ALABAMA GULF COAST COMMUNITIES
- Dauphin Island, AL
- Fairhope, AL
- Fort Morgan, AL
- Gulf Shores, AL
- Mobile, AL
- Orange Beach, AL
The undiscovered crown jewel of the Alabama Gulf Coast is beautiful Dauphin Island, a true barrier island located three miles south of the mouth of Mobile Bay in the Gulf of Mexico, 33 miles from Mobile, AL and 130 miles to the east of New Orleans, LA. It was named after Louis XIV’s great-grandson and heir, the Dauphin. The island is approximately 14 miles long and 1-3/4 miles wide at its widest point. The eastern six miles are inhabited while the western eight miles are undeveloped and privately owned.
This family-oriented community is more than just sugar-white beaches. Here you’ll find a serene, quiet laid-back life style with lots of activities—world-class deep sea fishing, a historic Civil War fort to explore, Indian shell mounds, shelling on the beach, a bird watching sanctuary, arts and crafts in Island shops, camping, pier fishing, tennis, swimming and dining.
Golf is anytime on the 18-hole public course with each hole offering a spectacular view of the Gulf of Mexico. This scenic island course is perfect for the duffer or pro; and the exclusivity of Isle Dauphine keeps the greens uncrowded and the pace relaxed.
Entry to the island is made by crossing a three-mile-long high-rise bridge, or a nearby ferry in Gulf Shores brings both vehicles and pedestrians to the eastern end of the island. One of the closest attractions to the ferry dock is The Estuarium. This fresh and saltwater aquarium highlights native species and the four key habitats of coastal Alabama. Mobile Bay is the fourth largest estuary system in the United States, and this exciting educational facility is a showcase of the plants, animals and other natural resources found in the estuary and its surrounding marine habitats.
In August 1864 just a few hundred yards from Dauphin Island’s shore, Admiral David Farragut endured a deadly crossfire of cannons and uttered the much-repeated phrase, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” Farragut successfully led some eighteen Union ships between a passage protected by Forts Morgan and Gaines and secured Mobile Bay by forcing the surrender of the Confederate Naval forces.
The entire island has been designated as a bird sanctuary and thousands of visitors come to experience the annual migrations. Dauphin Island is the first landfall encountered by many birds as they migrate north from South America, and as a consequence many species can be found resting on the 164-acre Audubon Bird Sanctuary before continuing their journey.
It is estimated that 1,300 permanent residents call Dauphin Island home. If you want to lose yourself in the charm of Dauphin Island, where “dolphins play,” contact us today for a piece of Alabama Real Estate.
Half-way between New Orleans, LA and Tallahassee, FL lies Gulf Shores, a spot where Alabama nudges onto the Gulf of Mexico. This seaside resort in Baldwin County, AL is highlighted by 32 miles of beautiful sugar-white beaches and tons of family fun. Reasonable prices and a number of family attractions provide an exciting and relaxing getaway for folks of all ages. Waterfront properties face either the Gulf of Mexico or Tranquil Bay. Water parks, amusement parks and souvenir shops are just a few of the fun family attractions available. And Gulf Shores boasts some of the best and freshest seafood around.
Ready to greet you in the city of Gulf Shores with white sun-kissed beaches, surging surf, seagulls and seashells is Gulf State Park. Consisting of 6,150 acres, Gulf State Park has resort-like amenities where campers can lounge by the pool, breakfast at the lodge, fish from an 825-foot pier on the Gulf of Mexico, rent boats at the marina, bike, play tennis or golf on the 18-hole championship golf course, enjoy 2-1/2 miles of powdery white sand beaches, as well as a 900-acre lake with an abundance of freshwater fishing, skiing and swimming. The kids can participate at the Nature Center with story time, sand castle-building contests and beach walks. You can have primitive camping, rent a cottage or stay at a resort hotel all in one place!
Other family attractions include:
- Adventure Island has miniature golf, laser tag, Go-Karts, paddle boats, simulator coasters and an arcade
- Gulf Coast Exploreum has a hands-on science center with IMAX theater
- Waterville USA is a water park with hot-air balloons and several museums
- Gulf Shores Amusement Park has rides, carts and games
- Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is home to more than 300 animals, including lions, tigers and bears
Throughout the year Gulf Shores enjoys a very mild climate. High temperatures in the winter average around 65 degrees; summer-time high temperatures average above 90 degrees. Gulf Shores also averages 61 inches of rainfall per year. The temperature however, can dip significantly at times, during the months of December, January, and February, occasionally as low as the upper 20s.
Gulf Shores is devoted to beachfront hotels, condominiums, vacation houses and a tourism/real estate based economy. Newly minted, towering structures now bristle along the beachfront, and throughout the area a huge development boom is currently underway. Contact us today and let us provide a perfect place for you to have fun in Gulf Shores, AL.
Founded by boat builders and charter fishermen, Orange Beach, AL is home to the largest charter fishing fleet and deemed the fishing capital of the Northern Gulf Coast. This premier destination resort on the Intracoastal Waterway is recognized as an upscale fishing village and a top-notch vacation escape. The beautiful and intriguing community of Orange Beach offers abundant beachside destinations with tons of water sport fun, and shopping and dining opportunities abound. Everyone enjoys the white-sand beach, which is never far away.
Located on the banks of the Gulf of Mexico River near Gulf State Park, Orange Beach offers visitors a lengthy list of attractions including Adventure Island, deep-sea fishing, gulf beaches, Orange Beach Golf Center and Waterville USA. The Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum is an excellent place to explore the past history of the area. Gulf Shores State Park includes 6,150 acres with two miles of sugar-white sand beaches; Gulf State Resort Park has modern and primitive camping, cottages, a marina, trails and fishing, as well as tennis, group pavilions, nature programs and picnic areas. There’s also an 825 ft. fishing pier on the Gulf of Mexico, an 18-hole championship golf course and a 900-acre lake with an abundance of freshwater fishing, skiing and swimming.
Come ashore at The Wharf, the Gulf Coast’s new resort and attraction where you’ll find the best selection of shopping, dining, entertainment, recreation and resort-style ambiance on an island known for Southern hospitality and great family vacations. Experience an eleven-story Ferris wheel made in Italy, as well as RAVE’s 15-screen state-of-the-art digital movie theater. With year-round activities and seasonal entertainment, along with a 208-slip marina situated on the famed protected waters of the Intracoastal Waterway with a half-mile long boardwalk and condominium homes, The Wharf makes every day a vacation day!
Located directly across from The Wharf on the mainland side of the Intracoastal Waterway is the Riverwalk of Bama Bayou. Deeply rooted in the history and culture of the Gulf Coast, Bama Bayou brings the charm and legacy of an old waterfront town to life and blends it with exciting attractions and every resort amenity available. This new all-inclusive destination will be complete with 150,000 square feet of retail shopping, a 68,000 square-foot convention center, Bayou Beach, condominiums, a water park and a state-of-the-art Gulf World Marine Park where you can swim with dolphins and see aquatic wildlife from the Gulf of Mexico.
Twelve miles to the northwest of Orange Beach is the Tanger Outlet Center, one of the south’s largest factory outlet centers with over 120 well-known stores. Another 15 minutes and you’ll be on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay in Fairhope, a colorful and charming little town with flowered and tree lined streets filled with interesting little shops, antiques, artisans and crafts.
Although Orange Beach has the look and feel of the islands, no passport is needed. If you are looking for homes, condos or Alabama Real Estate properties, contact us today. Experience a natural, more relaxing pace of life in Orange Beach, the best place to be.