Found a gorgeous little beach town on the Florida/Alabama border, and I can’t wait to go back!
Here are some of my favorite spots from my stop in Orange Beach, Alabama.
Phoenix East : We stayed in this large condo complex in Orange Beach, Alabama. I believe there are like 12 other buildings in the Phoenix Family – in the area. We were in a corner unit, on the 18th floor, with incredible views of the Gulf. Our condo had a lot of space and a washer & dryer, so we were pretty set for the extended weekend. Thankfully, there was also a Publix, super close-by, so we made a lot of trips to the grocery store.
Our complex had a huge outdoor pool, as well as an indoor pool with a jacuzzi, and a boardwalk that led over the dunes, right to the beach. August is also considered off-season for Alabama, as their kids have already returned to school, so the rental rates were extremely reasonable.
Also, in regards to the actual beach: the sand was like a combination of baby powder and confectionery sugar. It was soft and didn’t fly through the air, and the water was gorgeous and refreshing! It was beautiful and comfortable – totally relaxing.
Tacky Jacks : An incredible restaurant that boasts a full menu (not just seafood). Located on Cotton Bayou, the views from the upper observatory deck (our waiting area) extended over the inlet, all the way to the Gulf. Serving the areas signature drink, the Bushwacker – an alcoholic milkshake, Tacky Jack’s has bar and restaurant space on multiple levels, all offering great local atmospheres. Go grab a drink and watch the sunset, as the boats pass through the inlet.
The Gulf : Another insanely gorgeous restaurant we loved! Located right on Perdido Pass (the waterway/bridge connecting Orange Beach to Perdido Key), the ambiance this restaurant offer was exquisite. Uniquely, it is made exclusively out of shipping containers. They do offer a very limited food menu, but a wide array of drink options. Not only that, but they also offer many different seating options and lawn games. Again, like Tacky Jacks, it really a the perfect place to just get a drink and sit by the water.
Flora-Bama : Obviously, you should hit up the namesake! It is a huge roadhouse style building with many levels and a varying landscape, including a honky tonk. There’s also an outdoor venue with seating. So, pull up a chair and grab a bushwhacker!
Not only is it really is a gorgeous area, but I also cannot recommend it enough, especially for a relaxing long weekend.