So you've booked your Gulf Shores beach condo or beach house and you are ready to set out on a vacation to remember. While the memories will certainly last a lifetime, most people like to return from their beach escape with more to show for it than a tan.

Fortunately for vacationers looking to head home with a stylish souvenir, there are plenty of great places to shop in the areas of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan and Perdido Key. Whether you're searching for something as simple as a T-shirt or have your heart set on a day's worth of retail therapy, Alabama and Florida's Gulf Coast has something for you.

A world of choices

The Gulf Coast offers an array of shopping options almost as diverse as the region itself. From unique boutiques and specialty shops, antique stores, and regional art galleries to the major chains found back home, shopping centers near the beautiful sugar-white sand beaches have everything you could ever want.

Activities abound

What makes a shopping outing along the Gulf Coast especially entertaining is that they don't offer just shopping - with movie theaters, amusements, performance areas and even an amphitheater, you can relax after an exhilarating day by watching a movie or attending a concert.

Pelican Place, which is conveniently located in the heart of Gulf Shores, boasts an upscale Cobb Pinnacle 14 Theater. The flashy art deco exterior is paired with the latest technology and comfort for a dazzling movie experience.

If you're looking for an evening activity at Orange Beach, you can bring the entire family to The Amphitheater at the Wharf, where some of the best rock 'n' roll, pop and country stars consistently bring audience members to their feet. Or rock in comfort during a first-run movie at Carmike Cinemas at The Wharf, and be thrilled by awe-inspiring views of the coastal skyline from the tallest Ferris wheel in the Southeast.

An outlet for us all

One of the most popular shopping destinations in the area is Tanger Outlet Center. This sizable open-air mall features more than 120 stores representing some of the best-known brands in the world. Big names like Fossil, Kenneth Cole, Levi, Nike, Gap and Ralph Lauren have a presence at this shopping center, but that's just the beginning - you'll love discovering all the great prices and the wide variety of merchandise.

Tanger Outlets even boasts its own family area featuring a splash pool, carousel and other amusements in the center of it all. Just a few steps away you'll find a food court that allows you to refuel for many more hours of shopping fun.

As soon as you arrive for your well-deserved vacation at your coastal condo or beach house, be sure to locate your Tanger Outlet Center coupon so you can exchange it for their cost-saving Coupon Book that will enhance your bargain-hunting opportunities.

A day on the Cay

Vacationers venturing out from their Orange Beach condo rentals may want to start on the east side of Pleasure Island, where the shopping and entertainment plaza known as SanRoc Cay is ready to meet any traveler's needs. When you're looking for a stylish bathing suit at Blue Lagoon or a fabulous outfit or pair of shoes from Private Gallery, the Cay has you covered. Grab a bite at any of the restaurants or food-related shops, and watch the action unfold at the marina until your feet get antsy to lead you to the next great sale.

Choose your favorite

Whether large malls, single storefronts or anything in between, your favorite type of shopping is available during your vacation in Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach and Perdido Key. No matter where you begin, you are sure to find unique items, great sales, and plenty of fun!