Looking to “seas” the day and catch some rays during your holiday? Gulf Shores, Alabama, has got you covered. Its tropical weather, incredible wildlife, and stunning beaches — which locals describe as having soft “sugar-white” sand — attract visitors all year round. Make yourself at home in paradise by finding a condo rental in the middle of it all. Whether you’re a planning a quick getaway or an extended stay, traveling alone or with a large group of people, there’s no shortage of conveniently located condo rentals to choose from for an unforgettable vacation.
The best time to stay in a Gulf Shores condo rental
Summertime in Gulf Shores is filled with bright, sunny, long days, so it’s no surprise that June, July, and August mark the busiest months for condo rentals along the coast. The prices — and humidity level — drop during the shoulder months (May, September, and October), so if you’re looking to chase the sun without breaking the bank you’ll find it easier to book a cheap condo rental then. Just keep an eye on the weather report; Alabama’s coastline is no stranger to hurricane season. Or avoid the prospect of majorly stormy weather altogether and book your vacation for the winter or spring. Prices are low, temperatures have cooled but are still mild, and the city is quieter.
Main attractions near Gulf Shores condo rentals
Gulf Shores’ prime beachfront location makes it a perfect spot for vacationers who want to while away the days splashing around in the surf and sunbathing by the ocean. But visitors can also partake in a variety of other outdoor activities, including golfing, wildlife spotting, and zip lining over the dunes at Gulf State Park. No matter what activity strikes your fancy, you’re sure to find a vacation home close by. Here are some of the most popular spots for condo rentals in Gulf Shores.
Beachfront rentals close to Gulf Shores Beach
If a vacation home right on the beach is your cup of tea, check out condo rentals near Gulf Shores Beach. Known as one of the best beaches in Alabama, this spot has something for the whole family: volleyball nets, a playground, and plenty of open sand. The rentals themselves are usually in larger complexes and come with a variety of amenities, including indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, and of course, incredible views of the oceanfront. Even so, space can be at a premium and pets are prohibited. If your group is large or if you're looking for a pet-friendly option, you might want to look at condo rentals near Fort Morgan Beach, which is just a few minutes west by car.
Vacation rentals near Gulf Shores Golf Club
If you like to golf and are looking to spend a bit less on lodging, try a vacation rental near Gulf Shores Golf Club. These condos are usually situated within smaller complexes and give off a homey vibe. They're set a bit farther away from the ocean — a 5- to 10-minute drive away — but are still within just a few minutes' walk to restaurants and shops. And golfers will love playing on the club's 18-hole resort course, which has a traditional plantation-style design and welcomes beginners and professionals alike. In addition to the main course, visitors can perfect their swings on the driving range, the practice putting green, or the chipping green before grabbing a bite at the Clubhouse dining room, which offers a stunning view of the course and grounds.
Condo rentals close to the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
One of Gulf Shores’ top attractions, the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is spread out over more than 7,000 acres. As the name suggests, it’s a safe haven for many wildlife species, including sea turtles, the Alabama beach mouse, and around 400 distinct types of birds. Visitors can explore the refuge through one of four trails of varying lengths. While all offer fascinating glimpses into the different habitats within the refuge, the most popular trail is Pine Beach, which provides access to a stunning and secluded section of beach along the Gulf Coast. But don't just rely on the refuge for your beach access. There are plenty of vacation rentals nearby that are on the beach, including quaint family cottages and condos with outdoor pools, many with gorgeous oceanfront views.
Vacation homes near the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Lions and tigers and bears, and so much more! Get up close and personal with more than 500 mammals, reptiles, birds, and other species when you book a vacation home near the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Given this family-friendly attraction's proximity to the ocean, there are plenty of rental options, ranging from the extremely luxurious to more budget-friendly ones, with the ones a little ways away from the water offering lower prices. The zoo is a favorite among locals and vacationers alike and offers plenty of ways to learn about the natural habitats of a variety of animals. And if you want to get even more up close and personal, check out the petting zoo or ask how you can have your own unique encounter with some of the animals that call the zoo home, including kangaroos and sloths.