Hi Jill, I am here in Fairhope, and if you are asking about communities in Fairhope near or on the beach, then most of downtown is near the beach, which is actually Mobile Bay. The "Fruit and Nut" section, with street names after fruit and nuts, the Bluff neighborhood are both near the beachfront.
Then you travel south to Gulf Shore and Orange Beach, and you are gulf front.
Hope this helps,
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