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Gulf Shores, Alabama

Gulf Shores, Alabama Photo by John Tuggle via Flickr

Soon, we are leaving for a vacation to Gulf Shores in the state of Alabama. I have never been, but I know of many others who have made the trip down there. This is a last minute spontaneous trip for us, and we are very excited!

It is around a 12.5 hour drive from St. Louis, Missouri. It is a long drive, but we wanted something within driving distance as we are bringing both of our dogs, and wanted to be more comfortable by having our own car with us as well so that we can go wherever we want and have a fun road trip while we are at it.

Gulf Shores is a popular beach destination in the United States. It has many beautiful beaches with beautiful white sand. The beaches in Gulf Shores, Alabama are popular with many different groups: families, young adults, honeymooners, couples, seniors and so on.

Gulf Shores has a population of nearly 10,000, but has grown significantly from just 10 years ago when there were only approximately 5,000 people living in the city. During the Summer, the city can be a little more crowded as the weather is near perfect and it is a popular place for Summer vacations. Also, during the Winter, there are many people from colder areas in the country who escape to Gulf Shores for warmer weather.

Tourism plays a big part in the city of Gulf Shores. However, the BP oil spill in the year of 2010 really hurt tourism in the area of Gulf Shores. It has rebounded since then and there are many things to do in the city, so don't let the oil spill stop you from visiting the city!

When visiting Gulf Shores, you are able to go ocean fishing, visit the many beaches, go on small day cruises, attend a dinner cruise, watch turtles (but don't get too close), watch dolphins and so on. There are also two highly-known golf resorts in the area.

 

Weather in Gulf Shores, Alabama

When we visit, the temperature this week is supposed to be around 70 to 75 degrees each day. It won't be too warm at all, but it is warmer than where we currently live.

Gulf Shores typically has very mild weather all year long, with hot weather in the weather and cooler to warm weather in the other seasons. The average temperature in January is 50 degrees and the average temperature in August is 83 degrees.

 

Gulf Shores' Beaches

There are many beautiful beaches for you and your family to visit while you are in Gulf Shores. There are over 30 miles of white sand for you to walk on with many public beach areas.

 

Where you should eat while in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

There are many places where you can eat while you are in Gulf Shores, Alabama. There are many seafood restaurants. There are even restaurants where you can bring your daily catch and they will cook them right up for you.

  1. LuLu’s at Homeport Marina - There is plenty of live music here.
  2. Original Oyster House - This restaurant is known for its homemade delicious pies.
  3. Lambert’s Café - This restaurant is located in Foley and has many delicious meals.
  4. The Hangout - I've heard of many people say awesome things about this place. This restaurant is known for it's delicious food and drinks.

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