The Eastern Gulf Coast is quickly becoming the nation's preeminent vacation destination. With vacation rentals quickly replacing hotels as the preferred accommodation choice, HomeEscape is the easy choice for hundreds of affordable, family-friendly vacation home rentals. Here are four reasons you should visit:
The weather is pleasant year-round
Hiking, biking, boating and wildlife spotting are popular year-round activities on the eastern gulf coast. Take a beautiful hike on a warm afternoon through the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge - a nature reserve that is home to endangered wildlife and native plants. You can also take a riverboat cruise or kayak through the intracoastal waterway, which runs from Brownsville, Texas to Chesapeake Bay - here, you're likely to spot dolphins, blue herons, pelicans, and hundreds of other species of birds.
The food is simply amazing
The culinary scene alone is enough reason to visit. The Gulf Coast is home to incredible seafood. Most restaurants offer specials based on what is caught that day - try anything from cobia, redfish, triggerfish, whiting fish, mangrove snapper and mackerel, and have it grilled, blackened, or Cajun-style.
There is fun, year-round festivities
Mardi Gras parades and parties are held during the entire month of February, and in March, Orange Beach hosts an Annual Festival of Art, which brings together painters, sculptors, potters and glass artists to showcase their creations, while local songwriters perform. Find affordable Orange Beach vacation rentals nearby on HomeEscape.
Every April, locals look forward to the Millet Toss and Beach Party in Orange Beach. Mullet fish is a local delicacy in Gulf Shores - the toss is a contest to see who can throw the fish the farthest.
Summer begins here with the Gumbo Key Music Festival held annually in June in Orange Beach, where attendees hang out on their boats from the dock and enjoy a lineup of Southern artists performing over a floating stage.
If you're visiting the region in October, be sure to stop by the National Shrimp Festival held in Gulf Shores in October. It's one of the country's top annual events and brings over 250,000 people to the Gulf Coast for a four-day celebration of music, fun, and lots of crustaceans. Gulf Shores is known to have a variety of vacation home rentals including beach houses, oceanfront, condos and more. Find Gulf Shores vacation rentals without booking fees or processing fees on HomeEscape.
The Annual Songwriter's Festival is a great reason to visit in the off-season. Held in November, the festival has been a celebration of music for decades, with stars coming from across Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Perdido Key, and Pensacola, Florida. While visiting, spend an evening at the Flora-Bama Lounge, where the singers and instrumentalists create an enchanting evening.
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