What can I bring to the beach?
Perhaps the most recognizable features of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are the 32 miles of white-sand beaches that stretch across the coastline.
As you plan your visit to our pristine beaches, you may be wondering what can I bring? While vacationing in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, please remember that the following items are not allowed on our beaches.
- Glass containers
- Tobacco, e-cigarettes, or vapes
- Holes larger than 12 inches
- Fireworks, sky lanterns, or sparklers
- Metal shovels or excessive digging
- Loud music
- Fires, grills, or cooking devices
- Tents or structures larger than 12’ x 12’ in Orange Beach or 10’ x or 7’ x 7’ x 4’ in Gulf Shores, depending on the beach access location (see each city’s website for further clarification and updates)
- Overnight camping
- Golf carts
Recreational drone operation is prohibited on Orange Beach and Gulf Shores beaches.
In Orange Beach, commercial and special event drone filming is allowed but requires a permit. Commercial real estate drone filming requires permission from the city as well as an annual fee. You can learn more about drone usage on the City of Orange Beach website.
In Gulf Shores, drones may be flown at Gulf Place only if permitted by the FAA and approved in advance by the city. You may contact the city to request a permit.
While we suggest leaving the things to above behind during your beach trip, here are a few items that are allowed on our beaches.
- Beach chairs
- Small tents/shade structures
- Drinks in non-glass containers
- Beach wagons/caddies
- Portable radios and speakers
*All tents, canopies, and EZ-Ups must be placed behind the white Leave Only Footprints flags when set up on Orange Beach and Gulf Shores’ public beaches. It is imperative that lifeguards have an unobstructed view of the shoreline and that emergency response teams have access to the water without delays. Additionally, if left unattended, tents set up along the water can result in a build-up of marine debris and trash.