If you are looking for a family-friendly beach with small town charm, then look no further, Holden Beach is your answer. Named one of the best family beaches in the U.S. by National Geographic Traveler magazine and voted one of the top 10 beaches by USA Today readers, these accolades speak volumes. So, check out this family-friendly destination for your family’s next summer getaway.
Hear it from a Local
Holden Beach is a long, skinny island. According to Vacation Property Manager, Bonnie Cox says, “We tell people that no matter where you are on the island, you are a quarter of a mile from the ocean.” And it’s true, the ocean is a few steps away no matter where you stay.
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“There is very little commercialization on the island. Just around the bridge and pier is where you will find commercial development. The island has strict building restrictions. We are an island of many more homes than condos,” says Cox.
Go Crabbing or Fishing
Live like a local. Toss a cast net into the water to see if you can catch your dinner. For an ideal spot to fish or crab, go to the end of Sailfish Drive, there is a public pier with a landing area. Ample parking and picnic tables can be found here. At low tide near Lockwood’s Folly Inlet, families with small children can fish and splash around in the tidal pools.
Looking for fishing or crabbing supplies, try Rod & Reel and Beach Mart. Two local stores that can provide you with all your fishing and crabbing gear. Perhaps you can get a few pieces of advice to aid in your fishing bounty.
Where to Grab Lunch or Dinner
A trip to the beach is not complete without devouring some delicious seafood. Known for their grilled shrimp burgers, try The Provision Company. It’s a super casual place, order at the counter, a server delivers your food to your table, which you’ll find on a large open-air deck overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Make a stop here for good food, casual atmosphere, and the gorgeous views.
Wanting a place with an innovative chef who loves to change up the menu, then head over to Boone Docks. Owner and chef Scotty Anderson has created a fabulous restaurant that has regulars coming back. One of the favorite dishes that diners constantly order is the mouthwatering firecracker shrimp. Sound yummy, don’t fret - this dish is a regular on his menu.
Capt’n Pete’s Seafood Market
Want to try to create your own special seafood meal? Located under the bridge, Capt’n Pete’s Seafood Market carries fresh fish, shrimp, crabs, scallops and so much more. It has been family owned since 1979, so don’t’ be surprised if Capt’n Pete’s daughter or son-in-law wrap up your seafood selections for you.
Inspired by the numerous candy barrels found at Mast’s General Store in the North Carolina Mountains, a local mom and her 14-year old son created a beach version of a candy store. Among the rows of colorful beach buckets filled with every type of candy imaginable, kids can scoop out their favorite candies. Located in the old Post Office Building, don’t miss treating your kids to a beach themed candy store. It will certainly bring on the smiles and some excitable energy.
For more information, go to ncbrunswick.com.