26 12, 2018

How to involve kids in beach conservation

By |2018-12-26T22:58:53+00:00December 26th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Kids learn by example, right? So if you want your children to be good stewards of our beaches and natural resources, take the lead. Put your trash in proper receptacles, clean your beach site before you leave, and show respect to wildlife. It’s just that easy. We’ve put together basic principles you can teach kids to help keep our beaches clean. Know Before You Go: Talk to them ahead of time about doing their part to keep the beach clean. [...]

19 12, 2018

Support organizations fighting ocean pollution

By |2018-12-19T14:47:18+00:00December 19th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Looking for nonprofits to support during this season of giving? Below is a list of environmental groups that work to keep pollution out of the Gulf of Mexico and our local waterways. Those efforts are not free, but they are absolutely worthwhile. Each of these groups would be most appreciative of your gift to help keep our coastal environment pristine and protected. Alabama Coastal Cleanup is held each September at multiple sites. This one-day brings volunteers, state agencies, municipalities and [...]

12 12, 2018

4 ways to know you’re eating safe, sustainable seafood

By |2018-12-12T15:20:48+00:00December 12th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

We love our local gulf seafood, but how can you be sure what you’re getting is safe for consumption? Purchasing seafood from a local market to cook at home (or in your beach rental) doesn’t have to be scary. Just follow a few easy steps! 1) Buy from a reputable source. Many of the seafood markets along the coast offer catches fresh off the boat. But if you have any questions about where a product originated, just ask. Fresh fish [...]

5 12, 2018

How to plan a very merry, environmentally friendly Christmas

By |2018-12-05T18:00:25+00:00December 5th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Green is one of the best colors of the season. But let’s take that green to the next level during the holiday season – as in going green for the environment. Use LED lights: They use 80 percent less energy and they last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, plus they’re cool to the touch. Look for the Energy Star seal for bulbs with the highest energy-efficiency rating. Limit lighting: We know it goes against Clark Griswold’s idea of Christmas [...]

21 11, 2018

How recycling at home can help keep our beaches clean

By |2018-11-21T15:15:42+00:00November 21st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

We appreciate visitors following Leave Only Footprints rules while visiting our beaches, but there is more you can do even when you return home. Going green is a way of life. Recycling your bottles, cans, metals and paper products is one way to do that. Nationwide, our recycling efforts have improved greatly. In 1980, recycling and composting kept about 15 million tons from landfills. By 2013, that number was up to 87.2 million tons. Our hope is that it will [...]

14 11, 2018

The myth of oyster season

By |2018-11-14T14:14:08+00:00November 14th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Show of hands: Who loves oysters? Okay, now another poll question: Who has heard you should only eat raw oysters during months that include the letter “R”? The myth dates back a few hundred years - to 1599 to be exact. According to the New York Times, that’s when the warning showed up in an English cookbook as “don’t eat oysters in the summer.” It made sense at the time, mainly because unrefrigerated or un-iced oysters spoil more quickly and [...]

7 11, 2018

Why fall is a great time to visit the beach

By |2018-11-07T14:23:17+00:00November 7th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

The off-season is a great time to visit the Alabama coast, and fall is a favorite season for many. You’re going to encounter smaller crowds, both on the beach and in restaurants and shops. Kick back, relax and enjoy our beautiful area during a less congested time of year. Cooler temperatures make it ideal for walking on the beach, enjoying outdoor recreation on our nature trails, and casting a line. Highs average in the mid-70s and night temps typically only [...]

7 11, 2018

Best snacks for the beach

By |2018-11-07T03:33:53+00:00November 7th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

When you’re packing the picnic basket for your trip to the beach, think outside the box - or cooler, if you will. Don’t just pack all the junk food you usually take. You’re at the beach, for goodness sake. Soaking up the sunshine, going for walks, breathing fresh air. You want to be healthy and fit. So try natural snacks instead of the chips and cookies. All-natural popcorn: It’s a whole-grain food low in calories and high in fiber. It’s [...]

29 10, 2018

Four steps to a successful fall fishing trip

By |2018-10-29T19:07:14+00:00October 29th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Ready for a fishing trip to the Alabama coast? Of course, you are! We’ve got a few tips to make your trip a successful one. 1.) Have a fishing license. Don’t have one yet? The Gulf State Park pier makes them available for purchase. Or come prepared by buying it online before your trip. A license can be purchased for a week, a day trip or a year. If you are taking a charter fishing trip, the license is likely [...]

17 10, 2018

Why is the sand on Alabama’s beaches so white?

By |2018-10-17T13:31:36+00:00October 17th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

When you sink your toes in the sand on Alabama beaches do you marvel at how soft and white it is? “Sugar-white sand” is a common way visitors describe our beaches, and we’re proud of those spectacular shorelines. Just take a quick look at reviews of our beaches to see what we mean: “Nice white sand that doesn't ever seem to get hot.” “Great day and the water was perfect, greenish blue with white sand.” “Right at the end [...]