I just realized that, as much time as I have spent at the beach this year and as much as I love it, I have never done a "favorite things" about the beach, so here it is. This isn't about Gulf Shores specifically, but any beach!
The smell - I love the combination of salt water, a little bit of seaweed, sunscreen, and car exhaust. I know it sounds a little crazy, but that is exactly what you smell at the beach! And it reminds me of lots of wonderful family vacations.
Crab claws - I'm not a huge seafood fan, but I do love really good, fresh crab claws. They're especially good with a baked potato and a very large margarita on the rocks!
Souvenir shops - They're everywhere! And I can't go to the beach without visiting at least one! I rarely buy anything, but I still have a good time looking!
Reading - I seem to read about three times as much when I'm at the beach. Particularly, things I probably wouldn't read otherwise. It's a wonderful treat! Stay tuned for more about WHAT I am reading!
People-watching - This is a favorite activity almost anywhere, but it's so much less conspicuous (and so much more entertaining!) when sand and surf are involved!
Now it's your turn to tell me some of your favorite things about the beach (or any other favorite vacation destination you may have!)