Gulf Shores

Pastel-colored condos, resorts and homes perched on stilts rise above the beach, while families wind through grass-topped sand dunes below.

This resort town just off the beaten path near numerous Florida beaches waves hello. Gulf Shores mostly consists of a narrow strip of beach and road between the Gulf of Mexico and a couple lagoons just an hour’s drive outside Mobile, so finding a room with a view is the first of many easy tasks you’ll accomplish while you’re here. Working on your tan? Also easily done. In fact, just about everything here moves a little slower, feels a little easier. It’s like you’re on island time, only without the actual island.

Figuring out what to do in Gulf Shores is just as straightforward. The beaches are the real stars here. With so much beach, it’s easy to enjoy a day of ocean or sunbathing, from the decked-out Gulf Shores Public Beach to the minimalist Gulf State Park. Your chances to rent umbrellas, boogie boards, wave runners, or full-on sailboats are plenty.

Looking for other things to do in Gulf Shores? A whole host of water and amusement parks take advantage of any space they can to offer go-karts, miniature golf, waterslides, arcades, and classic carnival games to give the area a Coney Island feel. Indulge in some cotton candy and popcorn, but don’t spoil your dinner. Southern, Caribbean, and locally-sourced seafood and steaks await at places to eat in Gulf Shores. Indulge in the flavors of the Gulf (and perhaps a cocktail or two). You’re on vacation, after all.

Speaking of vacations, our Gulf Shores vacation packages can make planning your trip just as easy as enjoying it once you arrive. Book today, kick your feet up, and relax. “Island” time can happen any time.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Gulf Shores

Is there a boardwalk in Gulf Shores, Alabama?

Yes, there is a boardwalk in Gulf Shores. However, it's mainly lined with residential complexes.