Fodor's Expert Review Perdido Key State Park
Part of Gulf Islands National Seashore, this state park has a quiet, pristine coastline with dunes of white sand lined with sea oats. Its beach, now referred to as Johnson Beach, has historically been inclusive, as it was one of the few beaches open to African-Americans during segregation. Today the park offers primitive camping year-round, but it's also ideal for a day of swimming, shelling, birding, and surf fishing. Perhaps you'll see signs of the critically endangered Perdido Key beach mouse, a species that only lives on Perdido Key. It is within walking distance of dining and nightlife on the key and is a short drive from Alabama. Amenities: picnic pavilion; showers; toilets. Best for: sunsets; swimming; walking.