Hi all! We are planning our first trip to the Gulf Shores area for next May. (end of May/first of June) We have 3 kids who will be 3, 5 and 12 at the time of our trip. I have been looking through the different forums trying to find the best place or area to stay, but it is so overwhelming. At first, I thought I wanted to be right in the action...but some of the pictures i saw on the forums showed the pools packed, beaches full, etc. I know that time of year is busy for all areas. I thought being within walking distance to restaurants, etc would be very important to us...but really I don't think it would be. We wouldn't walk far with the little ones. I'm thinking our trip will be split between beach time and seeing the local attractions. We will be driving down, so we will have our own transportation. SOrry for the long post! In a nutshell...looking for a beachfront property with a nice pool...not so crowded (private beach would be fanatstic!) I've seen some properties with slides, etc in the pool, but wasn't sure about the areas. ANY suggestions to end this search for a great place would be much appreciated! Thanks!