Gulf Shores, Alabama, sits on the white, sandy shores of the Gulf of Mexico on one of the southernmost parts of Alabama. This get-a-way community may be known for its bright white beaches and warm, salty water, but Gulf Shores isn’t your typical town. Along with its fair share of locals, Gulf Shores attracts many visitors from around the country year-round. It’s filled with community events, festivals and tourism that are unlike any other beach town you’ve visited. From its inception in 1956, this “Big Beach, Small Town” has a lot more to offer than just condominiums and beach-life activities.
Gulf Shores began as a town on the coast with only 120 people living in the area. Now, Gulf Shores has reached just over 12,000 people living within its city limits. Before its inception, Gulf Shores was mostly wetlands and remote beachfront until the completion of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in 1937. The Waterway opened up new opportunities for the community and economic status of Gulf Shores. One of the first condominiums was built soon after Hurricane Frederic in 1979 that devastated the town. This reconstruction of the town would set the stage for today’s overview of beachfront high rises, residences and tourist hot spots.
Gulf Shores has seen the job market increase by 3.3% over the last year according to Sperling’s Best Places. This resourceful city combines the pleasures of a tranquil life with endless economic growth and value. Destination tourism attracts millions annually and is a prime destination spot to mix business with pleasure. Gulf Shores is recognized as an Alabama Community of Excellence by Alabama Newscenter. The town is implementing waves of growth to expand and offer more as each year passes. This town is said to be a small town, with big opportunities.
Other than all the beach time you can have in Gulf Shores, there are multiple destinations and activities you can experience. Gulf Shores hosts one of the largest music festivals, Hangout Music Festival, every year long with other festivals like the Annual Shrimp Festival, Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival & 5K Run and the BallyHoo Festival. If you’re looking for something more laid back, we suggest visiting Gulf State Park for some unforgettable views and a chance to fish off the coast. You can even take a trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo located within the heart of Gulf Shores. If you’re looking for a place to experience some of the best seafood, Gulf Shores is the seafood capital of the South. Locally caught seafood fresh out of the Gulf is on almost every menu in restaurants in this town.
Gulf Shores combines outstanding coastlines and family-friendly communities with an economy that is thriving and doesn’t seem to slow down anytime soon. Come enjoy the city’s rich history, culture and food. Gulf Shores is Alabama’s best kept secret. Whether you’re planning a get-a-way or a beach day trip, make sure Gulf Shores is your destination. Take a trip to Gulf Shores and find out what all the fuss is about!