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article imageSpring Break on the Golf Coast

By Sheba     Mar 6, 2007 in Travel
Who doesn't know about the March Break madness that visit the Florida Coast at this time each year? If you are a college student looking to let loose, that may be ideal for you. But what if you're not? Where can you go to escape the madness...
...and still enjoy the Golf Shores and all its thrills - well except for the wild parties. Tourists fill the boardwalk benches along the Gulf Shores beachfront. At Gulf Shores Souvenirs & Gifts...customers make their purchases, then flip-flop across the highway to the beach. And the amusement park at Waterville USA is open for the season...It's time for spring break on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
For many, March break begins this Friday, Mar. 9th. Universities from the North - even as North as the Great White North, (the affectionate nickname given to America's neighbour to the North) begin their exodus to the sandy resorts down South. Some Merchants' lists indicate Illinois and Indiana students are expected to be the first to arrive.
Business in the area are expecting to make some big tourist dollars this year thru the Summer season. They hope Hurricane Ivan will be a distant memory although Kathrina is still on everyone's mind.
Last year, storm-repair activities were still under way at Gulf Shores, but real estate agents say bookings for this year's spring break are running at impressive pre-Ivan levels. That is good news for this Golf State which borders Florida. Although for the real estate business things are not as good...the real estate market is in a slump largely because of soaring insurance rates related to the hurricanes. State Farm, Alabama's largest home insurer, recently announced plans not to renew about 2,600 policyholders, mainly condos on the coast.
In the mean time the tourist can expect to enjoy a lot of:
...golfing; scenic cruises and charters including dolphin-watching trips, http://www.dolphincruises.com; hiking and bird-watching at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge; and historic sites like Fort Morgan near Gulf Shores and Fort Gaines at Dauphin Island, also popular with bird-watchers.
Other destinations include Zeke's Landing Marina on Highway 182 in Orange Beach for fishing or dining, a good spot to see big boats returning with the catch. Gulf State Park, between Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, offers wide expanses of public beaches with a newly built pavilion for gatherings and quiet fishing at Lake Shelby across the highway from the beach. For children, Waterville is an amusement park in Gulf Shores, http://www.watervilleusa.com.
The Flora-Bama Lounge on the Alabama-Florida border at Perdido Key is a popular entertainment stop on the beach, known for its live music, mullet-tossing contest and other antics. Lulu's, the bar and restaurant run by singer Jimmy Buffett's sister, Lucy, also draws large crowds on the Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf Shores. The Wharf, a major new attraction, offers shopping and entertainment, including, movies and concerts.
Directions for getting there are at the bottom of the page on the link. This sounds like a really cool place to visit. Especially during the March break if you want to get away for a few days from the Arctic chill.
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