With 32 miles of soft white sand beaches and warm turquoise water, Gulf Shores is undoubtedly the most idyllic beach getaway on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Beach activities abound, including wildlife kayak tours, swimming, and snorkeling. But go beyond the beach on your next family vacation and you’ll find so much more. Go fishing off Gulf State Park Pier, explore the remnants of the historic Fort Morgan, or spend hours shopping, dining, and going to open-air concerts at the Wharf in nearby Orange Beach. Relax after a day of sun-kissed fun at a beachfront condo rental with a lazy river or a colorful pet-friendly beach house rental where you’ll wake up to stunning Gulf views. It’s easy to see why so many fall in love with this seaside town. Find your perfect Gulf Shores escape today to make the most of your next beach vacation.

Top vacation rentals in Gulf Shores

Beachfront
Beach | On the beach, sun loungers
4.9
Outstanding(324 Reviews)
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Beautiful Beachfront Bliss in Gulf Shores!
6 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 baths
Garden · Pool · Kitchen / Kitchenette

The best choice in Gulf Shores for Apartment, for $200 per night for your (business stay, family stay, couples stay, getaway vacation, etc.)

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Pool | Outdoor pool
5.0
Outstanding(292 Reviews)
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Five Star Luxury Wharf Condo 509 - Book Now for Affordable Fall & Winter Rates!
7 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 baths
Garden · Pool · Kitchen / Kitchenette

Experience vacation in Gulf Shores with our Apartment, Five Star Luxury Wharf Condo 509 - Book Now for Affordable Fall & Winter Rates!. Enjoy amenities such as Air conditioner, Dishwasher and Internet / Wifi, and more.

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Beachfront
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4.0
Good(975 Reviews)
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 in Gulf Shores
3star
Best Western on the Beach
Pool · Kitchen / Kitchenette · Air conditioner

Nestled in Gulf Shores, this Hotel is perfect for your next vacation. Enjoy Best Western on the Beach's top-rated amenities, including Air conditioner, Internet / Wifi and Smoking allowed, and more.

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Beachfront
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4.4
Excellent(728 Reviews)
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The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel
Pool · Air conditioner · Internet / Wifi
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Looking for a Resort in Gulf Shores, this Resort for $109 per night for your business stay, family stay, couples stay, getaway vacation, on your next trip.

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Vacation rentals with a kitchen in Gulf Shores

Pool
4.9
Outstanding(238 Reviews)
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 in Gulf Shores
607A “Sunset Reflections\" June 9-13 Open!! Book Soon!
6 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 baths
Pool · Kitchen / Kitchenette · Air conditioner

This Apartment for $281 in Gulf Shores, is perfect for your next (business stay, family stay, couples stay, getaway vacation, etc.)

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Living area | Smart TV, foosball
5.0
Outstanding(279 Reviews)
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Lighthouse Condo - Gulf View -Front Door Parking-3 Pools-Bunk Rm
5 guests · 1 bedroom · 2 baths
Pool · Kitchen / Kitchenette · Air conditioner

Indulge in a peaceful retreat at Lighthouse Condo - Gulf View -Front Door Parking-3 Pools-Bunk Rm, our elegant Apartment in Gulf Shores. Enjoy amenities including Air conditioner, Dishwasher and Internet / Wifi, and more.

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Outdoor dining
5.0
Outstanding(252 Reviews)
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Beautiful Gulf Shores Condo with Fabulous Gulf-Front Views on the 4th Floor!
6 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 baths
Pool · Kitchen / Kitchenette · Air conditioner

Experience vacation in Gulf Shores with our Apartment, Beautiful Gulf Shores Condo with Fabulous Gulf-Front Views on the 4th Floor!. Enjoy amenities such as Air conditioner, Dishwasher and Internet / Wifi, and more.

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Beachfront
Property view
4.2
Excellent(1,600 Reviews)
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 in Gulf Shores
3star
Hilton Garden Inn Orange Beach
Garden · Pool · Pets allowed

Hotel in Gulf Shores, for $152 per night is great for your next (business stay, family stays, couples stay, getaway vacation, etc.)

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Gulf Shores travel guide

Let us help you plan your perfect Gulf Shores vacation. Our travel guide highlights things to do, places to see, favorite vacation rental amenities in Gulf Shores, and more.

Frequently asked questions

What do I need to know before visiting Gulf Shores, AL?

Before visiting Gulf Shores, AL, it is important to know the following:

  • The weather in Gulf Shores is typically warm, and temperatures can reach up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months.
  • Gulf Shores is home to a variety of outdoor activities, including fishing, swimming, and kayaking.
  • The city is also home to several restaurants, bars, and shopping centers.

Gulf Shores is a popular tourist destination, so it is important to book accommodations and activities in advance. Additionally, visitors should be aware of local laws and regulations, and should plan to bring appropriate clothing and supplies for the weather.

What are the top things to do in Gulf Shores, AL?

Gulf Shores, AL is a great place to visit and explore. From beaches to restaurants, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some of the top things to do in Gulf Shores:

  • Visit the white-sand beaches
  • Explore the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
  • Attend a concert at the Hangout Music Festival
  • Go on a dolphin cruise

Where is Gulf Shores, AL?

Gulf Shores, AL is located in Baldwin County on the Gulf Coast. It is a popular vacation destination due to its white sand beaches and warm waters. It is known for its outdoor activities such as fishing, swimming, and boating, and its annual events such as the Hangout Music Festival.

What are the popular shopping destinations in Gulf Shores, AL?

Gulf Shores, AL is a popular destination for shopping, and here are some of the top spots to visit:

  • The Hangout - a shopping mall with a variety of stores and restaurants.
  • Tanger Outlets - a large outlet mall with plenty of bargains.
  • The Wharf - a waterfront shopping and entertainment complex.

Is Gulf Shores, AL safe to travel to?

Gulf Shores, AL is generally a safe place to travel to. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Keep your valuables secure
  • Carry a cell phone in case of emergency

Is Gulf Shores or Orange Beach better?

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach—only a 15-minute drive apart—are equally beautiful destinations on the Alabama Gulf Coast but tend to attract different travelers. Families are drawn to Gulf Shores for its pedestrian-friendly, small-town vibe and kid-friendly activities like the Gulf Coast Zoo and Waterville USA. Orange Beach offers a more modern and upscale experience, with high-rise condo rentals and shopping, golf, and entertainment that require some driving.

Are dogs allowed on the beach in Gulf Shores?

Dogs are not allowed on any beaches in Gulf Shores or any Gulf Shores Public Beach areas. However, pet owners can take their four-legged friends to the Gulf Shores Dog Park to enjoy the outdoors.

When is the best time to visit Gulf Shores, Alabama? ?

The best time to visit Gulf Shores is in the spring between March to May and fall from October to November. By traveling during these months, you’ll avoid the summer crowds, while still getting to enjoy the warm Gulf waters and temperatures. You’ll also avoid peak hurricane season, which typically runs from August to September.

What are some can't-miss attractions when vacationing in Gulf Shores?

  • Gulf State Park: Hike or cycle along the trails to spot wildlife including alligators. Fish from the pier or relax on the beach. Play golf at the championship course or get hands-on at the nature center with telescope viewing and animal demonstrations.
  • - Fort Morgan: Step back into Alabama's past at this historic site. Take a self-guided or guided tour to see the fort's remnants and explore its nooks and crannies. Visit the museum and access the dog-friendly beach nearby.
  • - Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo: Marvel at the diverse animal species in this small zoo, including lions, leopards, bears, and primates. Enjoy up-close animal encounters and educational experiences.

What are the best neighborhoods to visit in Gulf Shores, AL?

  • Gulf Place: Located by the beach and populated with shops, restaurants, and entertainment.
  • Fort Morgan Peninsula: A great spot for fishing, beachcombing, and bird-watching.
  • The Hangout: An iconic spot to hang out, eat great seafood, and enjoy live music.

What are the most popular vacation rental amenities in Gulf Shores, AL?

Gulf Shores, AL is a lively vacation destination that has something to offer for every type of traveler. Here are some of the most popular vacation rental amenities in the area:

  • Pool - Whether you're looking for a private pool in your rental or a shared pool in a resort setting, Gulf Shores has plenty of options to choose from.
  • Beachfront Access - Gulf Shores boasts miles of pristine white sand beaches, and many vacation rentals offer beachfront access.
  • Fully-equipped Kitchen - Many rentals come with a fully-equipped kitchen, so you can enjoy cooking your own meals during your stay.
  • Outdoor Space - Many rentals also feature outdoor spaces with grills, porches, and other amenities for your outdoor enjoyment.
  • Pet-friendly - Gulf Shores is very pet-friendly, and many vacation rentals are available for those traveling with their furry friends.

What are the must-visit tourist attractions in Gulf Shores, AL?

Gulf Shores, AL is a popular vacation destination with plenty of attractions to explore. Here are some of the must-visit tourist attractions in Gulf Shores, AL:

  • Gulf State Park
  • Gulf Shores Beach
  • Waterville USA
  • The Hangout

Visitors can also explore the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, and the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. There are plenty of activities, attractions, and restaurants to explore in Gulf Shores, AL.

How can I get around in Gulf Shores, AL?

You can get around in Gulf Shores, AL in a variety of ways:

  • Rent a car
  • Take a taxi
  • Ride a bike
  • Use public transportation

No matter the option you choose, you'll be able to explore the beautiful area of Gulf Shores, AL at your own convenience.

Where can I find affordable accommodation in Gulf Shores, AL?

Gulf Shores, AL offers a variety of affordable accommodation options. Here are four of the best:

  • Gulf Shores Plantation - A luxurious resort offering beachfront condos, villas, and cottages.
  • Island Tower - An affordable condo offering basic amenities on the beachfront.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Gulf Shores - A modern hotel with outdoor pool and fitness center.
  • Staybridge Suites Gulf Shores - A family-friendly hotel with complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi.

What is the culture like in Gulf Shores, AL?

Gulf Shores, AL is a fun and laid-back beach town located in southeast Alabama. The culture in Gulf Shores is relaxed, friendly, and vibrant. Here are five points that highlight the culture of the area:

  • The area is known for its outdoor activities such as fishing, kayaking, and swimming.
  • The city has a lively nightlife, with many bars, restaurants, and live music venues.
  • The city is home to many festivals, such as the Hangout Music Festival and the National Shrimp Festival.
  • The city has an active arts scene, with many galleries and museums.
  • The city celebrates many holidays with parades, fireworks, and other festivities.

What is the price range for rentals in Gulf Shores?

Vacation rentals in Gulf Shores have a price range between $39-$3,086. The average price for rentals in Gulf Shores is $213 per night.

What are the most popular vacation rental amenities in Gulf Shores?

  • Kitchen / Kitchenette
  • Internet / Wifi
  • Air conditioner

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