There is nothing like the clear, green waters of the Gulf Coast. The miles of sandy beaches and southern charm make it an ideal vacation destination for many travelers.
If you’re looking to enjoy the charm without the crowds, here are 10 tiny beach towns along the Gulf Coast that provide beach goers with everything they need, but still have yet to become mainstream destinations.
St. Pete Beach, Fla.
A far cry from the hustle and bustle of busy beach towns, St. Pete Beach is low-key, quiet and full of charm. You won’t find the usual spring break vibe here. Instead, flip flops are encouraged along the main walk of Gulf Boulevard where you’ll find souvenir shops and surf shacks.
Boca Grande, Fla.
Located on Gasparilla Island, Boca Grande is an upscale island with much to do. It boasts many stylish boutiques and shopping options. The off-season is the optimal time to visit and enjoy the clear waters uninterrupted.
Caladesi Island State Park, Fla.
One of the very few untouched and natural beaches left in Florida, Caladesi Island State Park is a beach lover’s paradise. The only thing that separates visitors from 3 miles of gorgeous beaches is a 20-minute ferry ride.
Located off the Emerald Coast of Florida, Destin is known for its fine, soft sand. Perfect for a stroll along the emerald hues of the Gulf waters at sunrise.
Dry Tortugas, Fla.
70 miles off the coast of Key West, the Dry Tortugas are only accessible by ferry or seaplane. A remote group of islands rich in history, these pristine beaches are great for divers and snorkel lovers. Coral formations, shipwrecks and sea life are usually visible for those to explore.
Ocean Springs, Miss.
A 20-minute drive from downtown you’ll find the sandy beaches of Ocean Springs, Miss. Aside from coastal relaxation Ocean Springs is also a culinary haven with more than 100 restaurants to choose from.
Orange Beach, Ala.
Visitors will find immaculately white sandy beaches at Orange Beach. The soft sand stretches six miles along Alabama’s Gulf coast. Besides the beach other attractions include golf, deep-sea fishing and a variety of water activities.
Pine Island, Fla.
If you’re looking for quiet and relaxing, look no further than the beach town of Pine Island. It sits just west of Ft. Meyers and offers waterside accommodations to take in the coastal view. You’ll also enjoy delicious seafood and fun beach activities such as kayaking.
West Ship Island, Miss.
West Ship Island is only approximately 10 miles offshore from Biloxi and offers an unspoiled paradise of white beaches and clear Gulf waters.
Ver0 Beach, Fla.
Located along Florida’s Atlantic coast, Vero Beach is the perfect spot for golf, water sports and fishing enthusiasts.