Why Travel the Alabama Gulf Coast During Shoulder Season

There's a lot to be said for summertime excitement at the beach, but it's also fun to experience Alabama's Gulf Coast during the off-season.

For many, it's the perfect time to visit. Here are three reasons why this traveler loves to travel to Alabama's Gulf Coast during shoulder season.

Gulf Shores Golf is Even More Affordable. What golfer can resist the chance to play at nationally known Gulf Shores golf courses? Shoulder season golf and travel packages make it even more affordable to play the days away on courses like Kiva Dunes and The Peninsula. Pick a favorite course or two and plan to tee up with friends on uncrowded, championship greens. Think of the stories you'll have to tell your buddies back home!

Off-Season Orange Beach Fishing is Epic. When you think of Gulf Shores or Orange Beach, do you think of surf or pier fishing? If you've never indulged, shoulder season is the perfect time to get your bait wet. Here's what a little firsthand research has revealed about two “don't miss” fishing hot spots.

An easy place to get started is the fishing pier at the Gulf State Park. It's easy to find at the eastern end of Beach Boulevard. Pay the inexpensive daily fee and bring your Alabama saltwater fishing license to test these waters for pompano, redfish and sheepshead. You can also purchase a fishing license onsite at the pier.

To try your hand at surf fishing, head for Perdido Pass, especially around the Perdido Bay Bridge, to find big Bull Reds and Gulf Red Snappers. For anglers who would also like to fish offshore and aren't sure how to get started, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores fishing charters are abundant, and supply everything you need to catch the big ones.

Off-Season Gulf Coast Travel Rates Mean There's No Excuse for Staying Home.

For Campers: You may be used to Florida's winter high season rates, but many Gulf Shores and Orange Beach campgrounds actually lower their rates during shoulder season. This coastal region caters to campers and never fails to impress. Alabama Gulf Coast campers will find a full range of camping accommodations, from primitive state park tent sites to luxury RV resorts. Check their websites for special rates—you'll be surprised by what's available.

Bonus Tip: Off-season rates for RV rentals make camping even more affordable, if you don't happen to own a motorhome. Check the camping directory for campsites and RV rentals.

For “Hotel Campers”: Another reason off-season travel makes sense is the abundance of accommodation packages available. From high-rise, beachside hotels and condos to cozy beach houses close to major attractions, the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach shoulder season rates keep cool weather travelers coming back year after year.

Decide what kind of lodging best fits your crew and then start shopping the off-season packages. Many Gulf Coast accommodations offer Christmas and winter weekend specials, so maybe a holiday at the beach is in your future?

Off-Season Airfare Can Be a Pleasant Surprise. Hoping to take the whole family along to Alabama's Gulf Coast, but don't want to make the drive? Off-season airfare, booked in advance or taking advantage of last-minute specials, can be a real bonus. Start checking travel sites now to compare rates to Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) or Pensacola International Airport (PNS), both about an hour from Gulf Shores. You'll want to check rental car rates as you plan, to keep your shoulder season travel budget in hand.

Whether you're coming to the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area to try your hand at surf fishing, relax in luxury accommodations near the white-sand beaches or play a few memorable rounds of golf, chances are you'll find special rates and smaller crowds there during shoulder season. And those are always great reasons to travel.

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Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV, a nationwide RV rental company. He has been on the road working within the travel industry for over 20 years, and greatly enjoys the outdoors. Joe…