Best 2024 Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parades & Celebrations

It only happens once a year, but people from all over flock to Gulf Shores to celebrate Mardi Gras. There are beads, masks, costumes, and parades galore. Many people think of New Orleans as the birthplace of Mardi Gras but French settlers organized the first Mardi Gras celebration in Mobile, and there have been Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parades and celebrations for all ages to carry on the festivities for dozens of years.

Ready to celebrate? We’ve compiled a list of the best Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parades and events happening in 2024!

Mystics of Pleasure and The Marshals Parade

When: 5:30 pm,

When: 6:00 pm, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024

This fun parade began in 2001 to become Pleasure Island’s first nighttime Mardi Gras parading society. Watch as the Mystics of Pleasure and The Marshals roll down Perdido Beach Boulevard on motorcycles, floats, and more for this year’s one-of-a-kind Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade.

Fort Morgan Mardi Gras Parade

When: 1:00 pm, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024

You’ve never seen Mardi Gras like this before! This unique parade finds revelers rolling down the picturesque Fort Morgan peninsula on golf carts, jeeps, boats, cars, and trailers as they toss beads and treasures up and down the coast. The route will run along Ponce De Leon Court from Triple Tale Lane to Bernard Ct. E. Space is limited, so get there early!

Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade

When: 10:00 am, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024

For the 45th year, the City of Gulf Shores will be celebrating Mardi Gras with their famous Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade! The first parade made its way through Gulf Shores in 1978 and continues to wow and excite all ages with craftily detailed floats, colorful cars, and exuberant passer-bys tossing beads into the crowd. The Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade will begin at 10 am on Fat Tuesday (Feb. 13).

LuLu’s Mardi Gras Anniversary Celebration & Boat Parade

When: 10:00 am, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024

A Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade on the water? Check. Live music? Check. Complimentary cake? Check! This Fat Tuesday, you’ll want to be at Lulu’s for a complete day of bead-tossing, king cake eating fun. The boat parade will depart from The Wharf towards Lulu’s and Homeport Marina. The music starts at 11 am with guests dressed in costumes and good ole’ green, gold, and purple. The fun continues after the 3 pm boat parade at Lulu’s with live music, delicious food, and much more!

Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade

When: 2:00 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024

Head east to Orange Beach on Fat Tuesday for the Annual Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade! Nearly 30,000 people have stood along Perdido Beach Boulevard in years past to watch dozens of vibrant floats, costumed participants, flag twirlers, and more march down the two-mile stretch to enjoy this centuries-old celebration! The parade begins at 2 pm, starting east of Phoenix West and ending at Highway 161 in Orange Beach.

MoonPies on Main at The Wharf

When: 4:00 pm, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024

If you’re looking for some family-friendly fun, head over to The Wharf on Lundi Gras (that’s the Monday before Fat Tuesday) at 4pm. The festivities will kick off with a kid and pet parade that everyone can join, followed by fun family activities and an evening float parade at 6pm. After the parade, stick around for the SPECTRA Laser Light Experience and night full of music, kids activities and more.

As we like to say, Laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)

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Your Fly-In Options for a Gulf Shores Vacation

Travelers, both domestic and international, are beginning to uncover one of Alabama’s most beautiful treasures–the Gulf Coast beaches. With several airports within an hour’s drive of Gulf Shores, it’s easier than ever to experience Alabama’s white-sand beaches!

Airports Near Gulf Shores

There are great options for airports near Gulf Shores, but depending on where you are coming from and what airline you choose, pricing can be different. Below are a few choices for consideration.

Jack Edwards Airport

Gulf Shores International Airport (JKA)

The closest airport to Gulf Shores is Gulf Shores International Airport – Jack Edwards Field (JKA), only 2.5 miles from Gulf Shores. JKA is a small airport with fewer airline options, mostly private flights catering to business travelers and those with a second home in the area. However, JKA is currently working with TBI/VINCI Airports to construct a new commercial terminal that could welcome flights by late summer 2023. JKA offers three car rental companies including Hertz and Enterprise, limo and taxi service, as well as ride share service (Uber and Lyft).

Pensacola International Airport (PNS)

Pensacola International Airport (PNS) is an hour away from Gulf Shores (37 miles) via FL-292 W and AL-182 W. Most major airlines fly to Pensacola from a variety of U.S. cities, and you will find eight rental car companies at PNS including many popular ones like Hertz, U-Save, National and Budget. Also available is the Pensacola Airport Shuttle to or from Gulf Shores for a flat rate of $85.

If you want added convenience, PNS offers nonstop flights to more than 15 U.S. Cities:

  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Arlington, Virginia
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Miami, Florida
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Queens, New York
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Houston, Texas
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Mobile Regional Airport (MOB)

Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) is an hour and 23 minutes from Gulf Shores (70 miles) via I-10 W. American Airlines, Delta and United all fly into MOB, with nonstop flights to four major hubs. Once you arrive at MOB, there are multiple options for ground transportation including seven rental car companies, taxi and limo service, and ride share service (Uber and Lyft).

Non-stop flights to Mobile Regional Airport (MOB):

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Houston, Texas

Mobile International Airport (BFM)

Mobile International Airport (BFM) is the Gulf Coast’s newest airport terminal, located an hour and 9 minutes from Gulf Shores (57 miles) via I-10 W. With a convenient location near downtown Mobile, BFM makes it easy to access Gulf Shores with six rental car companies and ride share service on-site. Although the site is still under construction, plans are underway to relocate all commercial flights from Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) to BFM by mid 2025. And flights are already in the works – starting May 1, 2023, Avelo Airlines will offer exclusive nonstop service to Orlando, Florida (MCO) from BFM two days per week.

Non-stop flights to Mobile International Airport (BFM):

  • Orlando, Florida

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)

Another option is the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), located almost 200 miles away (3 hours and 6 minutes) via I-10 W. Major airlines fly into MSY and ground transportation is plentiful with taxis, buses, shuttles and major rental car companies (Alamo, Avis, Dollar, Enterprise and Hertz, to name a few). Many travelers take advantage of sometimes lower rates to fly into New Orleans and enjoy a little time there before making their way to Gulf Shores.

MSY hosts 16 airlines that serve over 50 nonstop destinations, including:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • New York, New York
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chicago, Illinois

For a full list of nonstop flights to MSY, visit the airport website.

For more detailed information on nonstop flights in the area, visit our blog.

Before Flying into Gulf Shores

Take the hassle out of your vacation by utilizing the Beach Moms concierge service available to Spectrum Resorts guests. The Beach Moms are well-known in Gulf Shores for their attention to detail. Services they offer include grocery shopping and putting away prior to arrival, and restaurant and excursion reservations. The Beach Moms will act as your personal concierge throughout your trip including making reservations for popular resort activities like reservations at Coast (onsite restaurant), beach chair rentals, Aqua Fun Tails mermaid/pirate photoshoots and spa reservations.

Getting Around Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores offers big-city amenities when it comes to local transportation. There are rideshares like Uber and Lyft, taxi services and, the most convenient, rental cars at the airport when you fly in.

Beach Club Amenities

The Beach Club Resort and Spa in Gulf Shores (on the Fort Morgan peninsula) offers visitors access to a beautiful 86-acre village with upscale 1- to 5-bedroom beachfront condos and lakeside cottages. Each includes fully appointed kitchens, spacious room designs, washer/dryer units, and lots of on-property perks like restaurants (casual and upscale), tennis courts, pools, hot tubs and a full-service spa. The beach itself is such a gem with five football fields of white-sand beaches juxtaposing amazing turquoise waters. You’ll never want to leave!

Book direct with Spectrum and eliminate the risk factors with the only 100% Satisfaction Guarantee in the area. Visitors can enjoy a no-worry experience creating peace of mind that’s simply irreplaceable.

Search our available Gulf Shores rentals today and see why The Beach Club Resort and Spa continues to be a favorite among travelers.

Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores: All You Need to Know

Who says the holidays have to be filled with stress and hassle? In Gulf Shores, you can put your feet up and relax. Enjoy your family time with a Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores. From mouthwatering Gulf Shores Thanksgiving dinner options to things to do this holiday, we’ve got the details on a hassle-free holiday in Gulf Shores.

Thanksgiving falls on November 23 this year, so make sure your holiday reservations are set!

How to Spend Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores

Spectrum Beach Chairs

When you plan a Thanksgiving getaway, you can enjoy a holiday without the hassle with conveniences like grocery delivery at The Beach Club Resort.

Forget waiting in long lines at the grocery store to purchase your prized turkey. As a Spectrum Resorts guest at The Beach Club Resort & Spa, you can pre-order your groceries with the Beach Moms Concierge Package. The Beach Moms have created a special package, exclusive for Spectrum Resorts guests.

After you’ve arrived at your fully stocked Gulf Shores condo, put your feet up. Your Thanksgiving vacation is just beginning. Enjoy the best seat on the beach when you reserve beach chairs prior to your arrival. The weather is typically great in November along the Alabama coast. The kids will enjoy building sandcastles and playing sand football or spikeball while you catch up on your favorite book.

Gulf Shores Thanksgiving Dinner Options

Whole Roasted Turkey Dinner For Thanksgiving with All the Sides

If you’re a DIYer and love a great home-cooked meal, turn up the heat and make your favorite Thanksgiving dish in your fully equipped condo kitchen. Each Gulf-front condo at The Beach Club Resort comes with its very own fully equipped gourmet kitchen that includes an oven, stovetop, and microwave.

Thanksgiving To-Go Options

If cooking the Thanksgiving feast from scratch isn’t your cup of tea, you’re in luck.

The Beach Moms are offering a special Thanksgiving delivery service that includes turkey and all the fixin’s – all delivered directly to your condo on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Reheating instructions will also come with your order. Orders must be placed by Nov. 16. Call 251-979-3347 for details.

Coast Restaurant Thanksgiving Dinner

If your idea of the perfect Gulf Shores Thanksgiving dinner includes having someone else do the dishes, then Coast Restaurant is your sweet (and savory) spot. Make reservations for the Thanksgiving feast at Coast here at The Beach Club Resort. Coast offers a special holiday meal that will please even the pickiest of holiday eaters. Award-winning Chef John Hamme and his talented culinary team will prepare a feast fit for a king and his court!

Delectable servings include roast turkey served with mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, braised green beans, red-skin mashed potatoes and gravy and cornbread dressing. Or select house-smoked Scottish salmon served with broccoli, orzo, and bell peppers. And, finally, you can also choose a marinated loin of smoked pork with all the fixings. Starters and dessert will also be served. Prices are $45 for adults. Reservations for this taste bud-tempting feast are required. See the full Thanksgiving Day menu.

Flora-Bama Thanksgiving Potluck

17401 Perdido Key Drive, Perdido Key, FL

(251) 980-5118

Open: 1 pm

Price: Complimentary, just bring a side dish; cocktails are separate

Reservations: None

Cobalt the Restaurant

28099, Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach

(251) 923-5300

Open: 10 am to 4 pm

Reservations: Recommended

GTs on the Beach

26189 Canal Road, Orange Beach

(251) 980-8400

Open: 10 am to 4 pm

Reservations: Recommended

Thanksgiving at The Hangout

101 E Beach Avenue, Gulf Shores

(251) 948-3030

Open: 11 am to 4 pm

Reservations: Recommended

woman shopping at the village mercantile at the beach club resort

Gulf Shores Thanksgiving 2023: Things to Do

After the dishes are cleared and the naps have been taken, there’s plenty to do during Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores. Make the short trip to Foley and do some Black Friday shopping at Tanger Outlets. With over 120 name-brand retailers, you’re sure to find the perfect gifts for your family.

Don’t forget to stop by The Village Mercantile at The Beach Club for fun finds, including jewelry, shoes and casual wear.

The weather during November is typically mild, making for comfortable days on the beach and for outdoor activities. Relax and soak in the sun while you enjoy your hassle-free Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores.

Reserve your Gulf Shores condo at The Beach Club Resort & Spa and enjoy a holiday to write home about with family and friends. 

What’s in our Beach Bag: The Must-Have Essentials

Are you making a beeline to The Beach Club this summer? Don’t forget all the essentials as well as some extras to make your Gulf Shores vacation even better. Wondering what’s in our beach bag for the perfect day of sand and surf? We’ve got it all covered.

What’s in Our Beach Bag

1.) First up, we pack a cooler with plenty of water, juice and snacks to enjoy while soaking up the sun. After all, being dehydrated at the beach is no fun. We love to add some grab-and-go fruit, bottled drinks and granola bars, too.

Beach Club Tip: For an extra-special treat, bring the kids by The Clubhouse Pool for a complimentary frozen treat from Toby the Turtle. It’s another perk of booking direct through Spectrum Resorts at The Beach Club.

Family building sandcastle

2.) The sun can be harsh, so we pack plenty of sunscreen. No one wants a sunburn to ruin their vacation, especially on the first day! Even more importantly, ultraviolet A rays can cause skin cancer. Experts recommend using at least SPF 15 sunscreen, and those with fair skin or a family history of skin cancer should use SPF 30 or higher. The most important aspect of sunscreen is to use it right. Reapply after getting out of the water. Don’t miss any hard-to-reach spots or areas easy to forget like the tops of your feet or that bald spot. Use plenty, and don’t forget the balm to protect your lips as well. They can get sunburned, too!

Beach Club Tip: Did you run out of sunscreen and don’t want to ride into Gulf Shores proper? We’ve got you covered. Stop by The Village Mercantile for a selection of lotions and sprays. And, guests of Spectrum Resorts get 10% off their purchases.

3.) While we’re talking about sun protection, we don’t leave home without a sunhat and sunglasses in our beach bag. Shades should indicate they block 100 percent of UV rays. And that wide-brimmed hat provides extra coverage for ears, neck and eyes.

4.) We love a thick and extra-long beach towel. Always bring one more than you think you’ll need. If you love to lay in the sand, a sheet is a great addition, too.

Beach Hat Friends

Beach Club Tip: Reserve your beach chairs and umbrellas prior to your vacation. Guests booking direct through Spectrum Resorts at The Beach Club get priority beach chair reservations.

5.) As for those “extras” that add the perfect touch to our beach bag, we don’t leave the condo without a good book. Beach time is perfect for catching up on those best sellers you’ve been meaning to read. We’ve also been known to download our favorite reads on Audible. Just don’t forget earbuds, so you can listen without disturbing your beach neighbors.

Spectrum Beach Chairs

6.) As much as we love to disconnect, our phone will always be in our beach bag! We can’t miss a postcard-perfect scene. So, along with our phone, we bring a waterproof pouch to protect it. If you plan to stay on the beach all day, consider tossing a battery extender into your bag, as well.

Beach Club Tip: After you snap your postcard-perfect photo, share it with us on Facebook and use #ChooseSpectrum!

7. Baby powder. Never leave home without it! Not only is it good for all those cracks and crevices where sand can seep in, but it’s also perfect for removing sand from feet and legs when you’re leaving the beach. Simply sprinkle a little on your feet and dust the sand away.

8. Jellyfish 101. As much as we hope we don’t see any of these critters, it does happen from time to time. We like to keep a plastic bottle of vinegar in our beach bag.

Beach Club Tip: If you’re stung by a jelly fish, don’t use freshwater, apply ice or rub the area. Treat the area with vinegar, which helps stop the release of toxins. Lay it over the area for 30 minutes.  

9. Saltwater can dry out your hair, so we love to keep a bottle of leave-in conditioner in our beach bag. It’s especially helpful when the littles have been playing in the Gulf all day. Just give a little spritz and their hair will feel soft and moisturized.

10. While the cooler keeps our drinks on ice, we don’t forget an insulated tumbler for when it’s in our hand!

Now, all you have to do is pack your beach bag and put The Beach Club in your GPS!

5 Gulf Shores Happy Hour Hot Spots

There are several Gulf Shores happy hour destinations that offer discounted drinks and appetizers daily. But we’ve rounded up the best happy hour destinations along the Alabama Gulf Coast just for you!

Check out the 5 best Gulf Shores happy hour hot spots below!

village hideaway golf simulator

The Village Hideaway

The Village Hideaway, located onsite at The Beach Club Resort & Spa, has daily happy hour specials from 3 pm until 6 pm daily. The Village Hideaway offers a casual and entertaining dining experience in one of the area’s favorite sports-themed restaurants. happy hour includes drink specials on domestic beers, wine by the glass, and house spirits. Food specials include loaded $7.95 club wraps with soup, tacos, and tender barbecue sandwiches with fries. The Village Hideaway has 11 flat screen televisions, an HD golf simulator, and arcade games and billiards.

Learn more about The Village Hideaway and see the full menu here.

The Beach House Kitchen & Cocktails

Enjoy fresh bites and cold drinks every day at The Beach House Kitchen & Cocktails. The Beach House specializes in a variety of Gulf seafood and cocktails. From 2 pm to 5 pm every day, The Beach House offers $5 appetizers including fresh, hand-breaded coconut shrimp, wok-seared chicken and veggie spring rolls, and mouthwatering bacon-wrapped shrimp. Take advantage of great drink specials from 2 pm to 6 pm every day including $3 house wines, $1 off all craft drafts, and $1 off all craft cocktails. Enjoy the views from the outdoor porch, just across the street from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

For more information, call (251) 948-2431.

a plate of chicken wings

Luna’s Eat & Drink

Located just a short drive over in Orange Beach, Luna’s Eat & Drink has several happy hour specials, on top of a menu brimming with mouthwatering options. Served daily from 2 pm to 6 pm, head over to Luna’s Eat & Drink for discounted beers, house wines, beer flights, and well liquors. Hungry? Luna’s serves up delicious bar classics like wings—brined, smoked, and fried—beer cheese dip, and house-fried pork skins. Or try the Pimiento Hushpuppies served with housemade blueberry pepper jelly and the Whisker Nuggets, made from Alabama farm-raised catfish.

Call (251) 980-5862 for more information.

Papa Rocco’s

Voted the People’s Choice Award for Best Raw Oysters, Best Pizza, and Best happy hour, Papa Rocco’s is a can’t miss for great food and drinks in Gulf Shores. Their motto, “The home of warm beer and lousy pizza” is completely inaccurate but that is why it is so catchy and memorable. Happy hour is Monday thru Friday from 11 am until 7 pm that includes discounted draft beers and well drinks. Papa Rocco’s also offers daily lunch specials. Enjoy live entertainment seven nights a week and watch the big game on one of eight HD televisions. You can’t go wrong at Papa Rocco’s!

Contact (251) 948-7262 for more information.

craft beer samples

Cosmo’s Restaurant & Bar

Located in Orange Beach along Canal Road, Cosmo’s Restaurant & Bar offers a wide range of plates and delicacies including hand-cut steaks, local seafood, pasta, and sushi. Cosmo’s happy hour is daily from 3 pm until 5 pm and includes house favorites like $6 Firecracker Shrimp and $5 Sweet Home Farms Cheese Dip. Enjoy $4 cosmos, $1.50 Yuengling, and $10 off all bottles of wine. And make sure you check out the chalkboard specials located in the bar.

Contact (251) 948-9663 for more details.

Want more ideas for delicious grub and cold drinks? Check out these Gulf Shores dining options.

8 Great Activities for Spring Break in Gulf Shores

The short days of winter will soon be stretching into longer spring days, leaving more time to connect with your family. Rescue them from the doldrums of winter by planning a spring break in Gulf Shores everyone will love. Whether you’ve got toddlers or teens, we’re sharing our favorite Gulf Shores activities for a spring break to remember.

Waterfront Fun

Take advantage of all the onsite amenities and perks as a Spectrum Resorts guest. Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico, there’s no better place to stretch out and enjoy the surf and sand. As a Spectrum guest, you’ll get priority reservations for beach chairs and umbrellas. It’s the perfect spot for ditching digital distractions and reconnecting with your family.

beach chair rentals in Gulf Shores

In addition to our private beach, guests can make a splash at one of the members-only pools at the Clubhouse. The Clubhouse offers an indoor and outdoor pool. Our junior guests have even been known to call the spacious outdoor pool the “turtle pool.” This is where you’ll likely run into Toby the Turtle, our resort mascot who keeps families entertained with fun games, dances, and challenges. Reserve a poolside cabana, order lunch from the Gulfside Bar & Grill and enjoy a family spring break vacation that’s truly a vacation.


Take to the Skies on a Hot Air Balloon

Experience Gulf Shores like never before on a hot air balloon ride with Gulf View Ballooning! Providing incredible scenes and vistas, a hot air balloon ride is a unique and unforgettable experience for any rider. Whether you’re looking to impress on a date or make new memories with your family, you can’t go wrong with this one-of-a-kind experience. Rides can accommodate up to 3 people. Call (251) 970-3598 for more information.


Rent a Bike

Peddle away and explore The Beach Club’s 85 acres by bike. Complimentary bike rentals and helmets are available in child and adult sizes. Life is busy. What better way to slow it down than enjoying fresh air and your family’s laughter as you remember your bike-riding skills!

complimentary bike rentals in Gulf Shores


Enjoy a Tasty Treat

While you’re out peddling, stop by The Village Creamery. Flash your SpectrumBand and treat the kids to a complimentary ice cream scoop. Want to make it a double, but left your wallet in the condo? No problem. Use your SpectrumBand to charge your treats to your condo, and continue on with your worry-free day.


Visit the Zoo

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is home to more than 500 exotic creatures, including lions, primates, reptiles, and leopards! Visitors can even get up close and personal with some of the zoo’s most exotic creatures, including kangaroos, lemurs, and sloths. The zoo includes its own picnic area, seasonal concessions, and a gift shop, and is a great way to spend a day with the family. Kids will love the mining sluice, a hands-on experience that allows kids to search for gemstones, fossils, and collector rocks. Contact (251) 968-5732 for more info and tickets.

Beach Campfires

When the day is done, the memory making doesn’t have to be. Roast marshmallows and make s’mores with a Sunset or After-Sunset Beach Campfire, exclusive for Spectrum Resorts’ guests. Create a spring break that everyone will remember – from toddlers to teens.

Spring Break Tip: Book your beach campfire when you make your spring break reservation and save 10% on your package. Campfire packages come complete with chairs, bottled water, s’mores, roasting sticks and an attendant to handle set up and clean up. Other than relaxing with your family, you don’t have to worry about a thing.

beach campfire


Take a Scenic Hike

Beautiful views don’t just exist at the beach in Gulf Shores. Take the time to traverse Fort Morgan Road Trail, a 10.8 mile out-and-back paved trail that is surrounded by lush forest and local flora. Or visit Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail in Gulf State Park for sights and sounds of six different ecosystems.


Nearby Spring Break Activities

While there’s plenty to do at The Beach Club, you’re also just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown Gulf Shores and nearby Foley, Alabama. Book a Gulf Shores dolphin cruise and spend a few hours searching for Flipper and his friends. Take a deep-sea fishing trip and reel in dinner. See who’s the best putter in the family with a game of miniature golf. Or, head to nearby Foley and ride OWA’s 21 thrill rides.


We know life can be hectic, and sometimes the opportunity to create happy memories with your family can be few and far between. Enjoy time together to relax and reconnect this spring break in Gulf Shores at The Beach Club Resort & Spa.

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5 Reasons to Book Fall and Winter Vacation Rentals at The Beach Club

Locals will tell you fall is the best season to visit the beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. But, are you wondering why? Besides spectacular sunsets and soft, sandy beaches, there are plenty of reasons to book fall and winter vacation rentals in Gulf Shores. Check out five of our favorite reasons you should make a break for the beach during the off season.


Beach Campfires

 beach campfire The Beach Club Resort & Spa is one of the few places on the Alabama Gulf Coast where you can enjoy a campfire right on the beach. After all, the fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down. It’s just getting started! Campfire packages are now a great option for family reunions, rehearsal dinners or even just ghost stories with the kids. Kick back in our beach chairs and show off your perfect recipe for s’mores. Our onsite staff will set up your campfire with all the fixings, including beach chairs, s’mores, bottled water and more.


Book your campfire package in advance when reserving your fall and winter vacation rentals with Spectrum Resorts. As a Spectrum Resorts guest, you also receive a 10 percent discount on your package. However, for safety reasons, campfires are only permitted on the beach when purchased and managed through Spectrum Resorts. Guests are prohibited from setting up a campfire on their own.

Reserve your campfire by calling (251) 224-2582


Gulf Shores Weather

 Free Bike Rentals for Spectrum Resorts Guests Let’s talk about the weather, which is fantastic in Gulf Shores during the fall and winter months. High temperatures are in the low 70s, and low temps are in the high 40s. So … it’s warm enough for a walk on the beach, but cool enough for those cozy beach campfires when your not enjoying your time in your Gulf Shores condo.


Uncrowded Gulf Shores Beaches

Speaking of those beaches, enjoy the seclusion you’ll discover during late fall and winter. Beaches are uncrowded, making The Beach Club Resort & Spa a perfect getaway where you can relax and enjoy a quiet beach stroll or even read your favorite book. There’s also plenty of room for the kids to build sandcastles!


Off-Season Lodging Rates

 Cottages at The Beach Club Fall and winter vacations are the best time for the best rates on Gulf Shores condos. Take advantage of the opportunity to save while you stay in a condo or cottage that you’ve wanted to experience. That oversized cottage or five-bedroom penthouse looks even better during the off-season in Gulf Shores!


The Great Outdoors

The milder temperatures also make it a great time to take a bike ride or walk and explore the grounds at The Beach Club Resort & Spa. Bike rentals are complimentary for Spectrum Resorts guests, and are a fun addition to a quaint, cottage. A nature trail also winds through the community of Beach Club cottages.


Spectrum Resorts Guest Bonus

And a bonus: It’s also the perfect time to enjoy the Spectrum VIP Experience. Guests are treated year-round to the perks of booking directly through Spectrum Resorts. Some of these include the Clean Bed Guarantee, onsite staff, GEM specialists to assist with special occasions, discounts at onsite restaurants and The Spa & Salon and so much more. It’s our way of making your fall and winter vacation a memorable experience.


Make the most of your fall break with a Gulf Shores vacation at The Beach Club Resort & Spa. Browse

fall and winter vacation rentals to find the perfect condo or cottage for your stay.

Girls Getaway in Gulf Shores: What You Need to Know

When you’re ready to disconnect from the everyday to reconnect with your best girlfriends, make a beeline for the beach for sun, fun and friendship. A girls getaway in Gulf Shores is the perfect opportunity to wine and dine and recharge the soul. But, what do you need to know to plan the ultimate girlfriend getaway on the Alabama Gulf Coast? We’ve got the details.


Girls Getaway Gulf Shores Activities

 The Spa & Salon You know Gulf Shores is your go-to destination for 32 miles of white-sand beaches. No matter the time of year, there’s plenty of sun and sand to go around. Bring a book or your favorite magazine and veg with your gal pals while your toes are in the sand. Be sure to reserve your beach chairs at The Beach Club Resort & Spa prior to your trip. Get the best seat on the beach as a Spectrum Resorts guest.

For the ultimate in relaxation, plan a day of pampering at The Spa & Salon, also located at The Beach Club. Bring your girlfriends and book a Spa Sampler to create your own, personalized pampering package. With the Spa Sampler, you can select three treatments, including manicures, facials, massages and more. The full-service spa also features a relaxation room where you and your best girlfriends can soothe your souls with a soak in the hot tub or order up a spa lunch from Coast Restaurant & Sushi Bar. Sound like paradise? It is!

After you’ve checked the beach and the spa off your Gulf Shores girls getaway list, think outside the box. Sure, you could go shopping, but why not try something to get your adrenaline pumping? The Hummingbird Zipline at The Wharf can provide the perfect prescription. Soar through the air on eight lines up to 115 feet above the ground at speeds of more than 30 miles per hour. Enjoy views of the Intracoastal Waterway and zip high above a Federally-protected wetland.

Follow up your high-flying adventure at Red or White, also at The Wharf. Soak up the laughter and share your favorite memories over a glass (or two) of your favorite wine. Red or White also offers a great selection of appetizers, small plates and cheese boards and is the perfect addition to your girls getaway in Gulf Shores.


Gulf Shores Restaurants with the Girls

Coast Restaurant & Sushi BarFor beach chic fun, head to The Gulf in Orange Beach. Couple the blackberry mojito with the waterfront views and the combination can’t be beat. The Gulf is built from re-purposed shipping containers and all dining is outdoors to allow panoramic views of Alabama Point. In the evenings, the dining area is lit with festival lights and fire pits.

Of course, you can’t miss dinner at Coast Restaurant & Sushi Bar at The Beach Club Resort & Spa. Coast is open seasonally, so call (251) 224-3600 prior to your visit to confirm hours and make a reservation. Feast on your favorite sushi rolls or split several appetizers. We recommend a dozen Murder Point oysters and the Marinated Gulf Seafood platter. Make reservations and request a seat outdoors for the best views of the beach.

Gulf Shores Condos

Balcony ViewFew things beat waking up to views of the Gulf of Mexico and enjoying a mimosa on a balcony. Take full advantage of all the VIP perks at The Beach Club Resort & Spa when you book your girls getaway with Spectrum Resorts. Spectrum guests receive 10 percent off on-property purchases at Coast Restaurant & Sushi Bar, The Village Hideaway, The Village Mercantile, The Spa & Salon and more. As a Spectrum Resorts guest, you’ll also be treated to priority dining and beach chair reservations, as well as complimentary bike rentals.



Book your Gulf Shores girls getaway direct with Spectrum Resorts and enjoy VIP treatment at Gulf Shores’ only full-service resort.



9 Tips for Planning a Gulf Shores Beach Vacation

Beach vacations are for relaxing and recharging. They should never be stressful. However, with crazy schedules and work demands, visitors sometimes arrive unprepared, adding even more stress to their vacation. There are many ways to work ahead and prepare for a Gulf Shores beach vacation, ensuring a smooth trip full of worry-free fun. And even if you do forget any essentials, The Beach Club Resort—one of the top Gulf Shores luxury resorts—can assist you in making your getaway enjoyable and relaxing.


Make a List  |  Gulf Shores Beach Vacation Tips

Visit The Village Mercantile


It doesn’t take nearly as long as you think, and it’s so useful. Save it on your computer or phone, and it can be used over and over. Include clothing you simply can’t do without like swimsuits, flip flops, cover ups, etc.


Tip! If you do forget a swimsuit or flip flops, stop by The Village Mercantile at The Beach Club Resort & Spa for a great selection of resort wear.


Pack Beach Essentials First | Gulf Shores Beach Vacation Tips

Most visitors start throwing together a suitcase the night before, but some thoughtful planning can make packing a lot easier. Gulf Shores beachgoers know they’ll need a beach bag packed with essentials: towels, sunscreen, bug spray, toys (football, Frisbee, etc.), hat or visor, baggies (to bring home seashells and other finds), pain reliever and lip balm for starters. Pack that bag in advance to make leaving necessities behind less likely.


Pre-order Groceries | Gulf Shores Beach Vacation Tips

When staying at a Spectrum Resorts property like The Beach Club Resort, you can pre-order groceries to be delivered to your room prior to arrival. Instead of that dreaded grocery store trip as soon as you arrive, head to the pool or the beach.


Pack Toiletries | Gulf Shores Beach Vacation Tips

Many vacationers forget that toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags and dish detergent found in your unit upon arrival is only a STARTER supply. You’ll need more, so pack it or put it on your grocery order for your Gulf Shores beach vacation.


Reserve Beach Chairs | Gulf Shores Beach Vacation Tips

Another tip for Spectrum Resorts guests at The Beach Club is to call ahead and reserve beach chairs. Why? It’s one less thing to do after arrival; you can ask for chairs with the best, unobstructed views; and you don’t have to worry about them being sold out during peak season.


Shop in Advance | Gulf Shores Beach Vacation Tips

Make a trip to your local dollar store for great, bargain beach treasures. Water guns, noodles, sand buckets, sand molds, kites, a laundry bag (for hauling beach toys back and forth to the room – sand will sift right through the small holes), even sunglasses and snacks are all great additions to a Gulf Shores vacation.


Have a Rainy Day Plan | Gulf Shores Beach Vacation Tips

Pack DVDs from home along with microwave popcorn, a favorite board game, playing cards and the like. Keep in mind bowling alleys and movie theaters are great for weather days, as well as, spa treatments. Spectrum Resorts guests can also get free DVD rentals at the Clubhouse. The Clubhouse Gameroom is a fun place for the kids to burn some energy, too.


If you need more rainy day ideas, check out these family-friendly options.


Schedule Car Maintenance | Gulf Shores Beach Vacation Tips

An upcoming Gulf Shores beach vacation presents a timely opportunity to have your car’s oil changed, tires rotated, etc. A quick vehicle checkup may save you some trouble down the road.


Learn the Beach Flag Warning System | Gulf Shores Beach Vacation Tips

When packing and preparing for a Gulf Shores beach vacation, it’s also a good time to revisit the flag warning system and talk to everyone in your party about it. It could save a life.



Take the time to put some of these tips into practice this year and find yourself extra prepared to enjoy a fun-filled, stress-free Gulf Shores beach vacation at The Beach Club Resort & Spa!

4 Unique Places to Eat in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach for Lunch

One thing is for certain when vacationing on Alabama’s white-sand beaches – there will be no shortage of culinary temptations! From the finest and freshest seafood to all-American cuisine and everything in between, there’s a bit of it all at these unique places to eat in Gulf Shores. Here’s a tip that’ll help you avoid crowds and lead to an amazing dining experience while beachin’ it – choose lunch!

Lunch is often overlooked on vacation and many folks just toss a cold sandwich in a cooler and call it a day, opting for dinner out on the town, especially while at the beach. However, lunch options are plentiful in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and they are typically less expensive while portion sizes remain the same. Crowds are thinner too, making it all the more appealing to dine out for lunch. This list of delish places to eat in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is a great way to prime your taste buds and help plan your next beach vacation.


The Gulf | Orange Beach, AL

Orange Beach waterfront restaurant

The Gulf is perfect for relaxing with friends and family, enjoying locally-inspired food and drinks, and the location makes it more of a destination than just an Orange Beach restaurant. Waterfront dining is always special and inviting, and lunch at The Gulf is ideal for noshing on fresh, seasonal foods. The casual vibe will make you feel right at home. Relax on the couches or lounge furniture on the sand. Stop back in for dinner under festival lights or drinks by the fire pit. The Gulf is located near Turquoise Place resort and is a great addition to any Orange Beach vacation. Call (251) 424-1800 for more information on The Gulf.


The Royal Oyster | Gulf Shores, AL

Gulf Shores seafood
The Royal Oyster in Gulf Shores serves up some special lunch dishes that’ll have you coming back for more! Only looking to snack at lunch? No problem. Choose favorites like THAT Shrimp (tossed in THAT sauce), Fried Calamari or have a Crab Cake Sandwich or Royal Burger. Heartier dishes like pasta, a sampler platter or the fresh catch might become favorites, as well. Our favorite selection? Order a flight of locally harvested oysters prepared more ways than you can imagine. The Royal Oyster has quickly become a go-to spot for locals, and we know you’ll love this waterside dive, too. Just a short drive from your Gulf Shores vacation rental at The Beach Club Resort & Spa, The Royal Oyster is a must-visit restaurant on Alabama’s beaches. Contact (251) 967-1124 for more information.


GTs On The Bay | Orange Beach, AL

Orange Beach family restaurant

Aptly named, GTs On The Bay (Good Times On The Bay) overlooks Wolf Bay on Canal Road in Orange Beach. The views are magnificent and the food is over the top! Enjoy tasty treats like stone-hearth pizzas, fresh salads, seafood gumbo, fish tacos and such. It’s kid-friendly, too, so bring on the gang! A kid’s play area features a pirate ship, life-sized games and so much more. Dine on the deck for incredible views, but stop inside to see the fish in a 5,000-gallon pool. For more information, contact (251) 980-8400.


Picnic Beach | Gulf Shores, AL

Gulf Shores is also home to Picnic Beach, a unique dining venue on 1st Avenue in Gulf Shores and is one of the best places to eat in Gulf Shores. Picnic Beach has, quite possibly, some of the prettiest food in town with glorious (healthy and tasty) salads and protein bowls, hearty smoked meat platters and even vegan options! Grab a snack like Picnic Nachos or a Bison Burger…the choices are endless. Picnic Beach brings the outside in with artificial turf and picnic tables. Call (251) 540-0117 for more information.


The Village Lawn Unique Evening Option at The Beach Club Resort & Spa

village lawn at beach club resort

While not a lunch option, don’t miss the opportunity for fun, funky casual family dining on The Village Lawn at The Beach Club, your Gulf Shores luxury resort. While it’s open to the public, it’s even more convenient for guests staying at The Beach Club. Open daily from 6 to 10 p.m., The Village Lawn offers four airstream food trucks, live music, games and so much more! Kid-friendly and definitely unique, parents can rest easy while kids run off their energy at the end of the day playing kickball, laser tag and life-sized games. Watch the sunset and have a drink from The Chill, The Beach Club’s newest bar, offering delicious, ice-cold drinks. If you love a good shrimp boil, don’t miss the Friday and Saturday evening Shrimp Boils. Chow down on fresh, Gulf shrimp, new potatoes, corn on the cob and Conecuh sausage for only $12.95 per plate, all summer long! Check out the weekly activities, hours, and more at The Village Lawn!


What are your favorite, unique places to eat in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach? It’s fun to grow that list and explore new options during your Spectrum Resorts vacation. And if you haven’t already, book your gulf-coast accommodations today at The Beach Club Resort & Spa!