The Best Beaches in Alabama

The Best Beaches in Alabama

The coast of Alabama is home to many beautiful beaches. The state, which borders the Florida panhandle, has a coastal area of around fifty three miles. Due to the warm, subtropical climate, guests can enjoy the beaches nearly year round. The most popular beaches along Alabama are Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Dauphin Island. The beaches are part of a string of beaches that dot the Florida and Alabama coast.

Dauphin Island is a beach town located on an island just south of the mouth of the Mobile Bay in Alabama. The island, which is home to a little over a thousand permanent residents, is around fourteen miles long. Guests can explore the bird sanctuary and a private beach while staying at the family friendly, Dauphin Island Campground or choose between multiple hotels, condominiums, and summer home rentals. Entertainment includes an annual rodeo, a New Years fireworks display, and Mardi Gras parades in early spring. The Dauphin Island Sea Lab, which hosts multiple college classes and summer internships, is open for guests year round. Guests can also take a ferry which takes commuters on foot, car, to Gulf Shores which lies on the other side of the Mobile Bay. Fort Gaines, a former Civil War fort located on the Island is a must see.

Gulf Shores is located directed across the bay from Dauphin Island. It is extremely close to Florida’s Panhandle Beaches and is aptly named for the beautiful access that its many beaches provide to the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Gulf Shores is one of the cleanest beaches in the South and is an extremely popular spring break location for high school and college students. It has become known worldwide over the last few years for being the host of the annual Hangout Music Festival. There are several hotels, high rise condominiums, and beach houses in the area, many located right on the beach. Theme parks like The Track and Waterville USA keep guests of all ages entertained. Those who want to see a bit of history can visit nearby Fort Morgan, a former Civil War fort meant to guard the Mobile Bay from invasion and take a ferry across to see its twin, Fort Gaines, located on historic Dauphin Island. There are also several nearby colleges including Faulkner State and the Baldwin County branch of the University of South Alabama.

Orange Beach, Alabama is the point that unites the Alabama Coast with the Florida Panhandle. It is home to popular music venue, the Wharf Amphitheater. Events of interest include the Orange Beach Arts and Crafts Festival which happens every March, the Gulf Coast Yacht & Boat Show, and the Gulf Coast Expo. Orange Beach is located in the middle of hundreds of miles of coastline. It is a great resort town, perfect for college students who are looking for a good time without having to deal with more overpopulated beaches like Panama City, though Panama City is only a few hours of pure coastline, from Orange Beach.