If you’re reading this article, you’ve likely been let in on one of the South’s best-kept secrets – Alabama beaches are incredible!
It is true. The Alabama coast and barrier islands are home to some of the most beautiful sugar-white sand beaches along the U.S. coast. We hit ALL of the beaches, and we are sharing what we saw to help you plan an unforgettable vacation or holiday along the Gulf of Mexico. Below are the 7 top beaches in Alabama you don’t want to miss (based on our personal experience)!
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If you’re looking for fabulous beach destinations with fewer crowds, you’re in the right place. We are sharing Alabama beaches you cannot miss on your next vacation or holiday.
We also share where the beach is located, the overall vibe, and if the beach is dog friendly.
We hope this helps you plan your next epic beach vacation in Alabama.
We share our personal experience visiting all of the beaches below during May.
We think May is a great time to visit Alabama. The temperatures are warm enough to be in shorts and a bathing suit, but cool enough where you aren’t dripping in humidity sweat. The water is fairly warm too!
AND…There seem to be fewer crowds in May!
Let’s kick off our recommendations for the 7 Alabama beaches you need to add to your next Alabama road trip, vacation or holiday.
There are a few areas we are dying to share, so let’s get to it!
When most people plan a beach vacation in Alabama, they are thinking about the Gulf Shores area. But have you heard of Dauphin Island?
Dauphin Island is a barrier island south of Mobile. It is accessible via the Gordon Pearsons Bridge or the Mobile Bay Ferry from Fort Morgan.
Dauphin Island boasts 7-miles of sugar-white sand public beaches, with minimal crowds. That is right. We visited in May, and there were NO CROWDS.
Sound like your kind of place? Then, you don’t want to miss the beaches below!
If you have heard that the beaches in Alabama are awesome, then you’re probably thinking about the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach areas!
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have been called the Riviera of the South.
The coast is lined with beautiful beaches. It is also a more touristy destination (but not quite the crowds like Destin or other Florida places). The area has high-rise condos, places to rent, local restaurants, and shopping. The main beach access points are right off of Perdido Beach Blvd. So, you don’t have to walk far to get to the beaches or the water.
Gulf State Park manages all of the points we recommend below. However, there are a few other access points (that we aren’t writing about) that don’t require Gulf State Park parking permits. We love state parks and spent most of our time at the four beaches below.
Below is a quick list of the 7 most beautiful beaches in Alabama!
If we had to pick one beach from Dauphin Island to visit, we would say not to miss Dauphin Beach. The water is just so calm; the area is tranquil and beyond beautiful. The sandbars jetting out from the mainland are fun to walk on and watch for wildlife as well.
As for Gulf Shores, when we visited, the waves were pretty large, but Alabama Point East was a relatively protected cove still allowing for swimming. Alabama Point East is our top pick for the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area. The water along Gulf Shores and Orange Beach was beautiful emerald green. We can’t wait to go back someday!
Safety: Be sure to be riptide aware and know the beach flag warning system while recreating along the coast. There are signs posted everywhere.
All of these beaches are incredible. We hope they inspire your Alabama beach vacation!
Ashlee & Pablo
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I’m a travel and outdoor recreation writer with dreams to inspire happiness through an outdoorsy lifestyle. I want to help people live their best life by sharing free adventure guides. The USA has been my backyard most of my life, and it’s the place where you’ll find most of our escapades! I’m married to an expat Argentine, chihuahua Mom, and am passionate about the environment. I hold a BS degree in Biology and MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability. We camp in our Aliner often, love road trips, hiking, and SUP’ing!