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20 Best-Life Secrets Beachfront Bargain Hunters Know

May 04, 2016

Taking up permanent residence at the beach means more than saying farewell to tourist-trap hotels (though let’s be honest, that is pretty exciting.) Buyers who hunt high and low for sand castles of their own are making an investment in paradise; here’s how they do that next-level living when they get there.

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Reset your watch for “island time.”

Beachfront communities lack a certain urgency that bedevils the rest of the world; letting one’s schedule bend and stretch a bit is good for the soul.  

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Photo: Andrew McGary ©. From: Marianne Canada.

Nothing beats local eats.

Trendy farm-to-table restaurants and newcomers to the “slow food” movement are getting on board with what chefs in the tropics have always known — that is, that fresh grub harvested and produced nearby is far tastier than packaged-and-preserved imports. (Bring on the coconut and tropical fruit, please.)

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Photo: Anna Bryukhanova

Gadgets are overrated.

A decade ago, almost no one could check in with work from a phone on the beach. Wasn’t that a marvelous time to be alive? 

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From: Kristin Guy

A signature cocktail is a must.

It’s probably possible to lean back in a deck chair and watch the sun set over the ocean without a beachy drink in hand, but who wants to find out? Whether you’re clinking glasses at a casita on the Gulf of Mexico or at a condo in Miami, a good host has a house specialty (and can whip up a pitcher of it in no time flat). 

Make This: Sol de Flare Cocktail

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