Do You Love The Water? 15 Places To Visit On The Water

Last Updated on February 8, 2023 by Left Lane

My Grandma’s name Nancy Cobb, Sep 14, 1938- Nov 1, 2018 written in the sand on Daytona Beach, Florida. Beside the pier, on the boardwalk at Joe’s Crab Shack.
My Grandma’s name in the sand, Daytona Beach Florida

If you’re like me, you probably have a love for the water. Having actually worked as a Deckhand for awhile, & living on the water aboard a boat every single day. I have an insatiable love for the water.

Waking up to the sound of clanking Cheater Bars, & Ratchets banging against metal. The sound of Twin 16 cylinder Detroit Diesels roaring to life. Being aboard the tow & having the 1st Mate stomp your line when you thought you had the wire tight enough.

Laying Outside Double Ups at each coupling, throwing a dog in the Capstan Line as the boat attaches to the tow. Slinging rigging when you had the unfortunate luck of running turn boat, splicing eyes into lines, & tying bumpers in your spare time.

I’ll never forget standing on the head of the tow & Calling out the freeboard to the Captain & the distance to the Long Wall. Catching Towing leads on the head, & backing leads on the stern of the tow in locks.

Climbing the Tow Knees to mount an empty. 🤣 Lol, enough Deckhand jibber jabber, y’all get the point. I done a little time on the water. The company I worked for was Marquette Transportation.

Life On The Water

A red, and white Towboat, shoving a barge full of coal. Marquette Transportation Towboat the Thomas E. Erickson
This is the Towboat I worked aboard the Thomas E. Erickson. A Twin Screw, 6140 HP, 16 Cyl Detroit Diesel, 138 ft long, 44 ft wide, 41 ft tall

After spending everyday on the water. You get home sick when you’ve been away for to long. When I return to the coast, or any large body of water.

I still get that feeling of instinctual euphoria. That I’m back where I’m supposed to be, a feeling that’s hard to describe to anyone else, unless you know you belong to the water.

It’s not just a joy of being on the water, it’s an actual need to be on the water, a complete emotion in itself, a liquid obsession.


Each, and everyone one these destinations is filled with adventure, and plenty of activities to keep the whole family happy. Check out the full list below:

Black Warrior River

The Roving Gypsy, an Interracial couple having cocktails at a roof top bar in Tuscaloosa Alabama called the Lookout, with the Black Warrior River in the background. A top Hotel Indigo

1. The Black Warrior River – in Tuscaloosa Alabama. This was the first place we visited on the water in January of 2020.

This picture was taken from a bar on the roof of the Hotel Indigo. It’s called The Lookout & it overlooks the Black Warrior River. For more information check out my previous article about it HERE”

Istanbul Turkey

The Roving Gypsy, an interracial couple taking a nighttime selfie at the famous Red Suspension Bridge, the Bosporus Bridge, at the Bosporus Strait in Istanbul Turkey.

2. The Bosporus Strait – in Istanbul Turkey. Istanbul is a unique city because it’s the only major city in the World to sit on 2 separate Continents.

West Istanbul is on the Continent of Europe, & East Istanbul is on the Continent of Asia. In the Picture, we are on the Asian side of the Bosporus Strait with the famous suspension bridge, the Bosporus Bridge.

The Bosporus Strait links two separate bodies of water. It links the Black Sea to the North, with the Sea of Marmara to the South.

To see more of my Istanbul trip, click “HERE”

Nile River

Cairo Egypt at sunset, looking over the Nile River. At the outline of the Cairo Skyline. Taken from the balcony of the Nile Kempinski Hotel.

3. The Nile River – as viewed from our room at the Kempinski Nile Hotel in Cairo Egypt. I made sure I didn’t miss a single sunset over the Nile whiles in Egypt.

Mediterranean Sea

The Roving Gypsy, an interracial couple posing at the Mediterranean Sea in Alexandria Egypt with Palm Trees in the background.

4. The Mediterranean Sea – Overlooking the The Eastern Harbor (Al Mina’ash Sharqiyah) outside the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria) in Alexandria Egypt.

This photo was taken in the month of February.

Panama City Beach

Photo over the white sand, and Gulf of Mexico at sunset, from Panama City Beach Florida.

5. Gulf of Mexico – this photo is from the Northern End of the Gulf of Mexico from Panama City, Florida on Panama City Beach.

This view is from our hotel balcony at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites at sunset. This was during the month of May.

Lake Tuscaloosa

Bikers Taking a group selfie with their riding helmets on at Lake Tuscaloosa, in Alabama. With motorcycles, and boats in the background.

6. Lake Tuscaloosa – this picture was took from Binion Creek Landing Park, in Northport Alabama. This was during one of our motorcycle rides in the month of June.

Biloxi Beach

Woman posing in a bright green 3 wheel beach buggy at Biloxi Beach in Mississippi.

7. Gulf Of Mexico – this photo was from Biloxi Beach, in Biloxi Mississippi. This was during the Independence Day Celebration in the month of July.

This photo & video was during one of our 3-wheel beach buggy rentals. We rented from Life’s A Beach Scooter Rentals.

Clearwater Beach

Gulf of Mexico at sunset, from the Cabanas Coastal Grill in Clearwater Beach Florida.

8. Gulf of Mexico – this photo is from Clearwater Beach, Florida. It was taken from a beach bar known as Cabanas Coastal Grill at the, Winter The Dolphin Beach Club. Its located on the Eastern side of the Gulf of Mexico.

This photo is at Sunset in Clearwater Beach, & the video is during one of our Jetski rentals. This was during the month of September.

Daytona Beach

The Roving Gypsy posing for a selfie with my Grandma’s name “Nancy Cobb” in the sand at Daytona Beach Florida. On the boardwalk, beside the pier at Joe’s Crab Shack.
In loving memory of Nancy Cobb (My Grandma)

9. The Atlantic Ocean – this photo was taken in Daytona Beach, Florida. On the famous Daytona Beach boardwalk by Joe’s Crab Shack. This beach & I go way back, it’s personally one of my favorite destinations.

In this photo I was taking a moment to remember my Grandma. She was a one of a kind woman, & the best culinary technician that ever sat foot in a kitchen. If you ever needed her, you could bet your money she was on her way.

This photo was taken on the famous 11 mile strip of beach, where you are able to drive your car on the sands & park. This was in the month of September.

St. Louis Missouri

The Mississippi River as seen at night, from the Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch. With an Arch view room. The Gateway Arch

10. The Mississippi River – this photo was taken from my room in St. Louis Missouri. I was staying at the Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis At The Arch.

The hotel offered excellent views from the room at night overlooking the Mississippi River & the St. Louis Gateway Arch. This photo was taken in the month of November.

Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls as seen, from Falls Park. In Sioux Falls South Dakota, on the Big Sioux River.

11. The Big Sioux River – this photograph is of Sioux Falls & was taken at Falls Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Sioux Falls is the namesake of the city. This photo was taken in the month of November.

Nashville, Tennessee.

Nighttime photo of the Cumberland River running through downtown Nashville Tennessee, taken from the Drury Plaza Hotel overlooking the Korean War Veterans Bridge, formerly known as the Gateway Bridge.

12. The Cumberland River – this photo was taken at night from our room at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. It overlooks the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge (formerly known as the Gateway Bridge) lit up in LED’s.

This bridge crosses over the Cumberland River. This photo was taken in the month of November.

Offatts Bayou

Photo of the 3 Moody Garden Pyramids as seen from across Offatts Bayou, in Galveston Texas. The Discovery Pyramid, The Rainforest Pyramid, and the Aquarium Pyramid.

13. Offatts Bayou – this picture was taken overlooking Offatts Bayou in Galveston Texas. It offers a great view of the 3 Pyramids of Galveston at Moody Gardens.

This photo was taken in the month of December. I ended up running for my life to get this photo, to find out what happened, check out my previous article “HERE”.

Galveston Beach

The Roving Gypsy, and interracial couple posing on Galveston Beach Texas, with the sunset over the pier, and the Gulf of Mexico in the background.

14. Gulf of Mexico – this photo was taken at Galveston Beach in Galveston Texas. The photo, & the video both were captured right before sunset.

We stayed at the Best Western Plus Galveston Suites, which is the building in the video. Both of these were taken in the month of December.

South Padre Island Beach

Photo taken in the morning over the hotel pool of the Hilton Garden Inn in South Padre Island Texas, looking out past the palm trees at the Gulf of Mexico.

15. Gulf of Mexico – this photo & video is from the Western side of the Gulf of Mexico from South Padre Island Beach. This is located on the U.S. / Mexico Border on South Padre Island, Texas.

This photo & video were taken from my room at the Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island Beachfront. To find out more, checkout my previous article “HERE”


There’s something special about waterfront destinations. They bring a certain charm & atmosphere, that can only be found at waterfront locations. Not to mention the local cuisines available. There’s nothing quite like a fresh meal strait from the water.

I hope Covid-19 checks up soon, so we can all get out & explore new waterfront locations around the globe. It doesn’t matter rather it’s a Lake, Creek, River, Sea, or Ocean. If it’s on the water, it’s worth seeing.

You never know, we just might turn up at beach near you soon… I heard the water is nice in Thailand 😉.

The Roving Gypsy®

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4 thoughts on “Do You Love The Water? 15 Places To Visit On The Water

  1. I remember I used to crew on a sailing vessel and we would be away for 10 days and I would begin to wish I could wash my hair in normal water but then once I got into the harbor and had my normal shower I was so keen to get back on board. Now I miss those days, but I also have to see the sea or lake to feel comfortable. My father was a ship’s captain for ocean liners and he had sea legs. He didn’t want to learn how to drive a car 😂

  2. Awesome, that’s amazing! Your father sounded like a cool Captain. Thanks for sharing, that was truly an experience of a lifetime.

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