Of the three islands in the South Brunswick Islands, Holden Beach is the longest and the largest. Stretching 11 miles along the Atlantic Ocean, the island is a jogger’s paradise. Visitors will find a host of opportunities for assimilating themselves into this exceedingly quiet family community. The beach and the sea are the central attractions in this town, which prides itself on a serene quality of life.
Holden Beach has several restaurants such as Paradise Cafe and the Holden Beach Provision Company. Rentals are available on the oceanfront, second, third and fourth row as well as canal and Intracoastal rentals.
Ocean Isle Beach
Ocean Isle Beach is the center island of the South Brunswick Islands, offering 8 miles of beach with a total resort experience: restaurants, specialty shops, public tennis courts, access to all water sports, and a water slide. This beach has the only high-rise hotel on the Brunswick Islands. There is an airport that makes getting to Ocean Isle accessible by air, but don’t expect to see commercial jets at this relatively small facility. Ocean Isle welcomes visitors to a peaceful place.
Several restaurants on the Island and the Mainland offer a wide variety of family favorites from Seafood to BBQ. Rentals are available on the oceanfront and ocean view.
Sunset Beach is the smallest of the Brunswick County Islands, it is only 3 miles long. Despite its size, this island experienced a 150 percent population increase between 1990 and 1997, with a current year-round population of more than 2,000 residents. Sunset Beach has just recently acquired a new bridge.
Although this island is residential in character, it is a great choice for a family vacation. Some of the best bargains in vacation rentals are here, and the visitor who wants a quiet coastal place will do very well to book a house on this beach. As with all of the beaches on the southern coast, quality golfing is available on the mainland. For fishing enthusiasts, there is a full-service pier. Sunset Beach also offers a special delight, a walk to Bird Island at low tide.