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Gulf ShoresUnited States of America

Beautiful beaches, championship golf courses, great seafood and unusual nature experiences attract carefree vacationers to this pleasant Alabama resort area.

White-sand beaches and emerald-green water are the popular attractions of Gulf Shores and the Alabama Gulf Coast. Find some of the state’s best golf, good shopping and many natural attractions.

Orange Beach and Alabama Point East are among Alabama Gulf Coast’s most popular beaches, great places to start exploring the area. Sandy shores stretching for miles feature sand dunes, boardwalks and several picnic areas. For a bit more action, try Gulf Shores Public Beach where you’ll find volleyball courts and numerous lively beach bars. Go shopping here and eat fresh seafood.

The Gulf Shores region is also home to some of Alabama’s best golf courses. Test your skills at the three designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer: Cotton Creek and Cyprus Bend at Craft Farms and Lost Key Golf Club on the way to Pensacola, Florida.

Other nearby courses to investigate include the affordable Glenlakes Golf Club and Gulf State Park Refuge Golf Course. If you’re here mostly for golf, consider a “stay and play” package offered by the various hotels and resorts.

For outdoor adventure off the course, hike along the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, a collaborative effort between the city of Orange Beach and property owners along the trail. Try to catch a glimpse of the “Catman,” a part-man, part-wildcat creature that has allegedly lurked along the paths and swamps for decades. If you’d prefer not to walk, join an eco-tour, which provides a trip through the natural habitats in a covered electric cart.

Enjoy the many water-based activities in Gulf Shores and along the Alabama Gulf Coast. Rent a kayak and explore the back bays of the area or join a dolphin tour. The Alabama Coastal Birding Trail is a must-see for bird lovers, offering more than 50 birding sites. The trail is designed in a series of loops and provides information about the birds you might expect to see at each place.

Come to the Alabama Gulf Coast for adventure, fun and relaxation.

Top Hotels in Gulf Shores

Hampton Inn & Suites Orange Beach/Gulf Front
Hampton Inn & Suites Orange Beach/Gulf Front
2.5 out of 5
25518 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL
The price is CA $138 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

Nestled on the beach, this Orange Beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Catman Road Trailhead, Gulf State Park, and Adventure Island. Orange Beach Indian and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,000 reviews)

"Seemed like a good location. Staff was friendly. Breakfast was ok and crowded and slow."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 5, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites Orange Beach/Gulf Front
Hotel Indigo Orange Beach - Gulf Shores
Hotel Indigo Orange Beach - Gulf Shores
3.5 out of 5
22843 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach, AL
The price is CA $137 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Gulf State Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Adventure Island and Gulf State Park Fishing Pier. Gulf ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (316 reviews)

"Everything was great! Clean hotel with nice decor. The staff was really friendly (from front desk, to the bar, to the coffee shop). So nice having an indoor heated pool in the winter! Nature trails in the back. My only issue was the bed was really uncomfortable on my back. I did not sleep well at ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 8, 2021

Hotel Indigo Orange Beach - Gulf Shores
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orange Beach
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orange Beach
3 out of 5
4673 Wharf Parkway West, Orange Beach, AL
The price is CA $139 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Orange Beach Event Center and The Wharf. Gulf State Park is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

4.6/5Wonderful! (549 reviews)

"Staying at The Wharf was a Great experience...we will be back!!"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 5, 2021

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orange Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Gulf Shores

Staybridge Suites Gulf Shores
Staybridge Suites Gulf Shores
3 out of 5
3947 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL
The price is CA $117 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Pirate's Island Adventure Golf and within 6 mi (10 km) of Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and Gulf State ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (570 reviews)

"Very clean and the Covid breakfast items were very tasty . Staff was very responsive to needs"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 6, 2021

Staybridge Suites Gulf Shores
Caribe Resort by Hosteeva
Caribe Resort by Hosteeva
3 out of 5
28103 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach, AL

Located in Orange Beach East, this beach condo resort is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Gulf State Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of Adventure Island and The Wharf. Gulf ...

4.3/5Excellent! (186 reviews)

"We were treated to upgrade room which was very nice and comfortable and quiet"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 22, 2020

Caribe Resort by Hosteeva
Dunes 502 - 1 Br Condo
Dunes 502 - 1 Br Condo
4 out of 5
1380 Hwy 180 West, #502, Gulf Shores, AL

Situated near the beach, this condo building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Fort Morgan Beach and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Fort Morgan. Fort Gaines and Dauphin Island Public ...

Dunes 502 - 1 Br Condo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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