Top 2021 Family-Friendly Boating Activities

We love our boats! They give us, and our families, so much enjoyment and pleasure. But, after a few seasons of cruising across the bay, fishing, or swimming we can find ourselves in a rut – especially young crew members. The next time things get a bit boring onboard, try some of these family-friendly activities Read More

Marinalife’s 2020 Best Marina Contest

This past year was monumental for Marinalife, as we celebrated our magazine’s 20th anniversary. Among all of the contests and celebrations, one of our most highly anticipated competitions was the 2020 Best Marina Contest. Each year, participants cast thousands of votes for top-notch marinas that provide exceptional customer service and hospitality to guests.  The winners Read More

Popular Boating Accessories for 2021

Looking for the coolest new boating accessories for 2021? Us too! We’re always on the lookout for what’s new, what’s cool and what’s just plain fun. We’ve put together a list of our favorite boat gadgets and other cool boat stuff guaranteed to make your dockmates green with envy. While some are practical, others are Read More

Fishing Spots – We’ve Got Your Six!

WITHOUT A DOUBT, 2020 was a crazy year, and many travel plans have changed or were cancelled due to the pandemic. Traditionally, the winter months signal a desire to explore a new destination, fishing spots, or return to a favorite state, island or country that has a special place in one’s and angling memories. And, Read More

Family Vacation Travel Items

After being cooped up in the house for months, check out these fun and handy items for your next family vacation. FOR THE KIDS KIDS’ TRAVEL JOURNAL Peter Pauper Press Keep your kids’ hands busy and their minds sharp with this interactive travel notebook. The journal is filled with writing prompts and colorful illustrations, ideal Read More

Boating Movies and Shows

OVER THE LAST five plus years of living aboard our boat the M/V TAPESTRY, we generally visited about 75 ports and cruised 5,000 nautical miles per year. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic. When it hit, we were in the Florida Keys. Our plans going forward were postponed, and we sought safe haven in Virginia for the next six Read More

Underwater Sculpture Gardens

WHEN THE PANDEMIC forced museums and other arts institutions to close, many of us suffered from culture withdrawal and longed for a time when we could gaze at the exquisite works by the likes of Rodin or Michelangelo. While we wait for all our treasured art venues to reopen, Marinalife invites you to visit some rather unusual exhibits Read More

Florida’s Coasts – East vs. West

Which side of Florida’s Coasts floats your boat: the seaboard with sunrises and big waves or the one with sunsets and gentle waters? From Fishing Villages to Tourist Towns East Coast Florida was known for agriculture, livestock and seaside villages until the 1860s when Henry Flagler built the Florida East Coast Railway. The first line Read More

Gulf Coast Beach Bars: From Funky to Fancy

We combed the bays and bayous of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to find 14 beach bars that give new meaning to the phrase “drinking in the view.” The Gulf of Mexico’s shoreline between the Louisiana/Mississippi border and the southwestern tip of Florida presents an amazing array of coastal features — barrier islands, bays, mangrove swamps, wetlands, Read More

Southern Waterfront Communities

COASTAL, COMMUNITY-BASED living seamlessly pairs the land and the sea. With convenient water access and top-of-the-line marine facilities showcased in many of these developments, how do you decide which one is right for you? The choices seem endless with stellar amenities such as challenging golf courses, active clubhouses, tennis courts, pools, spas, walking and biking trails, and palate-pleasing Read More