Destination guide

The name says it all. Welcome to the best of the Gulf Coast

Bordered by Bon Secour Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, and dotted with lakes and lagoons, Gulf Shores is a water lover's paradise. The beaches give new meaning to the term "beach blanket," with sand so soft you might not bother bringing a towel. Your Gulf Shores vacation rental will be close to kid-friendly fun like zoos and water parks, as well as nature reserves that offer glimpses of shore birds and sea turtles. Whether you're loading up the kayak with rod and reel or just loading up the beach bag with sunscreen, Gulf Shores is ready for you.

Activities

Shore up your tranquility on beaches soft as silk

You can book a Gulf Shores vacation rental with the confidence that every water-related activity you can think of will be at your fintips, whoops, fingertips. The beaches have soft white sand and turquoise waters, and the fishing is fabulous either from the pier or off the deck of a chartered boat. Gulf State Park is particularly appealing. It includes 2 miles of rustic beachfront, camping and picnicking areas, and plenty of kayaking and boating opportunities. You'll also find the head of Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, 25 miles of paved hiking and biking trails along the coastline.

Weather

Year-round warmth and stormy summer weather

With mild, tropical weather throughout the year, it might be hard to decide which month is best to book your Gulf Shores vacation rental. They're all good. Peak season for visitors is summer, when temps hit the 90s and school is out. Hurricane season lasts from June through November, so make sure you're storm ready and checking local forecasts. Spring temps are in the balmy 70s, so you can skip the storms and still enjoy the outdoors, and you'll have the run of the place in winter. Temps will be in the 50s and prices will be budget friendly.

Natural features

Gulf Shores invites you to take a boardwalk on the wild side

In a city full of beautiful beaches and family-friendly fun, it's a special treat to find that Gulf Shores is welcoming to other species as well. West of the center of town is Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, home to beach and coastal barrier habitats where you can find sea turtles nesting on the white sand and hundreds of bird species in the wetlands. A few miles north of the refuge is Weeks Bay, a chain of marshes and estuaries threaded with boardwalk trails that allow visitors a peek at crabs, waterfowl, and alligators.

Transport

Transportation to and around Gulf Shores

The nearest airport is in Pensacola, FL (PNS-Pensacola Intl.), located 33.4 mi (53.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Mobile, AL (MOB-Mobile Regional), which is 44.5 mi (71.7 km) away.

Where to stay around Gulf Shores?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 10,544 vacation rentals near Gulf Shores. From 1,524 Houses to 8,710 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Gulf Shores for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Gulf Shores?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Gulf Shores. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Gulf Shores Beach: 10,717 vacation rentals
  • Gulf Shores Golf Club: 10,404 vacation rentals
  • Gulf State Park Golf Course: 10,557 vacation rentals
  • Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo: 10,741 vacation rentals
  • Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge: 10,138 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Gulf Shores listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Gulf Shores?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,524 Houses in Gulf Shores. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Gulf Shores include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 8,710 rentals available
  • Cottages: 154 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 154 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Gulf Shores?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 9,053 vacation rentals with pool available in Gulf Shores. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.