As anyone that has been to Gulf Shores, Alabama can tell you, this is a perfect summer vacation spot. Located right on the Gulf Coast in Alabama, Gulf Shores has some of the most gorgeous sugar-white sand beaches around.
Popular for food, culture, stunning views, and perfect weather, Gulf Shores is truly a hidden American gem. If you are planning to relocate or just want to purchase a vacation home in a Southern paradise Gulf Shores has something for everyone.
Gulf Shores is packed with amazing things to do for those adrenaline junkies and for those just looking for a unique experience. Want to catch the perfect beach sunrise or sunset? For those looking for the ultimate thrill, Skydive the Gulf offers dawn and evening jumps! If skydiving is a bit extreme, you can take a motorcycle tour. There are five different runs geared toward different interests. Feel the wind in your face as you cruise the miles of shoreline! In addition to skydiving and motorcycle runs, there are many other outdoor activities to participate in. Gulf Shores offers everything from hiking, boating, birding, shelling, and more. Get out and experience what Gulf Shores has to offer!
It doesn’t all have to be thrills and chills. There are also plenty of things for families young and old to participate in. A trip to the Gulf isn’t complete without checking out Alligator Alley. Stroll down the boardwalk and check out gators of all sizes. Feeling adventurous? You can also pet baby gators at the gator station, help feed them, and maybe even score that perfect family photo op!
If you’re ready for something a bit slower-paced, check out Dauphin Island. Get a taste of island life in this quaint little town with quiet beaches and loads of fishing. Dauphine is the epitome of a low-key, family-fun vacation.
Make your first stop the Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. This hands-on aquarium offers 31 aquariums totaling over 30,000 gallons with more than 100 species on display! We won’t tell the kids it’s also educational. You can also tour the historic Fort Gaines or bird-watch at the famous Audubon Bird Sanctuary.
There is plenty to keep any family busy, but sometimes the adults need fun, too!
What’s a vacation if you can’t get out and kick up your heels a bit? After a long day soaking in the sun and relaxing, get ready to throw your dancing shoes on. Gulf Shores has some of the best small pubs and eateries in the state to visit during your summer vacation. Enjoy a few cocktails while listening to some of the best music our local musicians have to offer. Not up for a dance, catch a live concert at the Hang Out! Different Bands are scheduled to play throughout the summer so catch a show or two and jam out with some talented artists.
If you want to enjoy the night without all the noise and drinks you can always go crab spotting on the beach, find your inner artist at one of the many local galleries or festivals, or go sailing into the sunset to take in the local wildlife. The atmosphere always brightens at dusk, so we highly recommend getting out and experiencing what Gulf Shores has to offer when the sunscreen comes off.
A Foodie Paradise
No vacation would be complete without indulgence, and what better way to indulge in everything life has to offer with mouth-watering cuisine.
Start your day off right with breakfast at The Southern Grind Coffee House. With everything from fresh, vegan meals to comfort food the south is so famous for, you’ll find something for everyone while you “Get Your Grind On” with a nitro cold brew.
No trip to the gulf would be complete without trying some of our fresh seafood. Stop by Doc’s Seafood Shack for that great flip-flops and sand vibe while you try “the best shrimp in the civilized world”. If you want your food even fresher bring in your very own “catch of the day” for Doc to whip up for you!
Make dinner an event by hitting some of the local hot spots or by trying new and exciting eats from around the globe. You can keep it casual and hit up Gulf Shores Seafood. One of the local faves, they have been serving up fresh seafood to the locals for over 60 years!
For a more romantic feel, there is always The Sunset Cork Room. Set off the beaten path, this cozy restaurant is warm and friendly while also offering a more sophisticated and upscale dining experience.
Why a Summer Vacation in Gulf Shores?
While vacation is a time to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, there is nothing very relaxing about trying to plan one. While a trip somewhere new and exotic is fun, there is something about having a home away from home to visit whenever you want.
Gulf Shores has enough attractions to see something new year after year, while still trying to squeeze in the “must do’s” and the “old favorites”. Buying a Gulf Shores vacation home is not only a good investment, but it can provide a real getaway from all the planning, packing, and unnecessary expenses of a summer vacation to a new locale every year.
If you are looking for a home away from home, there are plenty of buying opportunities in the Gulf Shores area. If you are ready to begin the search for your Gulf Shores vacation home (or even a permanent one), Kris Powell will help you find your dream home.