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Dog Lover’s Journey to Holden Beach

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For many travelers, a trip just about anywhere wouldn’t feel right without the company of their favorite dog included. When you’re planning a trip to scenic Holden Beach, North Carolina, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be heading toward a very pet-friendly destination with a lot for you and your favorite furry friend to do together. Whether you’re looking for adventure, downtime, a dog park, or a pet-friendly restaurant to enjoy, Holden Beach has them all and more. From time on the sand to time on the waves, you’re bound to make memories that last a lifetime. The following is an itinerary for a dog lover’s journey to Holden Beach that will surely elevate the experience when you have four days to spare in the name of vacation fun.

Day 1: Spend Time at the Holden Beach Dog Park

Deciding to enjoy time away in Holden Beach with your favorite dog at your side is always fun but when your pooch could use a little off-leash time, there are some places that you’ll want to have handy on your itinerary. The Holden Beach Dog Park has been set up near the end of Scotch Bonnet Drive and includes two fenced-in play areas for dogs both large and small to enjoy. In addition to this local spot, visitors will find there are a few more dog parks within easy reach of Holden Beach including the inviting dog park at Shallotte Township District Park, Hannon A. Templeton Park in Oak Island as well as the Salty Dog Park in Southport. Whether you stop by one or explore them all, your dog will surely be grateful for the experience.

Day 2: Enjoy the Sand According to Regulations

While dogs are more than welcome for most of the year on Holden Beach, there are some rules to be aware of to make sure it’s a fun, safe, and successful experience for everyone. You’ll want to keep in mind that dogs must stay off the dunes and dune grass during your visit. It’s essential to clean up after your dog while you explore, and a leash is required at all times. Pets are exclusively allowed on the strand from 5:00 pm through 9:00 pm May 20th through September 10th each year. As long as you follow the rules, you and your four-legged friend should have an amazing time and enjoy great views too!

Day 3: Dine in Pet-Friendly Style at Mermaids Island Grill

Half the fun of a Holden Beach stay is the opportunity to get out and make the most of savory moments. Holden Beach is home to some truly inviting and mouthwatering eateries to enjoy. The good news is that when you’re traveling here with your dog at your side, you’ll have options to pick and choose from pet-friendly establishments too. Among them is Mermaids Island Grill where people and pets are invited to take a seat at one of the many outdoor tables and enjoy a meal in good company. Mermaids Island Grill is found at 102 Jordan Boulevard right in Holden Beach and is open to the dining public from 11:30 am until 9:00 pm Sunday through Thursday with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 9:30 pm. Mermaids Island Grill is a wonderful and inviting low-key eatery to enjoy where dishes are always inspired by the island and guests can find amazing cocktail pairings to match. Cheeseburgers, shrimp, gyros, and nachos are all on the menu here and live musical performances are served up nightly throughout the summer too! It’s a place that promises to be as entertaining as it is delicious for you and your pet with every visit.

Day 4: Explore with TourH2O

When you want to get out on the water and explore during your Holden Beach stay, but you don’t want to leave your furry friend behind, partnering with TourH2O is the solution. This company offers dog-friendly kayak tours as well as pontoon boat rental options when you’re excited to discover the best of the Brunswick County Islands. Your tour captain will lead the way to fun while kayak tours take you through scenic estuaries. Pontoon boat rentals are comfortable and dependable and anytime you book with TourH2O, a nature viewing experience is bound to be built into the moment.

Book Your Getaway to Holden Beach Today

When you’re ready to enjoy a dog lover’s journey to Holden Beach, make sure you have luxurious accommodations to match by renting your vacation rental through PROACTIVE Vacations. Our property options are vast and versatile and give guests the options they not only need but deserve to enjoy every day of their stay. Reach out today to learn more about our exciting options and to start planning your next trip to North Carolina. We can’t wait to welcome you to Holden Beach soon!

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