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Gravitate Towards Gulf Shores, Alabama

By Caitlin Moore

Alabama doesnít have miles and miles of coastline like Florida or Hawaii, but it does have a few blessed spans of high quality beaches and a handful of fun loving towns that will show you a good time. In other words, places like Gulf Shores do a pretty good job with what they have, and it would be worth the trip to check out all that this delightful destination has to offer.

To start with, just follow Highway 59 until it reaches the sea. Technically itís a dead end, but when you see the volleyball games, beach bums and babes, snow cone stands, and frolicking children of all ages youíll hardly feel that youíve been shortchanged. As you leave the working world behind and remember how to play again, youíll marvel at the fact that Gulf Shores knows just what you needed to relax and will count yourself lucky for having chosen to visit this charming public beach.

To explore the area in more depth, consider renting a bike, some roller blades, or just hitting the paved trail in your trusty sneakers. This winding path will lead you to and fro, showing you a few corridors that will connect you to Alabama in its natural state. Head off the cement when you see a nature path in order to check out the plants and animals that make this their home, or stick to the main thoroughfare if you just want a quick cardio session.

For further nature instruction youíll want to go to one of the many state parks or reserves in the area, like Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Here youíll be able to hike, fish and bird watch for free. Minamac Wildflower Bog is open for tours and will give you your flower-smelling fix, and Gulf State Park has it all, including beaches, educational tours and nature films. Napping on the beach will beg to be at the top of your list of things to do in Gulf Shores, but be sure to save some time for the natural wonders, as well.

More than a dozen marinas will take care of all your fishing and boating equipment needs, so if you were planning to cast a few lines or whiz around in a jet ski youíll be well taken care of. Many marinas double as restaurants or at least sandwich shops, thus youíll never have to worry about going hungry as you sail, swim, and float your day away. Donít forget to pick up a souvenir or two if you have the chance for the unfortunate people working hard back home.

Tennis courts and fitness centers will allow workout fanatics to stay in shape during their vacation, (and make up for all those happy hour indulgences). Also, if you feel that some top-notch pampering is in order check into a day spa to experience a mood-boosting massage or a fabulous facial. Emerge looking good, feeling great, and ready to tackle your next vacation adventure.

That could be a round of golf on one of the many impressive courses, a shop-till-you-drop session at an outlet or specialized boutique, or assuming the role of an audience member at a show or musical performance. Live tunes are pretty easy to come across once evening falls, so pull up a chair, order a drink, and discover the perfect ending to an already incredible day on the Alabama coast.

In addition to ample activity opportunities, Gulf Shores also has many intriguing lodging options. Quaint beach front houses and luxury condos make excellent alternatives to standard hotel accommodations, and should be explored if you want to give this trip a special touch. Large families, romantic couples and everyone in between will find a place that looks welcoming and positions you in the heart of all the action without feeling cramped or crowded. If youíve never taken the rental property route, this would be a good time to see what itís all about.

Gulf Shores might not receive as much attention as a few other beach hotspots around the country, but thatís no reason to overlook it when deciding where to go for your next holiday. Itís got the basic formula for providing a restful, satisfying trip, now all it needs is for you and your traveling companions to jump into the mix. Go online to explore the dozens of Gulf Shores Vacation Rentals and prepare to see Alabamaís playful side up close and personal. has all the information you need to make an informed vacation rental decision for your next trip.

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