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Calabash, North Carolina

Seafood Capital of the World

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Calabash dock
Calabash dock
The Calabash Dock
Calabash is a quaint town "around the corner" from Sunset Beach. Thousands of visitors to both North Carolina and South Carolina barrier islands play on the beach during the day and go to Calabash in the evening. Calabash hosts a wealth of famous seafood restaurants, some on the waterfront. It is home to what my family calls "the most wonderful store in the world" -- a huge gift store that includes an awesome Christmas section. Calabash offers ice cream -- originally from "the purple lady" and now also at a local creamery. It has a superb deli and a bevy of re-sale and consignment shops upon which women and their daughters descend with glee. In 2009 Calabash held its first Fourth of July fireworks celebration. Calabash is home to a large fleet of boats that take folks fishing and on "eco," dolphin and sunset tours.
Pre-dawn view of dock seen from the fishing trawler Hurricane Shrimper
The Calabash River
   
The Calabash waterfront is mesmerizing. Strolling along the docks, listening to squawking Laughing Gulls and watching pelicans are delights of a trip to the coast. When fishing charter boats return twice daily during the summer, pelicans are waiting to lunge for scraps thrown to them by crew members cleaning the catch.
 
A Brown Pelican on the Calabash dock
   
Fisherman rushing out before sunrise
Sunrise seen from the Hurricane Shrimper
 
The beautiful American flag at Callahan's Nautical Gifts reminds visitors of their blessings.
   
Twilight at the Calabash Dock