Beaches in the Gulf
Better Sand, Calmer Waters, and More Beautiful Sunsets: Top Gulf Coast Beaches
If you remember grade school geography class, you’ll know that a gulf is a large bay that’s an arm of an ocean or sea. And if you've ever had a vacation on the Gulf in the great states of Texas, Florida or Alabama, you’ll know that beaches in the Gulf offer more of everything than sun-and-fun lovers adore. Many swear that Gulf beaches have better sand and gentler waters -- even more beautiful sunsets. That’s why a Gulf beach is usually at the top of most experienced travelers’ “must” list of place to return to each year. To help you experience all this for yourself, our list of Gulf Coast vacations will get you started in selecting the perfect Gulf destination.
The ultimate in tranquil beach communities, this island off north Florida’s Gulf Coast is a barrier island that offers uncrowded, undeveloped expanses for shelling, swimming, fishing and relaxing. If you want to spend time in a spot without high rises, crowds or chain stores, then Saint George Island is for you.See vacation rentals near Saint George Island, FL
“It’s Island Time,” say the folks who live in this lovely place, and, to them, that means anytime at all. This city offers much more than incredible sun at Porretto or Stewart Beaches. Right in town, you can also visit the waterpark, the botanical park and Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, a new amusement park.See vacation rentals near Galveston, TX
On northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, Destin is famous for white beaches and emerald waters. Thanks to its harbor location in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s also called “the world’s luckiest fishing village,” and anglers consistently report the best catches of their fishing careers in this Panhandle town.See vacation rentals near Destin, FL
The tropical island of Sanibel offers a bounty of the world’s natural treasures. Its pastel-colored seashells are prized by collectors everywhere. And its renowned wildlife refuge and bird sanctuary provide a unique chance to interact with the natural world in a gorgeous setting.See vacation rentals near Sanibel Island, FL