We’ll be the first to admit that we talk about beaches a lot. Like, a lot. But can you really blame us? We consider the beaches of the South to be our crowning jewel. They’re so beautiful that once you arrive and stand on the balcony of your rental, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, you can’t help but kick back and fall into a deep state of relaxation.
But we’ll stop gushing long enough to hit you with the details of why you need to be in Coastal Alabama right now (and why no other destination can get on its level).
That view though …
Alabama’s 32-miles of sugar white sand beaches provide friends and families from across the country with the ideal getaway. The Southern hospitality, fresh Gulf seafood, and lively atmosphere are truly breathtaking and can’t be found anywhere else. The area is booming with activities and events all year long that are fun for every member of the family, no matter their age. I mean, just look at this picture … now we’re talkin’, right?
Ballyhoo, silly! Hosted by the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, the Ballyhoo Festival is celebrating arts and culture for the second year at Waterway Village in Gulf Shores on March 4. The one day event will feature performances by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, live musical entertainment, art demonstrations, and fresh local seafood provided by Waterway Village restaurants (we know, we know … we had you at fresh seafood). Ballyhoo will also offer hands-on art activities, a trackless train, and a petting zoo for children.
Run First, Eat Second (then eat again)
The Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival will take place in Gulf Shores on April 15. Guests can enjoy pounds (yes, pounds) of fresh, spicy boiled crawfish, zydeco music from some of New Orleans’ greatest, and a multitude of local and regional art vendors. This event is free to the public (your favorite price). Attendees can also participate in the 5K run and 1-mile fun run that morning before the party kicks off…ya’ know, work off all those crawfish in advance.
Get hooked (puns always intended)
Fishing is a favorite pastime for both visitors and locals on the Alabama Gulf Coast. From deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore fishing in the back bay to casting a line off the side of the Gulf State Park Fishing Pier, there is something for everyone. Between Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, there are more than 100 fishing captains that offer everything from 4-hour excursions to overnight trips. And after the trip is over, there are several restaurants in the destination that will cook your catch (it seriously does not get fresher than that).
Click here to learn more about fishing at Alabama’s beaches.
Dolphin cruises are a great way for visitors to experience the unique wildlife that inhabits Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. These cruises are both educational and fun, making them perfect activities for families (kids don’t even realize their learning? Yes, please!!). Whether in the open waters of the Gulf looking for dolphins or throughout the back bays, there are many opportunities to learn about and take in the magic of the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Learn more about these cruises and book one today here.