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A wise person once said, “Do more than escape. Arrive.”
A vacation on the pillowy-soft, sparkling, white-sand beaches of the Gulf Shores area of the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast is both an escape and an arrival.
An escape because, unlike other beach areas, there’s less traffic, quieter beaches and wide-open spaces to spend time playing with your family. An arrival, thanks to the variety of vacation rentals to choose from.
Your Alabama Beach Escape AwaitsThe Alabama Gulf Coast, including the beach communities of Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach or Perdido Key, is easily accessible with no bumper to bumper traffic inching its way to the beach and all the fun that awaits.
Once you turn off U.S. Interstate 10 or 65 and head toward the beach, you’ll find multiple southbound Ala. Hwy. 59 lanes (through quaint communities) that empty in Gulf Shores. An alternate route is also available from U.S. Interstate 10 via the new Foley Beach Express, which ends at The Wharf entertainment complex in Orange Beach.
With beaches so close to U.S. Interstates 10 and 65, there is no need to drive farther than necessary to experience a rewarding vacation where the only crowd you’ll find is the one that tags along with you.
Arrive To Space & Privacy In Gulf ShoresPart of the beauty of spending time on the sunny, relaxing, fun beaches of the Gulf Shores area is that you arrive at the beach, you’ll enjoy a peaceful, privacy-filled vacation in a quieter and less dense destination than can be found in other beach locales.
Feel stress leave your body as you enter your private vacation rental, whether a house or a condo. Put down your beach gear and suitcases, open your deck or balcony door, and check out the view.
Beach Condos & Houses On The Alabama Gulf CoastSince both condos and beach houses are individually owned, they are all unique. At the same time, you will find your property comes with space enough for everyone to spread out.
A condo's amenities depend on the building. Anything is possible including indoor and outdoor pools, lazy rivers, waterslides, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, full spas, tennis courts, fitness rooms, media centers and more.
Houses have some of the same amenities depending on location/subdivision. Some have private or community pools, hot tubs, multiple balconies or decks, or more than one master suite, but the key word here is “more.” More room to fit more folks and more parking space than allowed in condos.
There are many vacation rental options on MeyerRE.com to choose from, some of which can be found in low-density complexes.
Connect With Family In Your Gulf Shores Vacation RentalKeep your family members close as you kick back and relax at the beach outside your vacation rental, swim in the pool, or head to your private balcony to read that book you’ve been meaning to read to get to for the last six months.
Inside, you’ll love the privacy of having your own space to retreat to at the end of the day and the satisfaction of knowing the living space in your rental means there’s plenty of room for your loved ones to congregate together for meals, games or movies.
Your vacation rental kitchen comes fully equipped to serve everyone in your party, so dining out is not a necessity. And, there are plenty of convenient supermarkets situated a short distance from houses and condos. Stocking up the fridge and cabinets in your kitchen is easy.
There are lots of houses to consider, some of which are situated directly on the Gulf, while others are more secluded on quiet bays or lagoons. Some houses and condos are even dog-friendly, so there’s no need to leave the pup at home.
Lots Of Room To Roam In Beach Condos & HousesThere are many less crowded activities to enjoy in and around Gulf Shores.
One of the locals’ favorites is biking or walking along the trails that comprise the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail system.
Seven trails wind through six distinct ecosystems for 15+ miles and take visitors through Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Gulf State Park.
Along the way, take a break at the Butterfly Garden, the freshwater marshes and the coastal hardwood swamps. Watch for white-tailed deer along the way. You may even see an alligator warming itself in the sun.
The trails are paved and wide and feature benches along the way for breaks.
If you didn’t think to bring your own bike along on the trip, borrow one at Gulf State Park and return it at the end of the day.
Get Out On The Water In A Kayak Or CanoeAnother activity to consider is a paddling adventure along the newly named Coastal Alabama Back Bay Blueway, a series of four distinct trails with 21 launch sites that take paddlers around waterways in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan.
Canoe, kayak, paddleboard…the choice is yours. And there are several spots to rent a canoe or kayak.
The Wind and Water Learning Center in Orange Beach provides training to people of all ages and skill sets for paddling and sailing. It is a member of the American Canoe Association and follows many of its accredited class programs. The center is located on Wolf Bay for easy access to the water.
Make Arts & Animals Part Of A Gulf Shores VacationWhile you’re at The Wind and Water Learning Center, pay a visit to the beautiful Coastal Arts Center, take a pottery class, make your own blown glass piece of art or simply browse the gallery filled with pieces crafted by local and regional artists.
When you’re finished at the Coastal Arts Center, mosey on down to the waterfront for a picnic, or let the kids blow off steam at the Kids Park, featuring canopies to provide shade.
A short distance east of the center and park on Canal Road is Unleashed Dog Park. Here, you can let the pups run around off-leash. There is ample space for dogs to run, chase balls and make new friends. As they get their exercise, there are lots of spots for the humans to sit and chat with other dog owners or enjoy the sound of the birds chirping overhead.
Animal lovers are sure to appreciate the new home of the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, situated on 25 acres just north of the Intracoastal Canal Waterway Bridge. Formerly located on 25 acres, the zoo is now home to more than 600 animals. While the space is more expansive for both the residents and visitors, the zoo still features the intimacy that its millions of visitors have long enjoyed.
Dolphin cruises on Wolf Bay are another great way to explore the area’s unique ecosystem and get up close and personal with some of the area’s most adorable residents.
Soar High Above The Crowd On The Gulf CoastThere are many high-adrenaline ways to bond with family members and experience the uncrowded Alabama Gulf Coast.
For example, head over to The Wharf in Orange Beach and book a ziplining trip with Hummingbird Ziplines.
There are eight ziplines covering more than 6,000 feet. With heights of up to 115 feet and speeds of more than 30 mph, participants can soar on a two-hour tour over bays, the Intracoastal Waterway and through a federally protected wetland site.
Parasailing is another popular family activity. Book a trip and head out onto the Gulf of Mexico, where a parasailing operator will help you take flight over the water and along the coastline.
For those who enjoy fishing, there are plenty of opportunities to charter a private boat for an excursion out into the Gulf. Another option is to board a party boat where numerous people fish at once. Or, schedule a trip out onto one of the bays or lagoons for an inshore excursion.
Spacious Beaches Attract FamiliesThe most popular attraction on the Alabama Gulf Coast is the beach.
Whether you enjoy a bustling, family-oriented beach scene at the main Gulf Shores Public Beach area or a quieter experience at Gulf State Park or even Perdido Key, you will have no trouble finding your perfect spot in the sun.
There are more than 30 miles of coastline stretching from Fort Morgan in the west to Perdido Key in the east, including beaches that are part of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, historic Fort Morgan, and barrier island of Perdido Key with its rolling, white-sand dunes and stunning views of calm Gulf waters.