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Hit the Beach and More This Cinco de Mayo in Gulf Shores
Well, this isn’t exactly Cinco de Mayo themed, but you’re in Gulf Shores! You’ve got to head to beach! Pack up a few empanadas and tacos along with your cooler of margaritas and a bright red, white and green beach towel to lounge on and you’re done. And the beach fun is just a few steps away when you stay in our beach-front cottages or condos. Or, just sit and watch all the action while enjoying your picnic on your rental’s deck – decorated with plenty of streamers and piñatas of course.
Take your picnic to Gulf State Park and enjoy a view of the beach or one of the fresh water lakes while you eat. After your picnic, work off those churros while you take a cool kayak ride on Lake Shelby, or a refreshing bike ride or hike along the Backcountry Trails. Just keep an eye out for alligators, snakes, egrets and other creatures who share the trails.
Learn Something New
Learn the true meaning of the holiday and brush up on your Mexican history with help from the History Channel or YouTube. Gather round the TV and watch documentaries or movies on Mexico’s victory over the French in the Battle of the Puebla in 1862. The story of the vastly outnumbered Mexican force’s triumph is inspiring.
Have a margarita or tequila tasting! For even more fun, turn your tasting into a Cinco de Mayo themed drinking game! (Here’s where those history documentaries will come in handy.) There are plenty of cool tequilas on the market these days to try too. Start with the popular Patrón Silver or stock up on the old stand-by Jose Cuervo Especial Gold. Both are perfect for sipping neat or mixing into a Mojito or Tequila Sunrise. Best of all, your margarita or tequila tasting works just as well virtually as it does in person, so all your friends can join in.
Luckily your rental has plenty of room and a wide open floor plan for your margarita or tequila tasting bar and more this Gulf Shores Cinco de Mayo. Mexican Karaoke Night or a Mexican dance off will be fun after a day on the beach. If the kids are with you, let them get crafty and make colorful decorations for your rental. Pack lots of tissue paper so they can fashion giant green and orange pompoms, streamers or little paper sombreros for everyone to wear.
It’s Not Cinco de Mayo Without Mexican Food!
Order authentic Mexican take-out for your group from one of our local Mexican restaurants. The Cactus Cantina Mexican Grill, Tequila Mexican Restaurant or El Toro Mexican Restaurant are all good choices, or go old school and cook your own delicious Mexican meals. Why not try a new recipe this Cinco de Mayo? Put the tacos aside for now—unless they’re made with fresh Gulf shrimp or grouper! How about Mole Poblano or Enchiladas Poblano? And Rick Bayless has a great (and easy) recipe for Black Bean Soup for a hearty, healthy lunch. For desert, whip up a traditional Tres Leche Cake. And of course, everyone can make nachos or Tamale Pie! The kitchen in your Gulf Shores vacation rental comes fully equipped, so all you need to add are your ingredients. And most of our rentals have open floor plans, so the cook can enjoy watching that documentary or the dance off while preparing tasty treats for everyone.
Feel the need for a crowd? A nice, rowdy, socially distanced crowd? Head to The Hangout (order the crowd favorite Seafood Boil or Crab Cakes along with your favorite cocktail) or the nearby famous Flora-Bama for bushwackers and oysters. Got the kids in tow? Then head to LuLu’s. This family friendly restaurant has an arcade and a three-story Mountain of Youth climbing extravaganza plus great food. Start things off with their Crazy Sista’s Crab Dip or some Fried Green Tomatoes! They all have live music, fresh seafood and great views!
Vacation Rentals in Gulf Shores
Our Gulf Shores vacation rentals are located throughout the area, making it easy to be just where you want to be. Choose from beachfront or bay front, a cute cottage or a spacious condo with a spectacular aerial view and extra amenities. And we have all sizes of rentals too, so whether your vacation will include your entire family or is just the two of you and all your virtual friends, we’ve got you covered. Give us a call today to get your Gulf Shores Cinco de Mayo fiesta started.