I was hosted by the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Tourism Board for a “Beach Momcation.” While my expenses for the trip were covered, all thoughts posted here are my own.
Y’all know I’m a local gal. I’ve been to Alabama’s beautiful, white, sandy beaches more times than I can count. But what happens when you meet someone who’s never been? And what if that someone wants to know why she should visit Alabama beaches instead of another state? Enter my friend Fadra from All Things Fadra and She’s On the Go. Fadra and I joined forces for a “Beach Momcation” last month, and I hoped to prove to her that Alabama beaches are a worthwhile destination. I even got to do a few things that were new to me too!
4 Reasons to Visit Alabama Beaches
We were treated to so many great places to eat and fun activities to do during our “momcation.” Special shout out to Laura’s Vacation Rentals for our awesome accommodations at the Caribe resort. I woke up each morning with beautiful views of the bay and the ocean. It’s hard to beat a good view. I’m sure you’re dying to know what else, though, right? What else is there to do? Where should I go eat? Keep reading and I’ll answer all those questions and more!
It’s a Hidden Gem
Alabamians (and some Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida residents) probably don’t consider our beach a “hidden gem,” but Fadra proved to me that they are relatively unknown outside of the south. Why come to Alabama’s beaches? The crowds are much lower than other beaches! Granted, our trip was during shoulder season, but I maintain my positon. I’ve also been at the height of summer and found the crowds to be relatively tame then as well.
Many Great Food Options
All of the restaurants we ate at were new to me, but I’m glad I tried them! From fancy dining at Voyagers to nostalgic favorite Flora-Bama, we ran the gamut of food choices during our stay. The Gulf was one of my favorite lunch spots. It sits right on the beach and is incredibly spacious. Make sure you try the shrimp tacos! We also discovered Rum Sisters, which sells gourmet alcohol infused cakes that are delicious in every way (and safe for pregnant ladies and kids)! Our last meal was at a brand new restaurant, Salt, which was a bit more upscale than I expected, but Chef Chris put me at ease. He chose our meal for us (a first for me!), and I was extremely impressed. It was definitely the best meal of the trip!
Plenty of Activities
During our “momcation,” the Visit AL Beaches Facebook page was a blur of activity! Fans and followers got to vote on all of our activities which included choices like a spa day at The Beach Club or yoga on the beach with GLOW Yoga and paddle boarding with Gulf Coast Paddle Company or kayaking with Coastal Kayak Excursions. Whenever I visit the beach with my family, I usually just want to lounge around and relax, so I really had no idea how much there actually is to do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach! I also experienced my first ever Orange Beach Cat Boat tour! Fadra and I had a great time laughing and speeding around the bay like we knew what we were doing!
Rest and Relaxation
The most obvious reason to visit Alabama beaches is to rest and relax! There are many places which can accomplish this task for you. Visiting The Wharf, a premiere shopping and dining destination, is a relaxing way to spend the afternoon. Catch a movie or just enjoy strolling around for casual window shopping. Gulf State Park was a short drive from our condo at the Caribe, so of course we had to drive over and check it out. The beach side pavilion makes spending the day on the beach convenient and easy thanks to onsite restrooms and changing areas!
Have you been to Alabama’s beaches before? Visit the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Tourism page to get started planning your trip today!