Gulf Shores Vacations

Beautiful beaches, championship golfing fairways and unusual nature experiences attract carefree and casual vacationers to this Alabama resort town.

White sandy beaches and emerald-green water are a big attraction of Gulf Shores, but there are also some of the best golf courses in the state and plenty of natural attractions to enjoy.

Florida Point is one of Gulf Shores’ most popular beaches and a great place to start exploring the area. It is 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) long and has sand dunes, boardwalks and plenty of picnic areas. If you are after a bit more action, try Gulf Shores Public Beach where you’ll find volleyball courts and plenty of beach bars.

Gulf Shores is also home to some of the best golf courses in Alabama. Golfing legend Arnold Palmer designed three of them: Cotton Creek, Cyprus Bend and Lost Key Golf Club. 

Other clubs worth visiting include the affordable Glenlakes Golf Club, and Gulf State Park Golf Course, which has its own pro shop and snack bar. If you’re here mostly for the golf, you might like to consider some of the “stay and play” packages that are offered by the various hotels and resorts. 

For outdoor adventure, take a hike along the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, which is a collaborative effort between the City of Orange Beach and the property owners along the trail. Try and catch a glimpse of The “Catman,” a part-man, part-wildcat creature that has allegedly lurked along the paths and swamps for decades. If you’d prefer not to walk, you can join an eco-tour, which provides a trip through the natural habitats in a covered electric cart.

There are also many water-based activities to enjoy in Gulf Shores. Rent a kayak and explore the back bays of the area or take a dolphin tour.

The Alabama Coastal Birding Trail is a must-see for bird lovers, offering more than 50 birding sites. The trail is designed in a series of loops and provides information about the birds you might expect to see at each place.

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