Set between Lockwood Folly and Shallotte river inlets, and bounded on the north by the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway and on the south by the Atlantic Ocean is Holden Beach, one of the five jeweled points in the crown that is the Brunswick Islands.
Holden Beach is a rarity in these days of hustle and bustle, a place where old meets new, where tradition bisects progress and where history intersects the path of the future.
Compare the northern coastline of Holden Beach with its oceanfront. Along this scenic stretch of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the shoreline is dotted with majestic shrimp boats - toiling vessels engaging in the work of the people whose sweat built Brunswick County into what it is today. The Lockwood Folly River Inlet, and the people who work it, are the descendants of those who gave this county its foundation. Their work has changed little, and for it, Brunswick County abounds with oysters, clams and shrimp, all readily available at dockside or tableside at one of the Holden Beach area's fine restaurants.
The oceanfront at Holden Beach is quite another story. Here is Brunswick County's future. A family-oriented beach. Holden Beach features many fine cottages, virtually assuring visitors to this island of the old and the new, perfect accommodations.
The present seems to have come to Holden Beach only begrudgingly and with a constant eye toward preservation. Modern day comfort coexists here with the historic toil of the fishermen, shellfishermen and shrimpers. Each has his place. An accommodation to the "new", our breathtaking bridge now carries travelers to our island, where a narrow, one-lane draw bridge once stood.
Recreational opportunities abound at Holden Beach. Nine miles of soft, white, sandy beachfront await the visitors along a strand which faces due south, an oddity among Southeastern beaches. Fishing, waterskiing, shellfishing and boating are naturals in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway; and golf, tennis and that occasional flirtation with grand nightlife are just minutes away for those who seek it.
Shopping opportunities are abundant in small shops that occupy the Holden Beach area and feature antiques and fixtures of nautical flavor. And every need is obtainable in nearby Shallotte, a major commercial hub of Brunswick County.
Holden Beach may be reached by taking U.S. 17 into Shallotte to its intersection for N.C. 130 south. Holden Beach awaits at the end of this ten-minute jaunt to where history dawns each day.
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