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The Best Of Alabama’s Gulf Coast

By Amy Bailey — April 25, 2016

Sweet home Alabama, where the skies are so blue and the white sand beaches stretch on and on. Sunny days and warmer weather are on the way and if you are looking to getaway there is a little slice of heaven called Alabama’s gulf coast that awaits you.

TPexterior2It is an easy drive to Orange Beach where sits a turquoise palace in the sky. This sky rise named Turquoise Place offers penthouse accommodations towering above the Gulf Coast’s white sand beaches making for panoramic views of sunrise and sunset.

TPsinriseConsistently ranked one of the world’s best beaches, accommodations along Alabama’s gulf coast can sometimes be outdated, this is not the case at Turquoise Place. All rooms provide large spacious rooms TPnkitchenthroughout starting at 3 bedrooms. Kitchens come fully equipped for anyone looking to enjoy a shrimp boil with friends or dinner in with the family. Balconies stretch across the back of each condo making for the best views in porch sitting. Plus a hot tub sits on every balcony with access from the master suite, making Turquoise Place great for a couple’s retreat.

TPpool3Spacious luxe accommodations are not all Turquoise Place offers, there is a state-of-the-art fitness center, sauna, steam room, large indoor and outdoor pools, a heated lazy river, and plenty of water sports to partake in. There is also a plethora of daily activities for both adults and children, from yoga and zumba to poolside crafts. Turquoise Place isn’t just a vacation rental, it is a complete experience that is raising the bar on your Alabama beach vacation.

With Hangout Festival around the corner you may already have reason enough to visit Alabama’s gulf coast, but if you are looking for more reasons here are a few of the best:

TPOBM3Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina

One of the best restaurants in Alabama, Fisher’s OBM showcases the best of the South from the ambiance situated on the Orange Beach Marina to chef Bill Briand’s expertly crafted fresh food. For an evening to remember join Briand and a variety of chefs for Fisher’s Southern TPFOBMGrace dinner series beginning May 12 with Nina Compton of Compere Lapin of New Orleans and ending with chef and author Bill Smith August 11. Southern Grace dinners are Briand’s brainchild of showcasing the region’s top talent and the Gulf’s bounty of fresh food. For more information and reservations click here.

Blue Marlin Grand Championship

Enjoy the spectacle of the Gulf Coast’s top deep sea fishing teams competing for top prizes and record setting Blue Marlin at The Wharf July 12-17. The tournament is designed for the whole community and will feature lots of activities, a boat parade, live music, and family-friendly entertainment.

dauphinislandDauphin Island Sea Lab

One of the coolest experiences in our state, The Dauphin Island Sea Lab offers a variety of programs for children during the summer, ranging from single-day programs to residential camps and academic courses. Highly qualified educators will guide campers and students through all activities, and residential students are well-supervised by counselors.

TPBayoulaBatreBayou La Batre

A day adventure beyond the beach, Bayou La Batre is Alabama’s seafood capital and is not just home to Alabama’s shrimp industry, but also an oyster movement to grow the best tasting, best looking oyster in the South pioneered by the Zirlott family, a 5th generation seafood family from Bayou La Batre and their company Murder Point Oyster TPMurderCompany. A day trip to Bayou La Batre should include sightseeing the iconic shrimp boats lined up along the intercoastal and a stop in Sugar Rush where they serve up freshly made gourmet donuts and coffee.

Alabama Point East

For a relaxing, peaceful and pristine stretch of beach visit Alabama Point East just .3 miles east passed Perdido Pass. Pack a picnic, enjoy the nature walk, and make a day of this state park with the family.