Category Archives: Beaches

Local beaches tips, reviews and points of interest

Newbie's Guide to Gulf Shores

Ok, let me guess. You have never been to Gulf Shores before or it’s been a long time. You’re not alone, over half the people we rent to every year are just like you, new to Gulf Shores. Let me guess something else, you’re giving Gulf Shores a try because it takes less time to get there by car,  you heard that it has not nearly as crowded as other resort towns on a beach and that it is a lot less expensive. Those are the three top reasons guests give me when I ask them why they are coming to Gulf Shores and they are all true. So, you are all set all you need now is a little background on our little town on a big beach so here’s your  Newbie’s Guide to Gulf Shores.


What to do on Rainy Days in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Rain on beach

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are sunny places with well over 200 sunny days per year so your chances of not seeing rain are pretty good. When it does rain many times it only last for a short time as the prevailing winds off the gulf blow the weather system out of the area. A good rule of thumb when looking at the local weather forceast is to remember that the weather on the beach is much different than 10 miles inland. It is very possible that when the forecast says 60% of scattered shows that you will see no rain at all on the beach. All that being said here is some quick advice on what to do on Rainy Days in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach. (more…)

How not to get Sunburned at the Beach



If there is one thing as predictable as the return of the “Swallows” to Capistrano it is people getting badly sunburned at the beach. Don’t feel bad almost everyone has got caught by surprise so here a little advise on How not to get SunBurned at the Beach.

#1 Realize that the sun is a lot hotter on the beach than it is where you come from. Everyone knows that the sun is hotter today than it was 30 years ago, right?. What people don’t realize fast enough is that the sun is much brighter on the beach than it is up north so however long you think it will take before you burned, cut it in half. (more…)

Why Gulf Shores Continues To Win Top Ratings

Gulf Shores Wins High Ratings Again – No Surprise!. You may have notice that Gulf Shores was rated as the number 2 vacation destination in the country in a recent Good Morning America Poll but this is not the first time that the Gulf Shores Beaches have won a top rating as a vacation destination.

The Beach

Here are a few other sources that have rated Gulf Shores as a top family destination.The Travel Channel rated Gulf Shores as one of the top 5 gulf coast beaches. The National Resources Defense Council gave Gulf Shore’s beaches “Super Star” quality water rating. Southern Living gave Gulf Shores the number one slot as the best family destination for under $200/night. Parents Magazine rated Gulf Shores as one of the top ten beach towns for Families. So you might be curious as to Why Gulf Shores Continues To Win Top Ratings as one of the top vacation destinations in the country.  As grandfather of nine and a frequent visitor to Gulf Shores, none of this comes as any surprise to me. Let me tell you why.