Tooting Our Own Horn
We know that the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach area is paradise. We were kind of hoping it might remain the best kept secret of the South, but it looks like word is getting out. We have recently been named to several amazing lists and we were so proud, we
just had to share the good news. Top 5 Favorite Beaches, Weather Channel Online Poll, May 2011 Gulf Shores took home the prize in our online poll with about 40 percent of the votes. We're happy to say, the beaches of Gulf Shores are gorgeous as always and ready for Memorial Day tourists. Runner Up: Orange Beach, Ala. Orange Beach lies just 15 minutes east of Gulf Shores. Check out The Wharf, a massive dining and entertainment complex. It has concerts, a wave pool, and a lot of restaurants and cocktail options. Karen Cicero, Parents Magazine, June 2011 Gulf State Park Beach received an honorable mention to the publication's 10 Best Beaches for Families. "Among sand dunes and sea oats, this pretty, uncrowded stretch of sand has a modern beach pavilion with air-conditioned restrooms, plenty of shady spots for a picnic, and even a fireplace for chilly days." Please note that the area was ranked alongside Aliso Beach Park (South Laguna Beach, Calif.), Cape May Point Beach (Cape May, N.J.), Hapuna Beach Park (Big Island, Hawaii) and Misquamicut State Beach (Westerly, R.I.) to name a few. Top 200 Towns for Sportsmen, Outdoor Life, May 2011 Ranked number 87 - Gulf Shores, Alabama. The entirety of the Gulf of Mexico's fishing opportunities is at your disposal in this fast-growing coastal town. The city has experienced a 22.2 percent growth in population since 2000, a sign of great civic health. Gulf Shores is an excellent place to raise kids, too: Its public schools score an 8 out of 10 rating on the website greatschools.org. Top 10 Most-Popular Summer Travel Destinations, HomeAway.com, May 2011 Gulf Shores ranked number 5 based on traveler inquiries about stays between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2011. View the archived list here. Thanks to everyone who took the time to share with their friends and the webosphere what a great place this is to visit and live.