Five Southern U.S. Beach Destinations for Spring Travel CheapOair Staff March 22, 2011 Beach Vacations, Interests 1 Comment Gulf Shores is just one great U.S. beaches in the South to visit this Spring As the frost warnings are slowly starting to thin out and temperatures are rising, it begins to inspire spring travel thoughts of sand, sun, and warm water. While many beaches are still a little too cool to start tanning or swimming in the ocean, there are a few beaches that are ready to greet travelers. We’ve put together a list of several of the best beaches to spend the early spring at. South Padre Island, Texas: You’re not alone if you’ve never heard of South Padre Island, Texas. However, the fact is, South Padre Island has actually become a top spring break destination. As one of the warmest beach destinations this time of year, you can expect tourism in full-force, with plenty of events, every water sport you can think of, and miles of white, sandy beaches. Expect a vibrant beach town, which offers many great restaurant and nightlife offerings. Gulf Shores, Alabama: Gulf Shores was hit hard last year by the effects of the oil spill, but it is business as usual this spring. Located along a strip of some of the Gulf’s best beaches, Gulf Shores has cleaned up nicely and is ready for a busy spring and summer travel season. Expect great deals this time of year before the busy beach season starts in a couple months. Fort Lauderdale, Florida: With so many beautiful beaches throughout Florida, it’s difficult to choose just one. Travel to Fort Lauderdale and you’ll have access to several great beaches. With its location near the far south-end of the Atlantic Coast of Florida, Fort Lauderdale is one of the warmest beaches this time of year, making for great sun bathing and swimming. Not to mention, Fort Lauderdale is a short drive from Miami and many other Florida beaches. St. George Island, Florida: If you need a quiet, secluded beach, then that’s exactly what you’ll find at St. George Island, Florida. Located on the Gulf Coast, St. Georgie Island is separated from many of Florida’s top spring break beaches, making for a relaxing spring getaway. You won’t find beaches lined with inclusive resorts, but instead, cozy beach homes and cottages right on the beach. Since it is so isolated and away from so many of Florida’s more commercial beaches, it offers excellent fishing opportunities. Tybee Island, Georgia: With so many great beaches north, in the Carolinas, and south in Florida, Georgia’s beaches often get overlooked. A little off the beaten path, Tybee Island is another fantastic choice if you’re looking for a pleasant beach retreat. The small island is highlighted by cozy beach cottages and inns. If you want a broader range of food and exciting nightlife, Savannah is just a half-hour away.