Gulf Shores Travel Guide
Welcome to Gulf Shores, AL!
While thousands flock to Cancun each year, it may be a surprise to find that the same white-sand beaches can be found in Alabama. Gulf Shores, aptly named for its location on the Gulf of Mexico, enjoys a balmy location just 32 mi (52 km) west of Pensacola, Florida. With warm waters and a large, pristine beach it is one of the state's three seaside resorts (the others being Orange Beach and Dauphin Island). Sun worshippers flock here and in response, a profusion of condos, vacation homes and beachfront hotels have followed. With quartz sand that looks like sugar—its powdery texture a sweet treat for the feet—visitors spend most of their time at various beaches along West Beach Boulevard. And the emerald green waters are equally popular for surfing, scuba diving and fishing. But a vacation here could easily go amiss without a visit to some of Gulf Shores' offshore attractions.
The scenic golf courses are renowned featuring white sand traps, and kids love area water parks and the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Gulf Shores is also rich in military and natural history as represented by Fort Morgan and the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge respectively. Or visit the Gulf Shores Museum for more information about how Hurricane Fredrick, Ivan and Katrina have impacted the area. But to best experience Gulf Shores' culture visit its diverse restaurants, where seafood definitely reigns supreme.
A few blocks from the beach, this zoo is home to over 300 animals.
Hotels & Motels
At the Staybridge Suites Gulf Shores extended stay hotel, guests can choose between studio, one- and two-bedroom suites, each with a full kitchen and wireless Internet access.
Waterville USA is a water park and amusement park combined and included with one entrance fee.