Gulf Shores & Orange Beach


In addition to the comments below, check out our recent media coverage.

Linda Holloway, Kids Life Magazine, March 2017

It is that time of the year when winter daydreams transfer to reality. Even as I am writing, my mind wanders from the keyboard to days where the warm Gulf breeze flows over my face and the surf forces sand between my toes. A place where babies coo, children squeal with joy, teens trade phones for activities, and parents are content. This magical place has a name, it is simply tagged… The Beach Club.

Susan Elnicki-Wade, Life, February 2017

Its 32-mile long southern tip juts out into the Gulf of Mexico and is known for lovely beaches with sugar-white sand made of quartz eroded from the Appalachian Mountains.

Karen Kwan, Among Men, February 2017

Powdery white sand beaches and the warm Gulf of Mexico are what draws locals from nearby states to the Gulf Shores of Alabama, but this little gem is worth a long weekend getaway for anyone needing to hit pause and get away from city life. With loads of outdoor activities to immerse yourself in the delicious –and hard-to-find elsewhere– royal red shrimp (these are deep-water crustaceans with a sweet meatiness to them) to indulge in and of course buckets of sunshine, a jaunt here makes for a well-rounded R&R solution.

Jennifer Carter, Cobb Life, January 2017

There is nothing –NOTHING– in this world as transporting for an inland city dweller than that first shock of salty air hitting your nostrils as you near the ocean with the windows rolled down, or more exuberant than that first wash of frothy waves over your feet when you are drawn into that surf like a magnet. The water somehow brings you back to your natural state, and that state is peace.

Allan Richter, Discover Life, January 2017

Reflecting the destination’s diverse opportunities to lay back and unwind, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach host a cast of characters that includes the restaurateur sister of a music superstar, a kilt-wearing master of ceremonies of a raucous music bar, and a gator named lefty that doesn’t behave like other members of his shy species.

Perri O. Blumberg, Architectural Digest, November 2016

Sugar-white-sand beaches, a culinary scene rivaling New Orleans', a vibrant shopping district—Gulf Shores, Alabama, is one of America’s greatest under-the-radar beach towns. Wander your way through the Wharf, an entertainment district that's a hybrid of Rodeo Drive chic and old-school Charleston charm, or enjoy fresh oysters and cocktails at one of the many waterfront locales. And, of course, there’s always the beach.

Katherine Rodeghier, Daily Herald, October 2016

Alabama? Seriously? Yes, I tell my surprised friends. We spent our vacation in Alabama. In fact, in 40 years as a travel journalist, stepping onto all seven continents, I've had the pleasure of staying on the Gulf Coast of Alabama three times, once with my professional organization and twice on family vacations. The first time was decades ago with my kids; last year we took a grandchild. I'd go back in a heartbeat. The communities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores sit on Alabama's Riviera, 32 miles of sugar sand beach, as local boosters like to say. It's unlike the rest of Alabama as its tourist office tries to convey with the slogan: "It's a whole different state."

Tamra Bolton, Parade, October 2016

Everywhere you go on the Alabama Gulf Coast, you will find things that surprise you, entertain you and give you lasting memories of good times, great food and new friends…after all, isn’t that what a vacation is all about?

Randy Mink, Leisure Group Travel, October 2016

There’s something pretty appealing about going out onto your beach house balcony with a morning cup of coffee and watching Gulf of Mexico waters gently lap the wide expanses of white sand. With 32 miles of beaches extending from the Florida border to the western tip of Gulf Shores, Alabama’s coast provides the perfect getaway for girlfriends looking to reconnect in no-pressure surroundings.

Becky Beall, Travel Voice by Becky, August 2016

Nostalgia. The sound of the ocean waves meeting the sandy shoreline also offers me such a feeling. It floods my mind with trip after trip to Gulf Shores with my husband and how our growing family learned to appreciate all the goodness found in Alabama’s coastal community. And, now that they are older, they enjoy those beautiful feelings of nostalgia that juxtapose new memories they are creating with their own families. Yep, nostalgia.

Desire Miller,, July 2016

There’s something for everyone in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama. You can do much more than sit on the beach, though that’s just fine if that makes you happy. You can go kayaking, eat seafood galore and other special treats, hit the spa, go on a sunset cruise…the sky is the limit.

Candy Harrington, Emerging Horizons, June 2016

Although sand and wheelchairs usually don’t mix, the Alabama Gulf Coast is the exception to that rule. In fact, this 32-mile stretch of coastline is the perfect vacation choice for wheelchair-users and slow walkers. From a very comfortable accessible cabin just minutes from the beach, to accessible trails, sightseeing tours and even power beach wheelchairs, there’s no shortage of fun accessible things to do along this scenic slice of the Alabama coast.

Mark Shuman, Daily Journal, June 2016

Some people might be surprised that Lower Alabama's sands are as soft and white as Cancun's, but we knew it, and now we love "L.A.," too. Not just for the beaches, either. True, the 17,000 condominiums in the Orange Beach/Gulf Shores area are there for a reason; the beaches are spectacularly wide, white and clean. But there are good opportunities to get outside and appreciate other natural and historical attractions in a part of the country many Midwesterners have never explored.

Bob Curley, Coastal Living, May 2016

Alabama’s Gulf Coast isn’t all about the beaches: the 6,000-acre Gulf State Park between Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, for example, has six different ecosystems, including wet pine flatwoods, live oak maritime forests, coastal dunes and swales, longleaf sand ridges, freshwater marshes, and coastal hardwood swamps. You can explore them all by foot or bike on the paved, 15-mile Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, keeping a sharp eye out for white-tailed deer, foxes, and alligators. After a day of pedaling, geocaching, and birding, settle down for the night at one of the park’s new outpost campsites, built on platforms and equipped with bunk beds, grills, and canvas tenting. Not into roughing it? Segway tours of the trail are available, too. 

Jefferey Payne, Chill Magazine, March 2016

Whether it’s family time with the kids, an adventure with your golfing and diving buddies, or you want to impress your wife or girlfriend with how grown up and romantic you’ve become, you’re hard pressed to find a nicer shoreline. 

Jane Schneider, Memphis Parent, March 2016

Seven hours south of Memphis, balmy Gulf Shores, Alabama beckons. Long a favorite beach getaway for Memphians, the shoreline boasts the usual assemblage of condos and high rises, looking like colorful children’s blocks lining the water’s edge. But beach time isn’t the only form of relaxation this getaway has to offer. You’ll find extravagant wildlife and outdoor fun just steps away from its sandy shores.

Matt Ward, Golf Travel Weekly, January 2016

Usually when people hear the expression — “roll tide” — the automatic assumption from many would be the rightful fanfare tied to the much acclaimed University of Alabama football program. That’s true but the Gulf Coast region is also beginning to make it’s own kind of waves with a tide that is indeed rising to prominence.

Olivia Briggs, Smarter Travel, December 2015

Stretching along the Alabama Gulf Coast, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer a mix of beachy bliss, peaceful nature, and festival-rich culture. These seaside sister towns are a Southern foodie's paradise, and make the perfect destination for anyone seeking a serene Southern-style escape.

Lisa Davis, USA Today, Summer 2015

Budding ornithologists in search of feathered friends should head to Ala­bama's Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, unspoiled by noise pollution and home to ospreys, hummingbirds and even nesting sea turtles.

K.K. Snyder, Southwest Georgia Living, May/June 2015

Whether you're traveling with a six-year-old or a 60-year-old, family ­friendly restaurants in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer something for everyone. From great eats to play areas and live entertainment, options are varied enough that it's easy to find something to suit everyone's taste. 

Corpus Christi Caller Times, April 2015 

Today, some folks estimate between 30 and 40 percent of the red snapper harvested from the entire Gulf of Mexico are caught offshore of Alabama. We also caught amberjack, triggerfish, porgy, big offshore redfish and vermilion snapper from just a few of the state’s 35,000 man-made reefs, mostly from depths around 107 feet. I can’t recall ever catching 15- to 18-pound snapper at that depth offshore of Texas. 

RV Life, March 2015

With more than 6,000 acres, an 18 hole golf course, 496 camp sites, and two miles of white sand beaches, Alabama’s Gulf State Park offers enough activities to fill an entire week or more.

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