Photo credit goes to Roger Wollstadt.
Harbors have always been a major draw for people of all kinds. Whether you consider yourself an extroverted athletic social butterfly or an introverted home body wall flower, there are always activities that you can enjoy in any of the harbors around the world, but in particular the United States of America. One could argue that the draw of harbors is the same as that of beaches by the world’s oceans or lakes or rivers, essentially though the numbers don’t lie and you can see that places with water front property, and particularly ocean front property, are by leaps and bounds more densely populated than places that are purely landlocked such as the mid-western states in America. Granted, there are certainly plenty of exceptions to that rule of thumb, just take a look at China and India, the most densely populated countries per capita on the planet, each of which sport a population that tops over the one billion mark, and neither of these countries are islands, but any lake or river in those places is sure to have a fair amount of people teeming around it. Essentially, water is life, and people of all ethnicities, of all nations, ages, creeds, sexual orientations or gender identities, are sure to be aware of this and respond to this call. The tourist attractions for harbors are without compare, you can enjoy a hike, sight see some of the natural landscapes, go for boat rides, fishing, crabbing, volleyball, bonfire parties by the beach, and of course the simple and soothing act of swimming. There’s plenty of less physically or socially demanding activities to be enjoyed for the more passive individuals who would rather sit and sip a drink while reading a dear novel by the beach, or the slew of various restaurants that are often positioned perfectly at a harbor town. One last and less well-known attribute that draws people to harbor towns is the industrious nature of such cities, and particularly in the time of a dragging economy, people often come in search of work or a better job. Harbors are a symbol of humanity’s accomplishments thus far as a society, and likely will be for the foreseeable future.
Photo credit goes to Jay Phagan.