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What You Need to Know About the Turtle Nesting Season at Holden Beach

What You Need to Know About the Turtle Nesting Season at Holden Beach

Summer may be here for many but did you know that May is the start of the sea turtle nesting season here on the coast? Each year many loggerhead sea turtles come to our shoreline in late spring to lay their nests? And when you stay in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals, your family may get to see a nest or two. Let’s see what you need to know about the sea turtle nesting season here at Holden Beach below.

When Will We See a Sea Turtle Nest?

What You Need to Know About the Turtle Nesting Season at Holden Beach

Here at Holden Beach, we have many volunteers who will begin searching the beaches in hope of finding a loggerhead sea turtle nest. May 1st through the end of October is when your family may get to see a turtle nest. If you are walking at night on the beach, you may find a mother sea turtle laying her eggs in a nest she built. This doesn’t happen just at Holden Beach, but happens along the shorelines in several states.

Help Protect our Loggerhead Sea Turtles

What You Need to Know About the Turtle Nesting Season at Holden Beach

Holden Beach takes protecting our loggerhead sea turtles very serious we would like to continue to make their nests on our coast. Each morning you will see that there are local volunteers who look for a new nest or a turtle who may need help. With each new nest they find, they mark it with stakes, ribbon and even a warning sign to help protect them. It will normally take each nest to hatch around 60 days or so and so they are closely monitored until they do. We do however have a few things that you need to remember while you are on vacation during turtle nesting season:

  • If you happen to see a sea turtle mother or their nest, please keep your distance from them.
  • When you are venturing on the beach at night, please leave your flashlights off or if you happen to see a turtle, don’t shine it on them. They use the moonlight to help guide them back to the 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 today at 910-754-0722.

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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

Sunscreen

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!

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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.

Disconnect

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!

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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.

Budget

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!

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Come to Holden Beach for Labor Day Weekend

Come to Holden Beach for Labor Day Weekend

Summer is coming to an end soon and that means the start of school for the kids. Don’t end the summer without having a Labor Day weekend getaway to Holden Beach this year. There are several great activities and events happening in and around Holden Beach Labor Day weekend. And staying in Holden Beach in one of our oceanfront vacation rentals will keep you near where the fun is happening. Let’s look below at what there is going on for the holiday weekend.

Ocean Isle Beach Concert

Want to attend a free concert in the nearby town, Ocean Isle Beach? Head to the Museum of the Coastal Carolinas on Friday, August 31st at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. See the Entertainers which have been sharing beach music with others for over 30 years. What a great night filled with fun, dancing and entertainment with your family. Don’t miss out on this fun night to spend with friends and family, dancing the night away!

Art Festival in Oak Island

Come to Holden Beach for Labor Day Weekend

Do you like the arts or purchasing handmade goods? If you do, then go to Middleton Park in Oak Island for the 28th Annual Oak Island Art Guild Arts & Craft Festival. This is happening on Saturday, September 1st from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be more than 100 artists and craft vendors there where you can shop for those gifts or for items for your home. From pottery, stained glass, woodcarvings to garden items there will be something that you can find at this craft festival. What a great way to grab some handmade Christmas gifts this year!

Oak Island Labor Day Surf Off

Come to Oak Island Labor Day Weekend for the 15th Annual Labor Day Surf Off happening at the Oceancrest Pier. This is happening on Saturday, September 1st from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. There will be different categories for all ages and abilities. What a fantastic way to spend the day at the beach than to watch a surf off of local surfers. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen, beach chairs and towels with you! You don’t want to burn while you watch these guys shred some waves!

Holden Beach Summer Concert

Come to Holden Beach for Labor Day Weekend

Come celebrate the final concert in the Holden Beach Concert series for the season on September 2nd. Gather at the Holden Beach Pavilion at 6:30 pm for you to enjoy some fun, music and dancing. Join the Imitations for some good fun with everyone while you enjoy a free concert before heading home. Bring your beach chairs with you and a few bottles of water or soda and just enjoy the time you have down at the beach with your friends and family. Don’t miss out on this fun loaded night in Holden Beach this year!

While there are many other things that you could be doing while at the beach for Labor Day weekend, these are a few we thought you’d enjoy. If you still don’t have a Holden Beach vacation rental for the week we do still have availabilities. We can’t wait for you to join us in celebrating Labor Day in Holden Beach!

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