Gulf Shores Alabama

Is it the water or the sand that makes Alabama Gulf Coast beaches so spectacular? Everyone seems to have their own opinion. But with miles of sparkling Gulf waters and stunningly white sand that's so soft it squeaks under your feet, you don't have to choose.

Wondering where to spread your beach blanket ? In addition to all our rental condo's and hotel's beaches you'll find a variety of public beaches in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama - each special in its own way and each offering a different experience. Come for a relaxing beach vacation, for a game of golf, or some deep sea fishing.

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& Plenty of Opinion ! Our Beaches are OPEN !

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Gulf Shores now has Ziplines !

The Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park is open and ready with the coast's newest adventure: the Hummingbird Zipline Course. This 2 1/2 hour adventure over more than a mile of ziplines will sail you past scenic beach views, and across the park's beautiful Lake Shelby. Also available at the Adventure Center are kayak and paddle board rentals on the lake. No vacation trip this summer can be complete without a visit to the new attractions at Gulf State Park. Check here for more information, pricing, and reservation details.
State Park Kayak
State Park Zipline
State Park Paddle Board

 

New Osprey Chicks!

Ospreys are amazing animals... large raptors which can grow to a wingspan of 50 to over 70 inches, and their habitat includes our back yards. In a partnership between the Alabama Coastal Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and the City of Orange Beach, with grant funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, we get to watch a remarkable event... the rearing of baby Osprey chicks. They just hatched over the weekend, Friday May 3rd and Sunday the 5th. Keep posted as they grow, and even watch mama bring home some fish !

Osprey Nest, Orange Beach Alabama

Click here to watch the live feed!

If you find as much join in watching and preserving our local wildlife and habitats as we do, please consider joining the Alabama Coastal Foundation.

Check out our latest restaurant review, Rhythm & Ribs in Gulf Shores!

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The Current Surf Forecast:

 

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Daily Beach Update--See ALL the fun stuff to do down here !
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Aaron Pugh Let Aaron Pugh find you information on the perfect condo in Gulf Shores. Not only will you be able to enjoy year round vacation access, but condos at the gulf are a great investment.

The Wharf

The Wharf Ferris Wheel Orange Beach

Home of the Southeast's largest Ferris Wheel !
The Wharf offers shopping, dining at some of the favorite local restaurants, and the Amphitheater, that brings in your favorite musical acts, from todays biggest stars to your tried and true favorites !

Just this summer alone, The Amphitheater at The Wharf offers concerts by Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Alabama, the Dave Matthews Band and many, many more !

Visit www.TheWharf-OrangeBeach.com for more information, including the best shopping and dining directories of The Wharf, plus an entertainment listing, with links to ticket sales, powered by SeatGeek.com. Seat Geek is the web's largest ticket search engine, that shows you all the tickets available across the major sellers, and can let you comparison shop prices while looking at the seat locations mapped out on a floor plan !

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Shrimp Fest

41st Annual National Shrimp Festival, October 11th-14th 2012

This year's Shrimp Fest was a blast, but it comes back around again!

42nd Annual National Shrimp Festival dates will be OCTOBER 10-13, 2013

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**HOT GULF SHORES AREA CONDO & HOTEL Shrimp Fest  DEALS**

Shrimp Festival Posters, T-Shirts and More online

See Shrimp Festival Photos Here

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Area Fishing

Check out this huge fish. Read the Press Register Article Here.
Giant snapper caught off Orange Beach
(Press-Register/John David Mercer)
This is a REAL 95.2 pound  fish caught in our waters. Is Gulf Shores a fisherman's paradise or WHAT !

Jeremy Shook, Lee Windham and Cody Shows hold onto a 95.2-pound cubera snapper. Windham caught the giant while the 3 of them were fishing Thursday, June 11, 2009, about 25 miles southeast of Orange Beach."We didn't know what it was," he said. "None of us had ever seen a fish that big. We thought it might be a goliath grouper because of the gold color, but I knew goliaths don't have scales like this fish had." Finally, Windham said they consulted the Florida fishing regulations booklet with its pictures of saltwater fish before positively identifying it as a cubera snapper. They never knew such a fish existed. Read article.

 

Fishermen, book your Beach Hotel or Condo NOW !

Fishing in Little Lagoon-Speckled Trout
This beautiful Speckled Trout was caught by Dave Perry the day after Memorial Day, late afternoon in Little Lagoon. Caught from the small pier that you see in the background. He used a smelly old shrimp for bait.
Gulf Coast Fishing Reports

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Kayaking the Bon Secour River

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Any day, even a hot day, is a great time for a leisurely boat float on the Bon Secour River. It is amazing how close to busy Gulf Shores the Beachin' Kayak Rentals business is. This uncrowded paradise is a great water sports spot for the non-sporting crowd.  These rigid, floating, sit-atop kayaks are easy for anyone to maneuver and paddle.

BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals
  18743 Keller Rd (Across from Old Time Pottery) ,

Foley, AL 36535         Phone:  (251) 971-8359

 

Plan a Beach Wedding in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach
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Read About Restaurant Experiences

See List of Gulf Shores Restaurants

Surprising Wine Shops


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Click Here for Information About the New Warning Flags for the Beach, Jellyfish and More


Gulf Shores Zoo
Make a Trip to Animal Planet's Little Zoo that Could...Gulf Shores Zoo !


Gulf Shores Restaurants List..and ...Reviews


New Beachfront Condos to Rent !
Turquoise Place Condos    Caribe Resort Condos   The Verandas Condos

Island Royal Condos  Regency Isle Condos on Perdido Key


Need a Place to Access the Internet with your Wireless Laptop? Some locations have computers too.
Find WiFi Hotspots !


 


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Time for Playing Golf !


Gulf Coast Shrimp
Fix Some Pickled Shrimp
Shrimp Recipes


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Want something different to do in the evening?  
Like auto racing?

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Nearby Loxley is the home of the Deep South Speedway

For information, please call 251.964.6953. Check the race schedule here

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Eat Only Real Wild Gulf Shrimp
Read all the reasons why here

 
Gulf Shores Movie Theater
Gulf Shores Movie Theater!
Cobb Theaters - Pinnacle 14

Stadium Seating - Check the schedule
You can buy your tickets online ahead of time at Fandango.
Foley Movie Theater

 



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The World Famous Flora~Bama 
is rebuilding and open for business !
See our FloraBama photos

 

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Gulf Shores has some really cool squirrels.
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This photo was taken of a wild squirrel in a tree in the parking lot of the Civic Center. According to our own Dr. Skip, this is an Eastern Fox Squirrel. Don't we have cool animals here?

 

Fall is is a great time to visit with kids, with lots of things to do in the Gulf Shores / Orange Beach area, such as hay rides and corn mazes!

Magnolia Corn Maze Magnolia Corn Maze
Barnhill Farms Corn Maze Barnhill Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch


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CHAMPIONSHIPS in ALABAMA

See the boats up close--photos--
see the boat that sank right before our very eyes!

 

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See Beach Photos

What if it Rains?? Cheap Family Fun Stuff to Do:
The National Naval Aviation Museum &
The Blue Angels IMAX !

Ride the Mobile Bay Ferry to Dauphin Island

Visit the Dauphin Island Estuarium & Aquarium
See Sea Life Up Close !

 

Patty Cakes Bakeryshopping restaurant reviews

The best kept secret in Orange Beach / Gulf Shores  revealed

We have seafood recipes , shrimp recipes, and gumbo recipes for you to print.gumbo recipes

We give you restaurant reviews

Print your own postcards and stationery from our site. 

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Read about the Gulf Shores area golf courses and Fall Color ! See our photos 
We have COUPONS for you to print and use.
gulf-shores-beach-bucket Want a fun book for the beach? Follow the 'Beach Read' link

Cool stuff about Alabama:

Alabama introduced the Mardi Gras to the western world. The original Mardi Gras in the US began in Mobile, AL. The celebration is held on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins.
Alabama is the only state with all major natural resources needed to make iron and steel. It is also the largest supplier of cast-iron and steel pipe products.
"Alabama" is the official state song.
Montgomery is the capital and the birthplace of the Confederate States of America.
Alabama became the 22nd state on December 14, 1819.
At 2,405 feet Cheaha Mountain is Alabama's highest point above sea level.
In 1995 Heather Whitestone of Alabama was chosen as the first Miss America with a disability.
Mobile is named after the Mauvilla Indians.
Hematite is Alabama's official state mineral and is known as oxide of iron.

Wondering where you can hear some good live music in Gulf Shores? Be sure to check our night life section.

Read about some surfing at Alabama Point

 

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Girl Talk page, with the stuff you need to know !! & Discount at The Spa of Eden

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Check out the most HURRICANE PROOF house you can build !
What does the City of Gulf Shores do with surplus items? They are going to list them on an online auction site www.govdeals.com according to the Baldwin Register newspaper. Using the Advanced Search feature, you can use the 'city' drop down list to see which items Gulf Shores has listed.

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Everyone loves the bright white sugar sands of Gulf Shores Alabama, Orange Beach Alabama, and Perdido Key, Florida. Our mild climate allows year long watersports, deep sea fishing trips, bird watching and long walks making the area a well-loved spot, for natives and tourists alike.

Historical Ft. Morgan is a great site for a leg stretching outing as is the battleship U.S.S. Alabama in nearby Mobile. Ft. Morgan annually will hosts 4 Civil War day camps for children in the summer.

Fireworks light up our beaches this summer as the City of Gulf Shores sponsors our 4th of July celebration. The City of Orange Beach combines it's show with the Perdido Beach Resort for a great show.

The Alabama Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau
operates the Welcome Centers in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, so be sure to stop for lots of information and coupons.

 If you want to eat seafood you've come to the right place. Our area restaurants serve it up right! If you like it fried, that is!! No, actually, see our restaurant reviews for some alternatives.

The Alabama coastal area is famous among birding fans.
Off the beach enjoy the area’s attractions, such as water slides,
bungee towers, tropical garden miniature golf, and go-cart tracks.
The Gulf Shores Shrimp Festival (also called The Annual National Shrimp Festival) in the fall is always a treat.
We are blessed with some of the countries prettiest and most challenging golf courses on the coast.

Got Kids--is it summer? Got to go to Waterville !
Want to fish--try Zele's Landing to Charter a boat.
Local landmark--Souvenir City !
And then there is Alvin's Island-The Tropical Department Store
Interested in Gulf Coast Diving?
Buy some local seafood-Billy's Seafood
Yummy Local Made Cheesecake--Hope's Cheesecake
Nearby Bellingrath Gardens is a nice day's outing.
Cruise with the Dolphins
Had enough of the beach? Spend a day at Gulf Coast Exploreum
Gulf Shores Fishing Report
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Historic Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island
Pirates are still on the Island
Want to look for hidden treasure? There is a lot hidden on this area...See Geocaching.com

Many people do not know that Alabama even has beaches, but Alabama has the most beautiful white sugar sand beaches around. The weather is glorious, the area is full of golf courses, and the Alabama Gulf Coast has been a steady award winner in family beach vacation categories. Gulf Shores is the original and most well known part of the beach, Orange Beach has been more recently developed and Perdido Key is right next to Orange Beach.  We do not have nearly the traffic problems that the Destin area seems to have now-a-days. The prices are very reasonable down in Dixie, the weather is exceptional, and the people are the friendliest ever !

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