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Seas The Day
Want a getaway to relax in the sun? There’s a beach for that. Feel like parasailing or playing volleyball? There’s a beach for that, too. In Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, the name tells the story – miles of pristine white quartz sand washed by blue-green Gulf waters. With kids building sandcastles in the summer and snowbirds strolling the shoreline in winter, Gulf Shores beaches are a year-round attraction, whether you came to swim, sunbathe, get in some yoga at sunrise or take a romantic walk at sunset. Beaches at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach all share the scenic beauty and windswept vistas beloved by travelers from across the nation, but each offers something unique and special as well.
Lifeguards are stationed on Gulf Shores and Orange Beach public beaches from March through October from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Gulf Shores beaches with lifeguard stands include Gulf Place, West 6th Street, The Pavilion, and Lagoon Pass. In Orange Beach, lifeguards are posted at Shell Beach, Alabama Point East, Cotton Bayou, and Romar Beach.
For those looking for wheelchair-accessible beach access points, there are three beach mats located at Gulf Place and one at East Gulf Place
Find Your Perfect Beach in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
Find your perfect beach in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama.
Located just .3 miles east of Perdido Pass Bridge, Alabama Point East offers more than 6,000 feet of wide beach...
This is a Beach Access only. There is parking across the street from this location. Temporary Restroom facilities are available.
This beach area is easy to get to. It's perfect for a quick beach stroll or an impromptu picnic. It's...
This location has beach access, temporary restroom and showers. No parking.
This uncrowded, natural beach is located six miles east of Highway 59, among the sand dunes and sea oats. There...
If you are looking for volleyball-playing, beach-bar-hanging good times, this spot - where Highway 59 dead-ends into the Gulf -...
This small beach access is located at the intersection of Highway 182 and Campground Road. There is limited free parking...
Street side parking with a dune walkover, shower and temporary restrooms.
Located east of Perdido Pass Bridge, Shell Beach offers an easy access to the eastern most part of Gulf State...
Located six blocks west of Highway 59, you can park and walk the boardwalk to the beach. An outdoor shower...
Lagoon Pass is a shallow waterway connecting Little Lagoon to the Gulf of Mexico, located 2.9 miles west of Highway...
This small beach area is found at the intersection of Highway 182 and Highway 161. Nestled between some of the...
This is a pedestrian crossing beach access only, which is perfect if you're staying in a property nearby.
Located five blocks west of Highway 59, you can park on the north side and walk the boardwalk to the...
Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place)
Everyone loves Gulf Place Beach. This beach features plenty of things to do including sandy beach bars, eateries, beach boutique stores, pavilions, picnic areas, volleyball, watersports and beach hotels that let you stay and play. Highway 59 dead-ends at the main beach area, but there is public access up and down the coast.
Gulf State Park
Gulf State Park offers a whirl of activities including boating, paddle boarding, fishing, from the Gulf State Park Pier, biking, golfing and camping. There’s even a play area just for dogs located at Lake Shelby on the park’s western end. From the main entrance at the Beach Pavilion in Gulf Shores, there are access points along Orange Beach (including Alabama Point East).
Orange Beach and Cotton Bayou
Cotton Bayou is set at the intersection of Highways 182 and 161 in Orange Beach and also part of Gulf State Park. Cotton Bayou is small in size but big on amenities, including outdoor showers and ample free parking. This beach is located within convenient walking distance of the primary Orange Beach condominiums.
Some beach goers plant their towels, open a good book and start working on the ultimate tan. Others like to stir things up with parasailing, kayaking and excursions to nearby islands. If you’re staying close to shore, a flood of beach equipment rentals will be on hand – beach bikes, buggies, beach wheelchairs, paddle boards, surf and skim boards and all kinds of flotation devices. Many companies offer delivery and pick-up service.
Beach Safety Tips
- You can get too much of a good thing, so don’t forget the sunscreen before venturing out in the warm Alabama sunshine.
- Take care when exploring the sand. You might happen upon a sea turtle nest or a tiny bird’s nest.
- Keep off the dunes, dude. They preserve natural habitats. Beach boardwalks and walkovers are plentiful and will get you to the shore.
- Take nothing but pictures and leave only footprints. Clean up after yourself and don’t forget your beach chairs and towels.
- Observe and obey the Beach Warning Flag System