This magical gulf coast resort community stimulates your senses as you discover its pristine beauty. Experience the sun-kissed sand beaches and shimmering Gulf waters that look like little diamonds sparkling in the sunlight. Listen to the rush of the surf as the tide comes in. Here, you’ll find some of the bluest skies, whitest and softest quartz sand beaches and never-ending views of the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The city of Orange Beach, Alabama is just east of Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan in Baldwin County. Continuing on to the east, you'll run into Perdido Key which goes all the way to the Florida border.
The main mode of transportation is car. With such great weather, you may prefer to bike or walk. Other means of available transportation are local cabs, chartered limos and chartered buses. The nearest commercial airport is Pensacola Regional Airport which is just a short 30 mile drive away.
This progressive, coastal resort community has a booming and vital economy. Tourism is the primary industry with tourists and winter snowbirds pouring millions into the local economy all year.
Orange Beach is host to vacationers from near and far and is widely recognized as a year-round destination. Winters bring the snowbirds from the upper Midwest and Canada, while summers bring tourists from across the nation.
Businesses of all types find a thriving atmosphere here. Just a few of the many businesses in Orange Beach are: Hotels, vacation rental management companies, banking, boutiques, clothiers, fresh seafood markets, casual and fine dining restaurants, seaside cafés, coffee shops, art stores, water sports equipment and charter boat rentals…and much more!
The average household income was $66,511 in 2006 with over 27% having incomes above $75,000. This provides residents the ability to afford the easy resort lifestyle they have come to treasure.
Orange Beach has a high number of college educated residents. About 27% of full-time residents have some college, while 36% of the population has a college degree.
Today the resident population of Orange Beach is over 5,330 and growing. It’s made up of professionals, families and retirees. About half of the residents are married with families, seniors who live here full time make up 17% of the population and the average age is 44.
Orange Beach has a semitropical climate where you’ll find some of the best weather on the coast. Year round temperatures average 68°, with summer in the high 80’s and an average of 65° in the winter. The wonderful year-round weather is one of the reasons people love to live and vacation in Orange Beach.
The Baldwin County School System won the 2007 Magna Award. It was one of fifteen school systems recognized by the American School Board Journal in 2007, for outstanding performance in classroom technology. Teachers and administrators work hand-in-hand with parents to insure children receive a quality education.
The school district employs highly qualified teachers whose goal is to prepare students for great learning skills. Alabama elementary schools led the nation in fourth grade reading ability in 2007.
Local schools and colleges are as follows:
A Fishy History
Orange Beach was originally founded by fishermen and boat builders and developed around a fishing community. Fishermen found the Gulf of Mexico waters teeming with fresh seafood and enormous fish. Today, the city has the largest charter fishing fleet on the Gulf of Mexico with over 100 charter boats.
Lifestyle & Activities
If relaxation is what you’re after, spend a lazy morning drinking coffee in your Orange Beach condo, looking out at the inspiring views of the beach and Gulf coast. When you're ready for some sun, head to the beach which is only steps away. Kick off your sandals and dig your toes into the soft sand. As you walk along, you'll find unique seashells such as Beaded Periwinkle, King’s Crown, Wentletrap, Auger, Calico Scallop, Horse Conch, Lightning Welk and Lion’s Paw.
This unpretentious, deep-south community is perfect for living an active lifestyle. Whether you love tennis, swimming, golf, boating, croquet, sailing, fishing or just about any other outdoor activity, you'll find excellent resources and state-of-the-art facilities in and around Orange Beach.
For seniors, the Orange Beach Senior Activity Center provides many weekly activities including arts and crafts, dances, educational classes, games, trips and more.
Orange Beach has so much to offer, you’ll spend a lifetime experiencing it all!
You can fish off the pier or charter a boat to go river or back bay fishing. If you like the challenge of deep sea fishing, you can charter a boat for a half day or more and go deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Some of the species of fish you might reel in are: Blue Marlin, Dolphin, Grouper, Mackerel, Tuna, Red Snapper and Wahoo. No matter what type of angler you are, you’ll find a rewarding fishing experience in Orange Beach.
You’re only a short 10 minute boat ride from the Orange Beach Marina, a sport fishing and boating paradise. You can go boating, surfing, catamaran sailing or swim in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Every August you can observe the offshore power boat races along the Gulf Coast.
The Alabama coast is home to a variety of birds. One of the most popular birding spots in the area is The Alabama Coastal Birding Trail. The Trail, which is actually a series of loops, provides directional and interpretive signage to enhance the birding experience. Each loop takes approximately a half day or more to complete. In between the loops are places to eat, sightsee and absorb the coastal beauty. Nature and birding enthusiasts will spy many species of birds including majestic white egrets, cranes and seagulls. To learn more about this birding paradise, click on this link to The Alabama Coastal Birding Trail.
Bird buffs from around the nation flock to the annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest. Here they can participate in guided birding tours, attend seminars and take part in the daylong Bird and Conservation Expo. To get all the details about this event, click here to visit the Alabama Coastal BirdFest website.
There are many talented artists in Orange Beach who contribute to the beauty and culture of the community. You’ll find accomplished artisans such as: Artists, sculptors, writers, musicians, performers and photographers.
One of Orange Beach’s attractions is the Orange Beach Art Center, formerly known as the Orange Beach Hotel. The art center is located at 26389 Canal Road in Waterfront Park. Area artisans display and sell their art in the Orange Beach Art Center gallery and gift shop. There is one-of-a-kind jewelry, paintings and phot