Plan Your Boat-friendly Beach Vacation on Alabama's Beaches

Get your motor running and bring your boat along for a boat-friendly vacation along the sandy shores of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Have boat will travel? If so, the beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast are calling your name. Planning a boating vacation does require a little more research, but for those who love being on the water, it’s well worth the time.

We’ve compiled a few tips to help you get started.

Lodging. You’ll find numerous Gulf Shores and Orange Beach condos with boat slips, and even beach houses with private piers perfect for docking your vessel. When speaking with a rental property management company about boat-friendly options, don’t forget to ensure the property offers trailer storage as well as boat slips; some properties offer complimentary boat slips for renters, while others charge a daily fee. In addition, some boat-friendly condos offer slips on a first-come, first-serve basis and can be tricky if you’re vacationing during peak season.

Dining. There’s no shortage of boat-friendly eateries lining the waterways in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. If you don’t feel like packing a cooler full of sandwiches, cruise on over to a beach restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In Orange Beach, you can float in to Tacky Jacks, Flipper’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, Fisher’s Dockside, Cobalt Restaurant, Flora-Bama Yacht Club and Flora-Bama Ole River Grill. The Wharf Marina also offers transient slips for boaters looking for fun and food at The Wharf. In Gulf Shores, stop in at LuLu’s and the Gulf Shores or Fort Morgan location of Tacky Jacks. For more dining options, check out the restaurant guide.

Accessibility. You brought your boat, now where do you launch? There are a number of boat launches available, from Orange Beach to Fort Morgan, including two on the Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf Shores. When you need to refuel with marine gas, you’ll find more than 10 marinas ready to send you on your way for a day of fun in the sun.

Boat Rentals. If you’re a boater who can’t bring your watercraft along for the ride, you can still enjoy a day on the water with an Orange Beach boat rental. Whether you’re in the market for a fishing boat or a double-decker pontoon boat with a slide, you’ll find the perfect ride for a day of fishing and fun.

For more information to help you plan your boat-friendly beach vacation, check out the boating section of our website.

Boat-friendly Beach Vacation on Alabama's Beaches

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