Gulf Shores, AL, USA

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Gulf Shores, AL, USA

Gulf Shores vacation rentals

Gulf Shores at a glance

Discover Alabama’s most breathtaking white-sand beaches and an array of family-friendly attractions in Gulf Shores, a sun-soaked southern getaway that’s been charming travelers for decades. From days spent basking on the warm sands, sipping cocktails, and listening to the lapping of the waves, to thrilling boat trips across the crystal-clear waters, there’s no shortage of adventure on offer, and the range of Gulf Shores vacation rentals available places you in the heart of the action. Whether you're seeking a cozy seaside house in Orange Beach or a state-of-the-art condo near historic Fort Morgan, this city's got you covered.

Riding the waves in Gulf Shores

If you’ve been lucky enough to nab one of the many available beachfront Gulf Shores vacation rentals, then setting out on the open seas for a dolphin-watching excursion is a must. A number of companies provide the incredible experience of skimming across the idyllic waters in a glass-bottomed catamaran, watching these amazing creatures frolic in their natural habitat. Perfect for all ages, these tours are frequent during the summer months, while winter and fall departure times should be researched in advance to avoid disappointment. Traveling without kids? A sunset cruise is the ideal way to add a splash of romance to your holiday.

Presenting Gulf Shores’ past

While it can be tempting to spend your Gulf Shores getaway on the beach, soaking up the rays, the city is full of history and Fort Morgan is the go-to place to uncover it. The site of several important naval battles, Fort Morgan offers stunning panoramas of the bay and is home to a fascinating museum that is well worth the cost of admission. The facility is open daily, though guided tours operate exclusively in the summer, with guides dressed in full military regalia providing an interactive and engaging insight into the area’s storied heritage.

A splash of summer in Gulf Shores

There’s nothing better than passing the sun-filled summer months in Alabama—temperatures soar and cloudy skies are nothing but a memory. That makes it the perfect time for beach lovers and nature enthusiasts to visit, with the area’s various nature trails lined with blooming flowers and lush vegetation. Many rentals come with a pool, meaning the kids can cool down after a long day of sightseeing under the southern sun, and there are even Gulf Shores vacation rentals on the beach, ideal for those looking to top up their tans.

Hitting the trails in Gulf Shores

The area around Gulf Shores is home to an abundance of wildlife, which the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail proudly displays. Gulf Shores vacation rentals near Orange Beach are a fantastic starting point for these trails, which wind from the coast all the way to Gulf State Park. The park boasts 7 trails across 6 distinct ecosystems, so you’ll be free to choose a route that caters to your interests. No matter what you choose, forest or marsh, there’ll be stunning flowers, cute critters, and natural wonders around each and every turn.