Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama | RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 16 | Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama

Compared to other coastal U.S. states, Alabama has a scant 53 miles of coastline, but on the Gulf Coast, it’s about quality, not quantity. Strikingly natural white sand beaches, world-class sport fishing and fresh caught Gulf seafood, and a general laid-back beach town atmosphere make the twin cities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores an excellent family vacation destination. All the usual attractions are here, but look further and you’ll see an area rich with Southern history, teeming with some of the most unique natural expanses in the country, all wrapped up with exciting music and food festivals year round presented in the gorgeous tropical weather. Welcome to Alabama’s Gulf Coast!

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Deep South Adventures

Deep South Adventures

The sand felt warm against my bare feet as I ventured out onto the beach in the predawn light. Today I’d venture west, and I had followed the coast until there was no more road. I found myself only about 10 miles from the cozy confines of my resort, but it seemed like a different world: uninhabited, pure, serene. I set my camera on my tripod and waited for the sun to come up in the cloudless sky.

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A Wild Experience

A Wild Experience

Much has been said about the unique natural areas on the Alabama Gulf Coast, and this rarity extends into the hotel zone as well. If you’re staying at Palm Beach Resort, hit the beach in the morning, then literally walk across Perdido Beach Boulevard to immerse yourself in the nationally-designated Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, a 12 mile paved, multi-use bike-friendly path that winds among six distinct ecosystems of the Gulf.

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Buy It Local. Cook At Home

Buy It Local. Cook At Home

Gather the family around and utilize your timeshare kitchen for a true Gulf Coast seafood feast! Lartigue’s Seafood Market has been family owned and operated since 1979 and is located at the west end of the strip, across from Palm Beach Resort. They have all the good stuff sold fresh or steamed: royal red shrimp, mussels, oysters, scallops, lobster tails, crab, side dishes and even cold beer.

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Fisherman’s Paradise | The Gulf’s Famous Fishing Scene Doesn’t Disappoint

Fisherman’s Paradise | The Gulf’s Famous Fishing Scene Doesn’t Disappoint

Fishing, especially offshore, means anglers are at the mercy of Mother Nature, but November on the subtropical Gulf Coast is a month where Mother Nature is in a very good mood. It was in the 60s, sunny, and with a mild swell as we ventured out early in the morning with Intercoastal Safaris in search of red snapper, triggerfish, king mackerel, and anything else in season that came across our lines.

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Busy at the Beach | The Gulf Coast Shines With Year Round Festivals and Attractions

Busy at the Beach | The Gulf Coast Shines With Year Round Festivals and Attractions

The Gulf Coast is the host with the most, year round. Check out these exciting festivals and get-togethers for all ages.

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Seafood Central | Where to Eat on the Gulf Coast

Seafood Central | Where to Eat on the Gulf Coast

The robust Gulf Coast fishing industry ensures a steady supply of fresh seafood at area restaurants throughout the year. The succulent royal red shrimp is a must try, and only available in a few parts of the world. Don’t miss out on the signature red snapper, pulled right from the waters directly offshore. From sushi to fried shrimp, seafood shack to date night dining, the Gulf has all a diehard seafood lover could ever ask for.

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Beachside Accommodations | The Shores and Palm Beach Resort

Beachside Accommodations | The Shores and Palm Beach Resort

The south-facing beaches of the Gulf Coast mean you can enjoy sunrise and sunset from your balcony at Palm Beach Resort or The Shores, our exchange properties located in Orange Beach. It’s a stunning way to start and end your day, and both locations are only steps from the beach and within easy access to restaurants, shopping and family attractions.

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Gulf Shores and Orange Beach | 3 Things to Know Before You Go

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach | 3 Things to Know Before You Go

If you’ve never been to Alabama’s gulf coast, here are three things that will help you familiarize the area before you depart.

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