Fourth of July Beaches Booked Up

Fourth of July Beaches Booked Up

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GULF SHORES, Alabama -

If you haven't booked yet for your share of sun, surf and sand this fourth of July, your chances of finding a place anywhere near the beach are slim and none.

"For all practical purposes we're booked upped," says Bill Bender with Bender Realty.

"You should have booked six months ago and now, I don't think you will find a room anywhere," says Alma Chancy already relaxing on the beach.

Bender would tend to agree. Although his sign says differently. "We do have some vacancies in about one or two condos for tonight. After that we don't have anything for the rest of the week."

July is the peak of the tourist season and this week is proof. "We're getting hundreds of e-mails and phone calls from folks that would love to come to the beach for the fourth and unfortunately we can't accommodate them," says Bender.

In fact the whole month of July is almost booked and they are already starting on August.

"If you haven't booked several months in advance you're probably out of luck," says Brad Crow from Northport.

If you think about it all those hotel rooms, all those condo's, all those beach houses have somebody in them for the fourth of July. Great news for the economy, not so much if you're a procrastinator.

Your best bet now is hoping for a cancellation. The Convention and Visitors Bureau in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is keeping up with all that. You can visit their website www.gulfshores.com or www.orange beach.com to find out what is available and when.

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