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Dive Into Paradise On The Pristine Beaches Of Alabama

When you’re planning your next vacation, look no further than Alabama’s stunning Gulf Coast! With its pristine white sand and sparkling emerald water stretching as far as the eye can see, Alabama’s 32 miles of beaches offer a picturesque backdrop for a memorable vacation. From the tip of Fort Morgan through Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to Ono Island, Alabama offers a world-class beach experience loaded with laid-back Southern style and hospitality.

Photos: Sand Castle University

Hands down the soft white sands and crystal-clear waters are the stars of an Alabama beach vacation. It’s the perfect remedy to unwind from daily life as you relax and soak up the sun. When you’re ready to amp up the activity level, there’s plenty to do from paddleboarding and kayaking in the tranquil waters to fishing off the pier or embarking on a thrilling dolphin cruise. If building sand castles is your thing, we highly recommend calling on the pros at Sand Castle University. You will learn the secrets for building Instagram worthy kingdoms—be prepared to get very sandy and have a ton of fun!

Photo: Cruisin’ Tiki’s Orange Beach

For those gunning for the open water, there are plenty of boat rental options depending on what you are looking for in your boating adventure. You can find it all from family friendly pontoons to sunset tiki boat cruises to deep sea fishing trips—there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some resources to get you started:

Beyond The Beach

Photo: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism

The beaches of the Gulf Coast are so breathtakingly beautiful, you may be tempted to spend all your time toes deep in the sand. We’re here to tell you that would be a mistake! Alabama’s Gulf Coast offers far more than just pristine beaches. Here are a few of our must-do’s …

Adventure on World Class Hiking Trail

Photos: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism

Are you one of those people who only pack swimsuits and flip flops for a beach vacation? Throw in some hiking shoes for an adventure on a nationally acclaimed hiking trail. Once again, the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail in Gulf State Park has clinched the title of “Best Recreational Trail” in USA Today’s esteemed 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Securing victory for the second consecutive year, this expansive 28+ mile trail traverses nine distinct ecosystems spanning Gulf Shores, Gulf State Park, and Orange Beach serving as a natural buffer to the developed coastline. The Backcountry Trail affords you the rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the unspoiled landscapes that once defined the Gulf Coast before the emergence of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Brunch at Tin Top in Bon Secour

Tucked away in Baldwin County, you’ll find a quaint dining spot to fancy your palate. Tin Top Restaurant & Oyster Bar, known as the pearl of Bon Secour, is just what you need when visiting the charming little fishing village on the Bon Secour River. We love the brunch menu which features local produce and seafood with a New Orleans flare. The outdoor patio sitting underneath massive shade trees is sublime!

Burgers and Bushwhackers at Pirate’s Cove in Josephine

Photo: Pirate’s Cove

A short boat ride from Ono Island and Orange Beach, you will find Pirate’s Cove sitting at the water’s edge (of course you can drive but where’s the fun in that). Beach your boat and stroll up to this open air dive where swimsuit attire and dogs are more than welcome. For more than six decades, Pirate’s Cove has been a must-visit destination for both residents and tourists. Pirate’s Cove is famous for its mouthwatering burgers, to-die-for bushwhackers and live music. It’s the most laid back way to spend an afternoon on the Gulf Coast.

Beyond its outdoor attractions, Alabama’s beaches are also home to a vibrant cultural scene, with a variety of unique attractions and exciting events throughout the spring season. From live music performances at beachfront venues to art and food festivals showcasing the best of local talent and cuisine, there’s always something happening in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Check out the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism events calendar. Foodies, art enthusiasts and music lovers find plenty of opportunities to immerse themselves in the rich culture and hospitality of Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

Whether you’re lounging under the sun, building sandcastles with the family, or hiking in Gulf State Park, the beauty of the Gulf Coast is sure to captivate you. Start planning your trip today and make unforgettable memories on the shores of Alabama.

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