Top Eight Reasons to Vacation on Alabama's Beaches

It's tough to narrow down all the reasons you should plan a vacation to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, but we've compiled a list of eight reasons it should be on your must-plan list.

Boy on Beach in Gulf Shores AL

Affordable Lodging. Whether you're on a budget or looking for a luxury resort, there are lodging accommodations in every price point. Campgrounds, hotels and many condos offer budget-friendly rates throughout the year, and even in summertime. If your dates are flexible, consider fill-the-gap specials or a past-guest discount at your favorite rental management company. You should also occasionally check the hot deals page on our website for new listings.

Coastal Cuisine. Mouthwatering culinary creations at many Gulf Shores and Orange Beach restaurants are prepared by world-class chefs. In fact, Flora-Bama Yacht Club's Chef Chris Sherrill placed third overall in the 2015 World Food Championship seafood category. In addition, Chef Bill Briand of Fisher's at Orange Beach Marina is a 2016 James Beard Foundation semifinalist. The 2016 World Food Championships will be held at The Wharf in Orange Beach Nov. 11-13.

White-sand Beaches. With more than 32 miles of beaches throughout Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, there's a place for you to park your flip flops. Even if you aren't staying in a beachfront condo or beach house, there are 13 public beach access points with parking available.

Popular hot spots abound in both beach cities, offering performances by local and regional musicians. You'll find atmospheres that are family friendly, as well as those with late shows for adult audiences. Visit our music and nightlife calendar to see what's happening during your next vacation.

Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores AL

Pet-friendly. While pets are prohibited on the beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, both cities boast dog parks for your furry friends. The Dog Pond at Gulf State Park's Lake Shelby is a great place for your dog to cool off in the water.

Charter Fishing. Orange Beach is known as the fishing mecca of the Southeast and is home to one of the largest artificial reefs in the region. No matter what time of year, it's always a good time to drop a line. Don't know where to start? Watch this short video about how to book a charter fishing trip.

Lively Festivals. There's a festival for everyone on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Tune into the annual Hangout Music Festival, National Shrimp Festival, Festival of Art and more. Held during different times of year, you can pick one for each season or just pick them all!

Nature lovers will appreciate a Segway tour of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trails, and those who enjoy time on the water can sail into the sunset on a dolphin cruise.

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