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Welcome to Gulf Coast: Gulf Shores/Orange Beach/Ft. Morgan

Vibrant communities along Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast.

Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast features 32 miles of brilliant white quartz sand beaches composed of grains washed down from the Appalachian Mountains over the course of thousands of years. This stunning stretch of coastline fronting the Gulf of Mexico is one of the Deep South’s hidden gems. Communities along Alabama’s Gulf Coast include Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Fort Morgan. 

The Gulf Coast offers attractive and spacious single-family homes, many of which are nestled right alongside the waterfront. There are also high-rise condominium towers that offer sweeping views over the stunning coastline.

What to Love

  • Communities fronting the beautiful Gulf of Mexico
  • Famous beach bars and endless entertainment options
  • Many festivals and events throughout the year 

Local Lifestyle

Alabama’s Gulf Coast is an enormously popular year-round destination with gorgeous scenery and a party atmosphere. Communities here are tucked close to Alabama’s border with Florida. The famous beach bar Flora-Bama straddles the interstate line. Tourists and local residents alike love these communities for their endless entertainment options and abundance of places to shop and dine.

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Gulf Shores is a vibrant seaside resort community with plenty of fun amenities beloved by both visitors and local residents. The Hangout serves the freshest Gulf seafood in a lively waterfront spot hosting live music every night of the week. As well as delicious seafood, The Hangout is known for its extensive drinks menu featuring signature cocktails and slushies.

Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s is another happening Gulf Shores destination offering regular live music and mesmerizing waterfront views. The Southern-style seafood specialties at LuLu’s include a famous seafood gumbo, crab bisque, fried crab claws, peel-and-eat wild Gulf shrimp, and huge piles of scrumptious deep-fried okra. Tacky Jack’s also combines great seafood and live music in locations at Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Fort Morgan. All three Tacky Jack’s boast waterfront settings with incredible views to complement the food and good-times vibes.

Flora-Bama is a legendary honky-tonk, oyster bar, and seafood restaurant on Orange Beach’s beachfront. A must-visit for tourists to Alabama’s Gulf Coast since the 1960s, Flora-Bama is a major party destination with five stages hosting nightly live music. The Wharf at Orange Beach is packed with dozens of boutique retailers, restaurants, cafes, and cocktail bars.

Things to Do

Alabama’s Gulf Coast offers endless entertainment with its many special events and festivals that take place throughout the year. As well as being a great place to shop, dine and drink, the Wharf at Orange Beach features a towering Ferris wheel with spectacular views over the Gulf of Mexico’s shimmering waters. The Wharf Amphitheater hosts regular concerts from big-name music acts. 

In May, The Hangout Music Festival brings three days of performances from superstar acts to the beaches of Gulf Shores. Past headliners have included Billie Eilish, Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, Lana Del Rey, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, and The Weeknd. May also offers the chance to take to the skies and enjoy panoramic views over the Gulf during the annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

Flora-Bama hosts famous themed beach parties attracting crowds from far and wide. April’s Interstate Mullet Toss sees competitors attempt to throw a mullet as far as possible across the Alabama and Florida state line. On New Year’s Day, the Flora-Bama Polar Bear Dip kicks off the year with thousands braving the Gulf’s brisk January waters. Those who fully submerge themselves in the Gulf’s waters are rewarded with a free New Year’s lunch and beer. The Gulf provides opportunities for plenty more activities — boating excursions allow guests to take in unforgettable sunsets and the chance to see dolphins frolicking in the water.


School districts serving the communities of the Gulf Coast include the Gulf Shores City and Baldwin County school districts. 

  • Gulf Shores Elementary School, Public, PK-5.
  • Orange Beach Elementary School, Public, PK-6.
  • Gulf Shores Middle School, Public, 6-8.
  • Gulf Shores High School, Public, 9-12.

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