I don’t know about you but my summer travel plans have completely shifted. And, when I say shifted, I mean everything we thought we would be doing has been cancelled and that we’re still doing something only we’re not exactly sure what. Alabama beaches are at the top of our short list and I’m going to tell you why. If you’re planning a summer beach trip and Alabama’s beaches aren’t on your radar, they should be.
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Our post COVID-19 travel plans look different. The summer plans I expected we’d have aren’t the summer plans we will have but with the world opening back up a little bit at a time, we’ll be going somewhere. Like a lot of people, we’re looking for ways to get away where we can still practice social distancing. The beach is one of those places.
Alabama beaches are family friendly
If you’re looking for the “college kids gone wild” version of spring break at the beach, stop reading right now. Alabama beaches are perfect for families. If you’re looking to party it up MTV style, I’m probably not going to describe the beach vacation you’re looking for but if you’re looking to take advantage of your kids’ time off from school, Alabama beaches are perfect for a family spring break trip. Wanna know why? Read on.
The tourism industry wants to attract families looking to enjoy time together at the beach, not college students who are fighting for their right to party.
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Alabama Beaches: Condos versus hotels
Gulf Shores/Orange beach is heavy on condos and vacation rentals and short on hotel rooms, making it more attractive to families and less attractive to college students looking to establish party central. Besides, during March and select days in April, alcoholic beverages are banned from the beach, which doesn’t put Gulf Shores/Orange Beach at the top of the list for college spring breakers.
Renting a condo versus renting a hotel room really takes your family vacation up a notch. I know what you’re thinking: that it will take your credit card balance up a notch, too. Not so. If you think you can’t afford it, you might be wrong.
If you want to check out Alabama beaches, you’ll have to do your own legwork on the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach tourism site – they have links to lots of condo rental agents – and plug in the specific location, size and amenities you need. Your mileage will vary and there are a lot of different options available but you can easily get a two-bedroom for $125 a night or less. I’ve priced trips for a family of four during various points in the year and this is a good average price.
The condo we stayed in had two spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen and living area, smart TVs, WiFi, a full-size washer and dryer and a balcony with an ocean view and breakfast area. Oh, did I mention this was beachfront property? As in walk out to the beach from the property? Yep.
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Have the ultimate beach day
If you want to spend an entire week laying on the beach and watching the waves, no one’s going to get mad at you. If you get tired of the beach and want to explore the area, you have loads of choices.
In addition to traditional water activities, such as fishing excursions, dolphin watching, and parasailing, there’s a zoo, an arts center, and more. There’s a TON of dining and shopping options. No matter what your taste in food or activities is, there’s something here for you. The Gulf Shores/Orange Beach tourism site has all the info you’ll need to plan the best visit. You can do as much or as little as you want and the vibe is very “go with the flow” and laid back.
Are you ready to travel? Gulf Shores is ready for YOU
Alabama beaches are great place to have a socially distant vacation. Ready to check out the Alabama beaches for yourself? Check out what Gulf Shores/Orange Beach tourism is doing to protect you and keep up with the latest on what you can expect from your visit.