Gulf Shores is one of the most iconic destinations along the Gulf of Mexico with an appeal that's summed up by its unofficial motto, "Small Town, Big Beach." Here, you'll find a breathtaking stretch of beach along the well-preserved Gulf State Park from which you can enjoy a wide variety of aquatic activities including swimming, fishing, and boating. Additionally, you'll find numerous events like the Hangout Music Festival and amusement parks in town that the whole family can enjoy. You can enjoy it all if you win Vrbo's March 2020 travel sweepstakes and its $5k family vacation to Gulf Shores.
Places to stay in Gulf Shores, Alabama by the beach
The primary attraction in Gulf Shores is the massive beachfront area. From its sandy white shores, you can enjoy sparkling turquoise waters perfect for swimming, fishing, and even boating. There are plenty of docks and piers around, so venturing out into the water yourself is always easy. This is especially true if you book one of the places to stay in Gulf Shores, Alabama, that has its own pier. Of course, just about any kind of waterfront property can offer convenient access and the crisp sea air without ever having to leave the property.
This beachfront duplex will put you just steps away from the beach in an accommodation that the whole family can enjoy. There are 5 total bedrooms with room enough for 16 to sleep comfortably thanks to the generous amount of bedding available. You'll find 2 decks from which you can look out into the water with uninterrupted views, and the living area itself features large windows to let the ocean view pour in. You'll find this duplex on the strip of land between the Gulf and Little Lagoon, so you can enjoy the ocean and nearby lake waters.
Best places to stay in Gulf Shores with a pool
While beachfront property is always nice, there's something special about having your own private pool. Quite a few rentals in Gulf Shores come complete with their own private pool that you're free to access whenever you like without having to worry about anyone else. Plus, having a private pool is generally a good sign that there will be other luxurious amenities available, so expect a pampered experience when you book one of the best places to stay in Gulf Shores with a pool.
Dancing Dolphin Pool
If you're looking for luxury accommodation with a pool, Dancing Dolphin may be the perfect option. This beach house features 5 bedrooms with enough bedding for 24 people to sleep comfortably, so you can bring the whole family along with room to spare. The private pool is covered, so you can enjoy the calm water even in poor weather. Additionally, this house features outside showers useful for getting clean after a walk to the beach. The location will put you just steps away from Gulf Shores Beach and less than 5 miles from Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.
Blue Heron House
The Blue Heron is a beachfront house with a private pool and so much more. Inside, there are 5 bedrooms with room enough for 15 to sleep comfortably. Under a shelter on the southern side of the home, you'll find a heated pool that you're free to enjoy whenever you like throughout your stay. The beach is also just a few steps away from the home if you're looking for a different kind of swimming experience. Getting the most out of Gulf Shores with this accommodation is easy since Waterville USA is just 4.5 miles away and the park is just over 5 miles away.
Where to stay in Gulf Shores for mobility assistance
Travelers who need mobility assistance can find plenty of rental options in Gulf Shores that are especially accommodating even when featuring multiple story buildings. These more technologically advanced rentals change the way we think about relaxation on the beachfront. There are paved paths from the road to the house itself along with a boardwalk all the way to the beach in many instances, so it's easy for people in wheelchairs to enjoy the sparkling waters of the gulf coast.
Home with elevator
Since beachfront homes in Gulf Shores are so close to the water, they're often elevated in case of flooding. This means that travelers often have to climb stairs to access the home. When you book this house, you can enjoy the convenience of an elevator that goes from the parking area to the top floor. You'll additionally find a convenient wooden path that goes from the house to the beach for your convenience. This accommodation option also puts you just under 2 miles from Fort Morgan on the western side of Gulf Shores, a historical and handicap accessible local landmark.