The very southern tip of Alabama is best known for Mobile Bay and the Gulf Coast beaches. Located just two hours drive from New Orleans; Mobile Bay is surrounded by Mobile, Dauphin Island and Fairhope.
Mobile is recognized as having the first-known American Mardi Gras celebration in 1703 and the celebration is still alive today. During Mardi Gras season, the streets of downtown Mobile are filled with the sights and sounds of live marching bands, brilliant-colored floats and of course teeming crowds of parade goers. All year long the port city of Mobile features the taste of the coast with fresh delicious seafood and a diverse array of bars, nightclubs and live music venues. There are Eco-tours into America’s second largest delta just north of Mobile. Cruise ships leave from the downtown Mobile year-round for trips to the western Caribbean.
South of Mobile you can sea kayak to barrier islands off Dauphin Island or bird watching along the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail.
Across Mobile Bay is the village of Fairhope, named one of the top ten romantic escapes in America, and filled with couples contentedly browsing art galleries and antiques shops. Nearby is the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa, a historic hotel nestled on 550 secluded acres overlooking Mobile Bay. Outlet shopping is found in nearby Foley.
Visit the coastal towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach with their soft white sand and sparkling emerald waters along the Gulf. The moment you arrive, the world starts to fade away. Cast your line for deep-sea adventure on a charter fishing trip or take a scuba diving adventure. Walk the 32 miles of beaches or visit the great beach establishments like the Flora-Bama and The Hangout.
Travel Notes: You can drive to Mobile from nearby New Orleans. It’s an easy two-hour drive to the east, or take a connecting flight into the Mobile Airport from New Orleans, Atlanta or Memphis and other major cities. Fairhope, Dauphin Island, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are all located near Mobile.