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Ranked America's #1 Best Family Beach

Ranked by Stephen P. Leatherman, Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University and publisher for over two decades of the annual list of America's top 10 beaches.

Getting To Know Holden Beach, South Brunswick Islands, NC

Holden Beach is a true island, surrounded by water on all sides. It is nestled between the Lockwood Folly Inlet on the east and Shallotte River on the west. The Intracoastal Waterway is on the north and the Atlantic on the south. Holden Beach's shores extend for eight miles, making it an impressively sized shoreline in the South Brunswick Islands. 


Two people fish at dawn on holden beach

Peaceful relaxation awaits you at Holden Beach. While other beach towns have seen an explosion of development and traffic in recent years, Holden Beach has managed to hold on to its timeless charm, without high rises, storefronts, or stoplights on the island. Life here is slow-paced. Past and present residents of the island have made a passionate effort through the years to preserve the memories and experiences so fondly associated with the old-fashioned family vacation. Visitors can enjoy the unparalleled beauty of our beach, subtropical climate year-round, and the freshest seafood anywhere!

An entire day can be spent enjoying the sun, sea, and salt air that our beautiful coastline provides. For nature watchers, more than a few species of dolphins, pelicans, and turtles can keep you entertained. With over 35 beautifully maintained golf courses, you can play golf in the middle of winter. Access to the Intracoastal Waterway leading to our inlets gives you direct ocean access for boating and fishing. Whether you spend time strolling through a quaint fishing village or check out some of the very unique shops, you are sure to find something different.

Come see why Holden Beach, NC, is... The Unspoiled Place to Spoil Yourself.