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Why We Love the Gulf

Five Great Gulf-Set Beach Reads

An author and historian shares his reading list for a trip to the Gulf Coast

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Why We Love the Gulf

For generations, sun worshippers and sportsmen have flocked to the Gulf Coast’s sugar sands, barrier islands, wild marshes, and grassy flats for tranquility and adventure. but those aren’t the only reasons to go. For starters…

Why We Love the Gulf

Old Florida Never Gets Old

One of the last true fish camps on the Florida Gulf coast beckons with a slower pace

Why We Love the Gulf

Laguna Madre: Where The Past Rolls In with the Tide

Memories abide on a lazy stretch of Texas coast

Why We Love the Gulf

Pocket Guide to the Gulf’s Wild Places

No matter your pleasure, there are pockets of pristine coastline to discover

Why We Love the Gulf

Everybody Has A Comeback Story

An annual father-daughter poker trip to a Biloxi casino captures what it means to be down but not out

Why We Love the Gulf

Get to Know Florida’s 30A

Meet three Panhandle beach towns with style to spare

Why We Love The Gulf

Know Your Oyster: The Apalachicola

What makes them great, why they’re in danger, and where you can shuck one at its freshest

Why We Love the Gulf

Jimmy Buffett Drinks Here

The Margaritaville mogul toasts the Gulf Coast bars he loves the most

Why We Love the Gulf

My Little Bayou: In Praise of the Backwaters

Some of the best parts of the Gulf? The inlets and channels leading to it

Why We Love the Gulf

The Art of Screened-Porch Sitting

The Alabama coast has changed, but the simple pleasure of the evening breeze remains

Travel

Fannie Flagg’s Fairhope

Why the author loves Alabama’s utopia by the bay—and thinks you should too

Arts & Culture

Diving Deep on the Gulf

A new book inspires an outdoor adventurer’s guide to “America’s Sea”—from Padre Island to Cedar Key

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Food & Drink

Scenes of Gulf Coast Seafood

Photographer Wes Frazer goes behind-the-scenes to document the men and women of the Gulf Coast seafood industry

Food & Drink

Gulf Coast Road Trip: Tallahassee to Mobile

A back-roads ramble in search of soul and seafood on the Gulf

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Travel

Dispatch from the Road: Gulf Coast Drive

Ride shotgun with writer Mike Grudowski on a quest for fresh shrimp and oyster shacks

Land & Conservation

The Great Turtle Rescue

When oil started flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, a handful of volunteers sprang into action in an attempt to save the Kemp’s ridley, the most imperiled sea turtle in the world. This is their story.