Alabama

Alabama Beaches
Not sure where to go for your next beach vacation? Why not consider Alabama? The state offers miles of white sand beaches, the likes of which can be found within close proximity of the wonderful city of Mobile. Also in good supply along Alabama’s Gulf Coast are golf courses, restaurants, fishing spots, and various other attractions. In other words, Alabama beach vacations can include more than just some fun on the sand. As for where to stay on an Alabama beach vacation, the state’s coastline offers a wide variety of accommodation options. There are motels, hotels, resorts, cabins, and campsites to select from. Apartment and home rentals are also in good supply, so finding your ideal lodging fit should be a breeze.

Orange Beach

Orange Beach is not to be overlooked if you are searching for the best beaches in Alabama. While the city itself is relatively small, it boasts a rather large beach that extends along the Gulf of Mexico waters. The beach is definitely the main attraction, but it isn’t the only one to consider. At Adventure Island, Orange Beach visitors can enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities, including go-carting, miniature golf, and paddleboating. Also worth considering on an Orange Beach visit is The Wharf. One of the Gulf Coast’s premier destinations, The Wharf features numerous resort amenities that are open to the public. Among these amenities are a championship golf course, an amphitheater, a marina, restaurants, and shops. Spending time at nearby Gulf State Park is just one more way to stay busy during an Orange Beach vacation, and visitors can also look to arrange such things as fishing excursions and dolphin viewing cruises.

Gulf Shores

Found to the west of Orange Beach, Gulf Shores is also known for having some of the best beaches in Alabama. As is true along the Alabama Gulf Coast in general, these beaches meet the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and have white sand that is so soft it squeaks when you walk on it. Beach facilities are in good supply throughout the general region, as is beach parking. At the nearby Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, however, you won’t find much in the way of facilities. In fact, the rather long beach at this refuge lacks facilities altogether, so it is a good place to go if you are seeking a more natural beach experience. Other things that can be found in the Gulf Shores area include top rated golf resorts, the delightful Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, and the Waterville USA amusement park. Head to Gulf Shores in May, and your visit might coincide with the three-day Gulf Shores beach festival that is known as the Hangout Music Festival.

Dauphin Island

While Orange Beach and Gulf Shores tend to get the most attention when it comes to the best beaches in Alabama, they aren’t the only destinations in the state that beach enthusiasts will want to keep in mind. Take Dauphin Island, for example. A barrier island that is linked to the mainland via a three-mile bridge, Dauphin Island offers no less than seven miles of white sand beaches, some of which charge an admission fee. Other attractions on Dauphin Island include the Dauphin Island Pier, historic Fort Gaines, The Estuarium aquarium, and the Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Camping, staying at a bed and breakfast, or renting a beach house are among the Dauphin Island lodging options.

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