Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Vacation Planner

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Vacations are exciting, but deciding on the ideal spot for your getaway can be challenging. In Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, we make vacation planning simple. You'll find everything you need on the Alabama beaches to make your vacation perfect.

Step 1. Start With Our Free Vacation Guide

First, order your free copy of our official Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Vacation Guide, or view via our interactive online Vacation Guide featuring video and images. The vacation guide is filled with vacation ideas, things to do in Coastal Alabama, best Gulf Shores & Orange Beach restaurants, Gulf Coast lodging and a calendar of events.

Step 2. Decide Who's Coming and What They Want

Next, make a checklist of what you expect from this vacation. Some common Alabama Coast trips include:

  • A multi-generational reunion or group travel outing to bring everyone together for fun and memories
  • Couples getaway for just the two of you to reconnect
  • Focused on fishing, golf or another activity
  • Don’t forget your furry family members. A pet-friendly vacation isn’t complete without everyone. You'll find plenty of pet-friendly hotels and accommodations, attractions and restaurants that welcome your pets.
With your beach vacation checklist complete, plan with confidence that whoever is coming with you, and whatever their expectations are, there is something for everyone to enjoy and a place for everyone to stay.

Step 3. Select Your Lodging

The broad selection of beachfront lodging choices in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach makes it easy to find the perfect accommodations. Consider the amenities you will require during your stay, such as:

  • Easy access to the white sand and water
  • Spa and fitness center
  • Pool and lodging areas
  • Hotel dining and bar options
  • Accommodations for a larger group
  • Boat slip facilities and after-hours access to your boat
  • Adequate space for privacy and a quiet spot to relax
If it's any or all of the above, it's available in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Choose from deluxe resorts to budget hotels. Book a beach house or vacation rental for your family or group, or get back to nature in one of the many local Gulf Shores campgrounds and RV Parks.

Step 4. Plan Your Itinerary

Of course, a beach vacation requires the right beach. With thirty-two miles of soft white sand and clean turquoise waters, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have just what you are looking for when it comes to sun, sand and water activities. Popular itinerary activities along the Alabama Gulf Coast include:

You can even use our vacation planner to highlight the top activities for you. It's all here. No one will be left behind to sit on the beach — unless that’s what they want.

Plan Your Dining Options

A great vacation should include great dining. Select from the top Gulf Shores and Orange Beach restaurants, bars and casual spots. And yes, you'll find seafood and lots of other menu choices too.

What's on the Calendar?

Don’t forget to check our Events Calendar. There is always entertainment coming up, so be sure and take advantage of cultural and sporting events, music, cooking and festivals during your stay.

Beach Vacations That Are Easy to Plan and Enjoy

In Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, warm Southern hospitality will make you feel at home the moment you arrive. Start planning your Gulf Shores & Orange Beach vacation today!
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