My family and I just got back from our summer vacation down to Gulf Shores, Alabama and I must say it was one of my more relaxing trips. This was my girls second time at the beach so they knew more of what to expect whereas the first trip two years ago had me on pins and needles the entire time. This year we left at 4am and got to Gulf Shores by 10am so we had the entire day to hit the beach, do lunch, squeeze in some shopping, and enjoy everything.
What 5am looks like on the beach...
What 5pm looks like on the beach...
I always love Gulf Shores. It's not over whelming, it's not overly crowded, and the people are always so nice. The condo we stay at called the Royal Palms is perfect! It's a small condo at the end of the strip on Gulf Shores parkway. It's only about twelve floors and we are always on the eighth floor which is a perfect in between spot. The condo we rent has two bedrooms and two buck beds in the hall, perfect for our little family of five. Because our condo is smaller than the others it's not as crowded on the beach either. I absolutely love it. Every day we woke, hit the beach, did lunch, shopped a bit, relaxed, hit the beach again, then I sat out on the balcony every night until I just couldn't see the waves anymore. I love it.
The Royal Palms. Yes it's pink. hehe
It's a tradition for us to eat at Ribs and Reds when we go down. It was good but a lot of fried food. We decided to try somewhere new as well so we ventured down the parkway to Lulu's. Omg it was absolutely fantastic. I wish I had gotten a picture of the blackened grilled shrimp I got but it was so amazing I didn't take a second to take a picture so you'll just have to trust me. lol. We had a good plan in place for this trip. We ate lunch out then would eat dinner at the condo that way we wouldn't have to go out anywhere else. Very convenient.
We saw one jelly fish, one sting ray, a sea turtle, and dolphins! Yes, we went on a dolphin tour and it was worth the $15 per person! The boat was covered and we even sat at an actual table but could walk around once the boat was moving. We saw a family of 4-5 dolphins and followed them around a bit. Wonderful experience.
The waves were quite rough this time around but it didn't stop us. I didn't plan on being in the water as much as I was but my little Maddy wouldn't go deep unless I was with her so mama got to play in the waves too.
Oh and something new that happened this year....On day two we had a small explosion on the beach. Yep, that's right. Someone found an unexploded military flare on the beach and called the authorities. Next thing we knew we had cops telling us to get out of the water and move down the beach a few yards. They had to set up a controlled environment and set it off. It was a descent sized explosion and apparently it happens more than you would think. Still nuts.
It was very relaxing however I didn't get any writing in so that's what I've been doing ever since I got back home. My computer was confiscated by my pre teens while there and I was too busy loving the ocean to worry about my computer.
I'll tell you, I never feel more at peace than I do when I'm at the ocean. I can't wait to go again.
My eleven year old is very photogenic and loves the camera. My twelve year old wants nothing to do with it but I managed to squeeze in a few. ;)
Thanks for reading!! I hope you all have a wonderful Summer!