GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) - Orange Beach and Gulf Shore officials said there are a lot of people in town, and that hotels and condos are almost booked up.
Joanie Flynn with the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau said, "Probably some of our hotels still have availabilities. It requires a three night minimum stay along the beach. Those are good groups to call on the beach. We also do have a couple of our rental management firms that have a few rooms available."
Tourism officials have some other advice.
Flynn added, "Its important to call, though. Don't just come down here without any reservations. It is so packed now. Call ahead and get a reservation."
HITTING THE BEACH
It didn't take us long to find people visiting from out of town on the beach. We met Audra Cook from Water Valley, Mississippi.
She said, "That is in the northern part of Mississippi, close to the home of the Ole Miss Rebels."
Trent Godowns and his family came from Columbus, Georgia.
He said, "We're down for a week. We came on Friday and we're staying from Friday to Friday."
Don Brundage and his family came from Grayson, Georgia.
When asked what they have been doing, he said, "We've just been relaxing, to be honest with you, hanging out. Going to the beach, that's it."
UNWANTED SEA LIFE
However, there have been some unwelcome visitors: jellyfish.
Wednesday, we found three jellyfish together in one spot on the shoreline at the Gulf Shores public beach.
City officials said they've received some reports of jellyfish but not enough to put up purple flags, which means dangerous marine life in the water.
Some visitors from out of town said they noticed the creatures.
Ora Brundage, Don's wife, said, "Lots of jellyfish in the water, so we've just been playing in the beach and sand."
David Kovach of Brentwood, Tennessee, said, "Yesterday, there were lots of jellyfish everywhere. So far, we haven't seen as many jellyfish today."
"BURYING" THE JELLYFISH
Trent and Allison Godowns from Columbus, Georgia, said their daughters have handled jellyfish stings pretty well.
Allison said, "We've been catching jellyfish. We have a jellyfish champ in the yellow bathing suit."
She was talking about her daughter Mary Kate, who said, "Well, I caught a lot the past few days, and I bury them right before I leave."
Another daughter, Savannah, said, "It really doesn't hurt like the first few minutes. Well, it does, but it gets worse as it goes along. I rubbed some sand on it, and it helps."
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