Perhaps you need a getaway to make yourself comfortable in the sun, or you feel like playing volleyball and parasailing, the Gulf Shores beaches below are convenient for all that sort of refreshment. However, most of them are not dog-friendly - the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach prohibit dogs on the beach except Fort Morgan.

As the name gives the narration of the story, the Gulf Shores and the Orange Beach exhibit an extent of pristine white sand that is washed by the blue-green Gulf waters. These places provide attraction all year round in case you plan to come for sunbathing, swimming, taking a romantic stroll at sunset or getting in some yoga at the rise of the sun.

These beaches have similar windswept vistas and natural beauty that is loved by guests around the world, but each provides something unique similarly. 

Here are our top locations:

Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place)

Do you have a passion for the beach bars or volleyball? If so, this is one of your best beaches in Gulf Shores AL. The area in front of the Gulf place is a spot where the Highway 59 dead diverges into the Gulf. This terminus is the most popular area of the city serving as a center for the community’s economic activities.

This property presently offers various activities ranging from passive to active water-and beach-based recreation. The beach is a center for sports events and festivals with a provision of access to shopping, dining, and various tourism trading activities. Full-day parking is charged at a little fee for convenient unloading of the gear. Parking fee is priced at $5 for four hours or $10 whole day.

A picnic area, three outdoor pavilions, and beach attendants are provided. Besides, there are showers and restrooms on the site. It is a favorite point; you may plan to get earlier to grab a prime parking point. 

Lagoon Pass Beach

Lagoon Pass is a slightly deep waterway that connects the Little Lagoon and the Gulf. Its 2.9 miles to the west of Highway 59 and provides a water fountain, outdoor shower, restrooms and parking on the northeastern part of the Lee Callaway Bridge. The parking is charged at $5 for four hours or $10 for a full day. This artificial watercourse is an excellent point for accessing the beach and seizing in the sites.

This beach point is situated on Beach Boulevard three miles to the western part of Highway 59. Parking for the public, outdoor showers and restrooms are provided in the northern region. Crossing the road leads you to the public beach.

Gulf State Park Lake Shelby    

Welcome to Lake Shelby for basking and some lakefront beach activity. Lake Shelby is one of the freshwater lakes neighboring the Mexican Gulf saltwater. The Gulf State Park Lake Shelby is a section of the coastal paradise in the Gulf State Park that has accommodated fun seekers, fishers, and families for generations.

A combination of Lake Shelby, the Middle Lake, and the Little Lake provides a waterbody extension of about 900 acres that welcomes visitors to paddle, swim or fish. 

Pavilions and tables are both available for rent at the recreation area. Lake Shelby has served as a camping site for boy scouts, a marketing place for farmers’ local produce as well as a place for numerous picnics. A fishing license is available for sale. Although a little fee is charged, you are free to stay all day long and acquire the worth of your money. 

Gulf State Park Pavilion

This natural beach is sited 6 miles to the east of Highway 59 with few visitors. It is in the midst of sea oats and dunes. The Gulf State Park’s beautiful beach pavilion is installed with a huge concession stand (open seasonally), picnic tables, and bathrooms with well-fixed showers and air conditioners. This facility is accessible by the public within regular working hours (public use ceases at 5 p.m. when the facility is hired).

There is unlimited space for families that conduct activities with lots of gear. The most famous action over here is Surf fishing. A large fireplace, shade spots, a snack bar, private showers, and air-conditioned restrooms are all featured in the beach pavilion. Parking fee costs $6 for a full day or $10 for large vans though there is a lot of space for RVs and large vehicles.

Cotton Bayou- A Gulf State Park beach area

The information on the Gulf State Park website reveals the existence of two beaches in the Park. The Cotton Bayou is the only beach that has been mentioned. This limited beach area is located at the point where Highway 182 intersects Highway 161.

This is one of the Gulf Shores Alabama beaches sited intermediate to the most popular condos in the region. Its strategic position attracts many visitors who come to watch and conduct different activities. The site comprises of outdoor showers, restrooms, ample parking, and easy accessibility of the beach. 

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge covers the remaining undisturbed coastal habitats of Alabama. This wildlife Refuge was founded in 1980 to preserve the habitats of geotropically migratory songbird in addition to the endangered and threatened species. The Refuge gives essential habitat for the Alabama beach mouse.

There are four trails with a variety of terrain and lengths. Jeff Friend, a familiar path was previously repaired for easy accessibility with new trail surface and enhanced large walk. These trails are accessible around the year during the day. 


The Alabama Gulf Coast consists of 32 miles of pristine white beaches. The shoreline has ten public beaches in Gulf Shores. Most of these comprise restrooms, picnic facilities, and showers. Your last bet is, to begin with, the main public beach sited at the end of Highway 59. There are nearby shops, beach bars, showers, restrooms, picnic pavilions, and volleyball.

A little parking fee is charged at the Little Lagoon Beach, the West 6th Street, West 2nd Street and at the Main Beach. The most appropriate way to access the beach is to bring (or rent) and pedal to the beach. Get one and have fun on your next trip!

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