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Calabash, N.C.

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Experience the rich history, amazing tastes of coastal North Carolina

Officially known as the Town of Calabash, this small coastal city proudly refers to itself as “The Seafood Capital of the World.”

There are plenty of reasons to support this claim. Not only does Calabash boast more than 30 seafood restaurants amid a permanent population of just over 2,000, but there are Calabash-style restaurants, known for the lightly battered and deep-fried tradition of cooking, all over the U.S.

In fact, according to local legend, popular 1940s radio personality Jimmy Durante got his famous catch phrase “Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are” from his frequent visits to the town.

Today tourists come for the seafood as well as the two local beaches, Sunset Beach and Holden Beach, eight championship golf courses and a waterfront marina that is known for producing large hauls of fish, shrimp and crab.

Calabash has a rich history that dates back to 1691, but the tiny fishing village didn’t incorporate until 1973.

The period since has seen modern development in the old fishing outpost, including new homes and condo developments along the coast, the addition of world-class golf courses, and restaurants, shopping and other businesses along the Highway 17 corridor.

Calabash Fire Department has an excellent rating, and the area is patrolled by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department.

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Shallotte River Swamp Park

Located just across the North Carolina/South Carolina border, the Shallotte River Swamp Park is a family-friendly attraction that is great for adventerous vacationers. This new attraction is home to several activities including the Aerial Adventure Park, which includes 53 different ropes obstacles as well as 3 different difficulty levels. Other activities include the Zipline Tours and the Swamp Boat Eco-Tours.