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“Back water nothing.”
Review of Holden Beach

Holden Beach
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

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.

8  Thank fishinfool56
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Our family spent a week in early September here at Holden Beach. This was our first visit in several years and we had a very nice time. Rented a house at the western end of the island which put us pretty far from any shopping or restaurants but near the inlet which was enjoyable. Beach is very wide and clean but when the wind is from the land side, flies can be a big problem. We have stayed at Topsail Island the previous several years and, while we've had a few days with anoying flies, we've never had flies as bad there as we did one day at Holden. Absolutely could not lie on the beach without getting covered with those biting insects. Hopefully this was an unusual infestation. Otherwise, an excellent vacation spot.

5  Thank NationalParkHiker
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

As a family that normally travels to Florida to visit the beach this was an excellent change! Holden Beach is ranked #1 family beach and we definitely see why. It's a hidden gem. It's private and non-commercialized yet within 45 minutes to big cities and hustle and bustle (Myrtle Beach for example). The locals are very sweet and helpful. It was the most relaxing vacation my family has taken. We vacationed with friends and stayed in a house rental on the beach which was definitely the way to go! Highly recommend it!

4  Thank yarnellc
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

We've been coming here for 25 years. Wonderful beach and relaxing atmosphere. A little slice of paradise. If you want lots of commercial things to do, highrises, and nightlife, go someplace else.

5  Thank Vincent D
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

From the minute I top the bridge onto Holden, my blood pressure drops and the stress of daily living starts to fall way. Holden Beach is one of those special places that can work its way into the heart and memory. It is a peaceful place. The pace is slow and relaxation seems to be the main objective of those who come to spend time on its shoreline. It is not the place for everyone; but to those of us who have come to love it, it is where we come to enjoy the simple beauty of nature and to celebrate time spent with family and friends. We return each year to sit on the beach, read, rest and restore our sanity. We have visited many nice beaches, but we keep returning to Holden year after year. It has spoken to us and we like what it has to say.

4  Thank vbkkb
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