The beaches of Gulf State Park
Even if you’ve chosen a non-gulf-front condo or house, you can take advantage of the beach at a number of public access areas. In fact, Gulf State Park has four separate beach areas where you can bring your family to enjoy even more fun in the sun. Since just about every beach in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan and Perdido Key is more stunning than the next, you can rest assured that a trip to any of the beaches in Gulf State Park allow you to dig your toes into the squeaky, white sand.
Gulf Shores pavilion area
The main beach area in Gulf Shores offers not just the beautiful shoreline, but a pavilion that can be reserved for weddings, groups and special events. The $5 parking fee allows you to park all day and maintain easy access if you don't want to take all of the toys, chairs and picnic supplies to the water's edge at the same time.
The water at Alabama/Florida Point in Orange Beach might make you think you're in the middle of the Caribbean because of its dazzling turquoise hue.
This beach is located at the Perdido Pass Bridge and stretches for more than 6,000 feet. Once you arrive at the beach, you can relax on the sand and watch as charter boats make their way in and out of the bay.
Your kids can roam around sand dunes and boardwalks as you prepare the day's lunch at the picnic area. Plus, if you want to rinse off before going back to town for dinner, you can use the park's outdoor showers and get ready without having to go back to your rental. Parking is free here and at the other Orange Beach locations.
Romar Beach and Cotton Bayou in Orange Beach
If you're looking for a quick stop, head to Romar Beach, which is small and charming. Located just about seven miles east of Highway 59, it's incredibly easy to reach and perfect for those who want to take an easy walk outside or enjoy a picnic. In fact, there are a number of Orange Beach condo rentals right on Romar Beach, so if you're staying in one of these fine accommodations, this will be your most convenient area of the park.
Similar to Romar Beach, Cotton Bayou is a small shoreline where you can jump into the warm Gulf of Mexico waters. Thankfully, because the beach along Alabama's Gulf Coast is so long, you won't have to worry about it getting too crowded - even during the busy season!