When you want to get to the heart of a destination, talking to the locals is the place to begin.
The hidden gems here are more than the best beach dive to grab a burger. They’re also about the line cook who arrived early to prep his station. The gems are more than the craft beer you’re sipping, but also the husband and wife team who put their heart into the brewery. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are filled with coastal characters, so when you’re exploring to find those out-of-the-way spots, talk to the characters who call these two sister cities home.
The Gulf Shores Welcome Center and Orange Beach Welcome Center are both great places to start. More than rack cards and coupons, your most valuable sources of information are the ladies and gentlemen who work behind the counter every day. Whether you want the inside scoop on the most secluded public beach or an out-of-the-way dive where you can sip cocktails and take in a sunset, you’ve come to the right place. (Of course, who are we kidding? We all like coupons and discounts, too, so be sure to pick up some while you’re there!)