Why I Keep Coming Back to Alabama’s Beaches
As a travel blogger, it’s probably no surprise to you that I like going to new places! There’s always something to discover - about the world or about myself. Sometimes, though, a place grabs hold of my heart and draws me back again and again. Alabama’s beautiful beaches, and the charming communities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, certainly fall into that category.
Friends even tease me about my infatuation with Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
But, there’s a good reason I keep coming back to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, five to be exact!
5. Wide, sandy beaches
For relaxing on the beach, it’s hard to beat Alabama’s 32 miles of sandy coastline. Wide, soft, white sand stretches across the whole coast offering space for beach games, playing in the surf, fishing, building sand castles, and long, lazy afternoons in a beach chair.
So, maybe that was an obvious choice… how about some less obvious reasons?
4. Budget friendly
I’m a frugal vacationer! The better the value, the more I can do. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are a budget-beach-traveler’s dream! For the super-frugal, camping at Gulf State Park is a great value. Budget-friendly hotels, especially if you have travel rewards, are also a great option. But, don’t assume you can’t afford a beach house! There are adorable cottages, huge beach houses, and even luxury condos. When you share a larger home with friends or extended family, these can be a really great option for money savings.
Besides affordable lodging, there are many free and low-cost activities in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Explore the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail (it’s free)! Go Geocaching. Fish from the pier at Gulf State Park. Go birding at the Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin Island. Take a trip back in time to Fort Morgan, which played a key role in the Civil War and protected Alabama through subsequent wars, including World Wars I and II.
Insider tip: If you really want to save on your beach vacation, go in the fall. I think it’s the prettiest season at the beach, with great weather as an added bonus, but less expensive than prime summer vacation season.
You can also save using these special offers on attractions, lodging and more throughout the year.