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Get out a fishing line and catch a tan at Gulf Shores

Miles of white sandy beaches, sunshine-flooded skies and inspiring vistas await visitors in Gulf Shores, Alabama. If you're bringing the kids, you can take them to the zoo, introduce them to fishing, or combine learning with leisure by visiting a few historical sites, like the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, where decommissioned American ships are laid to rest.


What to see

While vacationing in the Gulf Shores, you'll definitely want to spend time on the beach. You can also try to reserve a time slot with a charter boat captain to experience the thrill of reeling in a fresh catch. If you like to keep active, you can rent a kayak for a solid workout as you explore the Gulf by water. For dry-land activities, lace up your hiking boots to see nature firsthand, or stroll around a historical site like Fort Morgan.

On the beach and in the water

With miles and miles of coastline, it's easy to claim a sand section for yourself, so don't forget your book and lounge chair. Kayaking, parasailing and surfing are just a few of the Gulf Shores' water activities available to take part in. Several water sports rental shops in the area lease ocean kayaks, and as you paddle around the coast, you'll discover the tranquility of Alabama's waterways. For a thrill, book a parasailing tour; the experience will have you soaring over beaches and ocean water.

Fishing expeditions

There are many experienced boating captains in the region who will take you out to well-known fishing areas in the back bay areas, or in the Gulf. They'll make sure you're fishing in a spot most likely to have you landing a big catch. To participate in an even more relaxed fishing experience, you can rent equipment, toss in a line from the pier and sit back waiting for a bite.

Land-based activities

If you prefer vacation adventures for land-lovers, take a trek down the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. During the hike, you'll stroll among lush, fresh-smelling greenery on your way to the Gulf State Park Beach. The Alabama Coastal Birding Trail is another nature-filled hike, where you can spot some incredible feathered friends. Look for squabbling hummingbirds and the majestic Great Blue Heron.

The zoo

More than 500 different animals are on display at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, and the location even offers hands-on encounters to enhance a visitor's experience.

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

You'll journey back about seven decades when you stop by the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. Curators allow you to tour the Alabama herself and more than 25 antique military aircraft.


Places to stay

Gulf Shores hotels range from luxurious resorts on the beach to affordable motels a short walk from the coastline. Booking a waterfront room in advance is recommended if you desire stirring views of sunrises and sunsets over the beach. This is enhanced by balconies that come with many rooms, so be sure to check when booking. San Carlos is a newer option in the area that offers a beach service and accommodates for dream weddings.


Best time to visit

To skip the crowds, avoid vacationing during the summer. Winter and fall are the area's off-season, so you'll get the best travel deals then.

Whether you're in the mood for a relaxing weekend on Alabama's sandy beaches or have a more high-adventure trip in mind, the Gulf Shores offer a sunny place to get away and enjoy nature.

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The Shores at Orange Beach

Balcony Door was Locked and covered with plastic

I went to Orange Beach with my wife and two daughters ages 7 yo and 9 months old for spring break vacation and also with an interest to invest in a property. After checking that the temperature will be in 50s through weather forecast I decided to reserve a condo with a beach facing balcony. I rented two bedroom condo at The Shores for 4 nights. I booked through orbitz and paid little over $1200. I was very disappointed after I learned that the balcony door was locked and was covered in plastic from outside due to ongoing repair/ construction that may last for few more weeks according to front desk. So not only our access to balcony but also view of the ocean due to plastic was limited. No where on Orbitz there was any mention of ongoing repairs. I did email Orbitz requesting partial refund and received an email that they are waiting to hear back from the administration. I still gave 4 stars on my review because there is no denying that the location of this property is excellent. Our two condo was very spacious, fairly clean and well organized. If I ever plan my vacation again, I might consider this property again due to location but only after calling and checking with them over the phone. So my suggestion for future customers is CALL BEFORE YOU RESERVE ONLINE.

A verified traveler

1 year ago

5.0

Island House Hotel Orange Beach - a DoubleTree by Hilton

Wonderful 5 night stay..,

Great time at hotel “resort”... enjoyed the pool the close walk to wonderful beach.. relaxing Lounge chairs w/ umbrella on the beach... very comfortable room..convenient restaurant and bar... good food!! We will be back for sure!

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2 months ago

3.0

Best Western On The Beach

Mixed Reviews

Great location. Friendly front service. But the positive smiling girl needed help. It was check in time..phone ringing....waiting on guests...she stayed positive, but obviously needed help. Restaurant was a huge disappointment..and a costly one. Over $53 for breakfasf for 3 people. Outrageous. The server spilled syrup which kept dripping on my teenager. She moved chairs...because server did not clean up...pulled out a chair and there was dirt in the chair. I told her to go wash her hands...she came back saying no soap, only germex. I watched a different server carry a full coffee pot at a tilted angle. She had placed menus above the coffee pot as she was walking and never noticed the coffee sloshing out on the floor as she walked across the restaurant. No one seemed to notice or care. Coffee was left in puddles across the restaurant floor. Chairs were cushioned with a fabric covering. At a restaurant on the beach, why would you have these kinds of chairs? I complained to restaurant about our issues and asked for a comment card. They just said sorry about experience and said they did not have cards. Room was fine. Definitely stay away from restaurant...which makes me rethink staying there, if I have to go somewhere else for breakfast? No continental breakfast or breakfast bar. Menu order only. Very slow service...very pricey bill.

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9 months ago

5.0

Courtyard by Marriott Gulf Shores Craft Farms

vacation 2015

Great hotel, staff very friendly. Location is great, next to shopping center and plenty of places to go eat. Kids had a lot of fun at the pool which was also very clean. Definitely recommend.

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3 years ago