Alabama’s Gulf Coast is renowned for its white sand beaches. Bordering the Gulf of Mexico, it is an important part of the quality of life for many of the state’s citizens and one of the state’s greatest economic and environmental assets. The white, sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Dauphin Island are popular vacation destinations for Alabamians and out-of-state tourists. The fine quality of the sand and gentleness of the surf make for some of the prettiest beaches in the world and are the top tourist destination in the state.

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Encyclopedia of Alabama