Whether it’s the Gulf of Mexico, a lagoon, a river or a bay, water surrounds the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast, making it an ideal destination for vacationers who want to BYOB – bring their own boat or personal watercraft, that is!

Boat-Friendly Vacation Rentals As Plentiful As The Waterways

Whether it’s a house in Gulf Shores on Little Lagoon, a house in Fort Morgan with a dock on the bay, or a condo complex in Orange Beach that offers docking and trailer parking privileges, Meyer Vacation Rentals offers more than 150 boat-friendly options to consider. The views from these boat-friendly properties are simply stunning. Some offer views of lagoons and bays while others offer views not only of the backwaters but also the Gulf of Mexico. Our collection of boat-friendly properties is available to suit groups of various sizes, sleeping anywhere from four all the way to 16. So, whether it’s a couple enjoying a retreat on the water or the extended family visiting for a reunion, there is a property to fill the bill. And, when it’s time to dock the boat for the evening, our boat-friendly properties offer amenities such as indoor and outdoor pools, fitness rooms, play areas, barbecues, private balconies, and plenty of space to recharge for the next day’s boating activities.

Play On Island Time

Called “the islands,” these favorite locals hideaways are being discovered by visitors. It’s the sheer beauty, ease of docking and feeling of having made the great escape that keep folks coming back to Robinson Island and Bird Island, located just off the coast of Orange Beach. The City of Orange Beach purchased the islands in 2003 to preserve them from development and, today, they are a favorite summertime destination for area boaters and sun seekers. The islands offer important habitat for sea birds, making much of the interior landscape off limits to humans. Robinson Island is an important nesting area for wading herons and terns. Next time you’re driving over the Perdido Pass Bridge, take a look to the north and you’ll see on any given weekend (or weekday, for that matter) dozens of boats docked just off the islands’ sandy shores. While playing, grilling and family fun are definitely encouraged, there are a few rules to remember: no glass, remove trash, no pets, do not access the interior of the islands due to shorebird nesting sites, don’t pick sea oats, and mind the no motor zones.

Deep Sea Fishing Is Deeply Satisfying

Heading offshore for a deep sea fishing trip is what many vacationers who bring their boats opt to do. Be prepared for an all-day experience, where you could expect to stay out six or more hours. Some of the varieties that you might catch include bottom fish, red and black snapper, vermillion snapper, triggerfish, amberjack, king mackerel, grouper, tuna, marlin, swordfish and wahoo. Want to try your hand at competitive fishing? Several tournaments offer the opportunity to be a spectator to watch the impressive weigh-ins or cast your own line. The Orange Beach Billfish Classic, the Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo, the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo and the Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf are options to consider.

Rent A Boat

Even if you don’t own a boat, you can still enjoy being your own captain by renting one. Several companies on the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast rent personal watercraft, kayaks and canoes, standup paddleboards and more.

Get Loopy

The Great Loop is the continuous waterway that encompasses the eastern portion of North America, including the Atlantic and Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, the Great Lakes, the Canadian Heritage Canals, and the inland rivers of America’s heartland. Loop cruisers are enthusiasts who cruise the Great Loop or are planning to do so in the future. Why not boat the Intracoastal Waterway with eyes peeled for wildlife, barges and tugs, other loopers and more. Whether you’re a full-time looper, an occasional one or just thinking about it, looping can be a fun way to experience our waterways and lifestyle.

Everyone Is Welcomed At Pirates Cove

So, you’ve brought your boat, and you want to head over to a favorite locals’ hangout. Pirates Cove is that place. Everyone is welcomed on the Pirate’s Cove beaches, including your canine friends. Pull your boat right up onto the beach or dock it in one of the slips, and head up to the rustic building to order a Cove Burger and a bushwacker. Pirates Cove is the site of the Perdido Wood Boat Festival, Illuminating Autism “FunRaiser,” Lost Bay Regatta, Cove Dog Olympics and Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival.

The Wharf By Boat

Also accessible by boat (reserve a boat slip with the marina in advance) is The Wharf. Pull right up and dine, shop, attend a concert and more. Restaurants serve everything from pub grub to fine dining cuisine and everything in between. Lose yourself in the uniquely coastal boutiques. Or, relax with a spa treatment or salon visit. The possibilities seem endless.

LuLu’s At Homeport Marina

Another spot accessible by boat is LuLu’s at Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores. A massive restaurant offering an environment known for its good food, family fun and live music, LuLu’s is headed by Lucy Buffett, sister of Jimmy Buffett. Keep the kids and adults busy at the on-site beach, a three-story climbing ropes course, live music and waterfront fun.

Boat Ramps Galore

Boat ramps can be found throughout the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast area, including Boggy Point, Cotton Bayou, Gulf Shores Canal Park, Gulf Shores Marina at Fort Morgan, ICC Marine and Pirate’s Cove Marina and Restaurant. Staying in Perdido Key? Launch your boat from Galvez Landing Public Boat Ramp, Mill view Boat Launch or Big Lagoon State Park Boat Launch.

Cruise Into Homeport

When the boating day is done, there are numerous properties that are boat-friendly where you can dock for the night. So, next time you want to fish – or just relax and enjoy the warm breeze blow through your hair aboard your boat – reserve one of Meyer Vacation Rentals’ boat-friendly properties in Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach or Perdido Key. With a commitment to providing superior customer service and an unwavering dedication to the satisfaction of our guests, Meyer Vacation Rentals has been trusted with millions of vacation memories since opening in 1967.