What’s missing when you spend your vacation time in a hotel? The spaciousness of a living area, a fully equipped kitchen, and private bedrooms and baths. These are all reasons to choose a beach house or condo for your vacation. When you decide to stay at a beach rental in the Gulf Shores area, you won't have to worry about feeling settled in - these comfortable accommodations already feel like a home away from home with the added advantage of being conveniently located right around the corner from all of the action in the area.

Here are some special benefits you gain with a beach condo or beach house vacation rental:

1. It's on the beach

3 perks to staying at beach house rentalsWell, here's a no-brainer! Many Gulf Shores vacation home rentals are situated right along the gorgeous sugar-white sand beaches of Alabama's Gulf Coast. What could be better than waking up to the sounds of the tide coming in, spending a whole day soaking up the sun, then falling asleep to the waves gently lapping on the beach? Or you might choose to stay on any of the bays or even a golf course.

2. You can bring Fido

More than 40 beach house rentals in the Gulf Shores area allow your beloved four-legged pets. If you consider your puppy a part of the family, there's no reason why you can't bring him or her along to your vacation on the beach. Plus, your dog can run around beaches in Fort Morgan, the only areas where pets are permitted to roam freely.

3. There are boat docks

Numerous accommodations along Alabama's Gulf Coast have a slip to dock your boat just steps from your lodgings, whether you're staying at a condo or beach house. With your own fishing vessel right around the corner, you can easily catch the evening's meal every day.

For pure leisure, spend your days exploring the back waters of the bay, lagoon and rivers. Tie up and enjoy a delicious seafood meal at a variety of waterfront restaurants, and end the day watching a spectacular sunset over the water.

No matter how you pass the time along Alabama and Florida's Gulf Coast, you're never far from the water and the beautiful scenery it provides.