Destination guide

Delight in the beachside landscape of Gulf Shores

Enjoy the area's live music, festivals and theater scene and make a vacation rental your home during your stay in Gulf Shores. Renowned for its beaches, sporting events and seafood restaurants, this city welcomes all visitors. Whether you're planning a family holiday, romantic stay or friends trip, vacation rentals offer features like full kitchens and laundry facilities for a more convenient stay.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Gulf Shores

Do you want to discover things to do in the city? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Gulf Shores a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. Here are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Waterville USA (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Zooland Mini Golf (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
  • Gulf Shores Golf Club (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Gulf State Park Golf Course (2.2 mi / 3.5 km)
Weather

Seasonal weather averages in Gulf Shores

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your vacation, August, July, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 90°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Gulf Shores

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Gulf Shores is a great place to spend some time outside. These are some of the area's most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Bellingrath Gardens and Home (29.7 mi / 47.8 km)
  • Gulf Shores Beach (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Gulf State Park (1.2 mi / 2 km)
  • Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge (8.4 mi / 13.5 km)
  • Perdido Key State Park (13.7 mi / 22 km)
  • Weeks Bay Reserve (14.4 mi / 23.2 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Gulf Shores

The nearest airport is in Pensacola, FL (PNS-Pensacola Intl.), located 33.4 mi (53.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Mobile, AL (MOB-Mobile Regional), which is 44.5 mi (71.7 km) away.

Where to stay near Gulf Shores?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 11,483 house rentals near Gulf Shores. From 1,651 Houses to 9,482 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Gulf Shores is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Gulf Shores?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Gulf Shores:

  • Brigadoon Trail: 580 vacation rentals
  • Orange Beach East: 6,460 vacation rentals
  • Fort Morgan Pines: 148 vacation rentals
  • Sharp Reef: 23 vacation rentals
  • Warrington: 24 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Gulf Shores?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Gulf Shores. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Gulf Shores Golf Club: 10,680 home rentals
  • Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club: 10,428 home rentals
  • Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo: 11,080 home rentals
  • Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park: 10,923 home rentals
  • Gulf State Park Golf Course: 10,904 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Gulf Shores listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Gulf Shores?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,651 Houses in Gulf Shores. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Gulf Shores include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 9,482 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 144 lodging choices
  • Bungalows: 144 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Gulf Shores?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 9,946 vacation homes with pool available in Gulf Shores.

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