Sunset on the beach © Courtesy of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach
It’s the simple things like watching the sunset over the water on an afternoon sail, relaxing on the warm sugar-white sand, or enjoying an intimate evening of fine dining. Plan a romantic getaway on the beautiful beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast
Leave your snow boots and coats at home this winter and grab your shades and sunscreen for a season spent on the beach.
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer the perfect escape from the harsh, cold weather that winter brings up north. Here, you’ll discover blue skies, comfortable temperatures, and holiday events along the pristine beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast.
With 52 kilometres of sugar-white sand beaches, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore. Our pristine beaches are ideal for taking long walks, watching the sunset, and casting your rod into the water. If you prefer a little adventure, search for seashells or hunt for ghost crabs at night.
Our beaches aren’t the only reason to visit, as our area offers incredible cuisine, including fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood, mouth-watering burgers, and delicious barbecue. Pair your meal with a signature cocktail or local craft beer and savour the irresistible taste of the Alabama Gulf Coast. You’ll love dining while listening to the sounds of local musicians or hearing the sounds of the waves crashing onto the shore.
Looking for an unforgettable meal to mark a special occasion? Make reservations at one of the area’s fine dining restaurants for a magnificent dinner at the beach. Elevate your meal and make it extra special when you dine at sunset with a view of the setting sun.
Eating isn’t the only thing you’ll do while here. Alabama’s beaches offer plenty of exciting activities like kayaking, fishing and birding. If you’re searching for a unique experience, try a guided pier walk with a park naturalist or go searching for dolphins on a sunset dolphin cruise. Whether you prefer activities with a bit of excitement or endeavours that provide relaxation, you’re sure to find a special way to make new memories.
Reconnect with the natural beauty that surrounds you. The Alabama Gulf Coast is ready for exploration, and so many
opportunities to discover the area await you. Gulf State Park is the ultimate destination for those wanting to immerse themselves in the great outdoors. Inside the park, you’ll find over 45 kilometres of trails perfect for biking and hiking. Guided Segway tours are also available and provide a unique way to explore the park and learn about its environment.
You’ll also find endless entertainment in the area with unique attractions, both indoors and outdoors. Meet the furry friends at The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo with an animal encounter or discover the rich history of our two beach towns at one of the area’s museums. Alabama’s beaches are filled with one-of-a-kind spots that offer something for everyone.
Don’t forget to pack your clubs when you head to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. The comfortable weather of the Alabama Gulf Coast means golfers can enjoy playing year-round. Our area boasts 15 amazing courses with fairways for those of all skill levels. Beautifully manicured courses and sunny, blue skies provide the ideal backdrop for a round or two. You’ll soon discover that our courses are as magnificent as our beautiful beaches.
Our area is brimming with arts and culture and offers guests plenty of opportunities to immerse themselves in its uniqueness. Visit the Coastal Arts Center and browse the fabulous art or get your artistic juices flowing at the Hot Shop and Clay Studio and create your own piece to take home. Travel back in time at Historic Fort Morgan and discover the location of a pivotal part of history.
Stroll the grounds and explore the tunnels and barracks of this remarkable site. Head to The Wharf for a day of dining, shopping and lots of fun. This entertainment district is filled with fabulous restaurants and local stores, as well as the second-tallest Ferris wheel in the southeast. Get cozy and take a ride for a magnificent view of the area.
Winter on Alabama’s beaches brings lots of fabulous events. From parades to festivals, there’s lots of fun to be enjoyed. Discover the natural wonders of the area, learn about local history, and meet local artisans during our free showcase series, which highlights different topics and interests every week in January and February. Then, let the good times roll and celebrate Mardi Gras beach style at one of the numerous parades in the area. Finish up the season at the Orange Beach Festival of Art on March 11-12, where you’ll browse the incredible works of talented coastal artists.
Alabama’s beaches are the perfect destination for an unforgettable vacation. From incredible events and activities to exquisite cuisine and unbeatable beaches, you’ll make memories to last a lifetime while you’re here. Start planning your trip to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and get ready to relax, indulge and explore the stunning white-sand beaches of Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have spectacular accommodations and rentals, award-winning restaurants, and amazing events. Our paradise is brimming with Southern hospitality, featuring one-of-a-kind attractions like championship golf, nature trails, water sports, and amusement parks (like the well known Waterville USA).