Sorry there are no sites along the Alabama or Mississippi coast with ocean views or even within driving distance! :-D Sorry Couldn't resist!
Gulf State park and Dauphin Island are both good places to stay. I prefer Gulf State Park if we're just going to camp and shop, but if we take the boat I prefer Dauphin Island because fishing is better and more abundant on that side. I can be to Dixie Bar in about 5 mins from the launch.