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Gulf Coast Beaches With Sand So Fine It Squeaks Under Your Feet

The beaches of the Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast beckon to thousands of visitors each year who want to stay, play and create lifelong memories with family and friends.

From the moment you walk onto the sugar-white sands of the Gulf Coast, time will seem to stand still as you gaze out toward the South's own version of paradise. As the dazzling sand sings with each step, you'll be reminded about the wonders of the Gulf and why so many people choose this vacation destination. While the area is teeming with boutiques, live entertainment and mouthwatering seafood, you may just find yourself spending most of your time at the beach.

Gulf Shores

The beach in Gulf Shores is perfect for everyone, from the sun-soaking beach lover to the adventurous water sports enthusiast. As the epicenter of the four beaches in the area, this charming town has traded in its bungalows for luxurious yet comfortable resorts. Don't worry - the welcoming locals will make you feel right at home the moment you arrive. With spectacular and challenging golf courses, family-oriented amusements, live entertainment every evening and, of course, large public beach areas, Gulf Shores has everything you could want in a vacation destination.

Fort Morgan

The peninsula of Fort Morgan may have been a well-kept secret, but this pristine section of Gulf of Mexico shoreline is truly a pocket of paradise. If you're feeling adventurous, set your sights on the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge beach, an all-natural stretch of coastline brimming with an impressive array of native wildlife. The area is also home to a number of beachside hiking trails that can make an outing on the gulf into a full day of adventure. Hit the links at two award-winning golf courses set along the waterfront of the gulf and the bay. Step back in time as you explore historic Fort Morgan, and each spring and fall observe the fascinating migratory birds that pass through the area. If the family is ready for a fishing adventure, you can easily charter a boat or simply surf fish at the shore.

Orange Beach

It should come as no surprise that Orange Beach is one of the best destinations for summertime fun on the Gulf Coast. At Gulf State Park, you can treat yourself and the entire family to two miles of sugar-white sand beaches and 6,000 acres of preserved land as you let your skin get kissed by the warm rays of the sun. The area is also highly regarded for its sporting opportunities, notably its surf fishing and deep-sea charter fishing excursions, as well as dolphin and nature cruises on the serene backwaters of the bays, rivers and Intracoastal Waterway.

Perdido Key

A 247-acre barrier island off the coast of Florida, Perdido Key is ideal for beachgoers who want to see native wildlife. The small landmass is a popular habitat for shorebirds, and its stunning white-sand beaches have made it a hit with travelers. On this wonderful little island, you can hit the links at a picturesque golf course before heading back to one of the many luxurious beach condo rentals nearby.

With more than 38 miles of beaches to choose from, you can take your time exploring the fabulous Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast as you take a step back, relax and ease your way into a truly unforgettable vacation.

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