As oil has begun to wash up on nearly every beach in Florida and the Gulf Coast region, anger at BP has increased. With popular beaches like Destin and Pensacola covered in oil, many families have given up on taking a Gulf Coast area vacation this summer. Not only has the Deepwater Horizon oil spill damaged the area in which the oil has spilled; it is beginning to damage the entire Gulf Coast and may damage non-Gulf Coast beaches as well. However, you can still take a vacation in Florida and even visit the Gulf Coast. While there’s no guarantee that these beaches won’t eventually be affected, for now they are oil-free:
Northern Florida Beaches
Florida’s Gulf Coast beaches have been heavily affected by the BP oil spill, and now even more oil is washing up as a result of Hurricane Alex. However, Northern Florida beaches are still good bets for family vacations, and even some Gulf Coast beaches have thus far been spared. These include Daytona Beach, Clearwater Beach, Sebastian Inlet, Playlinda Beach, Sarasota, and St. Augustine.
The Texas Gulf Coast is far enough away from the original site of the BP oil spill that several of these Gulf Coast beaches have not yet been affected. These include Corpus Christi, Galveston, and South Padre Island.
Gulf Coast Alternatives
If you’re looking to visit a beach in the Southeast, as many people are this time of year, consider other alternatives to Florida and Gulf Coast beaches. The barrier islands of Georgia, including Tybee, St. Simon’s, and Jekyll, are beautiful vacation spots. Charleston is an excellent choice with beautiful and temperate weather. The barrier islands of South Carolina are also good choices. These include Hilton Head Island and Amelia Island.
If you’re interested in doing your part to help out the Gulf Coast after BP’s catastrophic oil spill, one of the very best things you can do is visit the Gulf Coast. While you may see oil, many beaches are still usable, and the oil is very spotty. Moreover, you’ll be helping the suffering economy and tourist industry and if you’re willing to take a slightly different vacation than usual, you may find that you Gulf Coast trip is full of volunteering, meaning, and witnessing an important piece of history.