Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Everyone loves Alabama’s White-Sand Beaches

There are a lot of things that keep families and visitors coming back to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach year after year, but one thing is for sure: beaches top the list. Clear turquoise waters and white-sand beaches are as fun to play and relax on, as they are breathtaking. The 32 miles of Alabama's white-sand beaches are made almost entirely from quartz grains washed down the Appalachian Mountains thousands of years ago. The sand is so soft, it even squeaks under your feet. 

There's no shortage of places to plant your beach umbrella. Orange Beach and Gulf Shores public beaches are each unique and offer a different experience. Whether you seek a quiet spot to read or a lively game of beach volleyball, there's a beach for everyone. Try them all and see which fits you best.

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Gulf Shores 13th Street Public Access

1499 West Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Park for free just across the street or walk over if you're renting nearby. A boardwalk leads to the beach and outdoor shower.
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Gulf Shores 2nd Street Public Access

201 West Beach Blvd.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Easy access to the beach, just two blocks west of Highway 59. Parking is free and there's plenty of it. A handicapped-accessible restroom, outdoor shower, and a covered pavilion with picnic tables are on site.
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Gulf Shores 4th Street Public Access

499 West Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
This is a pedestrian crossing only, which is perfect if you're staying in a property nearby.
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Gulf Shores 5th Street Public Access

599 West Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Located five 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.
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Gulf Shores 6th Street Public Access

699 West Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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.
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Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place)

101 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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. 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.
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Gulf State Park Lake Shelby

20115 State Hwy. 135
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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.
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Gulf State Park Pavilion

22250 East Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-948-7275 EXT. 2128
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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.
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Cotton Bayou- A Gulf State Park beach area

26026 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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.
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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

12295 State Hwy.180 W.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 540-7720
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The Refuge is open year-round for hiking, fishing, wildlife observation and photography. Discover some of Alabama's last remaining undisturbed coastal habitat. Office hours: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., M-F. Refuge is open from Dusk till Dawn.
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