Gulf Shores, Ala. — A ranking compiled by USA Today and the website 10best.com lists Alabama’s beach town Gulf Shores as one of the best coastal towns in the country.
“Visitors to Gulf Shores, at the heart of the Alabama Gulf Coast, will be met with sugary-white sand beaches, Southern-style fresh seafood, championship golf courses and nearly any water sport you can imagine, thanks to the many nearby back bays and rivers,” the ranking says of Gulf Shores. “Preserves and state parks protect much of the region make Gulf Shores an ideal base for a natural coastal escape.”
Here are the list’s top 10:
1. Saugatuck, Mich.
2. Ogunquit, Maine
3. Gulf Shores, Ala.
4. Rehoboth Beach, Del.
5. Rockport, Texas
6. Mystic, Conn.
7. St. Michaels, Md.
8. Chincoteague, Va.
9. Ocean Springs, Miss.
10. Duck, N.C.
Alabama’s Gulf Coast is known for its soft sand, clear water, and family-friendly atmosphere, making it a go-to destination for vacationers from across the country.
Coastal Living also named Gulf Shores one of the best beaches in the country in a recent ranking.
With Spring Break season here, take a trip down to Alabama’s Gulf Coast for one of the best vacation spots in the South. According to the town’s website, this spring and summer will be filled with a wide variety of events, including the German Sausage Festival this weekend, a Zydeco and Crawfish festival in April, and Hangout Fest in May.
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— Elizabeth BeShears (@LizEBeesh) January 21, 2015