Area Public Beach Locations & Beach Info

Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (Gulf Place)

101 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

If you’re looking for volleyball-playing, beach-bar-hanging good times, this spot – where Highway 59 dead-ends into the Gulf – is for you. For a small fee, you get all-day, up-close parking, making it easy to unload your gear. Paid parking from March 1 – November 30. $5 for up to four hours or $10 for all day. Beach attendants, three open-air pavilions and a picnic area are available. There are also restrooms and showers on site. This is a popular spot, so you may want to arrive early to get a prime parking spot.

The Gulf State Park Pavilion Area

22250 East Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-948-7275 EXT. 2128

This uncrowded, natural beach is located six miles east of Highway 59, among the sand dunes and sea oats. There’s lots of room to spread out, making it a great place for families with lots of gear. Surf fishing is a popular activity here. A brand new beach pavilion features air-conditioned restrooms, private showers, a snack bar, plenty of shady spots to sit and eat, and even a huge fireplace for chilly days. There is a $6 fee to park all day ($12 for large vans), but there are plenty of spaces, and lots of room for large vehicles and RVs.

Cotton Bayou

26026 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561

This small beach area is found at the intersection of Highway 182 and Highway 161. Nestled between some of the most popular condominiums in the area, there’s always plenty of people-watching and activity. There are restrooms and outdoor showers on site. There is ample free parking and the beach is easily accessible.

Romar Beach

24522 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561

This beach area – with a limited amount of free parking – is easy to get to. It’s perfect for a quick beach stroll or an impromptu picnic. It’s located 6.8 miles east of Highway 59. Future plans call for restrooms and outdoor showers, but currently there aren’t any.

Gulf Shores 5th Street Public Access

599 West Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Located five blocks west of Highway 59, you can park on the north side and walk the boardwalk to the beach, or on the south side beside Bahama Bob’s.

Gulf Shores 6th Street Public Access

699 West Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Located six blocks west of Highway 59, you can park and walk the boardwalk to the beach. An outdoor shower makes it handy to spray off before you hop back in your car. The 6th Street access offers a handicapped-accessible restroom and parking is free.

Gulf Shores 10th Street Public Access

West 10th St. Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Beach access only, there is parking across the street from this location. Facilities available.

Gulf Shores 12th Street Public Access

West 12th St. Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

This location has beach access, restroom and showers. No parking.

Gulf Shores 13th Street Public Access

1499 West Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Street side parking with a dune walkover, shower and restrooms.

Alabama Point East

27853 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561

Located just .3 miles east of Perdido Pass Bridge, Alabama Point East offers more than 6,000 feet of wide beach, sand dunes, boardwalks, picnic areas, restrooms, and outdoor showers. Parking is free.

Bon Secor National Wildlife Refuge

12295 State Hwy.180
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

You can park along Mobile Street for easy beach access. Because this is a wildlife refuge, there are no facilities but the Refuge Office is nearby.

Lagoon Pass Beach

1660 West Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Lagoon Pass is a shallow waterway connecting Little Lagoon to the Gulf, 2.9 miles west of Highway 59. It offers restrooms, an outdoor shower and water fountain on site, with paid parking on the northeast side of the Lee Callaway Bridge. $5 for up to four hours or $10 all day..

Gulf State Park Lake Shelby

20115 State Hwy. 135
Gulf Shores, AL 36542 

If you’re looking for a little lakefront beach activity, try basking by Lake Shelby. This 900-acre freshwater lake is perfect for swimming, water skiing, boating and having a picnic. The recreation area boasts picnic tables and pavilions that are available for rental. You can even purchase a fishing license. A small entry fee is charged, but you can stay all day and get your money’s worth.

For current conditions in Gulf Shores, dial 251-968-TIDE (8433).

For current conditions in Orange Beach, dial 251-981-SURF (7873).

Gulf Shores Area Beach Rules:

      1. Any structures or equipment left on the beach an hour after sunset will be removed and disposed of by beach patrol (except for permitted beach services). This includes tents, chairs and other beach gear.
      2. Dispose of trash properly. Put recyclable items in the blue recycling cans located at the ends of public boardwalks.
      3. Avoid walking on vegetation, as plant roots hold the dune system together.
      4. As a reminder, the following are not allowed on the beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach:

– Glass containers
– Fireworks
– Metal shovels or excessive digging
– Loud music
– Litter
– Fires
– Tents or structures larger than 10′ X 10′
– Pets
– Overnight camping
– Vehicles