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

Florida’s West Coast Sweet Spots

LIKE NIGHT AND DAY, the glitz and glamor of Florida’s East Coast gives way to nature and nurture on the state’s laidback Florida West Coast. Here, crowd-free white sand beaches stretch along the Gulf of Mexico; vast preserves are packed with more fish, bird, and wildlife than people; and smaller cities wear their history and Read More

Southern Cocktails – A History

IN AUTUMN THE South truly shines. Temperatures wane. Action on the gridiron heats up. And before you know it, here come the holidays. As this issue of Marinalife looks southward, I thought it apropos to serve up stories and recipes about iconic southern cocktails indigenous to Southern shores. Two come from the great drinking city of New Read More

Cabrito Anyone?

“Ferocious with life” was writer John Steinbeck’s description of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. The 760-mile long Baja Peninsula is a ribbon of majestic mountains flanked on one side by the vast Pacific Ocean and the other by a turquoise sea, dotted with islands. Cactus and scorpions dominate the arid landscape while the warm waters teem with Read More

Maritime Sayings and Idioms

PLACE YOURSELF IN a dark and stormy 18th century scene: a schooner full of sailors dwell in a cabin for weeks at a time navigating a journey with constellations as their guide. They have no communication with the outside world yet hope for a dry destiny. In this scenario, it’s only fitting that unique maritime Read More

Santa Catalina to Marina del Rey, CA

SANTA CATALINA IS an island retreat off the coast of Southern California. During the past 7,000 years, the island has been inhabited by a fabulous cast of characters: Native Americans, smugglers, gold diggers, pirates, Union soldiers, missionaries and movie stars. More than 500 films, commercials and TV shows have been shot on Catalina. Since 1919, the Read More

Environmental Twists and Turns

COVID-19 MAY HAVE put a new spin on how we boat, but it has not put a stop to the boating lifestyle — perhaps just the opposite. Many brokers are reporting a spike in boat sales as people look for new ways to enjoy the outdoors safely and maintain social distance. That is not saying Read More

Take a Seat at Nicole’s Table

WITH THE ENTIRE house now sparkling clean, Nicole steps away from Caribbean foods in the kitchen and moves outside on the veranda to cool off amid the potted plants and dark wood patio furniture. A gentle breeze greets her, as she looks down at the pink and purple flowers blooming on the foliage in her Read More

Sailing Long Winded

LAST JUNE, my fiancé Josh and I settled on our new home together. Except this home wasn’t at our preferred location. And this home wasn’t a house. We just bought a new-to-us 1981 S2 9.2 center cockpit sailboat, named Sur la Mer. We got her from her second owners in Forked River, NJ, just off of Read More