Are you trying to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle? Do you recycle and bring your own grocery bags when you go shopping? If you're like the millions of Americans who have changed little things about their daily tasks to keep places like the Gulf Coast stunningly beautiful, then you'll feel right at home in Perdido Key, Florida, where luxury accommodations are surrounded by a spectacular landscape.

Of course, there are numerous spots along the Gulf Coast where you can reduce your carbon footprint. For example, when vacationing in a Perdido Key area beach house or condo, you can easily use your feet or a bicycle as a mode of transportation.

While you should definitely check out the unique boutiques, specialty shops, restaurants and spas in the area, we encourage you to also take the time to get to know the Gulf Coast's natural world, whether you're in the market for a long walk or identifying native and migrant birds.

Here are a couple of ways you can enjoy your beach getaway without harming the environment:

Take in panoramic views at the Big Lagoon observation tower

What's biting in the Gulf this fall

Located between Perdido Key and Pensacola, Big Lagoon State Park is an oasis for numerous plants and animals. If you and your family are in the mood for a quick and rewarding workout, you can throw on a pair of sneakers and hike your way up to the observation tower, where you can treat yourself to spectacular views of the estuary below. Near the tower you'll find a small area secured to protect the nesting ground of the rare plover bird. This park is also a great place to go kayaking and paddle boarding. 

Capture rare wildlife on film

Perdido Key is a meeting place for diverse wildlife, from migratory
birds and sea creatures to unique plants that are only found along the northern Gulf Coast, so be sure to bring your camera to preserve the memories of nature's beauty. Whether you are staying at a cozy condo or spacious beach house in Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores or Orange Beach or this stunning Florida locale, you'll have the chance to witness some of nature's most spectacular moments. Sea turtles arrive by the hundreds every year to Perdido Key, where they spend hours digging deep holes in the sand to lay their eggs. In late summer the adorable babies begin to hatch - and if you are in the right place at the right time, you can watch them emerge from beneath the sand and make their journey to the warm waters of the gulf.

You will quickly realize that the peacefulness of Perdido Key's natural setting will call you back again and again, and it will bring new appreciation with each visit.