There's nothing like the Alabama Gulf Shore for fun in the sun -- Southern style!
If you want to find out where all the action is then Orange Beach is the place to be for swimming, sailing, even dolphin cruises plus amusement parks, nightlife and museums, or shopping 'til you drop.
For sheer natural beauty, however, try West Beach -- "the best beach" -- stretching six miles from Gulf Shores Parkway to the end of Dolphin Drive and offering the whitest, softest sand and bathtub-temperature ocean swimming.
In addition to 50 miles of ocean beachfront there are 65 to 70 miles of bay shoreline and more on the rivers - while just off off the coast Dauphin Island awaits with more wet and wild summer adventures.
Traveling East, and a bit further inland, you'll also want to make a detour to Alabama's best kept secret, Bellingrath Gardens, located in a little town called Theodore, Alabama, near Mobile. Or, head even further to the Florida state line where Perdido Key Beach offers more family-friendly outdoor adventure for kids of all ages.
Meanwhile, grab your beach blankets (and the sunscreen) and get ready to hit the surf.
Have fun, ya'll!
Postcards from the Alabama Gulf - Wish you were here!
Palm trees along the Gulf.
Say hello to the neighbors - a coastal brown pelican
• Perdido Bay was once a haven for pirates who raided passing Spanish galleons. Still believed buried in the area is Captain Billie Bowlegs' treasure which is still being sought today. (Good luck!)
• Orange Beach was actually named for the orange and citrus groves that once grew there. The crop was wiped out in the early 20th century when a traveling salesman sold local farmers seeds that were infected with blight, a fatal plant disease. The orange groves (and the salesman) were never seen again.