Welcome to Gulf Coast
If you casually look at a map, it seems like Alabama, relative to its neighbors in Mississippi and Florida, only lays claim to a relatively small slice of the Gulf Coast. But appearances can be deceiving. Much of the Alabama coast consists of long sweeps of salt marsh that have folded around the contours of Mobile Bay. In other places, the coast consists of long, low beaches, similar to those found on the Florida Panhandle.
The main city in the area is Mobile, which boasts scads of French-Caribbean architecture and a noticeable military presence. Fairhope is a picturesque small town, while Gulf Shores appeals to the beach resort crowd.