9) Gulf Shores, Alabama
Dreaming of white sand whites and tropical warm waters? Fulfilling this fantasy doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank on a Caribbean vacation. Enjoy the Gulf of Mexico from a unique and less expensive location – Alabama. Warm weather (even in February), fishing, and golfing are three things that you can expect on a holiday in this lovely location. The Gulf State Park is the perfect place for beach-goers. Other ways to stay entertained include a visit to Alligator Alley where you can see hundreds of alligators gathering all in one place. Take a dolphin cruise from The Wharf (an attraction unto itself), or get away from the beach entirely and go horse back riding at Oak Hollow Farm. There are so many activities to do that you’ll find it hard to pack them all in. The bonus: Alabama’s low cost of living means a vacation here is also affordable.
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