Breathtaking sunsets ahead.

By Jenna Sims
May 17, 2019

The Main Attraction

Orange Beach's eight-plus miles of beachfront has three public access points for visiting the iconic white sand shore and Gulf Coast waters. While the beach is open to the public, unless you stay in a condo or hotel with designated beach access, you'll need to use one of the following state park areas to gain access: Cotton Bayou, Romar Beach, or Alabama Point East.

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism

Explore Its Diverse Ecosystems

Just inland from the beach, you'll find Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail which offers over 25 miles of paved trails for walking and biking. As you make your way through Gulf State Park, you'll wind through six different ecosystems, so you'll be able to see an abundance of different plants, trees, and wildlife. Make sure to plan stops at the butterfly garden and nature center, and don't forget your camera!

Enjoy Waterfront Dining

Orange Beach, AlabamaWhile there is a time and place for a beachside basket full of fried shrimp and overdressed coleslaw, the treasures of the Gulf find a home benefitting their glory at Fisher's. The upstairs-downstairs setup here might imply pomp above and party below, but executive chef Bill Briand lends complexity to the casual dockside dishes downstairs and expert simplicity to the specialties served in the dining room upstairs (like hyper-local Bon Secour oysters that sail over garlic-leek butter). Either floor makes for a dreamy cocktail-sipping perch, where you can gaze out on the secluded but bustling Orange Beach Marina.
Robbie Caponetto

There are plenty of restaurants around town where you can enjoy dinner with a view. Named one of the South's Best Restaurants, Fisher's at Orange Beach Marina serves casual dockside dishes downstairs and expert specialties in the dining room upstairs. If you're looking for more laid-back fare, head to The Gulf which overlooks Perdido Pass. Across the Pass, Cobalt The Restaurant is accessible by land or sea. Other waterfront spots accessible by boat include Lulu's and Tacky Jacks.

Visit The Wharf

This entertainment district in Orange Beach offers shopping, dining, and entertainment year-round. After you've spent the day at the beach, The Wharf is the perfect place to spend your evening. With a movie theater, Ferris wheel, amphitheater, and events throughout the year, there's plenty of fun for the whole family waiting at The Wharf.

Cast a Line

Whether you prefer fishing by land or sea, Orange Beach offers plenty of opportunity for both. If you prefer to stay on land, you can cast a line from your beach chair on the shore or from any of the popular pier fishing spots around town, like Perdido Pass and the Pier at Waterfront Park. For deep sea and charter fishing excursions, you can find a full list of providers here.

Enjoy a Breathtaking Sunset

Jenna Sims

No matter how many times you see an Alabama Gulf Coast sunset, it'll never get old. Make plans to spend at least one night on the beach during sunset to see the beautiful skies against the clear blue ocean and white sand.