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The two sister cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, AL, attract travelers from across the nation with the promise of music, adventure, and snow-white beaches.

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Private Boating Excursion & Dolphin Sightseeing Cruise
Private Boating Excursion & Dolphin Sightseeing Cruise
Duration2 - 8 Hrs.
Southern Rose Dolphin Cruise
Southern Rose Dolphin Cruise
Duration1.5 - 2 Hrs.
Orange Beach Party Boat Fishing
Orange Beach Party Boat Fishing
Duration4 - 10 Hrs.
Hourly Jet Ski Rentals Departing From Bear Point Marina
Hourly Jet Ski Rentals Departing From Bear Point Marina
Duration1 - 8 Hrs.

Gulf Shores-Orange Beach, Alabama, Visitors Guide

Gulf Shores, along with neighboring Orange Beach, offers culinary diversity, tourist attractions, and extensive options for both water and land-based activities, this resort community appeals to couples, families, and solo travelers equally. Gulf Shores and Orange beach are connected coastal communities with Gulf Shores to the West and Orange Beach to the East. Orange Beach is Alabama's eastern-most settlement and directly borders the laid-back beach town of Perdido Key, Florida. Both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are heavily influenced by Gulf of Mexico beach culture and provide similar vacation experiences highlighting both family fun and romance.

If you hadn't heard of Gulf Shores before now, you've probably heard of Hangout Music Fest. Hangout is one of the world's largest festivals attracting tens of thousands of music-lovers to Alabama's beaches each year. If you're not much of a music lover, you'll still find lots to love about Gulf Shores and Orange Beach including watersports, deep sea fishing, fresh seafood dining, and stunning white-sand beaches.


Gulf Shores is the southernmost settlement in the state of Alabama and is situated on the Gulf of Mexico. Located in the southeastern USA, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are an easy drive from New Orleans (about 3 hours), and Atlanta (about 5.5 hours), making it an ideal addition to a regional tour.


West Beach is an area of sandy beaches and private homes to the west of Gulf Shores. Located on the Fort Morgan peninsula, it is lined with restaurants, private homes, condominiums, and high-rise hotels.

Little Lagoon features walking trails, a wildlife refuge, bike paths, and inland and pier fishing. It is one of the best places to stay in Gulf Shores with kids because it also offers plenty of great things to do outdoors.
Island Wood is an upscale community that sits just north of Little Lagoon. Residents of Islandwood enjoy the lush landscaping of the golf course and easy access to nearby beaches and attractions.

Top Places to Visit

Gulf State Park

Gulf State Park expands more than 6,500 acres encompassing the land behind the Gulf Shores beach community with the west end extending further south to a wide beach area. In addition to beaches, the park includes marshland, boggy tea-colored streams, pine forests, and three spring-fed, fresh-water lakes.

Robinson Island & Bird Island

Robinson Island & Bird Island Park is a sanctuary for birds & wildlife and is used by residents and visitors as a park/recreational area.

Little Lagoon Pass Park

Little Lagoon Pass Park is a great spot for taking in the sites and accessing the beach. The park is situated directly on Little Lagoon Pass and is perfect for a beach day with the family.


March through May and September through November may be the best time to visit Gulf Shores & Orange Beach when crowds are smaller & temperatures are cool, though the summer is the busiest time for tourism. The temperature ranges from 50 to 85 degrees throughout the year.

What is Gulf Shores-Orange Beach Known for

White Sand Beaches, Hangout Music Festival, The Wharf, Recreational Charter Fishing, Shrimp Festival, Nature Trails

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