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Whether you want to spend your time fishing in rolling ocean waves, reclining on gleaming white beaches, or striking golf balls across immaculate grassy courses - the Gulf Shores is a coastal destination that has it all. Sparsely populated, sugar-white beaches provide all your relaxation needs, while the town's shorefront restaurants and bars give you the chance to slide salty oysters down your neck, or even try breaded alligator tail – if you're feeling adventurous.

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While beaches across the world proudly boast about their bright white sands, the grains that populate the Gulf Shores coastline put them all to shame. As soft as flour to tread on, and as screamingly white as snow, the sands of Gulf Shores Beach will serve as your bed for the day, allowing you to soak up the sun before you find the energy to dip into the refreshing blue waters to cool off. Want to try something a little more electrifying? Race down wavy, multilane waterslides, or lose your bearings rocketing through twisting dark tubes, at Waterville USA. Afterwards, dry off and soak up some history at Fort Morgan, which is one of the finest Civil War forts left standing. Overlooking the gateway to Mobile Bay, the weathered, star-shaped construction was the site of the significant Battle of Mobile Bay - climb to the top for poignant views out over the now serenely calm waters.

Hotels in Gulf Shores

Top-notch accommodation is available in Gulf Shores, with lake-sized swimming pools and gloriously wide bedrooms - complete with huge foaming baths - all available. You'll even forgive the leaning trees on the hotel golf courses – should one block your drive - because of the graceful character they lend the fairways. Cheaper hotels in Gulf Shores are available, and many of these can offer spectacular views of the beach stretching out to meet the rippling ocean - which is the perfect backdrop for a glass of wine in your room. Most Gulf Shore hotel rooms have large, flat screen TVs, WiFi and lavish, comfortable beds. The hotels themselves offer fully stocked bars, and opportunities to work up a sweat in attached gyms.

Where to stay

Hotels in Gulf Shores give you brilliant beach views, and a shorefront location that allows you to wander along the coast, watching the sun sink into the horizon's waters, spreading your shadows across the sand as it goes. Afterwards, walk downtown to try some of the local produce, cooked to perfection. Grilled shrimp, and delicious flaky sea bass, are particularly mouth-watering local fares. Orange Bay is another option, particularly if you're in town for the outdoor activities. Here, you can find out whether you've got the bottle to land a mammoth fish, as you gently bob across the ocean, or work your arm muscles as you canoe across the waters of Wolf Bay.

How to get to Gulf Shores

The obvious way to arrive in Gulf Shores is by cruising along the coastal road in a convertible, feeling the wind ruffling your hair as you go. Pensacola and Mobile airports are the two closest, and the car rental options at each airport are plentiful. When travelling from further afield, many visitors choose to land at Orlando International, before taking a connecting flight, or embarking on a long, scenic car journey to Gulf Shores. The drive takes around 7 hours in total, but Tallahassee is conveniently placed between the 2 locations, and makes for a great stop-off point to break up the travel.

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