-- This family-friendly and affordable area has miles of white beaches plus fun attractions
Half-way between New Orleans in Louisiana and Tallahassee in Florida is a spot where Alabama nudges onto the Gulf of Mexico: and here lies Gulf Shores. See the Gulf Shores site for driving distances from major cities.
Gulf Shores is near the Emerald Coast area of Florida, where the impressive Sandestin resort draws visitors by land and sea, and where Panama City is legendary for college spring break. Florida still draws most of the visitors, but Gulf Shores is becoming more known.
Spring weather is usually warm, with cool evenings: average daily high is 66.7 in March, 74,4 in April, before rising to 81 in May.
What's special about Gulf Shores Alabama?
Gulf Shores, Alabama has 32 miles of sugar-white beaches, reasonable prices, great seafood, and a number of family attractions in addition to its miles of shores.
Gulf Shores has been a place with sparkling waters, rolling dunes, white sand beaches-- and not over-commercialized. Look for changes, as the Emerald Coast to the east becomes trendier. Fortunately, with so many beaches, some can get crowded in summer while others are more secluded and quiet. Read more about the different Gulf Shores beach areas.
Features for Families:
Gulf Shores attractions, beyond the sugar-white beach, range from nature reserves to amusement parks.
And of course visitors can also do watersports, boat cruses, parasailing, etc.
For lodging, Gulf Shores has beach houses rentals, condos, hotels, motels, campgrounds, B&B's. Search for the type of lodgings you want. Gulf Shores Plantation bills itself as "the affordable Gulf Shores Resort", and has sugar-white beach, indoor pool, six outdoor pools, tennis, shuffleboard, putting green, and more.
The Best Western on the Beach has a beach-side pool, indoor pool, on-site Denny's restaurant, and kitchenettes.
Or how about a "resort park"-- a state park with some resort-like amenities? At Gulf Resort State Park, guests can camp or stay in cabins, and enjoy two miles of sugar white sand beach, tennis, 18-hole golf course, nature programs, 900-acre lake for fishing, swimming, water skiing.