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Named one of the best family beaches in the U.S., Holden Beach offers island charm, natural beauty, and an endless variety of things to do. From watersports to wine tasting, beachcombing to biking, and everything in between, visitors can have as exciting or relaxing a vacation as they please when it comes to things to do in Holden Beach. After you’re done playing on our beaches, parks and waters, enjoy a taste of Holden Beach’s local flavors and fresh seafood at our selection of great restaurants. And, don’t miss out on getting to know the island natives—sea turtles, crabs, dolphins and other marine creatures—with activities such as turtle watching, crabbing, fishing, birding and more.

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Bald Head Island marks where the coastline swings from a north-south orientation to run east to west. The island got its name from a bare sand dune that pokes out of the surrounding forests—it looked like a bald head from the sea.

Sunset Splash at Holden Beach
(910) 846-COOL

Classic Italian Ice shop and mobile pushcarts (on the beach and at events) with over 30 flavors. Our guests enjoy a one-time discount.

dock house seafood holden beach

Dock House Seafood and More has a great lunch and dinner menu, as well as views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Newly renovated bar is located downstairs.

In the late 40s and early 50s, Calabash became known for its seafood and was named the "Seafood Capital of the World." Today's Calabash is no longer the fishing mecca it once was, but it still maintains its fishing village charm.

seafood barn restaurant holden beach
(910) 842-2177

Macie and Ethel's Kitchen offers diners southern food and southern hospitality, served family style for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While breakfast lovers rave...

Holden Beach is a sub-tropical, barrier island located on the coast of North Carolina, midway between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC. Holden Beach boasts the perfect family seaside getaway with secluded white sandy beaches alongside the Atlantic Ocean.

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