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As Good as All the Gulf Beaches

Nice white sand and nice clear, warm water.Being from Chicago (where Lake Michigan) is freezing all... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Naperville, Illinois
great place to relax

have been here several times. gives me a relaxing feeling even with all the sand my shoes collect... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mount Carmel, Illinois
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W Gulf PL, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
+1 251-968-2040
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed June 11, 2018 via mobile

Make sure you arrive early to get a parking spot. They had several places to rinse off within a 2mile stretch. They also had lots to do around the area (shopping,eating). The bathrooms were clean and you could rent a chair and umbrella for $35...More

3  Thank Lauren C
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed December 7, 2016

Gulf Shores is best known as the Redneck Riviera. White trash is all over the beach. Florida is just a few more miles down the road and so worth that extra bit of time driving. Pensacola, Destin, Ft Walton - is known as 'The Emerald...More

6  Thank Connie W
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Reviewed yesterday

Nice white sand and nice clear, warm water.Being from Chicago (where Lake Michigan) is freezing all the time), the beach is always a great stop for family and friends.

Thank DanaO_1961
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

have been here several times. gives me a relaxing feeling even with all the sand my shoes collect. to observe nature at its best: the birds, crabs, the gulf waves coming in and out.

Thank 106chuckj
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The sand is soft and very white. The water varies from clear green in nice weather to brownish when the weather has been rainy. The surf is usually pretty calm but heed the red flag warning if they are flying. Plenty of places to eat...More

1  Thank kmk225
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy access to the beach from the pavilion parking. Would be nice to have some restroom facilities at the parking lot.

Thank HDSlowride
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Popped over during downtime on a business trip. The sand is amazing. Clean and like power. It was beautiful. Look forward to coming back again. Free parking too.

2  Thank AngelaG414
Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

Beach was clean and water was 80 plus degrees. Parking was easy plus the beach that we were on was pet friendly. Close to everything and the hangout was cool place to visit. Highly recommend this place.

1  Thank fallguy1471
Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

We love Gulf Shores! We visited the area a few days before Hurricane Michael arrived. The ocean was rough of course, but we made the most of it until the beaches were double red flagged on us.

Thank Diane W
Reviewed October 14, 2018

Gulf Shores has worked hard to improve the public beach area. You are sure to enjoy. Please note the lovely landscaping as you arrive.

1  Thank 1Sunny111
Reviewed October 10, 2018

Plenty of parking. The pavilion and restrooms are nice and clean. Beach is well maintained and trash-free. Great place to go and take pics among the dunes in the allowed locations. Off season is the best time to go to not have to hassle with...More

1  Thank Mike H
Reviewed October 8, 2018

We rented a house here last month (September) for a week. The beach was nice and the water temperature was comfortable. You cannot go running on this beach as the sand it not hard packed. The tides were not bad at all and the fishing...More

1  Thank Ed B
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Sheila B
October 4, 2018|
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Response from Doug J | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can, but as others have stated, it cheaper to buy your own. Just more convenient to rent so you dont have to pack it around.
September 26, 2018|
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Response from Norman D | Reviewed this property |
No red tide on Alabama beaches at this time. For more information or questions regarding the monitoring program, contact the Alabama Department of Environmental Management at 251-304-1176 or the Alabama Department of Public... More
Bonnia Cook F
August 30, 2018|
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Response from Norman D | Reviewed this property |
I was in gulf shores Sunday and there was no problem.