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Discover hidden corners of Alabama’s coastline with our guide that uncovers the most scenic and lesser-known beachfronts near Gulf Shores. From buzzing public beaches to serene hideaways within wildlife refuges, we explore it all!
Gulf Shores Main Public Beach
At the end of Highway 59, Gulf Shores Main Public Beach offers volleyball, beach bars, and close parking. Facilities include restrooms, rinse showers, and accessible beach mats. This spot is in downtown Gulf Shores, close to food and drink options and the well-known shore dive, the Whiskey Wreck.
Romar Beach, a breezy 6.8-mile journey from Highway 59, welcomes visitors for leisurely walks and spontaneous picnics. Undergoing improvements, it’s set to introduce a convenient bathhouse and extended parking lot, ensuring a more comfortable and accessible beach experience.
Nested within the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Pine Beach is a hidden gem accessed via the 1.5-mile Pine Beach Trail. The journey to this stunningly remote beach takes you through live oaks, salt marshes, lagoons, and sand dunes, making it a haven for biodiversity. Interpretive signs and an observation tower add to the adventure, giving Pine Beach a unique charm among Gulf Shores’ beach destinations.
At the intersection of Highway 182 and Campground Road lies Branyon Beach, a small but enchanting stretch of sand named after park superintendent Hugh S. Branyon. With convenient free parking, a safe traffic light crossing, and a boardwalk through dunes, it’s a perfect place to take a walk or watch the sunrise.
A hotspot for family fun, West Beach offers a wide range of activities for visitors. This beach teems with energetic music, tempting food, and exhilarating water sports. It’s an ideal spot for a myriad of beach pursuits, whether that’s constructing sandcastles, swimming in the Gulf, or embracing the warmth of the sun.
Little Lagoon Pass
At Little Lagoon Pass, visitors can enjoy two distinct beach experiences: the pristine Gulf side and the serene lagoon side. Positioned 3 miles west of Gulf Place and equipped with parking and restroom facilities, it’s perfect for those seeking a leisurely picnic, a fishing adventure, or a beautiful natural setting.
Cotton Bayou Beach
Located at the crossroads of Highway 182 and 161, Cotton Bayou is a lively beach area ideal for people-watching and mingling amidst popular condominiums. With amenities like restrooms, outdoor showers, and ADA beach access, plus seasonal treats at Paradise Snow, it caters to all needs. Once on the white sands, the warm Gulf waters beckon, making Cotton Bayou a tempting choice for a weekend getaway or a longer stay.
Fort Morgan Beaches
Fort Morgan Beaches offer a unique blend of history and nature, presenting an opportunity to explore the 19th-century military fort alongside enjoying a serene beach day. The area appeals to history enthusiasts and nature admirers alike, promising a memorable outing. Notably, Fort Morgan stands out as one of the most dog-friendly destinations on the Gulf Coast with designated beach houses for your furry friends.
With its vast stretch of white sand, Alabama Point—often called Point East or Perdido Pass—is a favored destination for families and seniors alike. Even though parking is limited, the beach offers convenient facilities like restrooms, showers, and picnic tables, in addition to sunbed rentals. The beach teems with life in summer, hosting a diverse crowd of surfers, photographers, and sports fans. The boat-watching opportunity and sweeping views of the bridge and gulf add to its allure.