Get Familiar with New Beach Regulations and Leave Only Footprints

Perhaps the most recognizable feature of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are the 32 miles of white-sand beaches that stretch across the Alabama coastline.

Made of crushed quartz washed down thousands of years ago from the Appalachian Mountain chain, it’s one of the reasons vacationers travel year after year to visit the Alabama Gulf Coast.

How can you leave only footprints?

Leave Only Footprints
Leave Only Footprints

Soft sand and clean beaches are the calling card of our family-friendly beaches. In an effort to protect their beauty for generations to come, the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have enacted the Leave Only Footprints initiative. What does this mean for you and your next beach vacation? Familiarize yourself with the beach usage rules and regulations before your visit and make arrangements to have a fun and responsible vacation on Alabama’s pristine beaches.

A few of the rules to note include:

  • Any structures 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 ends of public boardwalks.
  • Avoid walking on vegetation, as plant roots hold the dune system together.

As a reminder, the following are not allowed on the beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach:

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

For more information on the Leave Only Footprints campaign, visit the initiative’s website.

Couple walks along Alabama's White Sand beaches

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