Places to Go and Books to Read, On and Beyond Beaches

Beaches are great places to go to read a good book. But, when you’re on a Gulf Coast beach, reading is only one way to enjoy a good story. 

Those of us who live along the northern Gulf of Mexico coastline know we live in a beach vacation paradise, filled with sunshine, sandy shores — and all kinds of stories about native tribes, European explorers, early settlements, and our current coastal culture.

If you don’t already live in paradise (and do love a good story), a Gulf Coast beach may be your best place to come, either for a short visit or a long stay. 

Stretching from Florida’s Panhandle, across Alabama and Mississippi, to quite near Louisiana’s Big Easy, our upper Gulf Coast reflects the history, reveals the mystery, and tells some (not all) the secrets of legendary people and famous locations, both factual and fictional. 

Of course, it's no secret that this Gulf Coast sparkles with crystal-white, soft sandy beaches, perfect for beach vacations (especially Alabama beaches).

Upper Gulf of Mexico coast sparkles with white sand.Alabama beaches, smack-dab in the middle of our upper Gulf Coast. That’s fact, not fiction.

The secret of our Gulf Coast beaches is...neither you nor your vacation need stay only on the beach. 

Because every Gulf beach, especially an Alabama beach, puts you close to a great variety of places to enjoy, many of which you may have read about in history books, or fictional books, or even true fact books.

As any local person (or Literary Cat) can tell you, the beaches are only one attraction (of ever so many).

Beach Places with Real Stories


Places to Go Right Out of Literary Settings

Facts about Fictional Places


Actual Facts Played Out in History


Mysterious Places Discovered in Fiction

Places Far More Extraordinary than Holiday Fun

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