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Why Alabama’s Beaches are Perfect for a Family Spring Break

Looking to plan a family spring break? Check out our blog for our 5 reasons why Gulf Shores is perfect for a family spring break.

If you’ve got a case of the post-holiday blahs, you’re probably not alone. Do you know what cures that? Organizing a family vacation in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

I know it might not seem like it now, but spring break will be here before you know it. You don’t want to be behind the power curve when it comes to planning a family getaway. 
If you’re dreaming of a beach vacation, the Alabama Gulf Coast is the perfect destination for a family spring break. If you’ve been to Gulf Shores or Orange Beach recently (or ever), you already know this. If you haven’t had the pleasure, let me introduce you to the reasons your family will love spending their spring break on Alabama’s beautiful gulf beaches.

5 Reasons Why Alabama’s Beaches Are Perfect For a Family Spring Break

Gulf State Park Beach Orange Beach

1. The beaches ARE family-friendly...yes, really

If you have troublesome visions of wild college kids and party-central spring break at the beach, you can put those worries away. The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach community caters to laid-back family vacationers and not large groups of college students looking to kick up their heels. They welcome all visitors who respect the beaches and their fellow beach-loving guests looking to put their toes in the sand. 

With their easy beach access and amenities, Condos and vacation rental houses are two of the most popular lodging options for families. In addition, during March and select days in April, alcoholic beverages are banned from the beach.
And that’s just fine. 

2. Easy to Get To

Alabama’s beaches are popular vacation spots for people all across the Southeast. When I visited in August 2019, I met people from across Alabama, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. What I loved about visiting with the tourists in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is that the same family groups come here year after year. 

 If you’re coming from another part of the country like I am - I live in Texas, and it’s about a 10-hour drive - it’s easy to fly in. Mobile Regional Airport is about an hour away, and Pensacola International Airport is a little less than an hour. Various shuttles and car rental options are available from the airports. 

Romar Beach Orange Beach

3.Breathtakingly Beautiful Beaches

I grew up thinking our Texas Gulf Coast beaches were what the beach looked like. I don’t mean to knock Texas, and I enjoy living here...but our beaches aren’t the most attractive. 

They’ll get you your beach fix if that’s what you’re looking for, but in my opinion, the sugar-white sands and turquoise waters of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are worth the extra distance. When my kids and I were on a dolphin cruise with Cetacean Cruises, we met a couple from our hometown. True story! When I asked if they ever went to Port Aransas or South Padre Island destinations (our nearby beaches), they shook their heads and said, “The beaches here in Alabama are just better.” 
It’s true. Sorry, Texas. Don’t kick me out. 
If you’ve ever been to the Caribbean or looked at a vacation brochure or website, you know what I mean when I talk about those stunning turquoise waters. This beautiful scenery is super easy to access, and you don’t need a passport or an international flight to enjoy them. 

LuLu's Gulf Shores

4. So. Much. To. Do.

If you dream of spending an entire week lying on the beach and watching the waves, no one’s going to get mad at you. If you want to take a beach break and explore the area, you have loads of choices on things to do
In addition to traditional water activities, such as fishing excursions, dolphin watching, and parasailing, there’s a zoo, the Coastal Arts Center, and more. There’s a TON of dining and shopping options. No matter what your taste in food or activities is, there’s something here for you. The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach website has all the info you’ll need to plan the best visit. You can do as much or as little as you want, and the vibe is very “go with the flow.” That said, if you’re visiting during the busy spring break season and want to do activities that require reservations, such as parasailing, you may want to book in advance. 
Also, the selection of restaurants can be overwhelming, so I recommend checking out what’s available and making a wish list before you go. I did not have a single bad meal while there, but I particularly recommend The Hangout and Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s. These are great, family-friendly places with delicious food and drinks and things for the kids to do. 

Turquoise Place Orange Beach

5. Condo Life is Pretty Darn Sweet

As I mentioned earlier, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are very condo/vacation-home heavy. This is a great way to spend a vacation as a family. If you think you can’t afford it, you’re probably wrong. 
You’ll have to do your own legwork on the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach website - they have links to lots of vacation rental agents - and plug in the specific location, size, and amenities you need. Your mileage will vary, and there are a lot of different options available, but you can easily get a two-bedroom for a reasonable rate. 
The condo we stayed in had two spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen and living area, smart TVs, WiFi, a full-size washer and dryer and a balcony breakfast area. Oh, did I mention this was beachfront property? It wasn’t fancy - it was comfortable with little touches of luxury, but it was the type of place you feel comfortable. It was the perfect place to have a vacation. The beach was right there, and when we weren’t at the beach, it was a comfy place to relax. And, isn’t that what vacations are all about? 
Spring break and the beach are ideal partners. If a family vacation during spring break at the beach is in the cards for you this year, do yourself a favor and check out Alabama’s Beaches. They have the absolute best of everything.


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