Since the purpose of a vacation was relaxation for us, it stands to reason that I’m going to talk about that at some point, doesn’t it? And what better place to relax than on the beach! The sands of Orange Beach were definitely NOT orange. To the contrary, they were beautifully white!
There were several boardwalks on the public beach areas and we investigated several of those. The protected beach grasses and other flora and fauna provided a lovely natural landscape, and the boardwalk kept pedestrians from interfering with their growth. There were families picnicking near the water, windsurfers, people enjoying a casual beach stroll (like us); and all seemed to enjoy it as much as we.
Of course, to us the most perfect way to enjoy the beach was to alternate strolling along the water’s edge and inhabiting beach chairs. Because the beachfront location of Sugar Beach Condominiums is considered a private beach area, we were able to reserve the chairs plus umbrellas for the day. An on-site attendant would periodically offer to adjust the placement and position of the umbrellas, too, so we felt totally spoiled.We read (four people, four Kindles), napped, watched children frolicking in the surf – in short, we relaxed! At lunchtime two of the group went for burgers, and we enjoyed a beach picnic of the easiest kind!
To have a true beach vacation, Oklahomans have to travel out of state. Many will head south to Galveston or Padre Island or Mexico, given the chance; but we would recommend going a little further east to the Gulf Coast of Alabama for a delightful change of scenery and excellent cuisine (oh, I didn’t even mention the great eating we enjoyed!), wrapped up in an affordable vacation.