Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

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Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Want a getaway to relax in the sun? There’s a beach for that. Feel like parasailing or playing volleyball? There’s a beach for that, too. In Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, the name tells the story – miles of pristine white quartz sand washed by blue-green Gulf waters. With kids building sandcastles in the summer and snowbirds strolling the shoreline in winter, Gulf Shores beaches are a year-round attraction, whether you came to swim, sunbathe, get in some yoga at sunrise or take a romantic walk at sunset. Beaches at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach all share the scenic beauty and windswept vistas beloved by travelers from across the nation, but each offers something unique and special as well. Here are a few of our favorite beaches on Alabama's Gulf Coast:
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Gulf Shores 10th Street Public Access
West 10th St. Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Beach access only, there is parking across the street from this location. Facilities available. More Info More Info
Gulf Shores 12th Street Public Access
West 12th St. Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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This location has beach access, restroom and showers. No parking. More Info More Info
Gulf Shores 13th Street Public Access
1499 West Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Street side parking with a dune walkover, shower and restrooms. More Info More Info
Gulf Shores 4th Street Public Access
499 West Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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This is a pedestrian crossing beach access only, which is perfect if you're staying in a property nearby. More Info More Info
Gulf Shores 5th Street Public Access
599 West Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Located five blocks west of Highway 59, you can park on the north side and walk the boardwalk to the beach, or on the south side beside Bahama Bob's. More Info More Info
Gulf Shores 6th Street Public Access
699 West Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Located six blocks west of Highway 59, you can park and walk the boardwalk to the beach. An outdoor shower makes it handy to spray off before you hop back in your car. The 6th Street access offers a handicapped-accessible restroom and parking is free. More Info More Info
101 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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If you're looking for volleyball-playing, beach-bar-hanging good times, this spot - where Highway 59 dead-ends into the Gulf - is for you. For a small fee, you get all-day, up-close parking, making it easy to unload your gear. Paid parking from March 1 - November 30. $5 for up to four hours or $10 for all day. Beach attendants, three open-air pavilions and a picnic area are available. There are also restrooms and showers on site. This is a popular spot, so you may want to arrive early to get a prime parking spot. More Info More Info
Gulf State Park Lake Shelby
20115 State Hwy. 135
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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If you're looking for a little lakefront beach activity, try basking by Lake Shelby. This 900-acre freshwater lake is perfect for swimming, water skiing, boating and having a picnic. The recreation area boasts picnic tables and pavilions that are available for rental. You can even purchase a fishing license. A small entry fee is charged, but you can stay all day and get your money's worth. More Info More Info
Gulf State Park Pavilion
22250 East Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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This uncrowded, natural beach is located six miles east of Highway 59, among the sand dunes and sea oats. There's lots of room to spread out, making it a great place for families with lots of gear. Surf fishing is a popular activity here. A brand new beach pavilion features air-conditioned restrooms, private showers, a snack bar, plenty of shady spots to sit and eat, and even a huge fireplace for chilly days. There is a $6 fee to park all day ($12 for large vans), but there are plenty of spaces, and lots of room for large vehicles and RVs. More Info More Info
Cotton Bayou- A Gulf State Park beach area
26026 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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This small beach area is found at the intersection of Highway 182 and Highway 161. Nestled between some of the most popular condominiums in the area, there's always plenty of people-watching and activity. There are restrooms and outdoor showers on site. There is ample free parking and the beach is easily accessible. More Info More Info

* All information contained in our database is supplied by the individual businesses to the AGCCVB for inclusion on our web site and in printed materials.
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Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place)

Everyone loves Gulf Place Beach. This beach features plenty of things to do including sandy beach bars, eateries, beach boutique stores, pavilions, picnic areas, volleyball, watersports and beach hotels that let you stay and play. Highway 59 dead-ends at the main beach area, but there is public access up and down the coast.

Gulf State Park

Gulf State Park offers a whirl of activities including boating, paddle boarding, fishing, from the Gulf State Park Pier, biking, golfing and camping. There’s even a play area just for dogs located at Lake Shelby on the park’s western end. From the main entrance at the Beach Pavilion in Gulf Shores, there are access points along Orange Beach (including Alabama Point East).

Orange Beach and Cotton Bayou

Cotton Bayou is set at the intersection of Highways 182 and 161 in Orange Beach and also part of Gulf State Park. Cotton Bayou is small in size but big on amenities, including outdoor showers and ample free parking. This beach is located within convenient walking distance of the primary Orange Beach condominiums.

Shore Excursions

Some beachgoers plant their towels, open a good book and start working on the ultimate tan. Others like to stir things up with parasailing, kayaking and excursions to nearby islands. If you’re staying close to shore, a flood of beach equipment rentals will be on hand – beach bikes, buggies, beach wheelchairs, paddle boards, surf and skim boards and all kinds of flotation devices. Many companies offer delivery and pick-up service.

Beach Safety Tips

  • You can get too much of a good thing, so don’t forget the sunscreen before venturing out in the warm Alabama sunshine.
  • Take care when exploring the sand. You might happen upon a sea turtle nest or a tiny bird’s nest.
  • Keep off the dunes, dude. They preserve natural habitats. Beach boardwalks and walkovers are plentiful and will get you to the shore.
  • Take nothing but pictures and leave only footprints. Clean up after yourself and don’t forget your beach chairs and towels.
  • Observe and obey the Beach Warning Flag System (More info here)
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