Coasting Communities

Explore the Culture of Alabama



One of the oldest cities in the Gulf Coast region, Mobile has a colorful, international flair, with numerous historic districts, architecturally significant homes and buildings, beautiful gardens, trees, parks and outdoor spaces, fresh, local seafood, numerous waterways to explore and an ever-emerging, vibrant arts community. Across the Alabama Coast, our string of communities offer a myriad of Southern experiences - from the quaint charm of Fairhope and Olde Town Daphne, to the working seafood towns of Bayou La Batre and Bon Secour, to the small town feel of communities like Foley and Chickasaw. Life is good here and we love it all.

You can see our love of the coast in our food, music, festivals, and attractions but especially in our people. We host festivals year-round, celebrating everything from live music to shrimp to the arts to flowers. If you're a military buff , then we have several historic sites and attractions that will take you from the Civil War to present day. If you like architecture, a walking and/or driving tour of our many historic districts, churches and homes is a must-do, if you're a foodie, try to eat your way along the bay. Are you are an art lover? there are dozens of galleries and museums that range from folk to modern art. Love the water? Then a kayak, airboat, sailboat, or charter fishing boat is waiting for you! And of course, we're America's original Mardi Gras!

Need to smell the salty air and feel sand between your toes? Less than an hour away, we offer two similar yet distinct beach experiences. Due south is laidback Dauphin Island, nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi Sound. You'll find a slower, relaxing pace here with very few man-made distractions and a host of natural wonders. Dotted with individual beach homes, canal-side bungalows and Sound-side cottages, Dauphin Island is a tribute to when a beach vacation was about, well, the beach. Need a little more action with your beach excursion? Then head east and south to the twin meccas of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Along with the miles of white, sandy beaches, you'll find a menu of entertainment options that helps explain why more than seven million vacationers visit this area each year. All kinds of water sports, nature and historic excursions, shopping and art galleries, and family fun activities are offered from one end of "Pleasure Island" to the other. When the sun goes down, the beach lights up - with dining options from fast and casual to fine and fancy. Great live local music is offered at many small venues along the coast and there are great choices to dance and party to the wee hours.

Regardless of how you choose to spend your Alabama Coasting time.... we're glad you're here.