3. Consider your lodging options. A Gulf Shores beach house can be a budget saver if your group is happy to stay in the same location. You may also decide to share several Orange Beach condos. However, if everyone is keen on having their own space, a beach hotel is a good option. Many target Gulf Shores and Orange Beach hotels offer a free continental breakfast, which is also a great budget saver. For an exceptionally large group requiring numerous individual reservations, check with the property management company about group rates and discounts.
4. Talk about a meal plan. Some of your group may want to eat in for several meals throughout your vacation. Discuss having a dinner schedule for your group, with rotating designees for cooking and cleanup. With the great selection of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach restaurants dotting the island, no doubt you’ll want to coordinate a few lunches or dinners out. Call ahead to see if the restaurants your group has chosen accepts reservations for large parties.
5. Order a vacation guide and tune in to other vacation-planning resources, including the VisitALBeaches Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages. Interact with fellow fans, as well as the destination, to get recommendations on activities, restaurants and lodging. You can also subscribe to the monthly eTidings newsletter.
At the top of the list, it’s important to manage expectations and go with the flow. A group vacation on Alabama’s beaches can yield good times and great memories.