Best Alabama beach vacation spots

Locals and loyal visitors alike know one thing to be true: There’s a lot to love at Alabama’s beaches. Echoes of Mobile’s music and Pensacola’s party scene meet in the middle at the Gulf Shores area, where all of Alabama’s best beach spots glimmer in the sun. Wondering where to stay? We’ve broken down the best beach getaways for your upcoming Alabama vacation.

the exterior of a vacation home in Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores

The best way to experience the heart of Gulf Shores is with a classic beach bungalow rental like this one. Whether you’re spending your afternoon on the water, at the zoo, or at the pier, a beach house is your ticket to relaxing evenings and slow, sunny mornings on the Alabama coast.

Tour First Avenue Fantasy.

a colorful array of beach chairs on a deck overlooking the beach at Gulf Highlands

Gulf Highlands

If you’re looking for maximum amenities, you’ll definitely want to stay at Gulf Shores Plantation in Gulf Highlands. This resort will supplement your beach vacation with pools, golf, tennis, basketball, and so much more. The sand and waves are just steps away from these condos when you’re ready to return to the beach.

Tour Plantation Dunes #5609.

an outdoor dining area at a vacation home in Orange Beach, AL

Orange Beach

This bayou-adjacent home is perfect for boaters, anglers, and anyone who wants to be near the docks. The Orange Beach Waterfront Park, a popular destination for picnics, is just around the corner—fire up the grills if you dare attempt some authentic Southern-style barbecue.

Tour Bayou Boogie.

a view from a high rise condo in Orange Beach of the pier leading into the ocean

The gulf-front side of Orange Beach offers seemingly endless stretches of bright sand and calm water. Orange Beach is known for its laid-back atmosphere and abundance of aquatic activities, so dive into your favorite water sport here. There’s jet skiing, boating, fishing, swimming, and plenty more to explore before kicking back for the evening at your beachfront condo.

Tour Four Seasons 501W.

The kitchen and living room of a modern alabama vacation home


Minutes from the beach, yet sequestered in the forest next to the Bay La Launch, this retreat is ideal for the family who wants to get away from it all on an Alabama beach vacation. The Caswell area boasts several secluded neighborhoods full of homey rentals like this one for your next coastal getaway.

Tour The Original Retreat.

an arial view of the pool and beach from a condo building in Perdido Key

Perdido Key

An Alabama beach vacation at Perdido Key means you’re as close to Florida as you can get without actually staying in Florida. The famous bar Flora-Bama graces the state line near this gulf-front rental, so you’re never short on fantastic seafood and live music.

Tour Phoenix X #1410.

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