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What is the Seafood Capital of the World?

Seafood has been a popular meal choice around the world dating back to when humans lived the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Fishing has always been a key source of food for as long as we can tell. Today, people regularly enjoy delicious salmon, tuna, clams, shellfish, and so much more. While many people love seafood, many are unfamiliar with the Seafood Capital of the World.

If you have ever visited Myrtle Beach, SC, then you know that there are seafood restaurants everywhere – many more than nearly any other beach town. Have you ever wondered why? No, Myrtle Beach is not the Seafood Capital of the World; but our neighbor just a few miles to the north is!

The town of Calabash, NC is less than 30 miles up the coast from Myrtle Beach, SC and has long been known as the Seafood Capital of the World. Whether the nickname was coined by a New York Times’ editor, it stemmed from late radio show host Jimmy Durante’s national signoff, “Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are,” or it was derived another way, there is no question that it has stuck. Calabash is a very small town, but it is wildly popular for its delicious seafood.

Calabash, NC is famous for its Calabash-style seafood, which you can learn about in a previous blog post that we wrote. This style is admired by so many people that restaurants across the country try to recreate it. One of the most popular locations outside of the Seafood Capital of the World to feast on delicious Calabash-style seafood is Myrtle Beach, SC.

As 2019 is now underway and it is almost time to start planning vacations for the year, one destination to consider is the Seafood Capital of the World.