The Gulf Coast is a travel destination that is worth a road trip. There is a reason so many families decide to hit the open road to reach their Gulf Shores vacation rentals, but the locale is certainly not limited to those who want to drive. In fact, flights from Southwest Airlines landing at the nearby Pensacola International Airport make it easy for people from all over the country to visit this stunning region. 

Easy access to the Gulf Coast

Flights bringing visitors close to the Gulf Coast make it easy to travel to hot spots like Perdido Key.Flights heading into Pensacola are just a short distance from destinations like Perdido Key. That means it can be effortless to organize trips to the Gulf Coast, regardless of whether you are planning on staying for an extended amount of time or simply want to visit the area for a relaxing weekend. 

"Traditionally, visitors to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have driven to our family beach destination," said Joannie Flynn, of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism. "However, the arrival of this historically economical carrier will open new doors for us as we market to those looking for a quick travel option for a weekend girlfriends' trip, a guy's getaway with fishing and/or golf, or a quick couples retreat."

Many of the travelers looking for weekend getaways will want to look into accommodations such as condos in Orange Beach, which offer many of the comforts of home in a prime coastal location. Additionally, renting houses in Perdido Key provides families and travel groups with a sprawling and private location to enjoy for any length of time, all while being just a short distance from the airport. 

Just the start

An easier route for people from all over the country to experience the wonder of the Gulf Coast is just the beginning. As more travelers hear about the natural beauty of the area - not to mention the delicious restaurants, fun attractions and popular annual events - word should spread about the region as a potential destination. That could set off a chain reaction that helps local businesses while also providing more options for visitors heading to the Gulf Shores area.

"We know that once they see our beaches and experience our warm Southern welcome, they often return again and again," Flynn continued. "The new air service is also a boom from local businesses that need to call on customers and vendors. That becomes more affordable starting with these new flights launching. And leisure travelers from our area will also have a host of new destinations to explore. It's a true win-win from our area."

Road trips still a top option

Although the addition of flights may open up the Gulf Shores area to more visitors, there are still many options for those who want to drive. Having your car on hand may also simplify the process of heading out to nearby attractions or getting your whole travel group together for a fun outing. If you're heading to Gulf Shores or Orange Beach, the Baldwin Beach Express may be just your ticket. It connects with the Foley Beach Express and after a toll bridge, drops you off right beside The Wharf and many of our waterfront Orange Beach rentals.