[Kathleen] We just got back from Gulf State Park, yesterday. It is a nice park and like most state parks very inexpensive. You could ride a bike to the beach or drive, it would be a bit too far to walk. As far as I know there are no parks directly on the gulf. Beach access is pretty much limited to the state park or public beach area (both of which charge a minimal parking fee). The rest of the beach area is occupied by condos and private homes.