This Road Trip Will Give You The Best Alabama Beach Day You’ve Ever Had
With summer just around the corner, there’s no better time than right now to start planning a road trip. Sure, there are many options when it comes to road trips, but nothing compares to a road trip that follows our beautiful Gulf Coast and celebrates our beautiful beaches.
Listed below is a mapped beach day road trip that includes some of Alabama’s best beaches, best gulf coast restaurants, etc. As you can see, the total mileage for this beach day road trip is only 94.8 miles, with an estimated drive time of 2 hours and 1 minute. It can easily be taken in a single day.
Now, let’s start the road trip.
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1. Gulf Shores Public Beach
You'll begin your road trip at Gulf Shores Public Beach. This beach is best known for its cleanliness and being family friendly. While at this beach, you'll be able to dip your toes in the sugar-white sand and take a swim in the turquoise clear water. It'll be a fun time for all!
2. Flip Flop Deli Shop
Please note, Flip Flop Deli Shop has permanently closed.
After spending the morning at Gulf Shores Public Beach, you'll visit Flip Flop Deli Shop for lunch. This casual restaurant is well known for its delicious deli sandwiches. You can visit Flip Flop Deli Shop at 524 W Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542.
3. Matt's Homemade Alabama Ice Cream
Following lunch, you'll take a short drive to Matt's Homemade Alabama Ice Cream - the town's only homemade ice cream shop. On any given day, you can always count on this ice cream shop having 40+ tasty flavors to choose from. From ice cream cones and banana splits, to old-fashioned sodas and milkshakes, there's something for everyone at Matt's Homemade Alabama Ice Cream. You can visit Matt's Homemade Alabama Ice Cream at two locations in Gulf Shores: 1308 Gulf Shores Pkwy and 701 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
4. Dauphin Island
After finishing your ice cream, you'll take a scenic drive to Dauphin Island. The drive is just under 90 miles. Dauphin Island is a charming town that's located at the southernmost point of Alabama. It's often referred to as the "Sunset Capital of Alabama."
5. Fort Gaines
After driving around town and taking in the sights, you'll stop at Fort Gaines. Fort Gaines is a historic fort that was established in 1821. It's best known for its role in the Battle of Mobile Bay. This historic landmark is a favorite attraction among history lovers of all ages. You can visit Fort Gaines at 51 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island, AL 36528.
6. JT's Sunset Grill
Please note, Jt's Sunset Grill has permanently closed.
Sadly, your beach day road trip has come to an end. There's no better way to end it than with a delicious dinner at JT's Sunset Grill. Even though JT's Sunset Grill specializes in seafood, this laid-back restaurant also offers burgers, chicken tenders, and more. It's also a great place to catch a beautiful sunset. You can visit JT's Sunset Grill at 1102 Desoto Ave., Dauphin Island, AL 36528.
Could you see yourself taking this beach day road trip? Why or why not? Please share your thoughts with us.
To experience some of Alabama’s best hidden beaches, be sure to check out our previous road trip article:
The Hidden Beaches Road Trip That Will Show You Alabama Like Never Before.
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