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17 Apr

3 Reasons to Plan a Late Spring Weekend Getaway to the Beach

Spring Break is winding down on the Gulf Coast and Memorial Day weekend is a month away.  This time of year is the calm before the storm on Alabama’s beaches.  The time of year when travelers turn their attention back to work and school before heading to the beach again for a summer vacation.  This is also the perfect time of year to plan a weekend getaway trip to the beach, and here are three reasons why. 

Topics: Traveler Tips

10 Apr

What Beach Bunnies Need to Know to Plan an Easter Beach Trip

Holidays are always special on the Gulf Coast, and Easter is no exception. There’s a multitude of special Easter Sunday services, brunches, egg hunts and other festivals being planned for the weekend. So, whether you want to start a new tradition or make sure you family doesn’t miss any of its old traditions while you are on vacation, here’s a guide to some of the special activities being planned for Easter weekend.

Easter Sunday Services

Topics: Local Activities, Gulf Coast Events

3 Apr

What You Should Know About the Weather on the Gulf Coast

As we all know, weather is a tricky thing to predict—even for a meteorologist. So, while we can’t predict the weather with 100 percent accuracy, there are seasonal patterns that are fairly predictable.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama, are in a subtropical area of the country, where visitors can expect mild temperatures year-round. Gulf breezes temper the hot summers, and spring and fall days are warm with cool evenings. The temperature here is rarely below 32°F or above 96°F. So, there is really not a bad time to visit.

Topics: Traveler Tips

27 Mar

Vacationer's Guide to the AL Gulf Coast Makes Planning Easier

We know that family vacations are a time for making special memories, and that you want to make every minute count.  So, Spectrum Resorts has put together The Vacationer’s Guide to the Alabama Gulf Coast to help you decide where you want to eat, shop, play, site-see or relax when you visit us. 

Topics: Alabama Gulf Coast Shopping, Gulf Coast Dining, Gulf Coast Events, Gulf Coast Golfing, Local Activities, Traveler Tips

20 Mar

What You Should Know to Avoid Traffic on Your Beach Vacation

Each year, almost 5 million people pack up and head to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for their family vacation. With so many people all heading to the same destination, it’s no wonder that traffic tends to get a little backed up--especially in the summer months. If you and your family are planning on making a trip to the Alabama coast this year, check out this post for tips on how to get to and from the beach while avoiding the traffic. 

Topics: Traveler Tips

13 Mar

Tanger Outlets: Your Ultimate Shopping Survival Guide

For many people coming to the beach, a visit to Tanger Outlets in Foley has become as essential a part of the trip as packing sunscreen and renting a beach umbrella. It’s a great way to shop all of your favorite brands in one location. More than 120 name brands, including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Coach, Michael Kors, Bose Factory Store and Oakley Vault, have outlet stores there.  

Topics: Alabama Gulf Coast Shopping, Traveler Tips

6 Mar

5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Spring Break Vacation Rental

March is finally here and that means more and more families will be heading to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for Spring Break. With so many vacation rental options available, deciding where to stay can be a daunting task. Here are some tips to help you and your family pick the perfect rental for your Spring Break vacation.

Topics: Traveler Tips

27 Feb

The 5 Best Day Trips to Make on Your Family's Beach Vacation

Just a short drive from the Alabama Gulf Coast, there are some world-class attractions that draw thousands of visitors a year. So, you might think about planning a day or two into your next family vacation to check out some of these area attractions.

Topics: Local Activities

20 Feb

Six Must Do Activities for Your Family's Spring Break

With the brutal winter of 2014 almost behind us, many folks are eagerly looking forward to Spring Break on the Alabama Gulf Coast. It's great to spend your spring vacation relaxing on the sugar white sand, but Gulf Shores and Orange Beach also offer many family activities for when you're not playing in the surf. 

Topics: Local Activities, Traveler Tips

13 Feb

Condo Rentals: Reading the Fine Print

Nothing is more frustrating or disappointing than having an exciting beach vacation planned and needing to cancel at the last minute for a crisis at work or family illness. Adding insult to injury is to find out that even though you didn't step one foot in the sand, you are going to lose the entire amount you would have spent on lodging.

Topics: Traveler Tips

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