Destination guide

A whole lotta fun at Gulf Shores Beach

White-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters? Check. Family-friendly attractions and restaurants? Check. Getting up close to nature? Check. Gulf Shores ticks all the boxes when it comes to a much-needed holiday – whether you’re seeking action and adventure, or pure relaxation. Together with neighboring Orange Beach, this relatively hidden gem of a resort has 32 miles of soft sand, and a Gulf Shores Beach vacation rental gives you easy access to the many nature trails, parks, and museums, not to mention the opportunity to try just about every water sport going.

Things to do

Battles and tales of derring-do at Gulf Shores Beach

Take a step back in time at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park and the National Museum of Naval Aviation, and explore Fort Morgan – the guardian of Mobile Bay since 1834 and the site of 4 wars. Kids may want to visit the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, which offers hands-on animal encounters – make sure you book early as these sell out quickly during the summer. The Gulf State Park Pier is the second longest pier on the Gulf of Mexico and is the perfect spot for fishing or for simply enjoying the ocean views – especially at sunrise.

Activities

An aquatic adventure awaits

It’s all about the water sports here – with jet skiing, parasailing, and surfing all available at the beach. Families are sure to enjoy snorkeling through the shallow, crystal-clear waters – or head out on a deep-sea fishing adventure and explore some of Alabama’s vast artificial reefs. Once you’ve had your fill of beachside fun, head inland where the many creeks and rivers can be explored on a kayak. There’s also a good network of walking, hiking, and biking trails, and when being on your feet gets too much, take a 2-hour guided Segway tour through the Gulf State Park.

Weather

How to get Gulf Shores Beach all to yourself (well, almost)

Gulf Shores enjoys a subtropical climate with year-round mild temperatures. June to August is the most popular time to visit, with daytime temperatures in the low 80s and tempered by the cool Gulf breeze – it’s no surprise then that Gulf Shores Beach vacation rentals are in high demand during this time. It’s still warm in spring and fall, and although it might be too cold to swim, you’ll still find plenty to do away from the beach if you book a Gulf Shores Beach vacation rental during the quieter winter months.

Natural features

Gulf Shores Beach's natural wonders - including an oh-so-cute mouse

Nature-lovers will be spoilt for choice here, with the beaches, rivers, creeks, and trails all rich with flora and fauna. Follow the 15-mile Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, where you might spot a deer, a bobcat, or even an alligator, while a trip to the 7,000-acre Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge gives you access to endangered species such as the cute Alabama beach mouse. Explore the back bays and inland rivers and creeks by kayak and look out for ospreys, bald eagles, herons, and pelicans, or voyage out to sea to witness frolicking bottlenose dolphins.

Where to stay around Gulf Shores Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 9,675 vacation rentals near Gulf Shores Beach. From 1,227 Houses to 8,203 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Gulf Shores Beach are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Gulf Shores Beach?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Gulf Shores Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Orange Beach: 9,398 vacation rentals
  • Florida: 135,357 vacation rentals
  • Dauphin Island: 891 vacation rentals
  • Perdido Key: 6,329 vacation rentals
  • Fort Morgan: 5,091 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Gulf Shores Beach! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Gulf Shores Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Gulf Shores Beach:

  • Orange Beach: 9,398 rentals
  • Dauphin Island: 891 rentals
  • Perdido Key: 6,329 rentals
  • Fort Morgan: 5,091 rentals
  • Perdido Beach: 5,861 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Gulf Shores Beach?

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

  • Fort Morgan: 5,462 rentals
  • Gulf Shores Golf Club: 10,537 rentals
  • The Wharf: 10,660 rentals
  • Gulf State Park: 10,711 rentals
  • Weeks Bay Reserve: 9,153 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Gulf Shores Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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