14 11, 2018

The myth of oyster season

By | 2018-11-14T14:14:08+00:00 November 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+00:00 November 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+00:00 November 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+00:00 October 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+00:00 October 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 [...]

10 10, 2018

The role of sand dunes in our coastal ecosystem

By | 2018-10-10T13:12:29+00:00 October 10th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

When you visit our Alabama beaches, you may notice signs that prohibit walking on sand dunes or damaging the sea oats. There’s a reason we protect those dunes. Our coast and beaches need them. Why? Glad you asked. Those hills of sand act as a natural barrier to protect inland areas against storms and waves. When these barriers are damaged, high surf and strong waves brought on by storms are free to flow farther inland, potentially bringing greater devastation to [...]

5 10, 2018

Don’t be a litterbug

By | 2018-10-05T22:15:29+00:00 October 5th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Ever toss a can or bottle off a boat? Drop a cigarette stub in the sand? Leave a food wrapper or plastic bag to blow away? Alabama beaches are beautiful, but they are not immune to the effects of debris and litter. Think your little bit of trash doesn’t matter? On International Coastal Cleanup day in 2016, volunteers collected: 4 million pounds of trash on shorelines 41,000 pounds of underwater trash Top items collected were by far cigarette butts at [...]

26 09, 2018

Barefootin’ benefits your body

By | 2018-09-26T13:31:57+00:00 September 26th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Don’t you just love walking barefoot on the beautiful, soft sands of our beaches? (It’s a rhetorical question - we know you do.) But did you know that those barefoot walks at sunrise or sunset have benefits to your physical and mental well-being? Walking barefoot in the sand stimulates thousands of nerve endings on the soles of your feet. It grounds us. Sand, like grass and other ground surfaces, has negatively charged ions that experts say are a source of [...]

19 09, 2018

Fall beach festivities

By | 2018-09-19T17:14:26+00:00 September 19th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Summer is quickly fading and fall is just around the corner. That means it’s time to plan for all the exciting events that take place once the temperatures drop a little along the Alabama coast! One of the biggest activities of the fall is the annual National Shrimp Festival, set for Oct. 11-14 at the main beach in Gulf Shores. This is the 47th year for the event, which attracts 300,000 people each year, serves up thousands of pounds of [...]

12 09, 2018

How to be a good neighbor to hatching sea turtles

By | 2018-09-12T14:09:04+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Did you know our Alabama beaches are a prime nesting ground for sea turtles? Unfortunately, with development along our coastline comes some dangers for these nesting turtles and for the hatchlings as they make their way to the water. But volunteers are on duty to help keep them safe. How does that work? Share the Beach was formed in 2005, and now comes under the umbrella of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge and The Alabama Coastal Foundation. The Share [...]