Calabash Known for Seafood

Anybody who travels the Carolina coast has heard the term “Calabash Seafood” because of the tremendous seafood history that the small village with the same name has had over the years.

In fact, Entertainer Jimmy Durante, a frequent diner at Coleman’s Original Calabash, used to end his show by saying, “Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.”
With a population of just under 1,000, this community is located in Brunswick County, just a few miles north of the South Carolina state line. Located between Wilmington, NC, and Myrtle Beach, SC, Calabash is in the middle of “Retirement Alley.” Brunswick County, (the Wilmington area), is among the fastest-growing NC counties and Horry County, (the Myrtle Beach area) is among the fastest growing SC counties.

But, Wilmington and Myrtle Beach could not be more different in styles and atmospheres. Wilmington, the center of motion picture production on the East Coast, has a historic waterfront and a Nantucket aura about it. Myrtle Beach, a popular Spring Break destination, has live theaters, amusement parks and is Calabash is a nice respite. While many out of area residents trek to the fishing village for seafood each year, those in Calabash can choose to visit and enjoy Wilmington or Myrtle Beach, depending on their needs, style and the events they want to attend in both metro areas.

But, this once sleepy village is rapidly changing. Caught up in regional growth, Calabash is growing and developing. New residents, businesses and, of course, homes are being developed. It’s clear that Calabash is becoming widely known for much more than great seafood.