The small picturesque fishing village of Calabash is one of North Carolina’s beautiful and unique barrier islands. Nestled between the Calabash River and the Intracoastal Waterway, Calabash is surrounded by creeks, estuaries and an ocean of beautiful marine life. Explore the Intracoastal Waterways by kayak or paddleboat, fish from the water’s edge or explore the beautiful Brunswick Islands by foot, bike or horseback.
Calabash is nationally known as the “Seafood Capital of the World” where world-class seafood restaurants line the streets. Sample fresh from the water seafood at a scenic waterfront restaurant after you explore the town’s quaint streets with unique galleries and stores.
Explore the surrounding areas
A stone’s throw away are the nearby barrier islands of Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach. These barrier islands lie between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach, a tourist destination with many attractions, amusement parks and water parks. Have great family fun at Barefoot Landing, a shopping complex with a reptile zoo and home to the House of Blues. Explore the Cape Fear Peninsula, Bald Head Island and Fort Fisher from the small boating town of Southport and take a trip to the historic sea port home of Wilmington to see the USS North Carolina Battleship.
A trip to North Carolina’s Barrier Islands is not complete without a visit to Bird Island, home to the famous Kindred Spirit Mailbox. A 1000 acre sanctuary of sandy dunes and tidal creeks visited by many who pen their deepest secrets in the journals of this unique mailbox, a storied and rich tradition that restores your faith in humanity.