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.