Alabama's sugar-white sand beaches

Get Familiar with Alabama Beach Regulations and Leave Only Footprints

Help us keep our coastline clean and safe during your next beach vacation.

Perhaps the most recognizable features of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are the 32 miles of white-sand beaches that stretch across the coastline. Made of crushed quartz washed down from the Appalachian Mountains, our beaches are one of the many reasons families continue to return to the area year after year.

Leave Only Footprints

Leave Only FootprintsAlabama’s beaches are known for being safe, clean havens for families. In an effort to protect our environment as well as our local wildlife, the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach enacted the Leave Only Footprints initiative six years ago. Through the LOF program, the two cities implemented a few simple, easy-to-follow beach rules and regulations. Keep scrolling to learn more about how you can help us keep our beaches clean and safe for years to come. 

How can you leave only footprints?

Leave Only Footprints on Alabama's beaches
Leave Only Footprints

Alabama Beach Regulations

Familiarize yourself with our beach usage rules and regulations before your visit and make arrangements to have a fun and responsible vacation on Alabama’s pristine beaches. 

  • Any structure or equipment left on the beach an hour after sunset will be removed and disposed of by beach patrol (except for permitted beach services). This includes tents, chairs and other beach gear.
  • Dispose of trash properly. Put recyclable items in the blue recycling cans located at the end of public boardwalks.
  • Avoid walking on vegetation, as plant roots hold the dune system together.
Child throwing away trash on the beaches in Alabama

Other Ways to Leave Only Footprints

While vacationing in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, please remember that the following items are not allowed on our beaches.

  • Glass containers
  • Fireworks
  • Metal shovels or excessive digging
  • Loud music
  • Litter
  • Fires
  • Tents and structures larger than 12’ x 12’ in Orange Beach or 10’ x 10’ or 7’ x 7’ in Gulf Shores, depending on the beach access location (see each city’s website for further clarification and updates)
  • Pets
  • Overnight camping
  • Vehicles

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