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Old 09-01-2008, 01:09 PM   #1
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Anyone been to Gulf Shores??
Where did you stay, camp ground or condo?
Would you stay there again???

We're going in January and it's tough to decide if we
wanna tow or drive our car and rent a condo.

We've been looking at Gulf state park which is only $30
a nite.

We have friends who've gone and rented a 3rd floor condo
they liked a lot for only $500 a week.

Any and all input appreciated!

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Old 09-01-2008, 01:31 PM   #2
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We've stayed in condo's and at Gulf State Park even lived in Bon Secour awhile. We much prefer GSP. It's a nice place, not far from the beach. In Jan you'll be there with all the snowbirds. It's a nice time to be going. Things are quiet. Coming from Ky the expenses are probably a wash time you towed the RV down there and back.

If you decide to bring the RV down and stay in Gulf State Park AND you want some company for a day, PM me. We'd love to meetcha. Maybe we could bring the ole camper down a day or two.

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Old 09-27-2008, 08:56 AM   #3
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We always stay at Island Retreat RV Resort on Fort Morgen Rd. It is a Goodsam Park,clean and good people. There is a high dollar park in Orange
Beach, Terry Cove ,Motor Homes only. Perdio Cove just open this summer,
is on the intercostal water way,this is in Fla. Looks real nice,if you don't
mine the drive to Gulf Shores. Have A GOOD TIME
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Old 09-27-2008, 10:57 AM   #4
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We have been snowbirds in Gulf Shores. My PERSONAL first choice is Island Retreat RV park, 2nd choice would be Gulf State Park. Many people really like Luxury RV Park but I really don't care for it, and I sure don't know where they came up with the name "Luxury".

Gulf Shores is a popular area with snowbirds so if you tow a trailer you need to get reservations soon. Many beachfront condos are empty in January so you can probably get a good deal on one if you decide not to tow.

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I can't help you with any information about the area. As to the economics of the matter, I guess it depends on how long you plan to stay.

Given your location I assume that, if you tow, you would be heading down on I-65 and that you would make a two day trip out of it. (I'm just not into 650 mile days anymore.) Figuring about 1300 miles for the roundtrip, you would be spending about $500 on gas, plus maybe another 60 or so for campgounds. If you just drive, and depending on what you are driving, the cost of gas will go way down. But the cost of a couple of nights in a motel and eating out will eat up a lot of the savings. Anyway, my take is that the difference in cost would not amount to more than $200-$300. The cost of staying in the condo for a week once you get there, vs at a campground, is going to eat up any savings you might get from driving instead of towing.

My guess is that your break-even point is for a one week stay. Anything more than that and I would seriously consider towing. Unless, of course, money is no object.
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Old 09-27-2008, 03:15 PM   #6
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We called Gulf State park a couple weeks ago.
The conversation went something like this.....
"I'd like to reserve a site for the 3rd week in January."
They say-- "You mean NEXT year???"
Seems they are all booked up for most of the winter.
They said if I wanted to book a site I should call exactly one year to the
day ahead.
They keep a few sites for 1st come 1st served but I'm not gonna tow all the
way down there and take my chances.
I want reservations where ever I go- when it's that far to drive.

So we reserved a condo recommended by some close friends who were
just there, in that condo, a month ago.

We'll be driving my wife's Maxima which gets about 23 MPG on the hwy.
Something else that we were considering is it costs $180 to rent two
bikes for a week. If we'd towed we could have brought our own and saved that.
We will drive straight thru and yeah it's a looooooonnnnnnng day when we do that.
Last January we drove straight thru and spent a week in a nice beach house
in St. Augustine FL. that was a very nice trip.
It's hard to beat visiting a nice historic tourist town in the off season when the
kids are in school!!

We'll check out the other campgrounds while we're there in case we decide to go
Since I retire in 2 days I imagine we will be going back some day.
I can see us maybe staying at the state park for a month......

Feel free to recommend any "local favorite" restaurants.
We plan to eat in for breakfast and lunch but we want to sample the local
cuisine for dinner each day.
and Thanks!!
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Old 09-27-2008, 05:58 PM   #7
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O daddys in orange beach, bout a mile inland. not sure if its stil there from IVAN.
its been awhile since i was there


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