Summertime in Alabama is often associated with trips to the Alabama coast. The warm waters of the Gulf are met often with sugar-white sands at Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Dauphin Island, and other highly visited Alabama beaches.

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According to the City of Gulf Shores, the “Alabama Gulf Coast attracts nearly 8 million visitors, injecting more than $7.3 billion into our local economy.”

Dr. Beach said he is “one of the world’s foremost beach experts.” He has reviewed and evaluated beaches over the past three decades. His latest “Top 10 Beaches List of 2023” has been released.


Sadly, no Alabama beaches made his coveted list.

Should we demand a recount from Dr. Beach?????????????????????????

However, there was a beach that made Dr. Beach's list that is a traveling distance from the Alabama coast.

#1 - St. George Island State Park in the Florida Panhandle

According to the Florida State Parks, you can visit St. George Island State Park from “8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.” This a hot spot for “beachgoers, bird-watchers, and anglers, offering spectacular Gulf of Mexico sunsets and the best stargazing in the Panhandle.”

Pro Tip:

If you love to star gaze this is an ideal location. One catch that you should know about is that “only registered campers or after-hours pass holders are allowed entry after dark.”

Other towns that made the top beaches list were located in Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, and South & North Carolina.

(Source) Click here for more information from the City of Gulf Shores. Click here for more details from Florida State Parks. Click here for more insight from Dr. Beach.

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