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Gulf Shores Offers Beach Vacationers Endless Possibilities

Step into the shimmering, aqua waters of Alabama’s Gulf Coast beaches and let the stresses of everyday life melt away. Walk into the sunset with someone you love or catch a breathtaking sunrise – while sitting on a spacious balcony. Keep little hands busy building fairytale castles with Gulf Shores and Orange Beach’s sugary, white sand. Whatever your heart’s desire, whether a natural stretch of ocean or a busy, boardwalk bustling with excited beachgoers – you’ve got it!

According to the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism website, visitors have twelve beach access points, each with its own unique charm. Popular Florida Point has something for everyone from free parking and picnic areas to sand dunes and boat watching. Relax at the Gulf Shores Public Beach where you’ll find volleyball games, beach bars and friendly beach attendants dedicated to making your beach vacation a memorable one.

Want to catch a big one? Try surf fishing! The Pavilion Area of the Gulf State Park is where licensed, sports fishermen need to be. With a natural beach and a new beach pavilion, this spot is worth the $6 charged for all day parking. Pay a little more and bring your RV. Families on a budget love this option!

At the Lake Shelby Recreation Area, swimmers can dip in the freshwater of the 900-acre lake. Bring your boat, take the teens tubing or spend an afternoon water skiing. It’s a favorite spot for Alabama locals and adventurous visitors.

Staying in the Gulf Shores area in one of the many elegant condominiums or a cozy beach home? Do as the locals do and walk down 4th Street right to the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Besides basking in the sun and splashing in turquoise waters, you can enjoy a hike through some of Alabama’s most pristine areas. Head to Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Beach and step back in time. The refuge hosts a two-mile hike along Pine Beach Trail; each turn of the path has something new to see. What will you find? A tropical, palmetto forest, historic live oaks and swathes of Spanish moss. Check out Little Lagoon and Gator Lake but keep your eyes peeled for critters! Want to enjoy the natural, quiet beach without the hike? You can! Just access the beach from Mobile Street and skip the nature walk. Visit Bon Secour’s refuge office for more information about seasonal flora and protected fauna.

Add a “happily ever after” to your Gulf Shores-Orange Beach vacation by getting married or renewing your vows on one of the many beaches. With gentle waves crashing in the background and warm, tropical air on your skin, you’ll never forget this special day. Linger a little longer and spend your honeymoon in one of America’s most beautiful beaches – Gulf Shores, Alabama! Read this helpful wedding planner and plan the details of your Gulf Shores wedding.

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