Most people seek out Orange Beach vacation rentals to enjoy the surf and sand that have made this Gulf Coast destination so famous. While lounging on the beach and playing in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico are perfectly fine ways to spend the entirety of your vacation, you might also want to head out to the nearby shops to pick up some coastal treasures.

Something about shopping on vacation is just better than doing it at home - whether you're checking out wares from local designers or indulging in some new duds from the outlets. Orange Beach has shops to suit everyone's fancy, if you're looking for great deals on clothes, postcards for friends back home or locally made arts and crafts.

Here are some can't-miss shopping destinations within driving distance of your Orange Beach condo.

Shopping for jewelry

There are plenty of shopping opportunities near Orange Beach rentals.Perhaps you want a charm to commemorate your time in Orange Beach, or are looking to get the love of your life a memento from your vacation together. Orange Beach has several fantastic jewelry stores to meet all tastes.

Be Jeweled, at 830 Wharf Pkwy Ste 106, offers rings, bracelets and necklaces in silver and gold, with or without semi-precious stones. For fabulous costume jewelry, head to Cha Cha's Blings and Things at 26619 Perdido Beach Boulevard. Accessories Galore at The Wharf, located at 4830 Main Street Ste 111 has a mix of silver and fashion jewelry.

Shop 'til you drop

Looking for a whole day of shopping? The Tanger Outlets in Foley, Alabama, is just about a 25-minute drive from beach house rentals in Orange Beach. Here, you'll find stores like the J.Crew Factory, Coach Factory, Nine West Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Gymboree Outlet, Gap Outlet and many more, including T.J. Maxx and a handful of local shops.

Of course, no trip to Orange Beach is complete without a shopping experience at Alvin's Island. This "tropical department store" has locations throughout Florida, but the Orange Beach store, located at 24949 Perdido Beach Boulevard, completes any Orange Beach shopping trip. Pick up some new swimsuits, dresses, surfer's tees or other clothes you'll need for your beach vacation, or buy some souvenirs to bring back home for friends.

Looking for a unique gift

There are thousands of Orange Beach magnets, shot glasses and mugs you can pick up, but if you want a more unique souvenir, head to one of the many artists' galleries or boutiques in town. Fish on a Dish, located at 4830 Wharf Pkwy Ste 107 sells a wide variety of unique, locally made gifts, like jewelry, dinner ware, toys and, most famously, quirky clocks.

Want a little vintage

In addition to the many bargains at the outlets and specialty items at the boutiques in Orange Beach, there are vintage pieces just waiting for you to find them. Head to Repeat After Me, a consignment store at 25910 P Canal Road in Orange Beach, to find vintage jewelry, clothing, home accents and furniture, and more.

High-end

Orange Beach also has boutiques and shops to suit those with particularly distinguished tastes. Pensacola Blues, located at 4790 Wharf Pkwy, is your go-to if you're looking for premium denim from Seven for All Mankind, Joe's and Citizens of Humanity, or tops and dresses from designers like Michael Stars, Envi and Splendid.

With all these options, you're sure to find the perfect gift for loved ones back home - or something to keep for yourself!