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Sandpiper ~ Beachfront Cottage (pet-friendly)

Original beachfront cottage on Holden Beach, just steps from the sand and water. Enjoy the dolphins and shorebirds from the rockers on the covered porch. Cozy studio has been renovated with thoughtful upgrades. Kitchen is fully stocked including coffee, spices, and premium cookware. No stairs, ground-level beach walkway, and fully fenced yard are ideal for children and pets (pet fee collected separately). Lots of amenities and beach items are provided for your comfort and convenience.

$177 per night
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Egret ~ Beachfront Cottage (pet-friendly)

Original beachfront cottage on Holden Beach, just steps from the sand and water. Enjoy the dolphins and shorebirds from the rockers on the covered porch. Cozy studio has been renovated with thoughtful upgrades. Kitchen is fully stocked including coffee, spices, and premium cookware. No stairs, ground-level beach walkway, and fully fenced yard are ideal for children and pets (pet fee collected separately). Lots of amenities and beach items are provided for your comfort and convenience.

$194 per night
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Serenitee

$156 per night

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Beach house rentals in Holden Beach

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A Southern Exposure, Beach Front and Lovin' it!
$395 per night
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Amazing & Dog-Friendly Beachfront House w/Free WiFi, AC, Private W/D, & Patio
$203 per night
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Dog-friendly, oceanfront family house w/ ocean views, central AC, W/D, free WiFi
$355 per night
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Beautiful Oceanfront House w/Private Pool, Free WiFi, Central AC, W/D, Patio
$379 per night
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Del Boca Vista
$217 per night
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SeaDated: This OCEANFRONT 4BR/3BA Home Sleeps 10!
$506 per night
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King Krab-Ocean Front Home w/ Screened In Porch!
$525 per night
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Relaxing Oceanfront Holden Beach Getaway
$375 per night
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Pelican Watch
$450 per night
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Attractive & Dog-Friendly Beachfront House w/Private W/D, AC, Free WiFi, & Patio
$257 per night
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GYPSY SOL - OAK ISLAND, NC
$400 per night
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Southern Sol NC dog friendly updated beach house
$430 per night

Beach condo rentals in Holden Beach

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Ocean Isle Fun & Sun 302
$91 per night
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Oceanfront Condo with Bedroom Whirlpool
$163 per night
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Island Time
$157 per night
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West Beach Villa 103-A Stone's Throw
$150 per night
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Oceanfront Ocean Isle Beach Condo
$190 per night
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SeaEscape
$115 per night
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OIBS#1OCEANFRONT CONDO⭐️8/27-9/3 NOW AVAILABLE
$257 per night
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Oceanfront Condo-Pool, Bed & Bath Linens included!
$175 per night
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Oceanfront Condo~Pool, Bed & Bath Linens included!
$183 per night
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Family Time Oceanfront Condo at Ocean Isle Beach
$179 per night
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Beachski's Bungalow- Ocean views and Beach access
$179 per night
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Footprints in the Sand- Linens included!
$225 per night

Beach cottage rentals in Holden Beach

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Cozy Rustic OCEAN FRONT Cottage
$205 per night
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Oceanfront Paradise OKI - movie ONE SUMMER Home
$296 per night
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Ocean view beach cottage, Second Row, Sleeps 8
$215 per night
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Oak Island Beachfront Cottage
$350 per night
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1960's Ocean Front Cottage
$364 per night
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Suzanne's Cottage By The Sea, Oceanfront House
$392 per night
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NEW! Sunny Beachfront Home with Hammock & Bikes!
$524 per night
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Tidal Pages- Family Fun Beach House w/ Splash Pool
$285 per night
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Stunning Second Row Updated Beach House
$300 per night
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Charming Canal-Front Bungalow
$200 per night
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A Salty Dog on Sunset!
$309 per night
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Quaint beach house near the ocean
$225 per night

Your guide to Holden Beach

Introduction

Sandwiched between Oak Island and Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach is a slip of an island that separates the Intracoastal Waterway from the Atlantic Ocean. Home to fewer than 700 residents, it’s one of the mellower North Carolina beach towns of Brunswick County. For years, Holden Beach forbade the construction of buildings taller than 35 feet, so it retains a small-town feel and has long been a favorite choice for quiet family beach getaways in the summertime. With Shallotte Inlet to the west and Lockwoods Folly Inlet to the east, this barrier island is rife with coastal waterways just begging to be explored by boat or kayak: you may spot nesting sea turtles, shorebirds fishing for their lunch, and even the occasional dolphin. When you’ve had enough of the water and white-sand beaches, there are some 125 golf courses within an hour’s drive.


How do I get around Holden Beach?

Most air travelers get to Holden Beach by flying in through Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), about an hour’s drive to the south, or Wilmington International Airport (ILM), about 45 minutes northeast. The island itself is just eight miles long, making it easy to get around by bike, which you can rent on the island. But if you plan to venture out to visit the nearby towns, you’ll want to have your own wheels. From Southport, you can catch a ferry to Bald Head Island or Fort Fisher.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Holden Beach?

Summer days in the North Myrtle Beach area are hot, humid, and breezy, with average highs in the upper 80s Fahrenheit. The water temperature is not far behind, reaching a bathtub-like 82 degrees in August. Summer is also the region’s wettest time of year: Holden Beach gets nearly half its annual rainfall in August and September alone, and it’s always a good idea to be mindful of tropical storms during hurricane season, which runs from June to November. Spring and fall are ideal times to stay in one of the area’s vacation rentals, when temperatures are mild and it’s not too humid. Winter nights can be downright cold, so pack something cozy. When swimming, always be careful of dangerous rip currents.


What are the top things to do in Holden Beach?

Holden Beach and Fishing Pier

Holden Beach’s eight-mile strand offers simple pleasures: sunbathing, swimming, surfing, crabbing, or just taking a leisurely sunset stroll. Be mindful of sea turtles nesting in the sand dunes. Anglers can cast a line off the pier (fishing licenses and live bait are sold on-site). If you’re thinking of traveling with your dog, note that pets are not allowed on the beach during peak season (May to September) except after 5 p.m., and they must be leashed at all times.

Intracoastal Waterway

On the back side of the island, the Intracoastal Waterway offers a whole different vibe, with waterside restaurants and marshy ecosystems that are fun to navigate by kayak or paddleboard. You can also fish the ICW from a fishing pier at the end of Jordan Boulevard.

Golf

Brunswick County is home to more than 30 championship golf courses, including nearby Lockwood Folly Country Club and Carolina National Golf Club.