beachLIFE

inspiration + discovery from the emerald coast and beyond

Join us as we explore the Emerald Coast.

BeachLiFE Magazine is a travel inspiration publication that introduces readers to life on the Emerald Coast and the people who call it home. Each issue takes readers on a guided tour through the coastal communities of Scenic Highway 30A, Destin, and beyond. Immersing them in the ambiance and energy of a magical realm where the pace is casual and the air smells of salt.

Travel

Join us as we explore the coast and learn what make the Emerald Coast so magical.

the turtle lady retires

the turtle lady retires

Sharon Maxwell is not the type of woman to take no for an answer. And thank goodness for that. After 25 years scouring the sand for signs of a nesting sea turtle, she officially retired from the organization she created—South Walton Turtle Watch. While it wasn’t an...

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emerald coast wheelchair access

emerald coast wheelchair access

Crossing a dune walkover to the white-sand beach is not a simple endeavor for many. Mobility issues, failing eyesight, and physical disabilities can make descending a stairway or walking through sand an impossibility.  But that shouldn’t stop anyone from feeling the...

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magical moments of travel

magical moments of travel

What are we, if not a collection of our memories? Think about it for a moment—all the reasons you are who you are is based on moments throughout your life. How parents and caregivers treated you, the relationship with siblings, grandparents, and friends. The impacts...

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local spotlight

Learn about the people and places that call  the Emerald Coast home.

black bear bread

black bear bread

Know what the number one question Emerald Coast locals get asked all the time?  “Where’s a great place to eat?” Here’s a shortcut: Black Bear Bread Company. It’s locally owned and operated, puts a special emphasis on using local products, serves breakfast and lunch...

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farm-to-table

farm-to-table

Join us as we catch-up with local chefPaula Emory. Paula Emery is a private chef based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida whose company, Cookin’ with Love, is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Her focus? “Cooking right out of the garden.” Freshness and simplicity...

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sip + savor

Gulf inspired cocktails and snacks.

beer punch

beer punch

Beach Inspired Cocktails + Snacksdifficulty: easy yields: 8 drinks A cold beer on a hot day is hard to beat, but we’ve found a cocktail recipe that takes that cold beer and kicks it up a notch! This sweet, slightly fizzy beer punch is a sunny, bright yellow...

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raspberry lemon drop

raspberry lemon drop

Beach Inspired Cocktails + Snacksdifficulty: easy yields: 1 drink There’s no better way to welcome the long, warm days of Summer than with a cocktail that combines the sweetness of honey with the tart bite of fresh raspberries and lemon. Crisp and refreshing, the...

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lemonade sangria

lemonade sangria

Beach Inspired Cocktails + Snacksdifficulty: easy yields: 10 drinks The Perfect Spring Mocktail Nothing signals the beginning of warm spring days and long summer nights like an ice-cold pitcher brimming with fresh-cut fruit. This lemonade sangria mocktail bursts with...

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breezy peach

breezy peach

Beach Inspired Cocktails + Snacksdifficulty: easy yields: 1 drink Ripe peaches on a hot summer day…does it get any better? Well, surprise, surprise. It turns out it does!Our recipe for the Breezy Peach cocktail takes that sweet, ripe peach and kicks it up a notch....

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orange mule

orange mule

Beach Inspired Cocktails + Snacksdifficulty: easy yields: 1 drink On a hot day, the fusion of warm spices from ginger beer and the cool tang of orange and lime juices hits all the right notes. The Orange Mule is a modern twist on the classic Moscow Mule, but with a...

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