Best Alabama beach vacation spots

an arial view of beachgoers enjoying Orange Beach, AL.
View of a Gulf Shores boardwalk leading to the beach and ocean

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.

outdoor pool of beachfront vacation home in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Gulf Shores

The best way to experience the heart of Gulf Shores is with a classic beach house, and your options range from charming bungalow rentals to luxury homes with a pool. 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.

Gulf Shores beach houses

Two chairs on a balcony facing the beach on a sunny day in Gulf Shores, AL

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.

Gulf Shores Plantation resort rentals

Rows of vacation homes near a large condo complex in Orange Beach, AL

Orange Beach

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, swimming, and plenty more to explore before kicking back for the evening at your beachfront condo.

Orange Beach is also perfect for boaters and anglers, with a variety of vacation homes with private docks. The Orange Beach Waterfront Park is a popular destination for picnics—fire up the grills if you dare attempt some authentic Southern-style barbecue.

Orange Beach beachfront condos

Orange Beach vacation homes with docks

A shed near a pier in Orange Beach, AL.


Minutes from the beach, yet sequestered in the forest next to the Bay La Launch, Caswell vacation rentals are 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 for your next coastal getaway.

Caswell vacation homes

Large front deck of a vacation home in Perdido Key, AL.

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. Book a gulf-front rental near the famous bar Flora-Bama on the state line—you'll never be short on fantastic seafood and live music.

Perdido Key gulf-front vacation homes

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