Laura snapped this image in Cabo Pulmo, Baja California, Mexico. “We motored over from the point in the background and didn’t see another person for four hours,” she says. “It’s a fabulous place to swim with the sea lions and have the whole beach to yourself. The coral reef that you can meander around at low tide is a fantastic place to see the local flora and fauna.”
2 of 26Camille Druchniak
Camille took this photo when she rented the same beach house her parents rented when she was a kid. “My son, Sam, and daughter, Jenn, were the same age I was when we first stayed at Wallis Sands, in Rye, New Hampshire,” she says.
3 of 26Lindsey Retelle
Lindsey captured a piece of Nantucket history when photographing Brant Point, “the second-oldest light station in America and about a one-mile walk from town,” she says. “We spent the morning here gathering seashells, drinking coffee, and reading on the rocks. May is a wonderful month to visit Nantucket because it is before the summer rush, yet just as beautiful,” she says.
4 of 26Lisa Greco
Lisa sent us a couple of her favorite pictures taken in two of her favorite places. This one was shot off the coast of Boca Grande, Florida. “Our friends took us out on their boat for an afternoon of fishing in the Gulf. We had our four nephews visiting from Georgia, and they had a wonderful time. The picture was taken in the mid- to late afternoon. On the horizon you can see a wall of rain. It was a spectacular day,” Lisa says.
5 of 26Sue Alexander
Sue sent us a photo of her catch of the day in Marathon, Florida Keys, where she celebrated Mother’s Day and her birthday.
6 of 26Lindy Thompson
High Flying Moment
“The U.S. Coast Guard ship Eagle was in the Brunswick port. I was wading in the water, waiting for the ship to come out of port and head to sea,” Lindy says of capturing this image. “I was located on a driftwood beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia. Just at the right time, the bird took flight.”
7 of 26King Liaw
King captured this image while vacationing in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, “a sleepy fishing town outside of Cancun,” King says.
8 of 26Sharon Waters
Following the Leader
“This is one of my favorite vacation photos,” Sharon says. “It’s of my niece chasing her shadow down the beach on St. George Island, Florida, where we have vacationed every year for the past 12 years.”
9 of 26Patricia Griffin
A Day on the Bay
Patricia snapped this photo while boating with visitors from Ohio as they approached Rose Island in Narragansett Bay in Newport, Rhode Island. “This tiny island has wonderful sea glass on its north beach,” she says. “Newport is a stone skip away. The Senator Claiborne Pell Bridge connecting the town of Jamestown to the city of Newport is in the distance.”
10 of 26Rose Marie Ellis
Beck on the Beach
Rose took this photo at the Blue Dolphin on Sanibel Island, Florida. “My daughter is in the beach chair in the background,” she says. “This is our favorite vacation spot―a little bit of paradise in the Gulf of Mexico.”
11 of 26Karyl Vasereno
A Dog’s Life
Karyl says her family’s black Lab, Daisy, is the love of her family. “This was taken in Westport, Washington, where we have a summer home,” she says. “As you can see, Daisy knows that once she is over the dune she will be able to sprint to the ocean for a swim. We love this picture so much because it not only shows the beauty of the ocean and dunes, but also the beauty of Daisy as she patiently but happily awaits our permission to make her run to the surf.”
12 of 26Drew Vakos
“While taking a personal tour of Northeast Harbor, Maine, I came upon this dock eaten by the tides,” Drew says. “The water was crystal clear and reflected the dock perfectly. The weather was partly foggy (as usual for that time of year) and provided a nice setting for the shot. While staying in The Grey Rock Inn, I experienced the island in a spectacular way and would love to go back sometime soon!”
13 of 26Lynn Burr
“These photos were taken after five straight days of unusual May rain,” Lynn says. “We went for a walk on the beach in Indian Shores, Florida, and were treated to this beautiful sunset. We are so grateful to live where we can often have this soothing end to our day. It’s good for the soul.”
14 of 26Debbie Fry
Dog Day Afternoon
Debbie captured this photo of her dog, Rudy, in her favorite old blue chair on a dock in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
15 of 26Pamela Ogborn
“My son, David, is the nature lover in the family,” Pamela says. “So reaching down into the water during low tide in to pick starfish off the ocean floor was a special moment.”
16 of 26Larry Silvia
“While the owner of this chair and bucket was down at the water’s edge, fishing, my wife and I got a good laugh and some great pictures of the curious egret,” Larry says. “We didn’t know if he was looking for lunch or just being nosy.”
17 of 26Barbara Cassara
Passing It On
Maybe you can’t see the water, but we appreciated Barbara’s submission of this photo featuring Jinxy, her Maltese, doing some afternoon reading while vacationing in Perdido Key, Florida.
18 of 26Wendy VanHatten
“Nothing says ‘coast’ more than sun, surf, rocks, and sandy beaches,” Wendy says. “I never get tired of this coastline.”
19 of 26Scott Earl
Scott sent us this image taken in Nags Head in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. “It shows the true beauty of the area and the serenity the dunes and ocean provide at sunrise,” he says.
20 of 26Kasey Jackson
Kasey sent us her favorite photo of Johnny Mercer Pier in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.
21 of 26Swati Verma
Swati sent us her favorite shot from a trip to Benton Harbor in Michigan. “My husband and I love all things nautical, and we collect lighthouses―as pictures, postcards, and souvenirs,” she says. “Even when it’s freezing cold outside and the shores of Lake Michigan are frozen.”
22 of 26Kay Emrick
“This is one of many sea turtles at the Cayman Island Turtle Farm on Grand Cayman,” Kay says of her treasured photo. “After Hurricane Ivan in 2004, the turtle farm was rebuilt and located across the road from the ocean to protect the turtles in tanks if another hurricane hit. There are turtles of all sizes, and once a year some are released into the ocean when they reach the size of a dinner plate. This turtle was much larger.”
23 of 26Edward Hofmann
Edward snapped this photo of 18-month-old Max eating his favorite snack at the beach on Anna Maria Island, Florida, while on vacation from Seattle.
24 of 26Karen Komar
“It’s no wonder Coastal Living magazine, named Georgetown as one of its “coastal dream towns” and a “scenic wonder” in the May 2009,” Karen says. “Georgetown, South Carolina’s Morgan Park is certainly a scenic wonder with unspoiled shoreline and marshland, and breathtaking views of the Sampit River merging into Winyah Bay.”
25 of 26Julie Harrison
“We rented a shore house for a week to celebrate my in-laws’ 40th wedding anniversary,” Julie says. “Eleven of us spent the week enjoying the sun and sand and each other’s company. Our weeklong vacation in Harvey Cedars, New Jersey, left us all with amazing memories that we will cherish for years to come. In this photo, my father-in-law and brother-in-law were walking on the beach enjoying a gorgeous sunrise. The sky looked as though it were on fire―a perfect way to start the day.”
26 of 26Christine Black
“In late August, the sun was still intense but the air had the crisp chill that reminded us that summer was coming to an end,” Christine said of her trip to Nantucket. “When I went shopping for a beach umbrella that afternoon, I was mortified to discover that most of the inventory had been picked through and all that remained was this shocking pink eyesore! Reluctantly, I purchased it and headed out to Miacomet Beach, hoping not to frighten the wildlife. Much to my pleasure, the umbrella became a thing of beauty as the sun illuminated it and transformed it in to a glowing object of warmth against the steel blue of the late summer sky. I now proudly wave my pink umbrella from beach to beach whenever and wherever I can. It has become the subject of many photographs where it now resides in the Florida Keys.”