What is it? The name means ‘safe harbor’ in French, and that’s what this easy-to-access park offers to flora and fauna in the area.
Why go? Boardwalks make it easy to go a couple of miles along this land without disturbing any of the wildlife, and in just a few minutes the landscape changes from large trees to beach shrubs. Guided walks are available if you want to learn about the native sea turtles, alligators and birds.
The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word Alabama is probably not the beach. But the state’s 60-mile coastline along the Gulf of Mexico is a paradise of white sand, much of it protected, providing an ecosystem for wildlife including nesting sea turtles. The twin cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are its main draws – ripe with beach vacation staples, from fudge shops to waterfront bars to airbrush T-shirt shops. The nearby communities of Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan, on the west side of the city, are part of the area’s vacation fun too – a little less crowded, but just a seashell's throw from the heart of action.
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