Yes, we recognize that “watching a sunset with your guy/girl” is a total cliché, but hear us out. On the Alabama Gulf Coast, there’s no shortage of spots to catch a sensational sunset. One of the most popular places is on the beach. Because our destination boasts relatively warm weather all year long, all you need to enjoy a February sunset on our shores is a light jacket, a few blankets, and your libation of choice.
If you’re looking for a little more adventure, we suggest booking a sunset cruise. (Guys, you’ll earn some brownie points with your lady for this one…trust us!) There are several cruise providers in the destination offering a variety of experiences. You can choose to hop on a public charter or book a private adventure. Either way, you’ll find lots of space, comfortable seating, hors d’oeuvres, and non-alcoholic beverages. Most cruise providers allow you to bring other drinks, snacks, and small coolers on-board as well.
For those who prefer to stay in, many of our waterfront lodging properties offer fantastic sunset views from your balcony. Pour yourselves a glass of vino or a warm cup of tea, and watch the sun fade away from the comfort of your own space.
Whether you’re a couple that loves active adventures or just need a change of scenery for a few hours, there’s an abundance of outdoor activities to try on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Take a jaunt along the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Consisting of 26 trails that make up more than 28 miles of paved trails, you’ll find there is much to be explored. The trail system winds through the Gulf State Park’s 6,180 acres, showcasing all nine ecosystems that make up the park. To take on the trails more quickly, snag a couple of the park’s free bike rentals, available at several locations throughout the park. And, if you enjoy your time on these trails, consider driving over to the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge houses three trails of varying lengths and terrains. An untouched coastal habitat, you’re almost guaranteed to come across some unique flora and fauna on your journey.
Another popular winter outdoor activity for couples is golfing. With 15 courses within an hour’s drive, avid golfers have the opportunity to get out on the links several times during their stay, while novice golfers can select a course or two that best fit their needs. Many of our courses were designed by golf legends such as Arnold Palmer, Jerry Pate, and Earl Stone. And several offer gorgeous views of the Gulf and other waterways.