We rented a vacation home on the bay in Elberta, AL. This is our first family vacation! We have a 20 month old. Any way, we are looking for close public beach access. Gulf shores is about a 30 - 45 min drive. I am wondering if there are closer beach access that maybe aren't as crowded with tourists... says the tourist. We aren't picky about being on the ocean, bay beaches are fine with us. Any info on other fun things to do in the area would be nice too.