While things are often discarded or fade from memory as time goes by, happy family memories are passed down from one generation to the next.

So, when it comes to giving a gift that will always be remembered, give the gift of family togetherness at the beach.

This year, instead of gifting cash (that likely would be spent on bills anyway), a new video game, or another sweater, why not reserve the family a five-plus bedroom beach house in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan or Perdido Key?

Perhaps a week at the beach would be a good time to get everyone together—grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, family friends…all the extended family.

To accommodate everyone, Meyer Vacation Rentals specializes in houses with 5+ bedrooms sleep anywhere from 10 to 56 people.

Enjoy preparing and eating meals together, have a game night in your living room, swim in your pool and so much more. Then, when the day is done, retire to your own private bedroom for a little rest and relaxation as you prepare for another day of fun in the sun with the people you love most.

These houses are situated such that many views are available: Gulf front, Gulf view, Gulf side, Gulf oriented and waterfront.

Some of the vacation rentals are located in gated communities, with access to community amenities such as pools, barbecue areas, hot tubs and even fitness facilities. Other rentals are located directly on the beach and feature their own private pools—the options are limitless.

All of them have outdoor spaces like decks or balconies, and all are located near numerous attractions, restaurants and fun activities.

Make It Even More Special

One way to make the gift of a beach vacation even more special is to enlist the help local concierge providers who can do everything from purchase groceries and bring them to your door when you arrive to coming into your kitchen to prepare a meal for your group.

One such company is Orange Beach Concierge Services. For a fee, the company will take your grocery list in advance and shop for you so you and the family can hit the beach a lot sooner!

You may also arrange for Orange Beach Concierge to provide a personal chef experience at your Gulf Shores area vacation rental. The menu could call for something as simple as a low country boil or a menu that is a bit more fancy.

Create An Activity-Rich Experience

To ensure your family enjoys an activity-rich experience, consider purchasing tickets to some of the most popular attractions in advance.

Regardless of the age of the kids on the trip, a visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo would be a good choice.

A major part of the zoo’s mission is education and community outreach so the animals are more than just a display and in fact serve as ambassadors for the natural world.

Free educational programs and presentations are offered throughout the week. The zoo staff conducts special encounters that allow visitors to get up close and personal with kangaroos, sloths, lemurs and reptiles. In addition, special events are often organized, such as Zoo Camp in the summertime.

Purchase tickets to OWA, home of an amusement park, dining and retail outlets. Located only a few miles north of the beach in Foley, visitors will enjoy thrill rides like Air Racer, Freedom Flyer, Alabama Wham’a or Twister. But the clincher is high-speed racer roller coaster Rollin’ Thunder, featuring big drops, loops, twists and hairpin turns.

Little ones won’t be left out, with rides designed especially for them such as Leap Frog, Happy Haulers, Gully Washer, Zip Zap Race, Tea Time, Sky Balloons and more.

Part of the Gulf Shores vacation scene for decades, Waterville USA provides a full day of water splashing fun. Waterville is a 20-acre amusement park located a quarter-mile from the Gulf of Mexico and features rides like the Cannonball Run roller coaster and giant waterslides like the Triple Dog Dare, Screamin’ Demon, Rainbow Falls and Jet Stream.

Little ones will especially enjoy the Shrimp Boat Village water playground with its sprays, geysers, net crawls, water cannons and dumping buckets. Wawa World is for the littlest of the littles and features frog, pelican and duck slides.

Crystal Waters River is a fun one-third-mile-long lazy river for those who want to slow the pace a bit. The river loops through the park, past slides, rides and lush tropical landscaping.

Gift Certificates Always Fit

For those who would prefer to provide the family with money toward a vacation they book themselves, gift certificates are available.

A beach vacation is always the right size and color and is always appropriate for any gift-giving occasion.

Each valuable gift certificate is prepared in the amount you specify. This allows the recipient to select the vacation of their dreams from our large selection of Alabama and Florida coastal condos and beach houses that range in size from cozy one-bedroom condos for a romantic getaway all the way up to large condos and 20-bedroom houses for a family reunion.

Ensure your family gets the gift they’ll always remember. Book a family beach vacation today.