U.S. Gulf

Warmer waters make for cooler cruising. Southern Boating publishes a U.S. Gulf Coast Regional Report each month to make your Gulf Coast cruising a success. Chock-full of information for everywhere from the panhandle of Florida to the tip of Texas—Southern Boating gives you the lowdown on all events, happenings, marinas, destinations, and more!

New Years Eve Parties for Boaters

New Year’s Eve Parties for Boaters

Skip Times Square. Try these New Year’s Eve Parties for Boaters Times Square in New York City is the happening place to welcome the new year, and you could see yourself on national…

Boating in New Orleans, Louisiana

Fill all your senses while boating in New Orleans. “Off the beaten path” means different things to different people. For the cruiser tooling down the ICW or in the deep waters of the…

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World Food Championships

World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama Some 1,500 professional and home cooks compete for big money and national attention November 7-11 at the 7th Annual World Food Championships at The Wharf…

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New Hope is Found

New Hope Found For more than 55 years, the tug New Hope was presumed lost. Now, New Hope is found, thanks to NOAA. And some deep-diving robots. In 1965, the tugboat New…

Whale sharks

Whale Sharks

Mote Marine tracks Whale Sharks In mid-June, Sarasota’s Mote Marine Laboratory got word that boaters were watching whale sharks on the surface just 20 miles west of Manatee and Sarasota Counties. That’s fairly…

Gulf Coast Shellfish Festivals

Fall shellfish festival season opens Labor Day Weekend. Louisana The shellfish festivals start with Morgan City’s popular Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival August 30th to September 3rd. MISSISSIPPI Mississippi’s Gulf Coast owns…

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Hog Island

In 1921, a severe hurricane hit the west coast of Florida near Clearwater Beach. Its tidal surge sliced a long barrier island in two: North Hog Island and South Hog Island. Today,…

An artist's rendering of a pirate for the Louisiana Pirate Festival!

Louisiana Pirate Festival

Shiver me timbers, it’s the Louisiana Pirate Festival! The 2018 Louisiana Pirate Festival dates back to 1957 and was recently voted a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society. Many Gulf…

New Aquarium for Mote Marine?

Will there be a new aquarium for Mote Marine? Stars appear to be lining up for a new Mote Science Education Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida, with a design that will catch the eyes…

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When & Where to Watch the Songbirds Migrate

Songbirds Are Coming Home The songbirds are flying home. We know swallows come back to Capistrano every year—an old song tells us that—but Gulf Coast birders hum their own songs every spring…

This is an image of a sculpture that was built during the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival.

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

“Sandtastic” Sculptures at the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival They say the sand on Clearwater Beach is the best on the Gulf Coast, if not the world. It’s a very fine, sugary quartz…

Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Sanibel and Captiva

Sanibel and Captiva

Sanibel and Captiva The two sister beaches of Sanibel and Captiva are some of the prettiest in the world. It’s 7:30 and the sun is already well above the horizon. As I…

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Flora-Bama

Compete On Flora-Bama Beaches for Special Causes The Florida-Alabama State line slices through fine, white, panhandle sand. It also slices through a cultural hangout you may have heard about—Kenny Chesney and Jimmy…

Saint Patricks Day Events, St. Patricks Day Festivals, Erin go Braugh,

St. Patrick’s Day Events

St. Patricks Day comes on Saturday, March 17th, so put on your Irish and go out “on the lash.” Crawl the pubs, gobble corned beef and cabbage, sing along with street musicians,…

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Red Tide Reporting App for Boaters

Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota has created a free smartphone app for Florida boaters to report red tide algae blooms, the first red tide reporting app of its kind. Karenia brevis, the…