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20 Dec 2018
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Choosing the perfect vacation rental can seem a daunting task. Between finding time to review websites and brochures, factoring everyone's budget, or simply getting all of your group’s busy schedules aligned to join each other for one glorious week on Holden Beach, there are so many decisions you need to make on behalf of your family and friends - and you want to get it right.

Luckily, planning a Holden Beach vacation with Hobbs Realty by your side makes things much simpler! So, hop on the Hobbs Realty website, go to the vacation rental search, and consider some important questions…. What property type is best for you? What area of the island do you want to stay? Which amenities are most important for your family?

Let’s explore our rental types, areas, and amenities to help make your choice a bit less stressful. And, as always, you can give us a call at 1-800-655-3367 and one of our helpful vacation specialists will be happy to assist.

Rental Types

At Hobbs Realty, we have three types vacation rentals: Condo, Duplex and Single Family. Below are the explanations for each, but we’re sure you’ll love whichever type you choose for your next Holden Beach vacation!

Single Family — A single-family house is a vacation rental that is not attached to any other structure. With locations all over the island, our well-maintained single-family homes offer a variety of amenities and comforts that are designed to make you feel at home.

Duplex — A duplex, simply put, is one house that is divided into two private halves. A duplex is normally larger than a condo, has two-floors, and separate private entrances for the guests of each side. The decks and boardwalk to the beach (if oceanfront) can be individual per side or shared by both units. Some duplexes even offer inter-connecting doors that "convert" the property into one  vacation home! If you have a large family but also want some privacy, renting both sides of a duplex could be a great option for you.

Condo — Spending your vacation in a condo unit can be optimal for a smaller family group and easier on your budget. Generally condos are one-floor units in a multi-unit structure. 

Rental Areas

For your next vacation with Hobbs Realty, check out all of the areas to select the perfect place, including Boulevard, Canal, Dunes, Oceanfront, and Waterway locations. Wherever you choose, you won’t be far from beautiful water views, amazing sunrises and sunsets, or any of your favorite island festivities, activities, or happy places. And, no matter where you stay, your family will make Holden Beach vacation memories to cherish.

Oceanfront — The "oceanfront" area of Holden Beach doesn’t need much explanation. These vacation rentals are located on the white-powder shores of the Atlantic Ocean, boasting amazing east to west views. Oceanfront homes along Holden Beach offer boardwalks with steps or winding, sandy paths to the strand. 

Boulevard  — Vacation rentals in our Boulevard area are sometimes called second row rentals— located right across the street from the ocean on Ocean Boulevard (which is the main road that runs east to west on Holden Beach). Many of these vacation homes offer amazing ocean views and short walks to the beach. Public beach access locations are provided and maintained by the Town of Holden Beach, and are marked by signage along our main road. These locations are also noted on the rental home's property description page. Some Boulevard homes back up to the head of a canal, providing convenient water access.

Canal — Canal homes are located along the waterfront on one of the three sets of canal communities located along Ocean Boulevard West that are fed from the Intracoastal Waterway. The side streets that take you to the Canal vacation rentals are quiet and safe - just far enough off the main road (Ocean Boulevard), yet usually within just a few minutes walk to the nearest public or private community beach access. Many Canal homes offer a private boat dock and are the perfect choice for guests wanting to bring their own or rent a boat or jet ski. You can also enjoy catching your own supper or snack, based on your luck!

Dune — The Dune area includes vacation rentals that are located on parts of Holden Beach that are not on water. These vacation rentals are also referred to as the "inland" part of the island, located between the ICW and the ocean. 

Waterway — Waterway properties are situated along the waterfront of the Intracoastal Waterway, where it flows between Holden Beach and the mainland. You can enjoy watching the boats go by from your waterfront deck, catch some fish from your vacation rental’s backyard, or settle in a deck chair to enjoy the sunrise or sunset. Check to see if your Waterway home choice has a private dock for your own use or a community dock for "day docking" and fishing. 


For your convenience, all Hobbs Realty vacation rentals provide bed linens, so you don’t have to bring bed sheets or pillowcases with you. All of our vacation rentals also have wireless internet, as well other important features to make your stay enjoyable. However, most vacation rentals do not include towels. You can either bring yours or rent them from us if you would prefer. It’s easy to order during the online checkout process when you book your vacation rental, or email your request to, or you can ask a member of our Hobbs Vacation Team by phone at 1-800-655-3367.

Other amenities vary by home, but some popular amenities include pools, hot tubs, boat docks, decks, elevators, and fireplaces. We also offer dog-friendly homessmart homeshomes with two living areas, and more! You can select which amenities are most important to you in our vacation rental search — just click "Show Filters." 

We hope this information helps you in your search for the ideal vacation rental for your family’s next Holden Beach vacation. You can also visit our How to Search for your Vacation Rental page for more information. If you need help, it is always our pleasure to assist you. We look forward to seeing you soon on the island!

Darcy Geho is a contributing author to this Hobbs blog. Darcy spent 11 years working in the vacation rental industry while she lived on and traveled the North Carolina coast. Like most of our visitors, when she isn’t at the beach she looks forward to her next visit. In Darcy's spare time, she likes cooking and food preservation and enjoys sharing her adventures on her blog.