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The Gulf Coast of Alabama offers travel and adventure opportunities for both families and explorers. More than 32 miles of white sand and beautiful beaches provide travelers many activities, from zip lining to golfing. USA Today, Trip Advisor, and the National Geographic are just a few of the organizations that list the Gulf Coast as a top tourist destination.
Do you dream of being dive certified? A sunken freighter, the LuLu, sits just 17 miles south of Orange Beach, where you can earn your dive certification or hone your diving skills.
If golf is your passion, the Gulf Coast provides more than 15 highly rated golf courses for your enjoyment.
If you like to fish, more than 100 experienced fishing captains maintain fishing charters or walk-on boats where you can fish with a group of like-minded enthusiasts.
If you enjoy a bit of history when you vacation, Gulf Shores provides a rich culture. Early Native settlers included members of Cherokee, Choctaw and Creek tribes, to list a few. Spaniards arrived in the early 1500s and several forts saw fierce Civil War battles, including Fort Morgan, built after the War of 1812 to protect the Port of Mobile, Alabama. The Fort Morgan Museum holds thousands of objects including Fresnel lenses from area lighthouses.
The most southern settlement in Alabama, Gulf Shores lies nestled along the Gulf of Mexico. The city is about 28 square miles, but Baldwin County where Gulf Shores is located is roughly the size of Rhode Island. If you’re driving, you’ll find Gulf Shores about 35 miles south of Interstate 10, a main thoroughfare through the southern United States. Foley Beach Expressway charges a toll, but is the quickest way to drive into Gulf Shores. If you’re flying, both Pensacola, Florida, and Mobile, Alabama, airports are about an hour’s drive from the beach. Some direct flights come into Jack Edwards Airport in Gulf Shores, as well.
With an average temperature of 68 degrees and year-round Gulf breezes, Gulf Shores is always a travel destination. However, hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. A hurricane will put a damper on your travel, so if you decide to visit during that period, consider buying trip cancellation coverage that includes weather events.
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