If your idea of a perfect getaway is filled with clear blue skies, salty ocean air, and powdery white sand between your toes, Gulf Shores surely won’t disappoint. The beach vibes are strong here all year round! Visitors can take part in a variety of water sports and activities—from parasailing and jet-skiing to dolphin-watching cruises. A beachfront condo rental will make sure you’re never too far from the action while still giving you that cozy beach-home-away-from-home feeling. And with miles upon miles of beachfront condo rentals in Gulf Shores to choose from, you’ll have no trouble finding one to call your own for a little while.

Enjoy a slice of the coast at the Lighthouse Resort Condos

This stunning 251-unit condo resort is a favorite among both first-time vacationers and repeat visitors—for good reason! Its central location means you won’t have to travel far to check out the local sights. And while the owners themselves have put a unique spin on each of their condos, all the spacious 1- to 3-bedroom units at the Lighthouse Resort Condos come with fully equipped kitchens, washers and dryers, and high-speed Internet, among other amenities. Balcony units offer spectacular views of the coastline, but you’re also merely steps away from digging your toes into the sand of the resort’s very own private beach. And if you’d prefer to spend the afternoon splashing around in the pool instead, there are 2 gulf-front pools, 2 hot tubs, and even an indoor pool for those cooler, rainy days.

Float the day away with help from Crystal Tower’s lazy river

Budget-conscious vacationers will want to check out Crystal Tower Condos, situated just across the street from the beach, for a potentially cheaper beachfront option. The upper-floor vacation homes offer gorgeous views of the Gulf Coast, and there is a short, covered walkway that takes you directly to the beach and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Don your swimsuit and play around in the surf or leisurely take in a bird’s-eye view of the coastline as you drift along on the condo’s long lazy river. Then take advantage of the community grills and barbecue up a storm for dinner. Cooking at home not your thing? The vacation rentals are located just a few minutes’ drive away from several restaurants.

If you’re traveling with a furry, four-legged family member, you may want to steer clear of the vacation homes right by Gulf Shores Beach, as no pets are permitted on the beach along that stretch of the coast. Instead, check out the beaches and vacation homes a little farther west near Fort Morgan. While not directly on the beach, Navy Cove Harbor Condos is a favorite among those who are in need of a pet-friendly vacation rental but still want to be along the water. Many units offer views of the marina from their balconies, so you can watch the boats come and go and take in spectacular views of the coastline from a unique and quiet vantage point.

There’s room for the whole crew at Gulf Shores Plantation

Traveling in a big group can sometimes make it hard to find a vacation rental close to the action. Venturing towards Fort Morgan, you’ll find larger homes away from downtown Gulf Shores that are still centrally located. Gulf Shores Plantation Condos, for example, offers a variety of different-sized condos, including many that sleep 6 to 8 people, and even one that sleeps up to 34! The plantation has 4 condominium complexes and a few cottages and duplexes, all close to each other and with an array of amenities, including indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, and a putting green. But if it’s beach time you’re looking for, don’t fret! Visitors aren’t sacrificing proximity for space, as the ocean is no more than a 5-minute walk away.

Live the luxe life at the Turquoise Place

While Turquoise Place is technically in Orange Beach, this stunning beachfront condominium complex sits just next to Gulf Shores and is one of the most popular rentals for those who don’t want to spare any expense during their vacation. The rental homes here are spacious and equipped with top-of-the-line appliances. Each balcony comes with a hot tub and its own outdoor grill. Visitors have their pick of luxurious community amenities as well, including a saltwater lazy river, tennis courts, a sauna, and several pools. There is, of course, easy access to the sandy beaches and turquoise waters the condo is named for, so you’ll have everything you need to relax and have fun in the sun.