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Coastal Cuisine

Headed to the beach? Here are 5 must-try restaurants in Port Aransas

By Melissa Gaskill

Summertime at the beach means sun and surf, of course, but good meals play an important role in the vacation experience, too. The quintessential Texas beach town of Port Aransas offers up dozens of ...


Galveston Needs A Bigger Boat

Galveston shark bite brings national attention to Texas beach destination

By Kate Bentsen

A shark bite in shallow standing water? That's what one Houston-area teen is dealing with after a routine Galveston beach day turned into a national news story. Fourteen-year-old Mikae ...


Taken for granted

Galveston Island oasis ranks among best Gulf Coast beaches

By Whitney Radley

The Travel Channel has published a list of the Best Gulf Coast Beaches, and guess which Lone Star locale was listed alongside perennial, powdery white favorites like Gulf Shores, Alabama and Florid ...


Port Aransas

Family Road Trip, Beach Edition

By Nicole Basham

Having grown up in Austin, there are many things I love about my hometown. One thing I never appreciated until I moved away, however, was that we really only have three seasons: Bearable, Hot and $ ...


turtle dash

Making a run for it: How Padre Island National Seashore is saving a critically endangered species

By Melissa Gaskill

The sun has yet to show its face over the Gulf of Mexico when my youngest daughter and I join a group of people lining up along a "V" of yellow tape staked in the sand. On the other ...


getaway guide

Gone to the Old South: So much to love in Charleston, South Carolina

By Tavaner Sullivan

Gone With the Wind may be to blame, but for me, nothing reminds me of the Old South like Charleston, South Carolina—a city that, until recently, had eluded me. A recent trip taught me how muc ...


travelin' man

Jamaica beyond Montego Bay and Negril: Five easy escapes from the beach, it's a jungle out there

By Stephan Lorenz

Although it may be hard to believe, there's more to Jamaica than Montego Bay and Negril. Are you ready to escape the beach? Let's go.   Swamp it up at the Royal Palm Pres ...


Tattered Jeans

Walking with the turtle lady: A look at how sea creatures deal with ecological disaster & human junk

By Katie Oxford

Here’s another boots on the ground type—only this one wears sandals.  I met Sharon Maxwell nine years ago while visiting a beach—that sliver of heaven in northwest Florid ...


Pace Bend Park

A versatile vista on Lake Travis

2501 Pace Bend Road
Austin, TX 78669


The Caribbean without the crowd

Dreaming of a deserted tropical island? Florida's Dry Tortugas is as close as you get

By Stephan Lorenz

Let's play a little Jeopardy!, shall we? We'll take Geography for $500, Alex. Answer: “It's considered the most remote national park in the lower 48 states.” Lower 4 ...


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