GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) A USA Today article says you should visit Gulf Shores while it's still cheap.
The newspaper put out the top 10 list on its website. It says the major draw for Gulf Shores is the white sand beaches and warm water.
Coming to our coast is still a bargain. It's all about the season. Lodging rates will vary depending on when you come here. Most of the visitors save on airfare because the Gulf is within driving distance for most people.
"Its pretty cool for our state you know, the top 10 on the list you know," said Brent Wright who is visiting from Birmingham.
On the list, among exotic destinations like Sri Lanka, Turkey and Panama you will find our Gulf Coast, and in particular cities like Destin and Gulf Shores.
"Obviously as inflation occurs things will get a little bit more expensive. But our core business here is that we recognize that we are a value destination and that we are family friendly, and that pretty much our sweet spot if you will," said Grant Brown with the city of Gulf Shores.
It's the sort of popularity that precedes price spikes for travelers. The article mentions how Gulf Shores enduring the BP oil spill has made a comeback. It highlights the reasonable cost of food and lodging.
Folks we talked to say they believe the area will stay affordable.
"Our condo and the ones around mine have stayed the same price year after year. I don't know if it will go up too much. Maybe a little increase but not too much, and I don't want it to," said Sean Mardis also visiting from Birmingham.
That adorability and that hometown, family friendly feel are what everyone is counting on.
"We don't envision that changing significantly in the next coming years," said Brown.
Local always feared the word would get out and it's out. Locals say with USA Today's huge circulation, you can count on more visitors.