Alabama doesn’t have a large coastline, but the 32 miles of white sand and turquoise water south of Mobile are spectacular. They offer fantastic seascapes, rich wildlife in the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, a laid-back atmosphere on Dauphin Island, and a lot of action in lively places such as the beaches of Gulf Shores. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
2.Cotton Bayou Beach
3.Dauphin Island Beach
5.Florida Point Beach
6.Fort Morgan Beach
7.Gulf Shores Main Beach
8.Gulf State Park
9.Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
10 Best Alabama Beaches
- Orange Beach, Photo: Courtesy of Lacey Newman - Fotolia.com
- Cotton Bayou Beach, Photo: Courtesy of Darryl - Fotolia.com
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- Fairhope, Photo: Courtesy of forestpath - Fotolia.com
- Florida Point Beach, Photo: Courtesy of Darryl - Fotolia.com
- Fort Morgan Beach, Photo: Courtesy of Lacey Newman - Fotolia.com
- Gulf Shores Main Beach, Photo: Courtesy of BJ Ray - Fotolia.com
- Gulf State Park, Photo: Courtesy of Eric - Fotolia.com
- Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Photo: Courtesy of Corey - Fotolia.com
- West Beach, Photo: Courtesy of Amy - Fotolia.com
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More Ideas in Alabama: Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa
Located on the Gulf Coast in Point Clear, Alabama, Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa is an all-in-one travel destination. The hotel offers a variety of dining options, both indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, and a large, recently renovated spa.
The guest rooms and suites at the Grand Hotel feature either a bayside (of Mobile Bay or the marina) or a garden view. They were also designed with the outdoors in mind, with windows that can be opened. Some rooms also offer walk out balconies.
The rooms include a choice of either a king sized bed or two queen sized beds. Additional rollaway beds can be requested for an additional fee. Each bed is outfitted with a pillowtop mattress and a duvet.
Each bathroom offers hotel guests either a shower/tub combination or a walk-in shower, a lighted makeup/shaving mirror, a hair dryer, and robes to wear during the stay.
Multiple suites are also available. These suites include a bedroom and a separate living area separated by a privacy wall. Guests can choose from a king sized bed or two queen sized beds. Most of these suites also include walk out balconies with views of Mobile Bay.
Each room and suite also have either a comfortable chair with ottoman or an oversized chair, a Sony alarm clock, an in-room safe, a writing/working computer desk with an ergonomic desk chair and nearby electrical outlet, and an ironing board and iron.
There is a 32 inch flat screen television with premium cable channels (like HBO, ESPN, and CNN) in each room and suite as well.
Complimentary bottled water is provided for each room, as well as a coffee maker.
All the rooms and suites at the Grand Hotel are non-smoking.
Amenities at the Grand Hotel include complimentary wireless internet access. The hotel staff offer complimentary evening turndown service. Daily newspapers are delivered to each room and suite, on request. There is also a complimentary shuttle both to and from the local airport.
Dining is available poolside at Jubilee Poolside Bar and Grill. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as Sunday brunch, the casual dress code restaurant features a menu full of fresh, local ingredients. It also has a large menu of drinks, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic.
Guests can also dine at Bucky’s Lounge. The lounge serves up handcrafted cocktails and light appetizers, as well as nightly entertainment. It is open for both lunch and dinner and has a casual dress code.
For hotel guests looking for “grab and go” meals, there is the Local Market which is located just off the lobby. Available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the market offers locally sourced pastries and coffee drinks.
Located onsite is the prestigious Robert Trent Jones golf trail, which is open from 7am through sunset. The trail offers a variety of golfing packages. Greens fees do apply. There are two different courses - Azalea and Dogwood. Both are 18 holes. There is also a driving range and putting green. Private lessons are available (in short game, swing, and putting).
Simply called The Spa, the Grand Hotel offers appointment only spa services. There are two treatment rooms as well as a hair salon, all recently remodeled. The Spa offers body scrubs, manicures and pedicures, a steam room, massage, paraffin hand treatments, facials, and waxing. They also offer lessons in massage. Men’s services and couples massages are also available. Separate lounges are provided for men and women. The spa is over 20,000 square feet.
The fitness center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They have a selection of cardiovascular equipment like treadmills and Life Cycles, as well as free weights. The staff at The Spa also offer fitness classes and counseling by appointment.
There are multiple pools and swimming areas located on the property.
The Grand Beach, located just outside the hotel, features a children’s area and a large slide. Towels are provided. There is also a nearby outdoor pool, which is heated. Both are only open seasonally. Occasionally the pool will be designated as either adult only or family.
There is also an indoor pool and a whirlpool. This pool is only open certain hours, and towels are also provided.
One Grand Boulevard, PO Box 639, Point Clear, AL, 36564, Phone: 251-928-9201
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More Ideas in Alabama: Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium provides an educational and exciting aquarium experience for visitors and locals alike. The public aquarium focuses on Alabama's four key coastal ecosystems: the northern Gulf of Mexico, the barrier islands, Mobile Bay, and the Mobile Tensaw River Delta. In addition to its exhibit hall, which spans 10,000 square feet, the aquarium includes the Living Marsh Boardwalk and a stingray touch pool containing 7,000 gallons of water. The Estuarium is part of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab's Discovery Hall educational program.
Overall, the Estuarium consists of 31 aquariums with over 100 species on display within more than 30,000 gallons of water. The facility showcases the animals, plants, and other natural resources native to the Estuary and the surrounding marine habitats. The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium leaves visitors with a better understanding of the interactions that occur in Mobile Bay, the country's fourth largest estuary system, through interactive exhibits and stunning visual exhibits.
The exhibit at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium focusing on the northern Gulf of Mexico contains a variety of displays of marine communities. These displays feature jellyfish, sharks, red snappers, seahorses, eels, lobsters, and octopus. The Barrier Islands exhibit showcases saltwater species often seen on or around the barrier islands of Alabama, such as hermit crabs, blue crabs, and shrimp. A representation of the Middle Bay Lighthouse's legs is featured in the Mobile Bay exhibit. The replica is home to species native to Mobile Bay's brackish water, including flounder, spadefish, oysters, blue crabs, horseshoe crabs, and stone crabs.
The largest wetland in Alabama is recreated in the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta exhibit. The displays feature multiple species in its aquariums, including gar, turtles, and the American alligator. The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium's newest exhibit, Rays of the Bay, made its debut in 2013. This 6,400-gallon touch tank features six sets of four different species of skates and rays indigenous to Mobile Bay and the northern Gulf of Mexico. Species found within the giant touch tank include the Atlantic stingray, the cownose ray, and the southern stingray.
A number of public events are also provided by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. One of the public programs offered at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium is its Boardwalk Talk series. This free program occurs late in the morning on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. These talks include a chat with experts at the Estuarium, including aquarists, researchers, technicians, educators, post docs, and graduate students. The informal chats cover a wide array of science topics, such as sea level change, climate change, hypoxia, oyster reefs, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, salt marshes, sharks, and habitat restoration.
Another program provided by the Estuarium is the Summer Excursion program. This summer experience takes visitors into the habitats at the Estuarium that are the focus of study by the facility's students, researchers, and marine scientists. Each summer excursion investigates a different type of habitat, and they are offered on select dates during the summer months.
101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, Phone: 251-861-4646
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