Gulf Shores is the southern coastal community of Alabama’s lower quadrant, sitting just across the state line from Pensacola and known for sugar-white sandy beaches juxtaposing glorious emerald-tinted waters. Packed with water recreation, fresh seafood and family fun, this area reels in spring breakers, summer vacationers and off-season travelers.
It’s called the Forgotten Coast because it was once left completely off the Florida map. Now this sleepy area of the panhandle with it’s scattered beach houses, like the ones on Cape San Blas, Florida, and low-rise condos, like the Driftwood Inn in Mexico Beach, make for the perfect low-key family vacation destination.
Visitors make their escape to Sapelo Island, Ga., on a boat from Meridian, Ga., a port town between Savannah and St. Simons Island along I-95. (exit at Darien, Ga.)
Leave the modern world, and all your cares on the dock when you board the Sapelo Island Ferry, and let the wind take them into the miles of marshland you pass, to be washed out to sea with the next tide.
There is no mistaking the luxury of Sea Island. It begins the moment you travel down the long avenue; lined with palm trees, over the bridge with the large iron lanterns, through the guard gate where the pavement turns to a brick drive. Enjoying such luxury has become a little more affordable with a stay at The Inn at Sea Island.