The holidays are a special time to visit Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. There’s something to be said about spending the holidays near the beach. In 2014, I was able to do just that and experience a whole different type of white Christmas during a December trip. I found that the fine, sugar-white sand offered the ideal backdrop for a holiday vacation in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. I witnessed stunning sunsets, as well as a sunrise that would take your breath away. Here are some tips to help you plan your Alabama Gulf Coast holiday vacation.
While the Alabama Gulf Coast is within easy driving distance of many large cities, the word is out and visitors come from all over to enjoy a coastal Christmas on Alabama’s white-sand beaches. If you are flying into Pensacola, Florida or Mobile, Alabama be sure to reserve your rental car when you book your flight, so you are sure to get a car of your choice. The streets are decked out for the holidays in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and you will want to have a car so you can see the decorations during the day and the evening.
There are several options when it comes to lodging with your family in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. From Orange Beach condos and Gulf Shores beach houses to the traditional budget-friendly hotels and high rises that offer magnificent views, you will find a comfortable place to stay. Be sure to book your choice of beach accomodations a few weeks ahead of time. It’s also important to note that condos and beach houses make great places for families to stay, as you can save money by cooking your own meals. Want to take a break from cooking while on vacation? Gulf Shores and Orange Beach both offer a wide variety of restaurants to please your taste buds.
The Wharf, located in Orange Beach, is a must-visit while in town over the holidays. The area is decorated to the hilt. From ice skating to dancing musical lights at the SPECTRA Light Show, it’s truly a magical place to visit over the holidays. A special tree lighting ceremony is held, which features talented musicians from the community, a reading of the traditional Christmas Story and a visit from Santa. If ice skating is your thing, you can even ice skate in Orange Beach during your Christmas vacation.
Over the holidays, several restaurants are decked out for the season and offer live entertainment, like an appearance by Billy Claus, Santa’s brother, at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores. For fun on the water, you can sail aboard Wild Hearts, a 53-foot catamaran, with Santa aboard.
A visit to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach would not be complete without a visit to the beach. Take time to reflect and enjoy the solitude that the Alabama Gulf Coast has to offer.
So, what are you waiting for? Plan your holiday vacation to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach today and enjoy a coastal Christmas on Alabama’s white-sand beaches.