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Boating Destination Reviews for Travelers Along the Eastern Seaboard

Flamingo, Fla.

Photo by Robert L. Drake

Outposts and islands have a unique appeal — remoteness, self-sufficient residents and usually an enveloping natural world where you can escape the rat race. Flamingo gives skinny-water boaters all this and more, as the southern outpost of Everglades National Park. The habitats — tropical and temperate, salt- and freshwater, sloughs and shallows, wetlands and uplands — make wildlife viewing in this international bioreserve unsurpassed. Among the native species, including 1,000 plants, 300 fish, 90 mammals and reptiles, 99 butterflies and more than 350 birds, you’ll surely see alligators and white pelicans, maybe even an endangered Florida panther, a toothy American crocodile or a brilliant pink flamingo. Birders, bring your life lists — fishermen, your fresh- and saltwater licenses.

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Artisan Boatworks

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Photos by Alison Langley

When Alec Brainerd talks classic wooden boats, the conversation drifts from the philosophy to the business to the practical issues of wooden-boat building and ownership. Brainerd, founder and owner of Artisan Boatworks in Rockport, Maine, specializes in building, restoring and maintaining wooden boats. The shop is best known for building replicas of classic daysailers, Nathanael G. Herreshoff designs especially.

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Rose Island Lighthouse

Photos by Billy Black

Long before the hustle and bustle of today’s networked world, lighthouse keepers had daily rigors of a different kind, maintaining a quiet but continuous vigilance over their beacons.
Perched on a small island in Narragansett Bay off Newport, R.I., Rose Island Lighthouse now is a destination for a new breed of “keepers,” who rent the restored hideaway for up to a week.

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Photos by John Bildahl

If you've never been to the Chesapeake, you'll probably want to start at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. If you've lived on the Bay all your life and haven't been there, you should go because you'll still find your knowledge and understanding of the Chesapeake enriched.

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Culebrita

Photos by Onne van der Wal

Ravaged by time, weather and neglect, Culebrita Lighthouse stands sentry over the Virgin Passage between Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The unmanned solar-powered beacon casts its light from 305 feet above the sea atop the highest of three volcanic hills on Isla Culebrita, the easternmost of the Puerto Rican islands.

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