Kayaking the Calusa Lee County, Florida
Kayaking the Calusa
Florida’s Lee County welcomes Midwesterners with open arms as they seek to escape from Old Man Winter and get up close and personal with nature.

When Cynthia Gilbert meets fellow Midwesterners along Southwest Florida’s shimmering shoreline, she watches them discover what she felt her first time in a kayak: Clear salt water as warm as a bath teeming with wildlife that—from a paddler’s perspective—is literally at be...

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Slice of Paradise Apostle Islands & Bayfield, Wisconsin
Slice of Paradise
Winter, spring, summer or fall… Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands and the communities of Madeline Island and Bayfield, Wisconsin, offer year-round activities set against a stunning backdrop of equal parts pristine, sugar-sand beachfront and lush, unspoiled wilderness.

Our multicolored beach towels and assorted sand toys were the only objects marring the unbroken, sweeping crescent of golden sand, shimmering in the warm midsummer sun. Incredibly, no one else from the nearby campground decided to join us, and the day-trippers from the mainland and from the isla...

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UnBelizeable The Carribbean
Enjoy the breathtaking, laid-back atmosphere of this Central American paradise.

I floated face down in water as clear as gin and, ahem, I should know. The white sandy bottom was a couple of dozen feet away, but I felt as if I could reach out and touch the sugary powder. I had the eerie feeling that there really was no water: I was supported by invisible threads in mid-air. ...

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Welcome to Harbor Country New Buffalo, Michigan
Welcome to Harbor Country
Referred to as the “Gold Coast” because of its breathtaking sunsets, New Buffalo, Michigan is a boater’s haven… and one delightful place to drop anchor.

Welcome to the first port in southwest Michigan: New Buffalo, featuring the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, fabulous farm-to-fork cuisine, cultural treasures and a world-class casino. Add in a combination of watersports, hiking and golf, among other fun recreational activities, and you’v...

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Boating on the Bay Green Bay, Wisconsin
Boating on the Bay
Green Bay, Wisconsin is a championship area for football, boating, beer, food, festivals and wildlife wonders.

If you’re an experienced cruising boater, you may already know many of the ports along Lake Michigan. But do you know which port’s county has more than 1,200 linear miles of waterways, a 700-acre wildlife sanctuary that draws several hundred-thousand birdwatchers from across the gl...

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Setting the Bar for Boater Friendly Port Clinton area, Ohio
Setting the Bar for Boater Friendly
Cruise or trailer to Lake Erie’s coastal communities of Port Clinton, Catawba, Marblehead and Lakeside.

What do giant crystal apples and 16-foot fiberglass fish have in common? Both drop on popular tourism areas at the stroke of midnight, New Year’s Eve. The apple, of course, settles in New York City’s Times Square to the cheers of raucous crowds. The fish, appropriately a walleye, des...

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Uptown Vibe Marquette, Michigan
Uptown Vibe
Time-tested tradition makes Marquette, Michigan the place for year-round recreation.

The winter air is electric with dog barks, lake effect snow and the synchronized countdown steaming from the mouths of several thousand hardy spectators braving this frosty February night in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Six bustling blocks of downtown Marquette, the region’s comm...

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Upstate Tranquility Sackets Harbor, New York
Upstate Tranquility
Sackets Harbor, New York offers visitors the perfect mix of vibrant history, culinary delights and small town charm.

The Canadians are coming, and this time, 200 years after the War of 1812 began, it is an infinitely more welcome sight. At least it appears that way through the streets of Sackets Harbor, New York. It is a scene that those who fought along the banks and in the open waters of Sackets Harbor w...

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Island City Brockville, Ontario
Island City
Brockville, Ontario, gateway to the world-famous Thousand Islands, is an unparalleled boater’s paradise straddling both sides of the U.S. and Canadian border

Welcome to Island City. You won’t find it in the tropics or at the end of a mythical voyage in a “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie sequel. But boaters can find it at the eastern gateway to the amazing archipelago known as the world-famous Thousand Islands. Brockville, “Th...

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Out of Bounds Boundary Waters, Lake Superior
Out of Bounds
For a true Up North experience, look no further than the Boundary Waters — and the gateway communities that offer access to its breathtaking million-plus acres.

If you’re a Great Lakes trailerboater, or any Midwesterner with a bent for watersports and the great outdoors, chances are you’re familiar with Up North — that vast country stretching from northern Minnesota, across Wisconsin and Michigan, to eastern Ontario. Like a magnet, it ...

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