Top 12 Vacation Rentals In Holden Beach, North Carolina - Updated 2022


If you’re looking for a beautiful beach to take your family to on a day trip or a long vacation away from the crowds and keep it family-friendly, head on to Holden Beach, an 8-mile-long (12.8-kilometer) barrier island and a seaside town in Brunswick County, North Carolina. Dubbed as a top-notch family beach in the USA, Holden Beach is a charming small town beach that families have been visiting year after year. Some of the activities here include water sports, hiking the nature trail, going on a boat tour, joining a cycling trip, and catching trouts at the Holden Beach fishing pier. And plenty of amazing accommodation options are available here - from luxurious Airbnbs to the top Vrbo vacation rentals in Holden Beach. When you plan your trip, be sure to book one of these vacation rentals in Holden Beach, North Carolina.

1. Family-friendly cottage with ocean views (from USD 124)

Donning an amazing view of the North Carolina coast, this four-bedroom, friendly vacation rental in Holden Beach is good for big family trips or reunion with friends. This classic beach cottage has got four bedrooms, a very well-stocked kitchen, an open plan kitchen/dining/living area, air conditioning, ceiling fan, plus a covered porch with gorgeous ocean views. There are also TVs, DVD players, books and magazines for entertainment, plus a charcoal grill. And the beach is only 50 feet (15.24 meter) away through a private boardwalk.

Another Day In Paradise!
148 reviews  Wifi Available
cottage 10 Guests 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy :

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The living room was very comfortable and there was more than enough space in the bedrooms
My children loved the outdoor shower and it made getting off the sand really easy
The little time we actually spent on the beach was wonderful
a little disappointed that we had to provide our own linens
The kitchen has everything you should need
it was very clean and well stocked
The house was very clean and well stocked with plenty of pots
The home was clean and very adequate
and we loved it wasn't public access for everyone
But as I said it was clean with a nice view of the ocean and nice porches to sit on
The owner was quick to respond to any questions we had
and I was very happy with the home when we arrived
and I after us not all being together for 4 years due to the military moving us all around
Start to finish great communication and easy instructions
great location and proximity to the beach Functional and basic house that was well equipped
Perfect location maybe a mile from main bridge
it was incredibly easy to get to the beach every day
Great beach house and great location
We had a wonderful time in Holden House was very clean and equipped with everything we needed Just across the street from beach access Plan on returning
Beach access was directly across the street
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2. Charming canal home with pier access (from USD 147)

One of the best deep-water canal homes around Holden Beach is Do-Little Dock. This three-bedroom home can accommodate up to six people and is built with a full back deck, a floating dock with a ramp, and an outdoor sink for washing your catch. Inside, there’s a cozy living room with a 46-inch flat-screen television, free Wi-Fi, and a 2-car garage. Pets are welcome to stay too, for an additional fee. The street this home stands on has direct access to the pier, as well as the beach.

Do-Little Dock - Great Deep-Water Canal Home!
10 reviews
House 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 7
Refund Policy :

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loved the walk to the beach and ice cream place across the street
this is a great place to stay
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3. Lovely family duplex with backyard (from USD 150)

Located on the third row, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercoastal Walkway, this is one of the best Airbnb vacation rentals in Holden Beach for family trips. The place has a beautiful view of the surroundings. There are lots of greenery around the duplex house and the beach is just a few minutes’ away on foot. The house has two bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, Smart TV, air conditioning, and a front and rear sun deck.

"Hooked on Holden" Beach House
Holden Beach, North Carolina, United States
63 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire cottage 2 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5

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Amenities & Room:
there is everything you could want in the kitchen and the size of the place was perfect
clean roomy and beds and bathrooms were great
fabulous place - very clean comfortable convenient well-stocked and beautifully decorated
her house is sparkling clean and so close to the beach
charlotte was a wonderful host to compliment a wonderful home
charlotte is an amazing host
the beach was not over crowded and the people were considerate and kind
lastly charlotte is a great host
super close to the beach
beach access was close and easy to get to
it’s only couple steps to the beach which makes it the perfect location for a family vacation
charlotte’s place is amazing it’s in the perfect location and an absolutely beautiful beach house
bright cheery place with wonderful outdoor spaces and a short walk to the beach
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4. Spacious family lodge with panoramic views

Gracing you with a stunning view, this five-bedroom vacation rental in Holden Beach, North Carolina is a perfect place to build lasting memories with your family. In fact, the owner had her own memorable moments with her family at the same house since she was a little girl. There are five bedrooms on both the 1st and 2nd floor. You can also access the beautiful well-equipped kitchen, dining, and living rooms on the first floor, while there are covered outdoor porches on both floors. Enjoy the panoramic view from the porch, especially during sunset! Convenient beach access should be expected here, since you can use the boardwalk at the back of the house.

Oceanfront And Marshfront Stunner! Great Rates and Perfect Getaway!
525 Ocean Blvd W
cottage 10 Guests 5 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms

5. Peaceful retreat best for families

Coming at you with a spectacular view, this house may be called Peace of Quiet but the inside is very loud with its bright colors and funky designs. Peace of Quiet has six bedrooms so bring the entire family! The home comes with a ceiling fan and air conditioning for your comfort. There are books, games, paddle boards, kayaks, hula hoops, and cornhole games provided. There are several outdoor porches where you enjoy your meals and play with your family and children. If you want to experience the beach, it’s just a three-minute stroll away. Get the picnic table out in the yard and enjoy the day with your family and your little ones, or set out on an adventure and go paddle boarding!

Peace of Quiet/Family Vacation Home! Holden Beach
Holden Beach, North Carolina, United States
17 reviews
Entire house 8 Beds 6 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

6. Beautiful beach house with pool access

Ready for a scenic Brunswick vacation? This vacation rental with a pool in Holden Beach is a two-story house that has an inverted plan. The beautiful kitchen, dining room, and living room are all upstairs on the second floor, while the three bedrooms with air conditioning are on the first floor. There are two outdoor decks on both floors. Another additional amenity is the washer-dryer. The sandy beach is just a short walk away, as well as the beach club swimming pool, to which the owners have arranged for their guests to have access. Keep in mind that it is not a private pool, though. Town restaurants are also just a short walk away from this Holden Beach real estate. If you want to explore the beyond, the equally charming towns of Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach are a short drive away.

Shrimp House - Nearby beach & pool access!
Holden Beach, North Carolina, United States
Entire house 6 Beds 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
the location is so nice because it is easy to walk everywhere
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7. Family-friendly canal home with private boat dock

This Brunswick County real estate property with air conditioning has four bedrooms, two separate living rooms, three porches, and decks, plus an elevator to access all levels of the house. The first level has three bedrooms and a small living room with a flatscreen TV plus glass doors that open to an outdoor sun deck. The second level has the master suite, a beautiful well-equipped kitchen, dining area, and a bigger living room, with glass doors that open to another outdoor sun deck. It’s got its own private boat dock on the canal and public beach access is only two houses away. The owners have also provided kayaks for their guests as well as toys and board games for everyone.

All Inn - 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, Canal Front with water access and Ocean Views
105 Lions Paw Drive
1 review
House 13 Guests 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

8. Charming canal house with outdoor sun deck

If you want to dine and relax by the calm water, playing with your young kids, reading books, or enjoy wine or beer with your friends, check out Northern Exposure. The two main master suites with air conditioning and living room all have flatscreen TVs plus a well-stocked kitchen has ample space for hanging out with your family or friends while cooking. The dining area opens up to an outdoor sun deck with a firepit while there are more outdoor decks below the house and by the private boat dock. If you’re bringing a boat, you can park it by the dock and even go fishing from your boat. If you want to go to the beach, it’s just a short walk away.

Beautiful canal house ready for summer 2017!
137 Scotch Bonnett Dr
House 7 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

9. Modern home with private boat dock

Immerse in nature with this vacation rental in Holden Beach, North Carolina. With marsh views in front and canal views at the back, this four-bedroom home with air conditioning has recently been renovated with new kitchen cabinets, stainless steel appliances, with a new sun deck on the canal, plus a floating dock. The ope- plan kitchen, dining, and living areas make spending time with your family and friends easier. The living room opens up to a covered porch where you can enjoy your morning coffee or your wine at night.

Beautiful canal house ready for summer 2017!
137 Scotch Bonnett Dr
House 7 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

10. Small oceanfront family home

If you want an oceanside getaway for your family that gives you easy access to the beach, choose to stay at this perfect vacation rental in Holden Beach NC. This beach getaway vacation house is decorated in a bright, colorful design. It has a fully stocked kitchen, air conditioning, flatscreen cable TVs, and a sliding door that opens up to an outdoor deck. You also have your own private boardwalk to get direct access to Holden Beach. Pets are allowed but only small dogs under 45lbs and only between late September and early May, because of town rules. Larger dogs are subject to approval by the owner.

Oceanfront At Holden Beach. Perfect for small family, and Pet Friendly too !
19 reviews
cottage 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The kitchen was stocked with everything you need to cook
The kitchen is equipped with everything you could possibly need and then some
Everything you could have asked for - house was wonderful
The kids loved the bunk beds in the first room with 2 additional twin beds and the second room with a king bed Plenty of shelf space to put clothes and suitcases
On arrival fresh flowers on dinning table
We brought our own bath towels beach towels and hand towels for bath and kitchen Floors
it was well cared for and clean
The house was clean and tidy when we arrived
The house was very clean and had all the anemities that we needed
some screen work Had several crabs in our unit which we rescued
She gave accurate information about the lower unit cottage
Wifi available and good cell service
well prior to our arrival
I can only say great things about this property and the owner
She provided us plenty of choices for food and local attractions
Every place was very convenient to the location
I loved being able to walk right onto the beach from the house
The house is within a short walk to the pier general store and ICE CREAM
There is an ice cream shop general store and fashion boutique just doors down and several places to do other shopping just minutes away
I guess I need to get my crystal ball out when I plan my next vacation
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11. Serene oceanfront beach house

If you’re looking for beautiful beach house rentals in Holden Beach for a peaceful trip with your family, friends or by yourself, then check out this oceanfront home. This family-friendly place has four bedrooms, a spacious open concept kitchen, air conditioning, ceiling fan, dining room, and living area, plus an outdoor deck with ocean views. If you want to stroll along the sands, you just need to go to the back porch, down the stairs, and onto the sand. The market, shops, restaurants, cafes, and kayak rental shops are about 3 miles (4.8 km) away, in case you want to venture outside the house.

Oceanfront - Outta The Blue at Holden Beach
Holden Beach, North Carolina, United States
133 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire residential home 5 Beds 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
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beds linens and furniture are super comfortable location is wonderful amenities and extra touches make your stay fantastic
a couple of our other favorites are the fully stocked kitchen and the washer/dryer
the beds were pretty comfortable and the linens were very nice
the beds were very comfortable
they great tvs in all the bedrooms and the common room which was fun relaxing for movie watching
the house was spotless and comfortable
bathrooms are not big but they are really clean and have all the essentials
wendy’s place was awesome it was so clean decorated so nicely and so comfortable
the house is extremely clean and has everything you need for your stay
great beach house clean and comfortable ocean front on wide and expansive beach right out the back door
wendy was a great host and very responsive
the host was prompt when responding to our questions and extremely welcoming into their cozy home
wendy was a wonderful host answering questions we had prior to our arrival
the hosts were very responsive to any questions we had before arriving
wendy is a lovely and genuine host
great house and location loved it
very good restaurants very close by
this house and location was perfect for us
great location great accommodation great communication
this is a great location - quiet relaxing on the beach and easy access to the mainland
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12. Pet-friendly cottage with direct access to beach

Ideal for a small family, solo travelers or a group of four guests, this beachfront cottage in Holden Beach is perfect for a relaxing vacation. It offers convenient and direct access to the beach. The charming cottage has a lovely porch to take in ocean views and dolphins can also be spotted from here. Inside, the comfortable beach cottage has a studio set up with a contemporary fully-equipped kitchen, a stylish dining area, a comfortable bed with storage, an elegant living area, air conditioning, and a nautical-theme bathroom. The host also offers a beach towel, a beach chair, beach toys, and more beach items for guest use. Several amazing restaurants are a short walk away from this pet-friendly rental in Holden Beach. Set a picnic table out front and enjoy the breathtaking beach views as you bond with your loved ones.

Egret ~ Beachfront Cottage (pet-friendly)
Holden Beach, North Carolina, United States
232 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire cottage 2 Beds 4 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the welcome binder has clear instructions (arrival wifi etc
my husband likes to sleep with a fan
the heated bathroom floor was heavenly and the tub was wonderful for a nice relaxing soak
very clean and comfy
super clean too
everything is clean and works great
charming and soooo clean
the quant rental was very clean uncluttered and nicely decorated
so many thoughtful touches and the hosts we're so welcoming
this has been our best airbnb experience yet the hosts were extremely thoughtful putting this place together
mike and lulu are great hosts
lulu is a great host and provided everything we needed even for our dog
lulu’s place was the perfect getaway the owners thoughtfully consider your unwinding time in every detail
amazing place location is perfect
such an amazing location steps from the beach
lulu’s place was the perfect location
amazing place so cozy and just a few steps from the sand
we absolutely loved our stay in this beautiful little beach house the location is amazing
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Family fun at Holden Beach

Get a spectacular view of the beach when you stay in any of these homes, all of which provide ample opportunity to do fun activities near the beach. Whichever Holden Beach vacation rentals you book, you’ll definitely have a grand time with your family or friends. You just might find yourself coming back year after year to make new memories and even make your stay more permanent, like some of the homeowners did. Once you’re settled in, walk along the shores and find the hidden treasure that is the warmth of Holden Beach.

For places to visit near Holden Beach, we recommend the 900-acre (364-hectare) Brunswick Nature Park.

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