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For golden sands and sunshine, come to Holden Beach in North Carolina.

This hidden gem is the perfect vacation spot for those looking to escape the real world for a few days. Book your Holden Beach vacation rental on FlipKey and start planning your next adventure.

About Holden Beach, North Carolina

Holden beach is widely recognized as one of the best beaches in the United States. But, it's not as busy as you might think.

This 8-mile-long barrier island looks out on the Atlantic Ocean and is part of Southern Brunswick County. It's a favorite with visitors from the city, as it is so far removed from their day-to-day lives.

It holds on to its small-town charm and visitors can revel in its natural beauty. Keep an eye out for wildlife during your stay – there are a variety of creatures that live in both the wooded areas and the water.

This seaside town has a surprising history and culture. You can explore it in the museums, or just ask a local – they're bound to have a story or two!

They'll also have a recommendation for where to go for dinner – take it!

Be sure to try the fresh seafood. Shrimp is especially good. You can see the boats come in each morning and the shrimp will be on your plate by dinner time. Yum!

What to do

Kayak or canoe along the Intracoastal Waterway – there's nothing quite like it.

Keep an eye out for loggerhead sea turtles, but be careful not to disturb them – they're endangered. You might also see dolphins frolicking in the water, or ghost crabs drifting by.

Fishing fans can charter a boat or head out on the pier to try and catch a bite. Ask a local where the best spots are.

Lockwood Folly Country Club has an excellent golf course. If you're a keen player, you should give it a go while you're there.

Hit the beach during your stay. Sunbathe and swim or do something a bit more adventurous. You can rent bikes, boats and kayaks right on the sand! Also, try taking some surfing lessons – the waves are great here.

There are plenty of museums to visit if you want to find out more about this town. We suggest visiting the Town Fort, the Museum of Coastal Carolina and the County Jail Museum – all have really interesting exhibits that will intrigue the whole family.

Top Holden Beach, North Carolina travel tips

Throughout the year, Holden Beach hosts lots of events. One of the most famous is North Carolina Festival by the Sea.

You'll find arts, crafts and seafood stalls, and plenty to keep the kids entertained. Try to time your stay to coincide with it.

Stroll through the 200-year-old streets of Southport to find the best shopping in the county. This historic harbor is home to lots of antique stores, specialty stores and craft boutiques – you're bound to find a great souvenir.

Head to Holden Beach North Carolina for the best beach vacation you've ever had. Top it off by booking your ideal vacation rental from FlipKey, and you'll have an unforgettable trip.