With the purest of white sand and emerald blue waters, the Gulf Coast is home to some of the best beaches in the country. From Texas to Alabama, here are some destinations to consider if you are planning a beach vacation this year.
Orange Beach, Alabama
Located right in the south of Alabama, the region of Orange Beach is home to several spectacular beaches, meaning that you could explore a different one on each day of your vacation. From the Gulf State Park Beach to Romar Beach, each of these spots offers sugar-white sand that seems simply irresistable, and there are also a number of cruise and deep sea fishing operators available for those who want to explore the water even further. When you want some time away from the surf, there is still plenty to do around Orange Beach, with one of the most popular places being The Wharf, which is an outdoor mall with its very own amusement park.
South Padre Island, Texas
The only island in Texas, South Padre Island boasts an impressive 34 miles of sandy beach, meaning that you are bound to be able to find a spot all to yourself. While this may be the case, South Padre Island is not necessarily the place to go if you are looking for peace and solitude, as not only is this area popular with college students, but it also attracts a number of families. While it is tempting to want to do nothing but lay on the beach all day, there are many other activities to take part in here, from kayaking to dolphin watching, and, being a relatively walkable city, it is extremely easy to get around and make the most of all that the area has to offer.
Siesta Key, Florida
One of the most popular of Gulf Coast beaches, Siesta Key is a vibrant place, offering up over 35 miles of pristine white sand, as well as more than 100 sprawling golf courses. Each of the beaches here, from Turtle Beach to Siesta Key Beach to Crescent Beach, will provide quite a different expereince, ranging from water sports to marine wildlife, meaning that you are bound to be able to find a beach that you absolutely love. The food scene in Siesta Key is also thriving, with some of the must-visit venues being Captain Curt’s Crab and Oyster Bar, for their award-winning crab legs, and the Siesta Key Village for the coldest beers, as well as the tastiest pizzas, in town.
Panama City Beach, Florida
There is so much to do in and around Panama City Beach, from water sports to fishing trips to eco tours, as well as the whole of the St. Andrews State Park to explore. Just like many of the other destinations along the Gulf Coast, Panama City Beach boasts its very own water park, Shipwreck Island Waterpark, which is guaranteed to be a hit with the entire family. While Panama City Beach used to be a popular area for students on spring break, it has since banned alcohol on the beach during the month of March, meaning that families will be able to relax in peace and truly enjoy themselves. When it comes time for a non-beach day, head to Pier Park where you will find a fantastic array of shops, restaurants and amusement rides, promising a fun day out.
Whether you are seeking peace and solitude or fun-filled activities for the whole family, these Gulf Coast beach destinations are able to provide it all. From the buzz of Siesta Key to tranquil spots along Orange Beach, each of these destinations are well worth considering for your next vacation.