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Perri O. Blumberg, Architectural Digest, November 2016
Sugar-white-sand beaches, a culinary scene rivaling New Orleans's, a vibrant shopping district—Gulf Shores, Alabama, is one of America’s greatest under-the-radar beach towns. Wander your way through the Wharf, an entertainment district that's a hybrid of Rodeo Drive chic and old-school Charleston charm, or enjoy fresh oysters and cocktails at one of the many waterfront locales. And, of course, there’s always the beach.
Katherine Rodeghier, Daily Herald, October 2016
Alabama? Seriously? Yes, I tell my surprised friends. We spent our vacation in Alabama. In fact, in 40 years as a travel journalist, stepping onto all seven continents, I've had the pleasure of staying on the Gulf Coast of Alabama three times, once with my professional organization and twice on family vacations. The first time was decades ago with my kids; last year we took a grandchild. I'd go back in a heartbeat. The communities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores sit on Alabama's Riviera, 32 miles of sugar sand beach, as local boosters like to say. It's unlike the rest of Alabama as its tourist office tries to convey with the slogan: "It's a whole different state."
Tamra Bolton, Parade, October 2016
Everywhere you go on the Alabama Gulf Coast, you will find things that surprise you, entertain you and give you lasting memories of good times, great food and new friends…after all, isn’t that what a vacation is all about?
Randy Mink, Leisure Group Travel, October 2016
There’s something pretty appealing about going out onto your beach house balcony with a morning cup of coffee and watching Gulf of Mexico waters gently lap the wide expanses of white sand. With 32 miles of beaches extending from the Florida border to the western tip of Gulf Shores, Alabama’s coast provides the perfect getaway for girlfriends looking to reconnect in no-pressure surroundings.
Becky Beall, Travel Voice by Becky, August 2016
Nostalgia. The sound of the ocean waves meeting the sandy shoreline also offers me such a feeling. It floods my mind with trip after trip to Gulf Shores with my husband and how our growing family learned to appreciate all the goodness found in Alabama’s coastal community. And, now that they are older, they enjoy those beautiful feelings of nostalgia that juxtapose new memories they are creating with their own families. Yep, nostalgia.
Desiree Miller, TravelingMom.com, July 2016
There’s something for everyone in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama. You can do much more than sit on the beach, though that’s just fine if that makes you happy. You can go kayaking, eat seafood galore and other special treats, hit the spa, go on a sunset cruise…the sky is the limit.
Candy Harrington, Emerging Horizons, June 2016
Although sand and wheelchairs usually don’t mix, the Alabama Gulf Coast is the exception to that rule. In fact, this 32-mile stretch of coastline is the perfect vacation choice for wheelchair-users and slow walkers. From a very comfortable accessible cabin just minutes from the beach, to accessible trails, sightseeing tours and even power beach wheelchairs, there’s no shortage of fun accessible things to do along this scenic slice of the Alabama coast.
Mark Shuman, Daily Journal, June 2016
Some people might be surprised that Lower Alabama's sands are as soft and white as Cancun's, but we knew it, and now we love "L.A.," too. Not just for the beaches, either. True, the 17,000 condominiums in the Orange Beach/Gulf Shores area are there for a reason; the beaches are spectacularly wide, white and clean. But there are good opportunities to get outside and appreciate other natural and historical attractions in a part of the country many Midwesterners have never explored.
Bob Curley, Coastal Living, May 2016
Alabama’s Gulf Coast isn’t all about the beaches: the 6,000-acre Gulf State Park between Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, for example, has six different ecosystems, including wet pine flatwoods, live oak maritime forests, coastal dunes and swales, longleaf sand ridges, freshwater marshes, and coastal hardwood swamps. You can explore them all by foot or bike on the paved, 15-mile Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, keeping a sharp eye out for white-tailed deer, foxes, and alligators. After a day of pedaling, geocaching, and birding, settle down for the night at one of the park’s new outpost campsites, built on platforms and equipped with bunk beds, grills, and canvas tenting. Not into roughing it? Segway tours of the trail are available, too.
Jeffrey Payne, Chill Magazine, March 2016
Whether it’s family time with the kids, an adventure with your golfing and diving buddies, or you want to impress your wife or girlfriend with how grown up and romantic you’ve become, you’re hard pressed to find a nicer shoreline.
Jane Schneider, Memphis Parent, March 2016
Seven hours south of Memphis, balmy Gulf Shores, Alabama beckons. Long a favorite beach getaway for Memphians, the shoreline boasts the usual assemblage of condos and high rises, looking like colorful children’s blocks lining the water’s edge. But beach time isn’t the only form of relaxation this getaway has to offer. You’ll find extravagant wildlife and outdoor fun just steps away from its sandy shores.
Matt Ward, Golf Travel Weekly, January 2016
Usually when people hear the expression — “roll tide” — the automatic assumption from many would be the rightful fanfare tied to the much acclaimed University of Alabama football program. That’s true but the Gulf Coast region is also beginning to make it’s own kind of waves with a tide that is indeed rising to prominence.
Olivia Briggs, Smarter Travel, December 2015
Stretching along the Alabama Gulf Coast, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer a mix of beachy bliss, peaceful nature, and festival-rich culture. These seaside sister towns are a Southern foodie's paradise, and make the perfect destination for anyone seeking a serene Southern-style escape.
Lisa Davis, USA Today, Summer 2015
Budding ornithologists in search of feathered friends should head to Alabama's Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, unspoiled by noise pollution and home to ospreys, hummingbirds and even nesting sea turtles.
K.K. Snyder, Southwest Georgia Living, May/June 2015
Whether you're traveling with a six-year-old or a 60-year-old, family friendly restaurants in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer something for everyone. From great eats to play areas and live entertainment, options are varied enough that it's easy to find something to suit everyone's taste.
Corpus Christi Caller Times, April 2015
Today, some folks estimate between 30 and 40 percent of the red snapper harvested from the entire Gulf of Mexico are caught offshore of Alabama. We also caught amberjack, triggerfish, porgy, big offshore redfish and vermilion snapper from just a few of the state’s 35,000 man-made reefs, mostly from depths around 107 feet. I can’t recall ever catching 15- to 18-pound snapper at that depth offshore of Texas.
RV Life, March 2015
With more than 6,000 acres, an 18 hole golf course, 496 camp sites, and two miles of white sand beaches, Alabama’s Gulf State Park offers enough activities to fill an entire week or more.
Bruce Schoenfeld, National Geographic, June 2014
Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill may have left their mark and the casino culture of nearby Biloxi/Gulfport may beckon, yet Gulf Shores remains a languid, delightfully timeless place that feels like nowhere else. It's worth coming just to eat the seafood, and to visit the shimmering West Beach.
Jeff Maisey, Veer Magazine, June 2014
Alabama’s Gulf Coast is a picturesque sliver of pristine white sandy beach on a barrier island comprised of two primary sections: Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. The region is easily reached by car for those flying into Pensacola, Florida.
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are perfect destinations for families visiting for a week-long vacation because much of the beachfront accommodations are high-rise rentals with spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico.
There are numerous ways to enjoy the warm waters of the Gulf ranging from swimming and fishing from the sugar-white beach to setting sail aboard the Sail Wild Hearts catamaran, a highly exhilarating experience that ventures out it the open waters, before dropping anchor at the shore of an inland island to explore. Masks, fins and snorkels are provided as are tandem kayaks and stand-up paddle boards for a relaxing recreational side-trip.
Jana Hoops, VIP Jackson Magazine, May 2014
Alabama’s southern tip is known for its white sand beaches, fresh seafood, and authentic downtowns but did you know it also boasts dramatic historic sites, and thousands of acres of land preserved for wildlife habitation and human exploration?
The Alabama coast stretches along 32 miles of white sand beaches packed with summer fun. Hit the beaches at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, the “Twin Cities” of Alabama’s shoreline and water fun. Water sports include jet skis, water sport rentals, parasailing, snorkeling and even stand-up paddling.
Moira McCarthy, Boston Herald, October 2014
The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area of Alabama bump up against Florida's western panhandle on the southern side. The soft white sand that contrasts so well with the Gulf of Mexico water actually may have high-elevation roots: It is said that each grain washed down, over centuries, from the Appalachian Mountains (this ski gal loves that tidbit). What is certain is this: The 32 miles of beach feel dune-ish, natural, quiet and yet alive. And the rest of the area just rocks with things to do.