First Timers Guide to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Kate Burke

It’s good to try something new, somewhere new, and when that new experience is your first vacation in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, we can tell you, you are in for a wonderful time. Your first time will soon become your first of many.

Water Wonders

Our amazing Gulf waters are likely one of the top reasons you decided to give Gulf Shores and Orange Beach a try. Sure, you can enjoy the beauty from your beach towel on the sand, but there are so many fun ways to get out on the water. Cast a line and reel in a snapper, king mackerel, or sheepshead. Where and when you fish determines what’s biting. Take a slower-pace boat ride with one of the area dolphin cruises. From your seat you can witness dolphin jumping in the surf along with views of pelicans, osprey, herons and other wildlife. If you want a closer view, consider renting a personal water craft, kayak or paddleboard to explore the waterways on your own.

Nature Trails

Step back on dry land for a scenic walk in Gulf State Park, along the Hugh S Branyon Backcountry Trail, or at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Bring your binoculars and see how many of our indigenous and migrating birds you can spot. Local shops rent bicycles and offer Segway tours allowing you to discover nature on wheels.

Tee Off

The only color that rivals the white of our sands and the blue of our skies is the green of our area golf courses. From the Fort Morgan peninsula to the heart of Gulf Shores, you can play to your heart’s content. Continue your golf getaway with a short drive to nearby Fairhope and Daphne to play even more courses.

Coastal Feast

All that fishing, hiking and golfing will surely leave your famished. Good thing you chose Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for your new vacation experience. Local restaurants will help you refuel with menu options that run the culinary gamut from grilled shrimp and baked oysters to juicy steaks and towering cheeseburgers. Your only challenge will be deciding where to eat first. But no worries, you’ve fallen in love with our area and you’ll be back time and time again, giving you more opportunities to try all of our great eateries.

 

We’re here to help you get started on your first Alabama Gulf Coast visit! For more information on where to stay while vacationing in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, head to our rentals page.