Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

2014 Awards and Honors

Destination honors

  • included Gulf Shores and Orange Beach in its "50 states, 50 spots for 2014" article.
  • SportsEvents Media Group named Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission to its 2014 Readers' Choice Award list.
  • The "Top 9 Cities Not Named New Orleans to Celebrate Fat Tuesday” by AOL Travel featured Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for the destination’s family-friendly Mardi Gras atmosphere.
  • Yahoo! Travel included Gulf Shores and Orange Beach in its list of low-stress Spring Break destinations for the area’s family-friendly focus and affordability.
  • ConventionSouth recognized Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism's responsive design website in its list of the "South's Best Destination Apps & Mobile Sites."
  • Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism's "Gulf Beaches" app ranked on's best beaches apps for iPhone list.
  • National Geographic listed The LuLu, Alabama’s first whole-ship artificial diving reef, as one of its 2014 “Best Summer Trips.” Additionally, the internationally-known publication recognized Gulf Shores as one of seven "American Beach Towns" for 2014.
  • Scuba Diving magazine named The LuLu in Orange Beach among its "25 Best Wrecks in U.S. Waters."
  • The Natural Resources Defense Council recognized the Gulf Shores Public Beach and the Gulf State Park Pavilion as "superstar beaches" for superb water quality.
  • TripAdvisor's The FlipKey Blog rated Orange Beach as one of its "Top Gulf Beaches to Visit" for 2014.
  • Montgomery Advertiser readers voted Gulf Shores as the best weekend getaway for Montgomery County and runner-up for Autauga and Elmore counties for the 2014 Readers' Choice Awards. Orange Beach took top honors for best weekend getaway for Autauga and Elmore counties.
  • ConventionSouth Facebook fans and meeting planners voted the Alabama Gulf Coast the "Best Spot to Kick Back" in its Destination Showdown.
  • Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism claimed the Web Marketing Association's 2014 "Outstanding Website" WebAward for the destination's redesigned website that launched in January 2014.
  • Gulf Shores landed on Yahoo’s top 10 most searched U.S. beaches for 2014.

Industry partner honors

  • Southern Living named three local establishments to its list of "100 Best Bars in the South": Fisher's at Orange Beach Marina for The Necessity (a citrusy vodka cocktail with cava and caviar pearls), The Gulf for its strawberry mojito and Flora-Bama for its legendary Bushwacker (milk, rum, Kahlua, Amaretto and creme de cacao).
  • users named LuLu's at Homeport Marina to the travel planning website's list of best family restaurants
  • The National Shrimp Festival received the bronze awards for best overall festival and best digital media at the Southeast Festivals and Events Kaleidoscope Awards, sponsored by RCS Productions.
  • ConventionSouth magazine's annual most-unique group adventures list included Orange Beach Flyboard.
  • Praised for technological amenities, facility appearance and positive comments from meeting planners, ConventionSouth magazine named Kaiser Conference and Business Center in Orange Beach among its top 50 meeting spaces in the South.
  • ConventionSouth magazine recognized Perdido Beach Resort as one of the "South's Top Family-Friendly Meeting Resorts."
  • The Gulf in Orange Beach landed on Coastal Living’s “Our Favorite Seafood Dives of 2014” for its artistic design and tasty ever-changing chalkboard menu.
  • Perdido Beach Resort and Original Oyster House received the prestigious TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award for consistent outstanding traveler reviews.
  • FSR magazine included Faulkner State Community College in its “America’s Top 20 Culinary Schools” list based on exceeding a number of criteria including superior classroom instruction and hands-on experiences.
  • Cobalt The Restaurant, Cosmo's Restaurant & Bar, Villaggio Grille and Voyager's in Orange Beach as well as Sunset Cork Room in Gulf Shores received Wine Spectator's respected 2014 "Award of Excellence."
  • Southern Living included Fisher's Upstairs at Orange Beach Marina in its 2014 "100 Best Restaurants in the South" for its delectable Oysters Earle, roasted Bon Secour oysters topped with leek garlic butter.
  • Fishing blog gave Flora-Bama the number one spot on its list of the "Best Beach Bars in North America."
  • The Daily Meal included Doc's Seafood Shack in Orange Beach in its "America's Best Seafood Shacks" roundup for the dive's "laid back local fare."
  • Known for its casual, pet-friendly atmosphere, Pirate's Cove landed on Southern Living's "Top 10 Southern Seafood Dives" list.
  • Online magazine The Active Times ranked the Brett/Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon as one of "13 Incredible Destination Races That Are Totally Worth the Trip."
  • Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide, the most recognized campground resource in North America, awarded Sugar Sands RV Resort in Gulf Shores and Heritage Motorcoach Resort & Marina in Orange Beach the top-rated RV park status.
  • For the thirteenth time, Perdido Beach Resort claimed a spot on Meetings Focus magazine’s "Best of the South" list.
  • The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, located in Gulf State Park in the City of Orange Beach, landed on travel blog Just Short of Crazy's "Top 7 Places to Hike in the U.S." along with destinations such as Maui and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Travel + Leisure featured Cajun-inspired Brick & Spoon in Orange Beach as one of its 15 “Best Breakfast Restaurants in the U.S.

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