We are considering Gulf Shores for a family vacation this summer. We have 2 girls (ages 7 and almost 2 y/o) and I was looking for some help on trip planning. A few questions to follow...
1) Our vacation dates are the last week of July. How hot does it usually get at that time? I've heard someone say the sand gets too hot to spend time on the beach? Is this true?
2) Are there areas that are quieter than others? I'd prefer to avoid staying near the busiest areas of the beach. I'd prefer something away from the strip malls, yet close enough we could hop in the car to eat or shop.
3) Any suggestions for lodging? I think we would be most interested in having a place with a kitchen and a pool, so it sounds like a condo may be our best bet. A small vacation rental home would be great, but it's likely more difficult to find something near the beach that is not too expensive. Also a rental home isn't likely to have a pool.
4) What else should I be asking? Beach vacations aren't usually my thing. I can usually do better planning trips to the mountains.
Thanks in advance for any insight!