The Alabama coast was recently highlighted by The Wall Street Journal in a recent article as a summer travel destination rivaling Florida’s beaches. While Alabama locals have been singing the area’s praises for years, larger outlets are now gaining notice. With the Alabama summer coming to a close, we have decided to put together a guide to 24 hours on the Alabama coast.

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Morning by the Water
The best way to spend a morning on the Alabama coast is to spend your morning by the water for sunrise. The area offers public access to the sugar shores and invites visitors to take full advantage of the experience. We recommend bringing a towel and a favorite book to be enjoyed beachside.

Breakfast at The Southern Grind

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Following the perfect morning stroll, it is time to put on your best comfy casual outfit and head to The Wharf for breakfast at The Southern Grind Coffee House. The Southern Grind is a fabulous spot for a fun morning coffee and a delicious breakfast whether sweet or savory.

Mid-Morning Shopping Spree
After a nice breakfast at The Southern Grind, it is time for a mid-morning shopping spree. The Wharf makes for the perfect spot to spend the rest of the morning doing some casual, or not so casual, shopping. With something for everyone, The Wharf is a great option for couples and families.

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Lunch at The Original Oyster House
Shopping tends to work up an appetite, and the best solution is to sit down for lunch at a coastal classic: The Original Oyster House. With an old-school beach feel, The Original Oyster House is a highly nostalgic establishment for many. Another great option for families, the menu offers a wide range of favorites.

An Afternoon Outdoors
The best way to spend the afternoon is at Gulf State Park. The park offers bikes for visitors to ride along its many trails. Within the park visitors can hike, bike, fish, geocache, paddle, and more. Beach vendors are available for those interested in kayaking or parasailing.

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Dinner Dockside at Cobalt
After an afternoon spent outdoors, and maybe a nice power nap, it is time to make your way east toward Perdido Beach for dinner at Cobalt. Located under the Perdido Bay Bridge, Cobalt offers a wide-ranging menu alongside a view most spectacular at sunset.