Holden Beach

Located on a small barrier island, Holden Beach is nestled by water on all sides with 8 miles of wide open beaches.  Holden Beach has kept its timeless charm and slow-paced lifestyle.  There are no stoplights, high rises, or storefronts on the island.  Holden Beach was highlighted on the cover of Coastal Living’s summer magazine as the Best Beach in North Carolina.

Holden Beach is located in southern Brunswick County 33°54′55″N 78°17′11″W. The town occupies an 8-mile-long  barrier island on the Atlantic Ocean, bounded by Shallotte Inlet to the west, Lockwoods Folly Inlet to the east, and the Intracoastal Waterway to the north. One road, North Carolina Highway 130, crosses the Intracoastal Waterway to connect Holden Beach with the mainland. By NC 130 it is 10 miles northwest to the town of Shallotte.


Holden Beach is home to many highly-acclaimed restaurants, cafes, and bars. Within walking/biking distance to Golden On Holden you’ll find severals spots for snack, drink, or cold treat, including Sunset Slush, Mermaid’s Island Grill, and Dockhouse Seafood. Just over the Holden Beach Bridge you’ll be greeted with an endless assortment of boutiques, eclectic thrift stores, and other shopping opportunities. A large grocery store for your week’s rations is just 2 miles away.