standing next to their creation and take a picture to help remember the fun they had.

There are many other fun kid-friendly activities that you can do on the beach, but these were a few to share with you. If you haven’t made reservations for your next beach getaway, check out what Oceanfront vacation homes are available. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you make new memories with the few kid-friendly activities listed above!

Don’t Miss These 4th of July Events

Don't Miss These 4th of July Events

It’s hard to believe that the 4th of July will be here and that means so is your family vacation. Many families love to come to Holden Beach every summer to celebrate the birth of our country with their friends and family. Staying in one of our Ocean Front vacation homes will help you stay close to where the fun will begin. Let’s take a look at what some of the fun things that you and your family can do while you stay with us below. 

Ocean Isle Beach July 4th Festival

Don't Miss These 4th of July Events

If your family is looking for a fun July 4th festival then head over to Ocean Isle Beach on Thursday, July 4th where you can watch the 4th of July Parade. The parade will begin at 10:00 am and you will be able to see the spectacular decorated floats & golf carts, If you would like to watch the fireworks, head over on July 3rd to the Ocean Isle Beach Pier to view them. Don’t miss the fun that Ocean Isle Beach has to offer you on your next family vacation to Holden Beach. 

4th of July in Southport

The City of Southport has an amazing 4th of July celebration that will begin on July 1st and ends on July 4th, 2019. Your family will be able to enjoy several different things such as the Flag Raising Ceremony, Veteran’s Recognition Ceremony and so much more. There will be plenty of things for the kids to do as there will be entertainment, games and even a pancake breakfast. Make this a tradition to visit every year as you celebrate this festival.

Fireworks in Wilmington

Don't Miss These 4th of July Events

If you are looking for a great fireworks show, then head to nearby Wilmington on July 4th. There are several different places where your family can sit down and relax to watch the annual 4th of July fireworks. One of the best places to sit and watch them would be at Battleship Park. Bring a blanket or towel to sit down and enjoy the amazing display. The firework display will begin around 9:00 pm so come and grab a quick bite to eat and find the perfect spot by the waterfront to watch the fireworks display. What a fun evening to spend in nearby Wilmington with the family. 

While there are many other events happening along the North Carolina Coast, we thought you’d enjoy these. If you still haven’t found a place to stay for your vacation, then check out some of these Ocean Front vacation homes today. We hope that your family has a wonderful vacation and a safe 4th of July!

Holden Beach Sea Turtles – Everything You Need to Know [2021 Update]

Each summer, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the shores of Holden Beach for rest, relaxation, and fun in the sun. But about a month before the tourists start arriving from across the Holden Beach Bridge, another guest checks-in for their stay—mother loggerhead sea turtles ready to lay their eggs along the beach strand.

Holden Beach Sea Turtle Fast Facts:

Common Name: Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Scientific Name: Caretta caretta
Nesting Season: May-October
Diet: Shellfish, crabs, clams, mussels, shrimp, sponges, jellyfish, seaweed, algae
Size (adult): 30-42 inches long
Weight (adult): 155-375 lbs.
Avg. Life Span: 50+ years

When Will the Sea Turtles Come Back in 2021?

The sea turtles will return to Holden Beach at the start of nesting season, which begins as early as May 01, 2021. When exactly they’ll make their first appearance varies from year to year, but the first 3 weeks of May is typically when they’re spotted.

Holden Beach sea turtle fun fact: when sea turtles hatch, it’s called a boil! It got the name because the newborn sea turtles crawl out of the sand and head to the water very quickly and in large groups – almost like the sand is boiling!

Sea Turtle Nests on Holden Beach

Sea turtle returning to sea after spending some time on shore.
Sea turtle returning to sea after spending some time on shore.

The average day in the life of a sea turtle consists of feeding, frolicing, and resting in the water. But from May to October, mother sea turtles will hit the beach to lay their eggs—this is known as the sea turtle nesting season. Male sea turtles will never leave the water, but female loggerheads come to shore once every few years to nest and lay their eggs. Each female will lay anywhere from two to seven nests per season, and lay about 120 eggs per nest.

After the eggs are laid, the mama sea turtle never returns to the nest. Instead, she will visit different parts of the beach to lay new nests and eggs, taking about 2 weeks off to rest between each nest. Once the nesting season is over, mama sea turtles typically take anywhere from two to three years off to rest and recharge before laying any more eggs. All in all, sea turtles lay anywhere from 1,900 to 2,300 eggs in a lifetime.

When Do Sea Turtles Arrive in Holden Beach?

Sea turtle nesting season on Holden Beach takes place from May 1 to October 31.

Each May, loggerhead sea turtles make their way to the shores of Holden Beach and North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands for the start of sea turtle nesting season. Their nesting season is from May through October in North and South Carolina, but varies slightly in other regions. If you haven’t experienced it first hand, it’s hard to imagine why sea turtle nesting is such a big deal. But witnessing the yearly pilgrimage of hatchlings heading out to sea for the first time is truly marvelous. See for yourself by booking a stay in one of our Holden Beach rentals!

Holden Beach Turtle Watch Program

Volunteers known as the Holden Beach Turtle Watch, or Turtle Patrol, begin scouring the beaches for sea turtle nests as early as May 1st. They ride ATVs up and down the nine mile beach strand, looking for turtle tracks, disturbed sand, or other signs of sea turtle nesting. Turtles are not particularly stealthy creatures, and can be easy to track if you know what you’re looking for. Pay close attention for 2 sets of small tracks running towards Holden Beach, and back towards the Atlantic Ocean, as this is a telltale sign of a mama sea turtle coming ashore for nesting season.

Sea Turtle eggs covered in sand on Holden Beach
Sea Turtle eggs covered in sand on Holden Beach

When the Turtle Patrol finally comes across a sea turtle crawl, they then set out to find the eggs and nest. If the nest is in a safe location, it is marked with stakes, ribbon, and a warning sign to keep curious beachgoers from getting too close. If the nest is in an unsafe location, the Turtle Patrol will carefully move it to a safer area. Once the nests are secure and marked, they will be monitored for the next 50-70 days as the eggs incubate and the nest hatches.

Holden Beach Turtle Talk

The Turtle Patrol hosts weekly educational sessions every Wednesday in June, July, and August at 7 p.m. at Holden Beach Town Hall. Turtle Talk sessions touch on everything related to sea turtles and include updates on the Turtle Watch Program and their findings. Guests of all ages are encouraged to attend Turtle Talks, which are free of admission charge. Doors open at 6:30, so be sure to get there early if you want a guaranteed seat.

How You Can Help Protect Our Sea Turtles

How we protect the sea turtle nests on Holden Beach.

The City of Holden Beach takes protecting out loggerhead sea turtles very seriously. If you see any unattended hatchlings, unmarked nests, or injured or stranded turtles, please call 910-754-0766. This number is a 24/7 hotline for the Holden Beach Turtle Watch Stranding Team, so please only call for turtle emergencies. Here are some more safety tips that you should keep in mind:

  • If you happen to see a mother turtle or their nest, please keep your distance from them.
  • If you’re staying in one an oceanfront Holden Beach rental between May 1 and October 31, be sure to turn off your exterior lights and close any interior window blinds at night. The light from these homes can disrupt and confuse the turtles.
  • If you venture out on the beach at night between May 1 and October 31, please turn your flashlights off. Sea turtles rely on moonlight to help guide them back to sea.
  • Make sure that you bring your beach equipment back to your vacation rental after a nice day at the beach. We don’t want the turtles to get caught in them while they are on the sand.
  • Please keep the beaches clean from any trash or plastic on the days you spend at the beach. We like to keep our beaches free of trash to help with the new hatchlings as much as we can.
  • If you happen to see a mother who is in distress, injured or any unmarked nests, please contact the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol emergency number at 910-754-0766 for 24/7 assistance.
A baby sea turtle takes its first few steps from the nest.
A baby sea turtle takes its first few steps from the nest.

While there are many other things you can do to help protect the nests and hatchlings while you are on vacation, these are the most important that we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t made your vacation reservations, check out our Holden Beach vacation rentals today. We hope that you and your family will be able to see a sea turtle on your next vacation to Holden Beach!

Don’t Miss the 2019 Holden Beach Concert Series this Summer

Don’t Miss the 2019 Holden Beach Concert Series this Summer

Have you ever vacationed in Holden Beach during the summer, then you are missing out on some fun! Each year the Holden Beach Concert Series begins at the Holden Beach Pavilion under the Holden Beach bridge. This series offers our guests free live performances by local musicians every Sunday night at 6:30 pm. The series begins on May 26th and ends on September 1st, 2019. And when you are staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals, then you will be close to the fun for your next vacation. Let’s look at the line up for this year’s Concert Series below.

2019 Holden Beach Concert Series Lineup

  • May 26th – Steve Owens and Summertime
  • June 2nd – Carolina Breakers
  • June 9th – The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
  • June 16th – Blackwater Rhythm and Blues
  • June 30th – Jim Quick and Coastline
  • July 7th – The Tams
  • July 14th – Gary Lowder & Smokin Hot
  • July 21st – The Entertainers
  • July 28th – Big Time Band
  • August 4th – North Tower
  • August 11th – Tim Clark
  • August 18th – Too Much Sylvia
  • August 25th. – The Extraordinaires
  • September 1st – The Imitations

Fun with the Family

Don’t Miss the 2019 Holden Beach Concert Series this Summer

If you have never attended one of these concerts, then you have been missing out on fun with the family. Here you can dance together and enjoy time outdoors with the ones you love and can just enjoy the live music. There will be refreshments available for purchase during the live entertainment, so if you haven’t eaten dinner yet, there will be a few things there to grab. What a great way to start out your vacation with your family.

If you still have not made your summer vacation reservations to Holden Beach this year, now is the time. We have plenty of vacation rentals that will work for all size families who want to come and enjoy the beach. We can’t wait to see you and your family this coming up season!

Best Places to Get Coffee in Holden Beach

Best Places to Get Coffee in Holden Beach

Are you and your family going on Vacation to Holden Beach and you are wondering where you can get the best coffee at? We can tell you that we know where the best spots to grab a cup of coffee or two from in the area. Many locals like to get their daily dose of caffeine at these places and we thought that we’d share them with you. If you are staying with us in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals, you won’t be too far away from any of them. Let’s look at our top picks for the best places to get coffee while on vacation in Holden Beach.

Cappuccino by the Sea

Best Places to Get Coffee in Holden Beach

Cappuccino by the Sea has been open for over 25 years and is not like any other coffee shop around. Here you and your family can come in, paint some pottery, shop and enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea. Fresh coffee is made every morning and afternoon and they serve Columbian coffee. Also, in the summer time while the weather is hot, you can get served cold coffee along with coffee ice cubes. You may notice that if your coffee will get stronger as the ice melts, but for many it only makes the coffee better. They do serve other drinks as well such as Chai Tea, Frappuccino, Lemonade and hot chocolate. Don’t miss this gem on your next vacation to Holden Beach.

Café Ahora

For those days where you just want a nice cup of coffee and munch on a little treat, then we have the perfect location. Café Ahora is located just before you come onto the island on Holden Beach Road. In a quaint location you will be able to find several different coffee options for you to choose from. From a hot cup of coffee to a Cold Brew to even smoothies, there is something for everyone in the family. And treat yourself to a little treat such as a Chocolate Chunk Cookie or a muffin. They also do offer specials for their customers as well which is why many of the locals love this coffee shop.

Jumpin’ Java Espresso

Best Places to Get Coffee in Holden Beach

Jumpin’ Java Espresso is located in nearby town, Shallotte and is known to many as to have some of the best coffee around. They offer many classic options such as Caramel Lattes, Americano, Daily Brews and Caramel Macchiato’s for you to enjoy. They also offer cold options and frozen drinks for you to sip on. And let’s not forget about their signature drinks that everyone raves about such as their German Chocolate Cake, Monkey Business, Milky Way and the famous Shallotte’. Jumpin’ Java Espresso also has other drinks such as Hot Chocolate, Italian Soda, and Smoothies for those who don’t drink coffee. Don’t miss this coffee shop while you are on vacation or leaving to go home.

OIB Surf & Java

If you are looking for another great coffee shop in the area, then head on over to Ocean Isle Beach for a different kind of coffee shop. OIB Surf & Java is like no other coffee shop out there are you cannot only get coffee, but you can also shop for surfing things. They are locally owned, and it happens to be a favorite spot for many of the locals to flock to. They do offer different and unique flavors of Lattes and Frappes and for those who don’t care for coffee they have smoothies and tea for you. With so many different options for you to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one. Get a little shopping done while you enjoy your coffee or treat by looking at clothing, surfboards and more. Come check out why the locals love this little shop!

While there are many other options for coffee shops in the area, these are the few we’d thought that you would enjoy. If you are still on the hunt for a place to stay this year for either Spring Break or for the summer, then check out our Holden Beach vacation rentals today. We can’t wait to see you and your family on your next vacation to the area!

Must Have Items for Your Beach Bag

Must Have Items for Your Beach Bag

Headed to the sandy beaches of the North Carolina Coast for your vacation this year? Nothing says vacation like spending the day at one of our beautiful beaches. When staying in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals, having the right beach bag essentials will help make your vacation much better. Be sure to check your “beach bag” must have list before you leave for your trip to guarantee you’ll have a good time.

Must Have Beach Bag Items

Beach Bag

Having the right beach bag can make ALL the difference in the world. Sure, you can throw all of your items into any old bag, but did you know that all beach bags were not created equal. We suggest looking at the size, water and sand resistance, security and stylish when searching for your bag. We have found that even using a backpack, diaper bag or an even a large utility tote bag works perfect for a beach bag.

Beach Towels

Pack a towel for everyone in your family whether you are going to sit in the sun or swim in the ocean. Bringing an extra towel with you is always a good idea especially if you have little ones with you. Having a beach towel with a different design can help each member in your group remember which one theirs is. We also suggest that you make a pocket or two for your beach towels too. Just sew a few pockets on one end of the towel to keep a few things handy like sunscreen or your sunglasses.


Must Have Items for Your Beach Bag

With the southern sun on Holden Beach, sunscreen is a must for any beach bag. Use a sunscreen that is designed for your beach activities such as waterproof, sport, high SPF, etc.). Dermatologists recommend that you use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF while you are enjoying the sunshine. And don’t forget to Reapply throughout your day as we don’t want you to ruin your vacation the very first day your here with a sunburn. If you do happen to get a little more sun than you planned, make sure to have some aloe in your bag as well.

Water Resistant Phone Pouch or Plastic Bag

Between the water, sun and sand, the beach is filled with many things that can damage your phone. Bringing a water-resistant pouch to the beach can be a lifesaver for many. If you come on vacation and realize you don’t have one, a sandwich bag or Ziploc bag will do the same as the phone pouch. They will keep your phone protected from the elements at the beach and you can even use it while it’s in the bag or pouch.

Mesh Bag for Sand Toys

Must Have Items for Your Beach Bag

When you go on vacation with kids, bringing toys to play in the sand is a must. But we understand that bringing back the sand into your car or vacation rental can be a hassle. If you pack in your beach bag a mesh bag such as a laundry bag or a bag specifically for beach toys can help eliminate the mess. Just throw the sandy toys into the bag, give it a good shake or two and leave the sand behind at the beach. You should be able to find these bags at any store or you can purchase them online too.

Hat & Sunglasses

Bringing both of these items can be very useful for anyone who visits the beach. The sun in the south is a lot warmer than it would be up north, and so we want to make sure you are protected. Having sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun bright rays and will offer you some relief when trying to keep an eye on your little ones playing. Whether you have a floppy hot or a baseball cap, you will be happy that you brought these along with you. Be sure to pack one for each member of your family.

Reusable Water Bottle

When you are spending the day in the sun and at the beach, you will want to stay hydrated as well. Throw a few water bottles in the cooler or bring a reusable bottle such as a Yeti Cup or an insulated bottle as they will keep your drink ice cold all day long. The sun and salt will dry you out so make sure that you have enough water to go around for everyone in your family for the whole day.

Baby Powder

Must Have Items for Your Beach Bag

You may not have thought that this would be a must, but it is whenever you go to the beach. Whether you are staying in a vacation rental or you decided to drive your car to the beach access, sand will be all over you when you leave the beach. So, bringing baby powder in your beach bag will magically get the sand off of your body without irritation and leave a nice scent too. This is perfect for everyone in the family and not just the kids.

Fitted Sheet

Many years ago, we learned of an easier way to keep your food and beach items sand free. Bring a fitted sheet with you from home that you can prop up on the beach. Use the cooler, beach bag, and a few other things to help keep the area clean. If you have younger kids that don’t like the feel of the sand, this is a way they too can enjoy the beach without the upset of getting sand in their mouths, or even the food.

There are many other items that you can pack into your beach bag for your next trip to Holden Beach, but these are the must have items we thought you should have with you. If you are still looking for a place to stay for your next getaway or vacation, then check out our Holden Beach vacation rentals today. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you enjoy the North Carolina Coast!

Holden Beach is the Perfect Valentine’s Day Destination

Holden Beach is the Perfect Valentine’s Day Destination

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it and now is the perfect time to plan a romantic getaway to Holden Beach. With the hustle and bustle that can happen after the holidays, it’s the ideal time to reconnect with your partner for a little getaway. This year instead of planning a night of dinner and a movie, then make your Valentine’s Day getaway a romantic one that your loved one will never forget. We have come up with a few easy steps to plan your perfect Valentine’s Day getaway.

Find & Book the Perfect Vacation Home

The first step that you can’t leave out would have to be to find and book the perfect romantic vacation rental. Holden Beach offers visitors a variety of beautiful and well-appointed vacation rentals that you can choose from. Many of our home’s features oceanfront views, pools, hot tubs and sound front views that will help set the mood for romance. If you are a little worried that you won’t find the perfect location, don’t be. We have vacation rentals close to the area’s best attractions or if you’d like to be a little more secluded, we have those as well. Don’t forget that you are spending the weekend away from the busy life back home, so find a rental that will help the two of you escape for some relaxation.

Plan a Surprise

Holden Beach is the Perfect Valentine’s Day Destination

There is one way that you can inject some real passion into your getaway is to plan a surprise for you loved one. The surprise doesn’t have to be extravagant but make it simple and yet sweet such as having champagne and strawberries ready, or having flowers delivered to your vacation rental. Another sweet surprise you can do is to schedule a couple’s massage at a local spa. Think about what your partner likes and plan a surprise around that or a few things. No matter what you decide to plan, they will be surprised either way.

Go on a Couple’s Adventure

Holden Beach holds an endless amount of exciting and fun things to do in the area with your loved one. Whether you are staying with us for a weekend or a week, there is plenty of time to enjoy a little fun. When you are planning what romantic adventure, make sure to pick the things you’d like to do as a couple. Some of the things you can do is taking a walk on the beach, taking a deep-sea fishing trip or go taste some wine. There are many locations where you can take a day trip to say Myrtle Beach or to Wilmington, the possibilities are endless here.

Dine Together

Holden Beach is the Perfect Valentine’s Day Destination

Your Valentine’s Day getaway has to include a romantic dinner. Here at Holden Beach you will be able to find several local restaurants that you may want to give a try. If you are into seafood, then we suggest Castaways Raw Bar & Grill or Dock House Seafood & More. There are many options that are available in Holden Beach and many more options in the surrounding area. No matter what you are in the mood for to celebrate Valentine’s Day, there is something for you and your loved one here at the beach.


Sometimes on of the hardest things that many of us can’t do is disconnect from the outside life, but since you are on your romantic getaway set the technology away. Don’t worry about posting a picture or two of what you’re doing on Instagram or other social media accounts but enjoy your trip kid free and technology free. Holden Beach is quiet during the month of February so you will be able to enjoy the slower pace on the beach. While leaving your phone behind at your vacation rental may be difficult especially if you have children, just take a moment away from social media and enjoy the peace and quiet. We promise you will be glad you did.

Now that you have everything you need to plan your next romantic getaway to Holden Beach this Valentine’s Day, it’s time to book your trip. If you would like to learn more about what Holden Beach vacation rentals are available, please check out our inventory or give us a call today. We hope that you and your loved one will enjoy taking this romantic trip away from the busy life at home and enjoy each other!

Plan Your 2019 Vacation to Holden Beach Today

Plan Your 2019 Vacation to Holden Beach Today

2019 will be here before you know it so, now is the time to plan your next family vacation. The temps might be cold outside right now, but soon it will be perfect beach weather. Take advantage of planning your next vacation to Holden Beach early to get the most out of your vacation. It’s always nice to have your vacation planned so that when it’s vacation time, you can enjoy.


The first thing that you will want to get a handle on is your budget. Planning a vacation can take a lot of time, but knowing you can afford it helps. With a little bit of budgeting and knowing when you’d like to go can take a bit of financial stress off your plate. To get things started, have a family meeting to see what everyone would like to do on vacation. For example, if you’d like to go out to eat a few nights, then add that into the budget. Purchasing gift certificates before you leave for vacation will help keep you on track. You will be able to relax a little more when you are on your vacation.

Vacation Rental

Plan Your 2019 Vacation to Holden Beach Today

One of the many advantages of booking your next vacation to Holden Beach now is you will have a plenty of vacation homes to choose from. With many locations all over Holden Beach, you are able to find the perfect home that suits your family’s needs. No matter what you are looking for whether it’s oceanfront or second row home, we have the perfect home just for you. Here are a few other advantages of choosing a vacation rental rather than staying in a hotel:

  • Location – We are able to offer more options than a hotel can offer. If you’d like an oceanfront home rather than the “standard” view, then it’s yours.
  • Kitchens – All of our vacation homes offer you the perfect kitchen for your vacation needs. Here you will be able to fix all your meals for a big family or small family.
  • Size – When you vacation, size does matter when it comes to vacation rentals. Instead of having a small hotel room where everyone has to share the same room, you will be able to accommodate your whole family.
  • Amenities – Many of our homes have pools, hot tubs, outside grills, and other fun things for you to do to make your vacation more relaxing. Vacationing in a home is so much more pleasant than a hotel and you won’t miss out on the fun.

Plan Your Activities

When it comes to planning out your activities for the whole week, we know that many families like to think ahead. Sometimes your plans can be hindered if it rains, so always having a backup plan can help. There are so many different activities in the area for you and your family to take advantage of. From heading over to the Shallotte River Swamp Park to going Deep Sea Fishing, there is something for everyone to do. If you’d like to head into Wilmington, it’s a short 40-minute drive to explore there or maybe head to Myrtle Beach which is 40 minutes for more fun. Planning these activities ahead of time will help you save time and possibly money in the long run.

Now that you and your family have come up with a plan to go ahead and plan your 2019 family vacation, it’s time to book it. With the ease of being able to book your vacation online, we want to help you make this vacation the best it can be. If you should have any questions about what house will be right for your family, please check out our Vacation Planner today. We hope that you and your family will be able to find the perfect Holden Beach vacation rental for your next vacation and look forward to seeing you soon!

Enjoy a Fun Vacation to Holden Beach this December

Enjoy a Fun Vacation to Holden Beach this December

Are you and your family wanting to come to the beach during the month of December for a fun vacation? If the answer is yes, then we have the perfect vacation rentals for you. Staying in one of our Oceanfront vacation homes next month will help you get in the spirit of Christmas this year. Instead of worrying about how to get your home ready for the holidays, you can instead come to Holden Beach and relax while enjoying these events. Let’s look at why you should head to Holden Beach in the month of December.

Sandy Paws Parade

Enjoy a Fun Vacation to Holden Beach this December

Do you like to bring your pet with you on vacation? If so, then staying in one of our Pet-Friendly homes can help you get in the mood to enjoy the Sandy Paws Parade. On Friday, December 7, 2018 you can come celebrate the holiday season with your pup on our pet-friendly beaches. Bring your pup out for a short stroll as part of the doggie parade. The parade will begin at Town Hall at 2:00 pm and after the parade you and your pup can head over to the Holden Beach Pavilion. Here you will get to have the opportunity to take a picture with Santa and your pups. What a fun way to start out the holiday season with your pets and family!

Holiday Crafts

Are you still searching for that perfect gift to give to a loved one or a friend? We know that you and your family can head over to the Holiday Craft Market on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Oak Island Recreation Center. Here you will be able to find some pretty unique gifts that we know someone will love. Handmade gifts are always the best to give to someone because it means it came from the heart. Not only are you helping out a local artist, but you are also finding that perfect gift for someone you love. There will be coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies for you to enjoy that will help make this year’s holiday market the best!

The Holiday Parade is On

Enjoy a Fun Vacation to Holden Beach this December

For those who would like to come see a different kind of parade, we have the perfect one for you. Come to the Southport Marina in Southport on Saturday, December 8th beginning at 7:00 pm. Here you and the family will be able to see the best holiday parade on the water around town. Be sure to bring a chair, a blanket and find that perfect spot to view along the historic banks of the Cape Fear River. You will see boats of all sizes dressed up in their finest holiday decor and witness the twinkling lights on the water and the sky. Cheer for your favorite decorated boats judged by many and students from the Southport Elementary School Art Class. Come early so you can enjoy one of the many activities that will be happening in town!

Find that Candy Cane

On Friday, December 14, 2018 you and your family can come to the Bill Smith Park in Southport and hunt for candy canes. Be sure to bring a flashlight because we don’t want to have a Flashlight Candy Cane hunt without one. What fun would that be if you couldn’t find any? Here you will be able to find candy canes, green and red eggs on the softball field. And to help you warm up a bit after spending some time to find the goodies, there will be hot chocolate and even a visit with Santa. This can be a perfect photo opportunity for all those who don’t want to wait in the line for Santa at the mall. Come and enjoy a little outdoor fun while on vacation this year!

There are many other holiday activities happening in the Holden Beach area and we thought these might help sweeten the deal in coming during the holiday season. If you are still searching for that perfect pet-friendly vacation rental or another Holden Beach vacation rental, we still have availabilities. We hope that you and your family will be able to join in the fun activities while you vacation this December with us at Alan Holden Vacations!