Perfect for a weeklong vacation, a quick weekend getaway or even a month-long (or longer) stay in the wintertime, the Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast is made up of 30-plus miles of white sand and turquoise waters. It’s a beautiful destination to stay, play and create lifelong memories, regardless of the time of year.
Meyer Vacation Rentals, which celebrated its 50th year in operation in 2017 and hosts 36,000 vacationing families each year, offers you a wide variety of coastal condominiums and beach houses on the Gulf Coast. Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan and Perdido Key provide something for everyone. It’s easy to decide where to spend your time on Alabama and Florida’s Gulf Coast.
With its earliest beginnings as a sleepy, quiet beach town, today, Gulf Shores is a friendly, bustling beach community known for its welcoming local residents, variety of on- and off-beach boutiques for shopping, bike trails, Gulf State Park's opportunities for exploration, and so much more.
In Gulf Shores, you’ll find golf courses, fun attractions to keep the kids busy, nature trails, and plenty of beaches to explore.
Just west of Gulf Shores is the Fort Morgan area of Pleasure Island, a little quieter side of paradise.
The vacation accommodations in Fort Morgan include both beach houses as well as resort-styled condominiums.
At the end of Fort Morgan Road is the historic Civil War fort, inviting visitors to walk where soldiers lived and worked during multiple wars. Go at the right time, and you might even get to hear the cannon fired! It’s an “explosive” experience, for sure!
The Fort Morgan area is also home to several laid-back seafood restaurants, beach accesses, charter fishing operations, and the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, which is known for its superior bird-watching opportunities. In addition, there are plenty of places that allow you to explore the bountiful natural beauty of this particular area.
Its roots are in fishing, and fishing is still one of the most thrilling activities to enjoy in Orange Beach. The city is home to one of the region’s largest fleets of charter fishing boats, so it’s a breeze to book a fishing trip either on the Gulf of Mexico or in the area’s beautiful back bays.
It’s as exciting to catch fish in Orange Beach as it is to eat it. There are plenty of restaurant options to tempt any palate, ranging from quaint seafood shacks to fine dining experiences.
Orange Beach features plenty of condos and houses, amusements, beach shops, The Wharf entertainment complex and more to enjoy. The city is also known for its miles of sugar-white sand beaches, thousands of acres of preserved park lands, dolphin and nature cruises, and musical performances around town and at The Wharf amphitheater.
Perdido Key, just east of Orange Beach and across the Florida state line, is known for abundant federal and state park lands marked by wetlands, estuaries and wildlife. The barrier island is peaceful and was ranked among the nation’s top 20 beaches by “Dr. Beach.”
Other unique must-do events in Perdido Key include the Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival, the New Year’s Polar Bear Dip and the Perdido Key Wine Festival.
Other places to explore the bountiful natural beauty of Perdido Key is to play a round of golf at Lost Key Golf Club, a designated Audubon Signature Cooperative Sanctuary golf course, and Gulf Islands National Seashore, where you will find Fort Pickens and Fort McRee, which defended Pensacola Bay during the Civil War.
A unique community on the Gulf Coast favored by artists and intellectuals is Fairhope. This once-sleepy farming town located on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay is now known for its thriving arts scene, unique Main Street shops and restaurants.
The quaint city is also home to the annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival and a lively Mardi Gras season. Many beach vacationers opt to take an afternoon to make the short drive to Fairhope to explore the Municipal Pier and surrounding park, trails and marina; shop the downtown boutiques; and enjoy a taste of wine and cheese or a hearty home cooked meal.
Those who want to take in Fairhope’s unique atmosphere from a local’s perspective find staying at Serenity on the Bay is a great vacation rental option.
Stay on top of local area news by visiting our Area News page, where you will find articles about everything from road improvements to entertainment updates.
Fishing is a fantastic family activity when vacationing in Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach or Perdido Key.
Learn everything you need to know about charter boat fishing, inshore fishing on the back bays, renting and/or docking your own boat, visiting artificial reefs either by boat or diving excursion, and the types of fish you’re likely to hook in the area.History comes alive on the Gulf Coast. From Fort Morgan to Perdido Key to nearby Mobile, Alabama, or Pensacola, Florida, and all points in between, there are many opportunities to explore the unique, international culture and history of the area.
It’s easy to shop till you drop on the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast. There are dozens of unique beach boutiques to peruse, as well as major shopping complexes.
Two very popular shopping destinations on the Gulf Coast are the shops of the Tanger Outlets, located a few miles north in Foley, as well as The Wharf in Orange Beach. You can even reserve a condo at The Wharf to enjoy all there is to do at this entertainment destination.
Numerous day spas throughout the Gulf Coast are ready to help you relieve stress and relax with massages, facials and a variety of other pampering services that are sure to make your vacation feel even more lavish.
So, you’re taking a few days off to spend at the beach. An escape from the day-to-day rigor of your daily routine is in the works. But if your fitness regimen is something you don’t want to leave behind, there are many places to get in your workout.
In fact, there are numerous recreational centers or parks, where a few dollars (or even less sometimes) will get you a day pass to the weight room, racquetball courts, tennis courts, pool and more. There are also plenty of privately owned fitness centers stocked with exercise equipment on site.
Speaking of trails, did you know the Gulf Coast has some of the most beautiful nature trails in the United States?
So many restaurants, so little time! You might find yourself saying this during your vacation because there are so many restaurants to tempt your palate.
Enjoy the Gulf’s freshest shrimp, scallops, crab, tuna, triggerfish, amberjack, grouper and more. Or, if you’re looking for something besides seafood, there are numerous options to consider.
There’s everything from fine dining to beachside grills in Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach and Perdido Key.