Alabama’s Beaches Bring Eco-Tourism to a Whole New Level of Sustainability
Alabama’s beaches are known for their fine, sugary sand that blankets the shoreline for 32 miles. A few years ago when I visited, I learned about the Leave Only Footprints initiative. Since then, the program has really picked up a lot of steam. While the beaches in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have always been beautiful, the initiative went a step further to ensure they remain pristine for generations to come. Since the beginning of the program, beach goers have been paying attention to the new rules and the beach is even more beautiful than before. It’s a clean, enjoyable environment for all, even the native wildlife and marine life.
Orange Beach Turtle Toy Boxes
Orange Beach is offering a new program that I recently fell in love with. Turtle toy boxes are now located in several public beach areas in Orange Beach. Beach toys are stored inside for everyone to use while enjoying a day of sun and sandcastle building. Imagine not dragging all of that sand home with you. Isn’t this a brilliant idea? Families are encouraged to drop sand toys in the boxes when they leave the beach for the day, allowing other families to enjoy them later. This is a great way for families to enjoy the beach without having to carry bags of sand and water toys with them. I also love the fact that sea turtles are a part of this program. When it comes to educating beach goers of all ages on how important the sea turtles are to the Alabama Gulf Coast, this is a great conversation starter.