As previously predicted, Alabama's Gulf Coast, including Gulf Shores, is completely jam packed busy for this July 4th weekend. Hotels, condos and other vacation rentals are sold out as families flock to the coast for a long weekend of family oriented fun in the sun.
This long Independence Day weekend's weather is being fully cooperative. There is plenty of warm sunshine and cool gulf breeze on tap for beach goers. It's a time tested combination which never fails to fill the beaches are with visitors and vacationers enjoying their long Independence Day weekend.
Beaches busy for holiday weekend
GULF SHORES -- Holiday crowds jammed Alabama Gulf beaches Saturday as the long July Fourth holiday weekend began under mostly clear skies.
At the Alabama Gulf State Park around noon, green flags fluttered indicating safe beach conditions as the facility's pavilion began to fill with people.
Beach visitors said that even with high fuel prices -- Saturday's average per-gallon cost of regular gasoline in Alabama was $2.78, according to AAA -- they were unable to pass up the attraction of sea, sand and a family atmosphere.
Dauphin Island is also filled to capacity:
Beaches on the west side of Mobile Bay also were busy, said Linda Henderson of Dauphin Island Real Estate.
"Everything we have is rented," she said Saturday. "We've gotten about 20 calls today, but since last week and the week before, we've been completely booked. I don't think there's a place to be found on the island."
Read the entire story here