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Orange Beach and Gulf Shore

Alabama’s Orange Beach and the Gulf Shore in the Gulf of Mexico are two of the most gorgeous vacation spots in the south. The beaches there are 95% quartz, the waters are clear and blue, and Orange Beach has the largest charter fishing fleet Alabama with 88 listed boats. Saltwater anglers can reel in enormous Marlin and Red Snapper while sailors sail, divers dive and dinner-cruisers cruise.

The beaches in and around Orange Beach and Gulf Shore are fantastic. Roma Beach is easy to access for a short stroll or picnic, and there’s limited free parking. Gulf Shore Public Beach is the place for sunbathing, volleyball and beach-bars. Alabama Point is a picture perfect beach with 6,000 feet of wide, high-dune beach with a 225-ft. boardwalk. There are more than 15 marinas in the Orange Beach/Gulf Shore area. They offer a variety of boating services, including Jet Ski and Hobiecat rentals, transients and wet-slips, and more. Bear Point Marina, Orange Beach Marina, Inc. and SanRoc Cay are only a few of the many choices.

There are a number of parks to enjoy in the Orange Beach/Gulf Shore area. Waterfront Park is a modest but pretty family park on Wolf Bay with playgrounds, picnic areas and a 400-ft. fishing pier. Gulf State Park’s 6,000 acres contain 2 ½ miles of beaches, nature trails and 900-acre Shelby Lake, where swimming, boating and freshwater fishing are the names of the games. Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge has 6,200-acres of forest and coastline with beaches, trails and excellent fishing in Gator Lake and the nearby lagoon to offer its visitors, as well as a chance to see large migratory birds from April to October. The park is open year round from dawn to dusk and admission is free.

Orange Beach Alabama is home to the annual Orange Beach Red Snapper World Championship, courtesy of the Orange Beach Fishing Association ((251) 981-2300).