My family eats at the same restaurant in Calabash every single year. Our vacation isn’t complete until we’ve had our fill of seafood.

Brittany, 17 years of Brunswick Islands vacations

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If you've ever enjoyed the delicious flavor of lightly breaded and fried seafood, you already know a little about what makes Calabash, NC famous. Here in the Seafood Capital of the World, visitors are often surprised to learn the distinctive style of seafood they've grown to love is actually named after this picturesque fishing village. Shrimp, clams, fish and oysters are coated in a light batter and quickly fried to lock in their freshness. And while there is a bit of mystery over the origins of the famed recipe, the restaurants in Calabash all taste equally authentic and delicious.


Calabash has been synonymous with seafood and family fun for decades. If do-it-yourself is your style, you can reel in your own catch on a deep-sea fishing adventure, or simply watch the fishing boats come to dock and maybe even share in their fresh catch to cook up yourself. Take some time to visit the abundance of unique shops or satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade ice cream. And, as is the case throughout the Brunswick Islands, in Calabash, championship golf is always nearby. Almost any visitor will tell you that a trip to the beach is not complete without a trip to Calabash!

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