Destination guide

A coastal escape to Gulf Beach

Gulf Beach and Perdido Key lie on a narrow island just off the coast of Florida's western pan handle, close to the Alabama border. For such a small spit of land, there is a surprisingly large swathe of unspoiled white beach. The turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico lap onto the beach, inviting travelers to swim and snorkel. The island is joined onto the mainland by the Perdido Key Drive bridge, and Gulf Beach vacation rentals are a short drive from the live music, museums, and restaurants of Pensacola.

Things to do

A history dating back centuries

This part of Florida is steeped in history, being one of the first places European explorers landed over 450 years ago. Just off the island, the Pensacola Bay has several fascinating 19th-century sea forts including Fort Pickens and Fort Barrancas which you can explore. Pensacola is sometimes called the City of 5 Flags, a reference to the 5 different nations which have ruled over the city since it was founded. If you travel in June, the Fiesta of Five Flags is a riot of color and one of the oldest in the US. Meanwhile, the National Museum of Naval Aviation chronicles the rich aviation history of the region.

Activities

Beach walks and water sports

Lazy days can be spent building up your tan on the beach or swimming in the calm waters close to Gulf Beach vacation rentals, but there are many more activities close to Gulf Beach. Hikers can walk in the Perdido Key State Park, Johnson's Beach National Seashore or the nearby Big Lagoon State Park, admiring the seabirds along the way. These parks are the ideal gateway for embarking on paddleboarding adventures out to sea. If you like fishing, you can cast your line from kayaks to catch redfish, snapper, and grouper near the shore, while charters take sport fishers further out to catch challenging species like marlin, wahoo, and tuna.

Weather

Winter's just as good as summer

With kids off school, it's unsurprising that most tourists visit Gulf Beach and Perdido Key during the summer. It is hot, dry, and one of the best times for fishing and snorkeling in the warm waters. This is when most of the Gulf Beach vacation rentals get booked up. But the winter season is every bit as appealing. This far south, the winter days are warm enough to spend afternoons on the beach or swimming in the sea. With the mild winter temperatures, there are several outdoor concerts, festivals, and events to enjoy as well as excellent seafood restaurants serving up fine local fare.

Natural features

An unspoiled wildlife haven

The miles of coastline along Perdido Key are inhabited by a vast number of shore and migrating bird species. Black skimmers, blue herons, and brown pelicans are not uncommon. During certain times of years, loggerhead turtles haul themselves up onto the protected beaches to nest and periodically, the young hatch and make the perilous journey back into the sea. Sea oats and sea grass back the white sand dunes that are continually changed by the ocean breezes.

Where to stay around Gulf Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,330 vacation rentals near Gulf Beach. From 177 Houses to 4,053 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 Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Gulf Shores: 10,785 vacation rentals
  • Orange Beach: 9,422 vacation rentals
  • Pensacola Beach: 2,949 vacation rentals
  • Gulf Shores Beach: 10,474 vacation rentals
  • Pensacola: 1,547 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Gulf 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 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 Beach:

  • Gulf Shores: 10,785 rentals
  • Orange Beach: 9,422 rentals
  • Pensacola Beach: 2,949 rentals
  • Pensacola: 1,547 rentals
  • Perdido Beach: 5,927 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 Beach?

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

  • Gulf Shores Beach: 10,474 rentals
  • Gulf Shores Golf Club: 10,640 rentals
  • Gulf State Park: 10,743 rentals
  • Fort Pickens: 4,438 rentals
  • The Wharf: 10,690 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Gulf 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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