Gulf Shores, Alabama, is a beautiful Gulf Coast community where you'll enjoy resort style living at its finest. Whether you rent or buy, you'll love the lifestyle provided by living in a home or condo in Gulf Shores.
Once you're here, let your cares float away and become a distant memory in this sun-drenched atmosphere. Spend your days listening to the warm emerald green waters lapping at the white sugar sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. They are some of the whitest beaches in the world due to quartz sand which is very powdery, soft… and easy on the feet. The emerald green waters get their color from currents bringing suspended silt from the Mobile Bay estuarial system.
Feast your eyes on the miles of coastal views. The Gulf Shores coastline stretches farther than your eye can see… over 30 miles! Walk along the beach and gather one-of-a-kind sea shells or build sandcastles. Drink in the sights of nature as you watch seagulls and egrets in flight. If you're an angler, drop a line off the fishing pier and see what you bring up.
Gulf Shores has it all! You’ll find shopping, seaside restaurants serving fresh seafood (straight from the Gulf), vibrant green Gulf Shores golf courses, aqua sports, dolphin-watching cruises, swimming… and so much more. Come for a visit and find out why so many people decide to buy a home or condo in Gulf Shores, AL, or other real estate in Baldwin County, Alabama, so they can live here full time or enjoy a vacation home of their own.
As of 2005, Gulf Shores has an estimated population of over 6,333. The median family income is in the top 10% of the state; residents enjoy good incomes that support their resort lifestyle.
Where is Gulf Shores?
Located in the most southern region of Alabama, Gulf Shores is just south of Interstate 10 and Route 98, via the Foley Beach Express.
At the eastern end of Gulf Shores is a bridge that connects to Pensacola, Florida, at the western end is Fort Morgan State Park. Water is everywhere! The Gulf of Mexico, the Intracoastal Waterway, and Mobile Bay surround Gulf Shores.
Mild Coastal Climate
Bask in Gulf Shores' mild coastal climate with its sunny blue skies and silky Gulf breezes. You’ll find an average summer temperature around 90° and temperate winters that average about 65°.
Getting around in Gulf Shores is easy! With short commute times, about 91% of residents drive to work; many are able to walk or ride their bikes to work. Cabs, a public bus system, limousine service and chartered bus transportation are also available.
If you're traveling between Fort Morgan and Dauphin Island, try the Mobile Bay Ferry for a scenic commute. It makes several trips daily. To find out the schedule and pricing visit the Mobile Bay Ferry website.
The Jack Edwards Airport – Gulf Shores is a well designed small airport, but it doesn’t handle commercial flights. If you have travel that requires commuting via a commercial airliner, the Pensacola Regional Airport is only a short 38 miles away.
Vibrant Business Community
Tourism industry is booming in Gulf Shores, but business owners of all types flourish in this vibrant and friendly community. Just a few of the many businesses include: vacation rental management companies, banking, clothiers, boutiques, jewelry stores, department stores, furniture, gourmet foods, fresh seafood markets, water sports equipment, charter boat rentals, coffee shops, casual and fine dining restaurants.
The modern public schools in Gulf Shores are part of the Baldwin County school system. Teachers and administrators strive for excellence in helping students achieve their educational goals. A large percentage of students go on to achieve a college education.
Below are Gulf Shores schools:
Looking for a nearby college or university? The Gulf Shores Campus of Faulkner State Community College was built in 1993 and is located at 3301 Gulf Shores Parkway. Columbia Southern University, with an office in Orange Beach provides an online accredited degree in many disciplines.
Gather up your golf clubs and get ready for some action! There are over seven premier Gulf Shores golf courses. Four of them are championship courses built by renowned golfers and golf architects. You’ll find golf courses designed by: Arnold Palmer, Bruce Devlin, Jim Edgemon, Larry Nelson, Jerry Pate and Earl Stone. There are courses for every skill level including challenging water hazards. If you want a unique golf experience, click here to get the details about Gulf Shores Golf Courses.
Parks and Recreation
The parks in Gulf Shores are a great place to spend the day with family and friends. Take the kids and have a picnic lunch at the local Kids Park. If you like to go “birding,” you might consider visiting one of the local nature parks.
Gulf Shores parks include:
With seven Gulf Shores parks to choose from, your family will stay active and enjoy the many opportunities for recreation and local events.
One of the Top Attractions in Gulf Shores
Gulf State Park, which sits on more than 6,150 acres of prime coastal property, is widely considered to be the premier attraction in Gulf Shores. Gulf State Park is famous for its long white sand beaches, unbelievable surf and abundance of plant and animal wildlife.
There are a number of activities available within Gulf State Park:
The main entrance to Gulf State Park is located at 20115 State Highway 135 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Additional information can be obtained by calling 251-948-7275, or by visiting the Alabama Parks Department website.
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Formed in 1989, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo was originally known as the Zooland Animal Park and was founded by Joey Ward of Gulf Shores, AL.
The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is located within walking distance of some of the most amazing beaches in the Gulf Coast area. It has been has been featured on the cable television network Animal Planet.
More than 300 animals, including macaws, monkeys, bears, tigers and lions, call the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo home. The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo has a petting zoo, an aviary and a reptile house. During the summer months, you can see daily animal shows that showcase the talents of the zoo's residents.
Located at 1204 Gulf Shores Parkway in Gulf Shores, Alabama, the Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for closures on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. For additional information visit the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo website.
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
Spend a few hours in this 6,000-acre wildlife habitat and you may see migratory birds and nesting sea turtles. More then 370 species of birds, including ospreys, herons and hummingbirds, have been identified during migratory seasons. This is also the home of the endangered Alabama beach mouse. Visitors can enjoy fishing, hiking and birding tours. Visit Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge's website to find out about more.
Alabama Coastal Birding Trail
I was surprised to learn that according to statistics people spend more money on birding than on golf. But this probably doesn't surprise you if you're an avid birder.
The National Audubon Society has named the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail as one of the top birding trails in the nation. This trail is actually a series of six loops. The loop that goes through Gulf Shores begins at the bridge over Perdido Pass. This section is part of the Gulf State Park and consists of beach and sea oat habitat with opportunities for fishing, bird watching, and scenic views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Perdido Pass.
Get information on all six loops at the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail website.
Annual National Shrimp Festival
Gulf Shores hosts the Annual National Shrimp Festival, held the second full weekend in October each year. While this four-day festival highlights shrimp, it also features musical entertainment, over 300 vendors offering fine arts as well as arts and crafts, and a special section devoted to children. This popular festival has something for everyone. Get all the details at the Annual National Shrimp Festival's website.
Located just west of Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan has the distinction of being the great historical site of the American Civil War battle of Mobile Bay. Fort Morgan was named after Daniel Morgan, a well-known hero of the American Civil War. Take an enlightening look into our past and visit historic Fort Morgan. Meander along the river bank and imagine American Civil War troops getting water and camping overnight. See the guardian of Mobile Bay with all its cannons; or follow the 90 mile Mobile Civil War Trail up to Mobile. While you’re in Mobile visit Mobile’s grandest antebellum mansion, The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion built in 1855.
Homes and Condos in Gulf Shores and Real Estate in Baldwin County, Alabama
When considering purchasing real estate in Baldwin County, you have many choices of styles, price ranges and amenities to choose from including:
Gulf Shores' low crime rate and natural coastal beauty makes it an ideal place to live, work, and raise a family. Whether you’re thinking of relocating to Gulf Shores, purchasing a second home, or buying an investment property, real estate in Baldwin County, Alabama, has something for you. Click here to start your Search for Homes and Condos in Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan beach condos and Real Estate in Baldwin County Alabama For Sale.
Come Home to Gulf Shores
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