The Best Time to Go to Gulf Shores Alabama

Pete Dimao - July 29, 2019

The best time to go to Gulf Shores really depends on your preference, with factors like weather, crowds, and condo rates all playing a role. Are you looking for a budget-friendly getaway? Want to experience the biggest summer festivals and events? 

Taking these factors into consideration, some of the best times to go to Gulf Shores include:

  • Early Fall → September and October
  • Early Spring → April and May
  • Summer → After the 4th of July holiday

Follow along with these important factors to find the best time to go to Gulf Shores Alabama for you and your family:

Gulf Shores Vacation Condo Rental Pricing: Peak Season vs. Off-season

the beach club 4 bedroom condo living area

With vacation condo prices fluctuating seasonally, when you visit will dictate how much you pay for your Gulf Shores condo rental. Rentals will typically experience higher rates during the summer months, though, there are plenty of Gulf Shores resort specials and deals that can be added to your stay for added savings and perks during this time of year.

If you’re hunting for lower prices or a budget-friendly getaway, the off-season could be the perfect option. This time of year typically gives guests more leeway in terms of stay dates, condo types, and pricing. Taking an off-season vacation can be a frugal option for visitors looking to save money.

What’s the weather like?

little girl building sandcastles on the beach

If you’re looking for perfect beach weather, it’s no surprise that the summer months reign supreme. During the summer, Gulf Shores is a paradise for beach days and pool lounging with temperatures hovering between 80 and 90 degrees.

However, the off-season can also make a case for picture-perfect beach weather. With temperatures in the low 80s and high 70s during the months of May, September, and October, visitors will discover comfortable conditions during this time of year.

How are the Crowds?

During the summer months, visitors can expect larger crowds enjoying the beach and other favorite attractions. Popular vacation times during the summer months include Hangout Fest week, Memorial Day week, and the 4th of July holiday week, just to name a few.

Likewise, you can expect far fewer crowds during the off-season. The fall and winter months still provide warm weather and plenty of cozy beach days.

Seasonal Attractions & Activities

Wharf fourth of july celebration

The summer months typically provide more things to do with holiday events, summertime festivals, and seasonal attractions available.

In nearby Orange Beach, The Wharf is well-known for its nightly summer activities and events and Waterville USA in Gulf Shores is a popular seasonal water park and amusement park.

However, there are several Gulf Shores attractions that are open year-round, including the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and the Tanger Outlets shopping center in nearby Foley. Lulu’s Gulf Shores hosts several spring, fall and winter events as well.

You can find a full list of activities offered at The Beach Club Resort & Spa.


No matter your reason for visiting, taking these important factors into consideration should hopefully make your Gulf Shores vacation planning a little easier.

Start planning your Gulf Shores getaway and be sure to find the latest Gulf Shores vacation tips and insights on The Beach Club blog!

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