Memorial Day Weekend is an unofficial start to summer, and many Alabamians will be beach-bound.
You might call it the Redneck Riviera, but USA Today last week called it one of “Five hidden, affordable beach destinations.” Included on the list with East Hawaii, California’s San Mateo County and others is Alabama’s own Gulf Shores.
“Gulf Shores is a bit of Florida mixed with southern charm and hospitality,” says writer Andrew Der, who visited the area in 2005. “It rivals any Florida destination I’ve seen, but without the expense or the crowds.”
Going out to sample some of the local cuisine, fresh seafood with a southern flair, is a must. “Gulf Shores is known for some of the best seafood in the country—you should not eat anything else while there,” says Der.