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Summer 2006 Vacation to Orange Beach, Alabama

A June 2006 trip to Orange Beach by amjohnson

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Quote: This was the best summer vacation that I remember. We had a wonderful trip and it was over way to fast. Our hotel was great, the beach and pool were great, and so was the weather. I will return there again next summer.

Summer 2006 Vacation to Orange Beach, Alabama

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Overview

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This was our best beach trip ever. The entire trip went really good. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Orange Beach. Everything about our hotel was really nice. Our pool was fantastic; it was between the hotel and beach so it was in a great location. The beach was very clean and large. There was lots of sand between the hotel and the water so there was plenty of playing room. The water was nice and pretty clean. There were condos all around our hotel. This area was full of families and kids it was not the partying area. There were kids of all ages running everywhere which was great for us. If you are singe or don’t have kids it may not be the area you are looking for. There wa...Read More

Holiday Inn Express Orange Beach

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Hotel | "Holiday Inn Express"

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Our hotel was wonderful, and I will defiantly stay there on my next trip. It is one of only a few hotels in the area, and it is directly on the beach. The parking lot is between the highway, and hotel and then the six-story hotel and then the pool and then beach. The staff was very friendly and helpful the entire time we were at the hotel. We arrived around 2pm and were allowed to go ahead and check in since there were rooms available. Check-in time is normally 4pm. The hotel has two elevators, one just past the check-in desk in the front of the hotel and one toward the back of the hotel that we used when going to the beach. There were a few times during the day when the elevators would be pretty busy...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 21, 2006

Holiday Inn Express Orange Beach
24700 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, Alabama 36561
(251) 974-1634

Bubba's Seafood House

Restaurant | "Bubba's Seafood"

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Bubba’s was located right across the street from our hotel on the main highway, so it is very easy to get to and find. We did not eat here until the last night because we had heard good and bad about the restaurant. The last night was a Friday night though, and it was a little later than we had been going out, so we asked the hotel staff for their opinion on where to eat seafood and they said Bubba’s. We had ate there on a previous trip to Orange Beach 2 years ago and it was okay, nothing special, but not bad either, so we decided to give it a try. We were able to go ahead and get seated but it was before 6, and only two adults and a child. There were some waiting for a table but it was a large g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 28, 2006

Bubba's Seafood House
24621 Perdido Beach Boulevard
Orange Beach, Alabama 36561
(251) 974-1800

Live Bait

Restaurant

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Live Bait was located just down the street from our hotel on the main road. It is across the street from the beach. It was easy to find and get to, and we went early so we did not have a problem with parking or getting a table. We were seated as soon as we went in the door. The building has an older look to it, there was a large fish tank inside with colorful fish that we walked by on our way to be seated. We were quickly waited on by our waitress. My son got a grill cheese and sprite which were a little pricey for what he got, the grill cheese came with French fries and was around $6, the Sprite was in a small kid-size cup and was almost $2. I ordered royal red shrimp and it just came wi...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 28, 2006

Live Bait
24281 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach 36561
(251) 974-1612

Zeke's Down Under

Restaurant

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Zeke’s Down Under has always been my favorite restaurant while in Orange Beach so I was really looking forward to this visit. Well I was highly disappointed. This restaurant is located on the bay side of the main highway. They offer fishing and boating trips from the landing around the restaurant. You can sit at your table and look out and see the water and all the boats plus watch everyone unload their fish. We got there a little early and walked around outside and feed the fish and looked in a shop then decided to go ahead and eat. The restaurant was not crowded and we got a seat quickly. The restaurant is in kind of an older look and has a really large bar you walk past to be seated. They also offe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 28, 2006

Zeke's Down Under
26619 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, Alabama 36561
(251) 981-1864

Crab Trap

Restaurant | "The Crab Trap"

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We visited this restaurant on our second night in Orange Beach. It was about 6 miles from our hotel and is about 1 mile past the Florida state line. It is located on the beach side of the road and is one of very few I have seen that is on the beach side. It was on the main road and very easy to find and get to. The parking lot was actually full of sand though so we had sand in our shoes by the time we got inside. Not a big deal to us though. They also had a kid’s play around with slides and such outside in the sand so the kids can play if you have to wait on a table. We arrived pretty early and were immediately seated. The kids menu had spaghetti on it which was something different than...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 28, 2006

Crab Trap
16495 Perdido Key Dr.
Pensacola, Florida 32507
(850) 492-8888

Lester's

Restaurant

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The night we ate at Lester’s we had no idea where we were going to eat. We had just gone on a dolphin cruise and were looking for a place, we saw Lester’s and I ran in and got a menu. It looked good so we gave it a try. We had been looking for a place that served a kids meal of macaroni and cheese it is my son’s favorite and we could not find it anywhere around—I had even gone though the phone book and Internet looking for somewhere. Well, most places don’t seem to post their kids menus on the Internet so that was of no help. Lester’s did have macaroni and cheese though so we gave it a try. When we walked in like most other places we had been there was a huge fish tank with pretty colorful...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 28, 2006

Lester's
24821 Canal Road
Orange Beach, Alabama 36561
(251) 974-2525

Southern Rose Dolphin Cruise

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Attraction

Southern Rose Dolphin Cruise Photo, Orange Beach, Alabama
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We decided we would go on a dolphin cruise thinking that my 2-year-old son would enjoy seeing all the dolphins. I had been on several deep sea fishing trips before and the dolphins always followed along beside and behind the boat and were fun to watch, so I though he would like it too. We decided on the Southern Rose because we saw the boat go in the ocean in front of our hotel and it looked like a large safe boat. We also called around and checked prices and it was one of the cheaper because for kids 2 and under they let them go free. Some places charge as much as $15 for a 2-year-old. We also had a brochure that gave each adult $2 off the price so it cost us $18 per adult plus tax. Before I go any f...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 28, 2006

Southern Rose Dolphin Cruise
Orange Beach
Orange Beach
(251) 981-7673