Our Favorite Photos of 2015
Part of the beauty of Curacao is picking the perfect strand of sand, and Cabana Beach lets beachgoers relax, read a book, and listen to the waves.
Delray Beach, Florida, one of our 2015 Happiest Seaside Towns 2015’s, boasts the best of old and new Florida: laidback beaches and lots of style.
John Robshaw offered us a view of Thailand that inspired us to travel the east and see what he sees—especially through his sketches of Phang Nga Bay. He says, “I begin to draw again, and know that I could draw these over and over, a million times for years, finding something new each time.”
On the trail of a mystery, Jad Davenport visited Pitcairn Island 225 years after the mutineers of the Bounty landed there.
What he finds? A South Pacific hideaway virtually untouched by the Western world.
Bounty of the Sea
Peter’s Point oysters grow in algae, which is why they are green when they are harvested and why they taste so rich and are the best oysters that Michael Ruhlman ever tasted.
Food for Thought
Our crab cover photo represents our first ever food issue—full of coastal recipes that are delicious and easy.
Raise the Bar
The best way to capitalize on the antique cabinet in your living room? Wallpaper the inside in a bright print and turn it into a bar!
South American Getaway
For months after our (previous) design director returned from Uruguay, we envied his fabulous pictures as well as his serendipitous journey. You don’t have to be so envious though—re-create the trip he wrote about it, starting at the Bahia Vik resort.
While there is plenty of solitude and quiet on Little Palm Island Resort, the sweet Key deer wander up often to nibble on flowers and other island vegetation.
Cozy Dining Nook
We’ve seen a lot of dining areas this year, but this one in a Cape Cod beach cottage is the sweetest yet. The whites and neutrals play well together, and even though the table looks tiny, the homeowners have had multiple dinner parties around it.
We can say with certainty that there is nothing more coastal than pink flamingo ornaments. And the color palette that they inspire will take us throughout the next year—bring on the pink, orange, aqua and mint.
This stretch of the French Riviera is a welcome find—not quite as crowded as Nice or St. Tropez, you’ll still find plenty of opportunities for sunbathing, walking along the waterfront, and romantic excursions.
Fishing for Adventure
Deep Water Cay, off the eastern end of Grand Bahama, is an excellent place to attempt to catch a bonefish—those slippery fish are some of the most intelligent, fastest fish around.
On Guana Island in the British Virgin Islands, there are no cars, no bikes or even any locals. This resort is created for the over-scheduled who just need a break from life.
The Fluke Sunset is the perfect name for this rum cocktail whose colors perfectly imitate the deep orange and yellow of a late afternoon sky.
This dog (with its sly side eye glance) has found its way to more office memes than any other picture this year. But the more we look at him, the more he reminds us of island beaches, road stand food, and the irresistible nature of Isla Holbox.
Kimi Werner’s history with spearfishing goes back to her childhood on Maui. Her father would often dive for dinner. Today, she dives as often as the weather will allow and catches enough to feed herself and her friends.
Nick Schade, a kayak artisan, uses this barn as a workshop and studio. Although he brings an engineer’s talent to the building process, it’s his love of the sea that anchors his passion. “There’s something special about being out on the water in a human powered boat—you become part of the environment,” he says. “It’s the most peaceful, calming thing you can do.”