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L.A.(Lower Alabama) The Riviera of the South

Jan. 24, 2008


I would like to introduce to those of you that haven't heard of L.A. ( Lower Alabama), The Riviera of the South. We are situated in that small area of Alabama that touches the Gulf Of Mexico. If you know where Mobile Bays is, you know where we are. It's the place where the famous saying, " Damn the torpedo's, full steam ahead", or was it " Damn, torpedo's, full steam steam ahead" came from. Basically it's where the mouth of Mobile Bay empties into the the Gulf Of Mexico. The most southern tip of the bay has two forts on it, Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan. Fort Gaines is on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan is on the western tip of Paradise Island. From Dauphin Island to the Florida/Alabama boarder is L.A., less than a 60 mile stretch of the softest sand you have ever walked on. It not only includes cities such as Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, but also Fairhope, Daphne, Foley, Lillian, Elberta and Bon Secour. It's where hometown legend Jimmy Buffet began his lifelong affection for Boats, Bars, Beaches and Ballads. The weather is great, the beaches are beautiful, the fishing is outstanding, the boating doesn't get any better, and the people are extremely friendly. Sounds like paradise doesn't it, it is!

Sunset in Fairhope, AL. A city on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay

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1. RE: L.A.(Lower Alabama) The Riviera of the South

Written by: Nigel Dingwall
Jan. 29, 2008

I would like to continue where I stopped. Since this is my first blog attempt I figured commenting on my own blog is a good place to add more information.

When you get off I-10 and head south on Hwy 59 there are are few things you begin to notice. One of them may be the license plates that seem to be from all over. We get visitors from Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and even Canada.

As you get closer to the Gulf of Mexico one of the last cities you go through is Foley. Foley is a community that is business friendly, and is one of the fastest growing cities in Baldwin County. By the way, Baldwin County is the fastest growing County in Alabama. The home prices are very reasonable and there is plenty of open land for development. As you leave Foley you stay on Hwy 59 for about 15 minutes, passing all types of shopping places and restaurants. You are now in Gulf Shores. You cannot go any further south. Hwy 59 dead ends at the beach.

Ahhh Yes, the beach. As I stated at the beginning of this blog, the sand here is the softest sand you have ever walked on. It's so smooth, it's like baby powder, and it squeaks as you shuffle your feet along the shore. One of the favorite sayings here is " Don't leave anything on the beach except your foot prints". A stroll on the beach is good way to start, and finish your day.

One last comment, the water is simply marvelous. It's greeny blue color is picture perfect. It's so inviting that you can't wait to jump in a boat and discover the great things the Gulf of Mexico has to offer.

I would love your comments or questions.

2. RE: L.A.(Lower Alabama) The Riviera of the South

Written by: Nigel Dingwall
Feb. 8, 2008

My last comment left us standing on the beach with our toes in the sand looking out into the beautiful greeny blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Now for those who are not into boating you can still enjoy what the Gulf has to offer right there from the beach. You can go fishing, skim boarding, surfing, kayaking, treasure hunting, kite flying, swimming, and even for a nice relaxing walk.

If boating is more your thing then you are in for a treat. It doesn't matter what type of boating you like, you will find it here. There are plenty of rivers and bays where you can go fishing, water skiing, tubing, or just plain cruising.  You can even stop by and dock at the many restaurants and bars while you are enjoying the sun.

If offshore boating in the Gulf of Mexico gets your blood boiling then your in luck. Whether you like sailing or power boating this is the place. You can go out into the Gulf for a day or two of deep sea fishing, or maybe scuba diving. There are even para-sailing boats for the adventurous type. If you love to sail you can go out for the day, or cruise up and down the coast and visit other well known Gulf Coast communities. The possibilities are only limited to your imagination.

By the way,  I'll put our sunsets up against any one Key West has to offer, but that's another story altogether.

 

3. RE: L.A.(Lower Alabama) The Riviera of the South

Written by: Nigel Dingwall
Feb. 15, 2008

Depending on where you live in L.A. you get either a beautiful sunrise, if you like to get up real early, or a gorgeous sunset.

If you have a gulf view from your home in Gulf Shores, or
Orange Beach, you are facing south, so you will see those sunrises over the gulf. If you have a view from the north side of the building, or a home along the shore s of Mobile or Perdido Bay, looking west, then you can watch that ball of fire sink into the horizon.

Of course you can view these events from many other places besides your home. There are parks, bridges, piers, restaurants, bars, and boats ( to name just a few), that can make this a great start to your day or evening.

As a true lover of sunsets, the greatest part of it all is that no two are alike. It's different every evening. It's also free. It don't get no better!

4. RE: L.A.(Lower Alabama) The Riviera of the South

Written by: Nigel Dingwall
Feb. 26, 2008

Golf anyone!! You bet we have golf. You can play all year long. There are plenty of public courses that range from beginners to expert. They also have green fees to fit every ones budget. There are championship courses and local municipal courses.

My web site, http://www.NigelDingwall.com, has a  link that tells you all about the courses our area offers. Also, check out the location of some of these places. How would you like to play a round on the beautiful Fort Morgan Peninsula? You have the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mobile Bay to the north, and one of the best golfing experiences you'll ever have, in the middle. I just hope the scenery doesn't distract you.

There are courses on the rivers, in the State Park, almost anywhere you turn. All designed with you in mind.

Do like to have fun? Well then that's what
L.A. is all about. Come down and relax, enjoy the southern hospitality and soak up some rays, while enjoying your most favorite past time. No matter what it is, it's better in L.A..

5. RE: L.A.(Lower Alabama) The Riviera of the South

Written by: Nigel Dingwall
Mar. 21, 2008

O.K. So I know you are all wondering, what do they do there when the sun goes down?

First thing we think about is our stomachs. What are we going to eat, and where? There are plenty of great places to eat. Most of them are real casual and serve local seafood. What can be better than eating fresh fish, blue crabs, oysters, shrimp, and crawfish just the way you like it. You can find the right place just for you.

Afterwards you can catch some live music at one of the favorite watering holes. There are plenty of them, and some of them have been around for quite some time, and have a very interesting history. The locals are very friendly and have many great stories to tell, some may be fish tales. However, it will be entertaining.

It's sprintime right now and the weather is just fantastic. So grab your bag and jump in your car ,and "come on down". Don't forget to make your reservations, as we get busy when days are long, the nights are clear, and the stars look so close you feel like you could touch them.

Until next time!

 

 

6. RE: L.A.(Lower Alabama) The Riviera of the South

Written by: Nigel Dingwall
Apr. 16, 2008

Guys; this next topic may not excite you a whole lot, but it will give the woman something to do,  while you go boating, golfing or fishing. You guessed it, SHOPPING!

Ladies, do you like to buy nice clothes and not pay full price? Well do we have the place for you! It's called the Tanger Outlet Center, in Foley.  All types of well known name brands, at discounted prices. You can spend hours here and just scratch the surface. They also have a great food court.

In Gulf Shores we have a brand new mall called, The Pinnacle at Craft Farms. It's right next to the nicest Target you have ever been in. Plenty of stores to keep everyone happy. There are also many specialty stores up and down the beach road.

In Orange Beach we have, The Warf. This also is a brand new center filled with stores, restaurants, bars, a marina, a large Amphitheater (great concerts), and one of the biggest ferris wheels I have ever seen.

Go to my web site, http://NigelDingwall.com, and in the information section click on Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information. While your at my site check out real estate in our area. Once you've been here, you are going to want to come back, permanently.

7. RE: L.A.(Lower Alabama) The Riviera of the South

Written by: Gregory van Kipnis
Nov. 30, 2008

Enjoyed reading your comments on the area. I came to the know the area seven years ago and realized it is very special. So special I decided to build a house in Daphne.

8. RE: L.A.(Lower Alabama) The Riviera of the South

Written by: DECLAN KEOGH
Oct. 23, 2011

Hi NIgel thanks for the info on lower LA.I am considering a trip over the christmas period.My question is what is the wheather like.

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