Spring is here and now, before the heat of the summer sun is upon us, is the perfect time to plan a getaway to our beachy neighbors along the coast. I grew up on the Gulf Coast, and so a beach day or weekend trip was always part of life. Whether it was searching for sand dollars while visiting grandparents in Panama City, marveling at the incandescent jellyfish in Waveland, or planning a girls’ getaway on Dauphin Island for our high school graduation celebration, fun in the sun and sand has always been  part of some of my favorite memories.

Our spring beach planner has all the best new hot spots to celebrate with friends and family. From live music to a spa weekend to exploring deep sea adventures, there’s always plenty to see and do.

From seafood to sailing and more, we are all so fortunate to live close to all of the treasures of the Gulf, and yet with that we also have the added responsibility to be good stewards of the land and sea. Climate change is now a seasonal reality that is altering the way we look at everyday life and business. From recycling to water management, New Orleanians are at the forefront to make sure current and future generations can enjoy the communities in the city and along the coast for years to come. We profile some of those eco-warriors who are leading the way.

You’ll also want to check out our spring guide to “greening” your home, a style guide that’s in full bloom, a Gulf shrimp and quinoa dish perfect for a light Lenten feast, and so much more. 

The days are getting longer, festival season is right around the corner and the Gulf water is warm and inviting. We have so much to celebrate. I hope you can get out and enjoy all that living along the Coast has to offer.