There is absolutely nothing good about Holden Beach. The restaurants on the island are at best mediocre and over priced; the inland establishments not much better. There is almost nothing on the island but over priced beach houses, and absolutley nothing in walking distance. Our teenagers were bored to near suicide with the place. You're going to have to drive 25 miles to find a decent restaurant, so stay at Carolina Beach, or go on down to Myrtle. You'll save on gas.