Say what you will about the majestic white winters up north — this article pays homage to warm summer days walking South Carolina’s beaches, fishing Georgia’s lakes and sampling spicy seafood gumbo in Louisiana. It was a mighty challenge, but we’ve compiled a list of the ten best family towns to live in for Southern fishing.
This isn’t a ranking so much as sampling what it might be like to have it all: civilization and the great outdoors, spectacular weekends and jobs galore, quality time with happy kids who also make high scores in science and math. Sounds realistic, right? Why not!
Keep in mind, though, the competition was fierce. We started by researching data from housing prices, rankings for school districts and reputation among fishermen. After cross-referencing these three criteria, some compromises narrowed the list down further: our finalist cities represent a diversity of both lifestyles and fishing opportunities spread across eight Southern states.
So forget your worries and forget the cold. Come sit a spell and bring the kids, too!
- <h2>Charleston, South Carolina</h2>Southern style comes aplenty with Charleston’s marinas, sandy beaches and antebellum architecture. With a convenient hour’s drive south you’ll find Beaufort, S.C., a saltwater fisherman’s paradise, and just to the north is another sportsman’s hub, Georgetown. In particular, the quiet Mt. Pleasant suburb has quality fish markets and restaurants near Shem Creek, the historic Boone Hall Plantation site and the state’s 16th top-ranked high school, Wando High. <br><br> Image via <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shem_Creek.png"target="_blank">wikimedia</a>
Which one is your top choice? Share with us in the comments!