Aerial sunset in Orange Beach, AL

6 Swoonworthy Spots for a Sunset Stroll

At the end of a fun day on the beach, there’s nothing as relaxing as a sunset stroll.

At the end of a fun day on the beach, there’s nothing as relaxing as a sunset stroll. The beaches are empty, the colors are spectacular, and the soothing sounds of the waves can be heard for miles around. It’s a great way to share a romantic moment with a partner or a rejuvenating moment alone as you stroll along the white-sand beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

With more than 30 miles of pristine beaches, the Alabama Gulf Coast offers plenty of space for a secluded sunset walk. 

If you’re looking for a view that will knock you off your feet, here are six swoonworthy spots for a sunset stroll.

Sunset on Alabama's public beaches

Public Beaches in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

From fall through spring, the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico. During that time there really are no bad places for a romantic sunset stroll along our beaches. In Gulf Shores, the Gulf State Park beach offers expansive sunset views and a long fishing pier where you can walk over the Gulf as the sun slips beneath the sky. 

If you’re in Orange Beach, Orange Beach Waterfront Park is the place to go for a long stroll with panoramic views. You’ll find parking and a 400-foot pier jutting into Wolf Bay. The park also has a small stretch of beach that makes it easy to find a spot to get away where you can enjoy a private view (and maybe a sunset smooch). 

Gulf State Park’s Lake Shelby

For the stroll-enthusiast, hiking meets dramatic views when you watch the sunset sink beneath the top of Lake Shelby in Gulf State Park. There are a few trails in the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trails system that wind near the lake, including Lake Crossing Trail, Gopher Tortoise Trail, and Eagle Loop Trail. You’ll be treated to spectacular views the whole way, culminating in a stunning sunset that reflects off the water and washes the world in glowing color. 

Be sure to bring a jacket for this sunset scene - the temperatures can feel cooler on the water, especially after dusk. Plus, you can use it as an excuse to put your arms around your partner and pull them in close.

Heron at sunset along Alabama's Gulf Coast

Get A Front-Row Look

If you’re going for swoonworthy, you need a sunset view that stuns. For a front-row view, rent a boat and take a sunset troll into the Gulf. With no land or buildings to impede your view, the sun will look bigger and closer as it sets just over the horizon (and you’ll get a better look at those amazing sunset colors).

To create some real ambiance, turn up the speakers on your vessel with some soothing sunset tunes! Since there’s no one around, you won’t need to worry about bothering other sunset-seekers. 

Fort Morgan

No matter the time of year, you’ll catch a stunning sunset view at the beaches around Fort Morgan. That’s because the peninsula has an ample stretch of beach that winds along the Gulf of Mexico to the north and Mobile Bay to the south, giving you a glimpse of the sinking sun no matter where it sets. The Fort Morgan beaches are also less crowded and less developed than the public beaches for a quiet and secluded feel.

The Fort Morgan site closes at sunset, but you can park near the ferry and walk around to the beaches for your sunset. 

Is your sunset stroll a chance to spend some quality time with your partner? Check out our couples getaway planning guide to make every moment of your trip as spectacular as that sunset view!


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