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Get to Know the Grand Strand: Calabash, NC

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Get to Know the Grand Strand: Calabash, NC

With unrivaled natural beauty, a year-round mild climate, inviting locals and one of the lowest costs of living in the United States, people are drawn to the Grand Strand like a sailor to sea.  According to the US Census Bureau, over the past eight years alone over 104,000 people have relocated to the Myrtle Beach/Conway/North Myrtle Beach metropolitan area.

With so many people relocating to the area, there are probably a lot of people out there who are still learning the lay of the land. We at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Elliott Coastal Living want to help everyone feel completely at home in the Grand Strand. That’s why we are here to offer a local’s insight into the history, attractions and real estate offerings of the various villages and townships that make up our charming community.

This week we will be looking at the world-renowned fishing village of Calabash, NC.


The area that is now known as Calabash was first settled in 1691 when the Lords Proprietor granted the area to a nobleman by the name of Thomas Smith. Originally known as Peas Landing, the area became a major shipping center for the various cash crops grown by local plantation owners throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. When a Post office was set to open at Pea Landing in 1883, the area was renamed Calabash after the species of gourd that locals used as a drinking ladles in the region’s various public wells.

It wasn’t until the 1930’s that Calabash left its indelible mark on the world. During the 30’s Calabash so a boom it’s economy thanks to offering fresh shrimp, clams, fish and oysters coated in a light batter and quickly fried to lock in their fresh flavor. This method of preparing seafood would eventually become known as “Calabash Seafood”. Today, this charming little fishing village on the southern tip of North Carolina is known far and wide as the “Seafood Capital of the World”.


Take a lazy Sunday drive through the village of Calabash and one thing will become abundantly clear, life in this town revolves around the water. With various fishing fleets available for private charter, Calabash is a fisherman’s paradise. Charter a ship for the day to enjoy some time in the warm southern sun, catching massive marlin, brilliantly colored rainbow trout and more. If eating fresh fish is more appealing to you than actually catching them, enjoy a scrumptious sunset seafood feast at any of the area’s famous waterfront seafood restaurants.

Beyond fishing and seafood, Calabash is also home to an endless array of charming boutiques, relaxing spas and gorgeous wineries. Golfers will adore visiting Calabash’s various championship golf courses, including Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort, Farmstead Golf Links and Thistle Golf Club.

From the moment you step foot into this cozy hamlet, you will find yourself completely enchanted by the town’s warm, inviting atmosphere and coastal charm.

Real Estate

If you are looking to relocate to Calabash, turn to the local real estate professionals at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Elliott Coastal Living. For over six decades, BHGRE Elliott Coastal Living’s friendly staff and professional realtors have been helping the people of the Grand Strand find their forever homes here in the Grand Strand. Give us a call, visit our website or stop by our office today to explore the stunning properties available for purchase in Calabash, NC.

And from all of us here at BHGRE Elliott Coastal Living, welcome home.  

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