Vacationing in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach has its perks. We aren’t talking about the delicious, fresh gulf seafood, or the genuine southern hospitality the locals have to offer (although those are things we could brag about). We are talking about soft, sugar-white sand which stretches 32 miles across the Alabama Coast. Here is a list of our favorite Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Public Beaches.
Lagoon Pass Beach – Gulf Shores
Located in what is known as “West Beach” in Gulf Shores, Little Lagoon Pass is a favorite spot for families with little ones. Bring a sand bucket and spend the day where the hermit crabs like to hangout. Parking is $5 for 4 hours and $10 for all day. Public restrooms, a small vending area, and showers are available. Check out this charming group of houses in the Pass Time Cottages community, located right next to this kid-friendly hot spot
Gulf Place – Gulf Shores
This beach is what you see at the end of Highway 59. Gulf Place is the main public beach in Gulf Shores, and it does not disappoint. There are pavilions and picnic tables, as well as lifeguards on duty during the peak seasons. The City of Gulf Shores has also installed handicapped accessible mats which makes it easier for wheelchairs to access the Gulf Shores sand. Public restrooms and showers are available. Parking is $5 dollars for up to 4 hours or $10 for all-day between March 1st and November 30th. Young’s Suncoast has a variety of Gulf Shores properties nearby, making it easy for you and your family to enjoy this favorite beach spot.
Alabama Point East – Orange Beach
Maintained by the friendly folks at the Gulf State Park, this public beach is for those of you seeking amazing views and a natural atmosphere. With over 6,000 feet of pearly white sand and dunes which are home to local wildlife, this spot is the perfect place to see what life in Orange Beach is all about. Parking is free, and there are restrooms and picnic areas available.
Cotton Bayou – Orange Beach
This Orange Beach public beach area is a local favorite. Located at the intersection of Perdido Beach Blvd. and Highway 161, this prime location is close to all the popular Orange Beach condos. Parking is free and there are newly constructed restrooms and shower areas.
The hardest decision you have now is picking which public beach in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to visit first. So, grab the beach bag and soak up some sun. The beach is calling!