5 New Year’s Resolutions for Beach Lovers

December 8, 2023

The New Year is the perfect time to set your sights on fresh goals and a healthier lifestyle. There’s a wealth of inspiration along the Alabama Gulf Coast for beach enthusiasts, from unwinding by the turquoise waters to savoring local seafood to embracing the area’s natural beauty! If you love the beach, the pristine shoreline along Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is ideal for making your New Year’s resolutions come to life!

Take a Technology Break 

Many of us spend most of the day in front of screens, whether it be our computer at work, mindlessly scrolling social media on our phones, or browsing our many streaming services for a movie or series to watch in the evening. As you think more about the healthy changes you want to make during 2024, unplugging and taking a break from technology may be one of your top priorities. 

Why not escape the constant digital buzz and spend that time at the beach? With over 15 public beaches in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect place for a peaceful escape. Whether looking for seashells, basking in the sun, or playing in the warm Gulf waters, the opportunities to unwind are limitless. Relax on the balcony of your vacation home or spend the morning grabbing a coffee or tea, visiting a local bookstore, and choosing a great book to get lost in during your getaway. It’s easy to unplug and step away from the screens when surrounded by the natural beauty, sunshine, and pleasant temperatures that you’ll find on the Alabama Gulf Coast! 

Spend Time in Nature

Aside from the beach, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are packed with nature preserves, wildlife refuges, and state parks to explore! Regardless of the time of year, there’s always an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and get lost in nature during your visit. With scenic walking and biking trails and well-kept parks to enjoy, your entire family can have fun, move towards your goal to get outdoors, and spend more time in nature in the new year! Here are a few of our favorites:

Wade Ward Nature Park

Take in some of the natural wetlands and waterways found in Gulf Shores with a visit to Wade Ward Nature Park. A quiet walk along the boardwalk offers peace and solitude amidst gorgeous scenery. You may encounter wildlife such as otters, pelicans, or the occasional alligator if you’re lucky enough!

Gulf State Park

It’s not a visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast without a stop at Gulf State Park! Gulf State Park boasts the largest pier in the Gulf of Mexico and Alabama’s only public pier in the Gulf! With the park’s 6,150 acres, 28 miles of trails, and three miles of spacious beaches, Gulf State Park is a must-visit for nature lovers aspiring to spend more time outdoors.

Orange Beach Waterfront Park

Bring the kids to this family-friendly, park open year-round in Orange Beach. With paved walking paths, a kids’ playground, picnic shelters, and grills, Orange Beach Waterfront Park is ideal for family fun on the Gulf Coast!

Get Some Exercise

A typical New Year’s resolution is often to “get more exercise.” We can’t think of a better place to make your goal a reality than on the Alabama Gulf Coast! With the sprawling sands and endless shoreline, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer the perfect playground for physical activity. 

You can easily incorporate fitness into your daily beach routine, whether jogging along the beach at sunrise, biking down scenic coastal trails, snorkeling, or paddleboarding. There’s no need for a gym membership if you’re lucky enough to be on the Alabama Gulf Coast! Hit the golf course or try your hand at parasailing. Take advantage of the area’s natural resources and increase your physical fitness while enjoying the pleasant weather and coastal beauty surrounding you. After all, you’re in nature’s playground! 

Eat Healthier

Following the hustle and bustle and indulgent comfort foods that make up the holiday season, many of us start to think about prioritizing our health and adding more nourishing foods to our diet in the new year. However, this doesn’t have to mean a diet filled with flavorless, boring food! 

If you find yourself on the Alabama Gulf Coast in the new year, you’ll notice that the area offers an abundance of fresh seafood options like succulent Gulf shrimp and flaky fish prepared any way you like from top-notch, local restaurants. Many are scattered along our sandy shores, offering excellent waterfront views and even better food. If you want to practice and perfect your cooking skills instead, visit a local grocery store or seafood market for the day’s catch and prepare it in one of our lovely vacation homes, each boasting beautifully appointed kitchens. Pair your fresh, local seafood with a delicious vegetable of your choice, and your taste buds and New Year’s goals will thank you! 

Rest and Recharge

In life’s hurried pace, it’s common to prioritize other demands, causing us to overlook our own self-care. However, this should be a priority, as rest is the foundation of our well-being! Adequate sleep contributes to better physical and mental health, reducing stress, improving mood, and enhancing overall well-being. Rest assured—you’re guaranteed a good night’s sleep every night you stay with Kaiser Vacation Rentals! Our luxurious vacation homes boast immaculately designed coastal interiors, spacious floorplans, luxurious bedrooms, and all the amenities and comforts to allow you to rest and recharge in your home away from home. 

As you begin visualizing and setting your goals for 2024, add an Alabama Gulf Coast getaway with Kaiser Vacation Rentals to your New Year’s resolutions, and make this upcoming year your most inspiring year yet! 

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