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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Holden Beach, North_Carolina

Holden Beach is a tiny community on the Atlantic Ocean in southern North Carolina. It is close to and very similar to Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach, and Sunset Beach - and not that far from Myrtle Beach, SC. All of these towns enjoy wonderful beaches that make them popular resorts and home to many lucky people.The average income is high as the average age - about 60.  Photo of Intracoastal near Holden Beach courtesy of Wikipedia and IraEskins,

Where to Retire in Holden Beach and Home Prices

You can live one in this or one of the neighboring towns near the ocean or inland along the river that has ample bays as it nears the ocean. Nearby Shallotte (inland) is a more cost effective solution. There are active adult communities in the area (see link at left).

Real Estate Prices
Zillow reports the median home value was $516,800 in early 2020, with a steady rise in prices during the past several years.

What Is Special about Holden Beach

Being on the ocean in a quiet and unspoiled part of the state is a unique strength.

What Is Not Special about Holden Beach

These towns are so small that you will have to drive for just about anything.

Climate and Physical Environment

Holden Beach has an average January temperature of 45 degrees and an average July temperature of about 80 degrees.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are two restaurants on Holden Beach which provide music and entertainment - Castaways  Raw Bar and Grill and Paradise Cafe.  The community also hosts two festivals: Days at the Docks and Fesival by the Sea.


The crime rate in this tiny town does not seem to be accurate. It is reported to be very high in recent years because of an astonishing rise in burglaries, but the fluctuation seems hard to believe.

Medical Facilities

J. Arther Dosher Memorial Hospital is 5 miles away in Southport.


The closest large airports are in Wilmington, North Carolina- 43 miles away, or Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 56 miles away.

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