With only a limited amount of gulf coastline in the entire state, this part of Alabama really delivers in regards to long white sand beaches, bright blue sunshine and clean air, world class southern cuisine, but most of all, the genuine Southern hospitality. The area certainly becomes crowded in the summer. This is a true family destination with a wide range of visitors coming from the Midwest and the East Coast. Visitors come year after year; this is the kind of place where family traditions and long lasting memories are made.
If you talk to the locals you will soon discover the media affected their tourism far greater than the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill of April 2010 ever did. There was one day on the coast where smells were noticed from the results of the oil spill and the beaches at no time were ever “covered” in oil or even closed. Rather, random locations saw tar balls come ashore.
BP has invested significant amounts of money in this cleanup and people have literally been working around the clock to detect any oil that penetrated into the shoreline (below the surface). Visually the beaches look cleaner than they ever have. Fine grained white sand stretches for miles (32 miles to be exact) along Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
Highlights of the trip so far have definitely been the cuisine, the legendary Southern Hospitality and the accommodations at Turquoise Place in Gulf Shores.