When most people picture snorkeling, they conjure up images of tropical fish and coral reefs. Though the Caribbean, Jamaica, and other destinations certainly sound wonderful, there are other, closer options available. In fact, Gulf Shores, Alabama offers some of the most spectacular snorkeling right on the Gulf of Mexico in the good ole U.S. of A.
A great getaway doesn’t have to include passports, expensive air fair and customs. Your next exotic vacation is even closer than you think! Located right in the middle of the Alabama’s Gulf Coast, Gulf Shores is located just a few short hours away from a number of major United States cities. Thousands of travelers come and return again each year to soak up the smile of sun, sand and beautiful crystal waters, making this destination one of the most desirable snorkeling locations in North America.
The clear waters and balmy climate in Gulf Shores offer water sports enthusiasts with a variety of opportunities for tons of fun. All one really needs is a mask, a cheap snorkel and a sense of adventure to truly realize the underwater playland that awaits them. And better yet… there’s no need for pricey snorkeling trips! Many of the best spots are located just feet from the beach.
The Down Under Dive Shop is perhaps one of the most well-known snorkeling and diving operations in the area. This company offers rental equipment for snorkelers, and even a charter cruise for those who feel so inclined. Daily equipment rentals can be obtain for little more than $10. Those really looking to get an experience can opt for the 2 hour boat trip.
If you’re headed out into the deep blue, keep watch for sea dangers. Portuguese Man of Wars and Jellyfish are common to the area, and can easily turn a day of fun into a stressful event. If you happen to get stung by either of these sea dwellers, there are a few tips to help you through. Be sure not to rinse with fresh water, as this will only serve to increase the stinging. Wounds should be treated with a mixture of salt water vinegar, and meat tenderizer. This will ease the pain and help to neutralize the venom. Though it may hurt quite a bit for an hour or so, the pain will eventually subside, leaving you with a good story to tell at the dinner table later on.
The area has recently begun using a five-colored flag-warning system in order to alert swimmers to the presence of water danger. Red indicates that the conditions are dangerous. Green is used to show calm waters, which are safe for snorkeling. Make sure to pay attention throughout your stay, and take care to abide by the color codes in place.
By doing your part to stay alert, you can serve to protect you and your family during your snorkeling adventures and enjoy hours of limitless fun through endless miles of white sand, beautiful scenery and wonderful attractions.