This southeastern coastal plain region is best known by the name given to it by sea captains in days of sail --Cape Fear. Historic Southport and the incredible port city of Wilmington grace the Cape Fear River banks. Wilmington is the region's hub and home of the annual NC Azalea Festival, hence the landlubber name Azalea Coast.
This area has many, many resort beaches; Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Oak Island (Long Beach), Holden Beach, and Ocean Isle Beach --to name a few.
And don't forget Calabash, a fishing village that made an art-form of seafood cooking that still bears its name --Calabash Style!