Coastal Living magazine July-August 2012

Summer is on! Dig into our state-by-state guide to the country's best beaches, try our eight easy steps to classic cottage style, and sample a delicious and heathful breakfast menu. Plus, inspiring coastal Olympians, flirty fashions, nautical decor, better burgers, and more!

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  • Coastal Home

    Things We Love

    Our editors share their must-have picks in red, white, and blue hues.

  • Coastal Style

    What's in your beach bag?

    The Olympic gold medal swimmer and correspondent for Good Morning America gives us a look inside her beach bag.

  • Coastal Havens

    Past, Perfected

    A designer revives a small Victorian cottage in Martha's Vineyard with clever ideas and plenty of coastal artifacts.

  • Web Exclusive

    Beachcombing Basics

    Go where the pros go for coastal treasure, from sea glass to driftwood to shimmery fishing floats.

  • Coastal Pets

    The Dog Days of Summer

    Veterinarian Dr. Stephen Samson tells us what we need to know about playing with our pets during the dog days of summer.

  • Coastal Beauty

    Time to Shine

    Embrace the season's sparkle with metallic makeup in gold, silver, and bronze.

  • Coastal Travel

    21 Best Beaches

    Plan your summer getaway now: From white strands to secret coves, we've found the ultimate spots by the shore, plus fabulous lodging so you can stay as long as you like.

  • Coastal Travel

    Englewood, FL

    Mother Nature rules in this beachfront community bordered by three bodies of water and miles of soft, powder white sand.

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    Smooth Sailing

    Designer Lynn Morgan gives a Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, house a nautical, chic look—without going overboard.

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    Olympians on the Coast

    For these Summer Olympics athletes, it's the sand, sun, and water that keeps them inspired. Here are four coastal stars to root for this summer. Go U.S.A.!

  • Coastal Kitchen

    Summer Sandwiches

    Move over, PB&J—there's something new to pack in your beach cooler. Bring these flavorful and imaginative sandwiches to your next seaside outing.

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    Breakfast of Champions

    Get your crew ready for an active day on the shore with a breakfast loaded with healthful, low-fat ingredients.

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29 Delicious Salads

Our best and most flavorful salad recipes play more than just a supporting role, they are the star of the table.

Grilled Tuna Salad Nicoise